Tuesday, January 31, 2017

De Leon KOs Salinas in four

By FightNews.com • Photos: Top Rank

Unbeaten junior lightweight Erick De Leon (15-0, 9 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Jose Salinas (10-3-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the famed Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California. De Leon laid out Salinas for the count with a body shot at 2:47.

Unbeaten junior middleweight knockout specialist Alexander Besputin (6-0, 5 KOs) was forced to go the distance for the first time against Gilberto Pereira (12-5, 9 KOs), taking a one-sided six round unanimous nod.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Maxim Dadashev (6-0, 5 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Jerome Rodriguez (7-5-3, 2 KOs).
Middleweight Even Torres (6-2, 5 KOs) took a six round split decision over previously undefeated Bryan Flores (5-1, 1 KO). Scores were 59-55, 59-55 for Torres and 58-56 for Flores.
Unbeaten welterweight Arnold Barbosa Jr. (15-0, 5 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Johnny Rodriguez (8-2-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 78-74.
2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Robson Conceicao (2-0, 1 KO), the first ever Brazilian Olympic gold medal winner in the sport of boxing, scored a second round KO over Aaron Ely (3-2, 0 KOs).


 The OFFICIAL WEIGH IN for tomorrow night’s SOLO BOXEO professional boxing show at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, Cailfornia has taken place. 10 Bouts are now official.

Doors open at 6:00pm, first bout at 6:30pm.

Tickets starting at $50 can be purchased online at www.valleyfightnight.com












SOLO BOXEO is presented by TOP RANK in association with BASH BOXING.


Valley Fight Night Preview: 10 Bouts Scheduled For This Friday

Top Rank's Solo Boxeo on Unimas @ Sportsmen's Lodge

By Jonathan King

One of the most magnificent things to witness in the world of Boxing is when a young fighter makes the transition from a talented prospect to a bona fide contender. Perhaps this is why Top Rank's Solo Boxeo on Unimas shows are so popular among the diehard fans. Anyone can buy a ticket on the champion train at 'Fair-Weather Station' but 'Solo Boxeo' offers fight fans a chance to invest in both local and international blue-chip prospects before they become household names.

On January 27th, local fight fans have the opportunity to witness this once again in person as Top Rank once again teams up with Bash Boxing to bring 'Solo Boxeo' to the San Fernando Valley. The event takes place at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California and is headlined by a Junior Lightweight showdown between undefeated Detroit (by way of Mexico) contender Erick De Leon (14-0, 8KO's) and New Mexico's Jose Salinas (10-2-1, 5KO's). De Leon has recently showcased an increased ferocity in 2016, having finished all of his last three opponents.  His opponent Jose Salinas is coming off a huge upset win over the formerly undefeated Dardan Zenunaj in his last fight and will be looking to use that momentum in this nationally televised bout.

Equally intriguing the supporting TV bout features another undefeated top prospect, South El Monte's own Arnold Barbosa Jr. (14-0, 5KO's) as he returns to action against Denver native Johnny Rodriguez (8-1-1, 5KO's). Barbosa is coming off of a one-sided unanimous decision victory that saw him paint a pugilistic masterpiece from bell to bell. That fight was just over a month ago after a brief layoff by Barbosa to heal from a hand fracture. The short notice turn around for Barbosa could be a very dangerous decision against a bulldog like Rodriguez. With five of his eight wins coming by way of KO, Rodriguez has knack for turning the lights out. This could be the classic boxer vs brawler matchup we all love.

The undercard is also filled with exciting prospects from both near and far, and will also showcase a 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist. Robson Conceicao (1-0, 0 KO's), the first ever Brazilian Olympic Gold medalist in the sport of Boxing is set to face off with Kansas native Aaron Ely (3-1, 0 KO's). Victorious over Clay Burns in his debut, Conceicao is looking to build off that fight and is not only looking for a win, but an impressive one! His opponent Aaron Ely is currently riding a two fight win streak, and a victory over an Olympic gold medalist could help define a career.

Undefeated Russian knockout specialist Alexander Besputin (5-0, 5 KO's) is scheduled to face Brazilian slugger Gilberto Pereira dos Santos (12-4, 9KO's) in a super welterweight fight that is guaranteed to put you on the edge of your seat. Power will meet power in this fight that is almost guaranteed to produce a finish.

Another knockout specialist Maxim Dadashev (5-0, 4KO's) will square with Allentown Pennsylvania's favorite son Jerome Rodriguez (7-4-3, 2KO's) in a super lightweight battle. Dadashev will be fighting for the 3rd time in the Sportsmen's Lodge, a place that has been quite kind to the young Russian pugilist.

Local fan favorite Brian Flores (5-0, 1 KO) is also set to appear when he takes on Even Torres (5-2, 5KO's) in a super welterweight showdown that should land on TV as a swing bout and produce some serious fire works.

The card is filled with several intriguing young prospects that are looking to make the transition to contenders. And the top notch matchmakers at Top Rank and Bash Boxing have once again done their best to treat the fans to great 2-way action. The bright lights and big city locale of Sportsmen's Lodge will set the backdrop but who is going to separate themselves from the pack? This is why "Solo Boxeo" is crucial to the sport. It offers a unique opportunity for these young fighters to gain a national following early in their careers.

Tickets starting at $50 can be purchased online at www.valleyfightnight.com or
by calling (626) 388-8888.

Doors Open at 6:00pm; First Bout at 6:15pm. All bouts are subject to change.

Valley Fight Night Returns to Studio City Friday January 27th

Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo on Unimas @ Sportsmen’s Lodge 

The ONLY professional boxing show in the San Fernando Valley returns to the World Famous Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California on Friday, January 27, 2017.

Presented by Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing, Valley Fight Night 11 will once again feature undefeated blue chip prospects from the Top Rank stable including the 8 round televised Junior Lightweight main event between the Motor City’s Erick De Leon (14-0, 8KOs) and New Mexico’s Jose Salinas (10-2-1, 5 KO’s).

In the televised co-main event, South El Monte’s Arnold Barboza Jr. (14-0, 5KOs) will put his unbeaten record on the line against Denver’s Johnny Rodriguez (8-1-1, 5KOs) in an 8 round welterweight bout.

Originally from the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, Erick De Leon and his family migrated to the Detroit area when he was six years old. De Leon would go on to win multiple National Golden Gloves titles before turning pro and signing with Top Rank shortly thereafter. De Leon had an impressive 2016, ending all three of his bouts against veteran competition with a knockout.

Arnold Barboza Jr. is no stranger to the Sportsmen’s Lodge and Unimas faithful, making his 12th straight appearance on a Top Rank/Bash Boxing collaboration. Despite needing time to recover from a hand fracture, Barboza Jr. managed to roll off 5 victories in 2016 and looks to make an even bigger splash in 2017.

Also scheduled to appear during the 2017 debut of Valley Fight Night at Sportsmen’s Lodge is 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Robson Conceicao (1-0). Conceicao, the only Brazilian to ever win a Gold Medal in Boxing, made his professional debut last November in Las Vegas on the undercard of Manny Pacquaio vs. Jesse Vargas. Conceicao will face off against Aaron Ely (3-1, 1KO).

As with previous Valley Fight Night shows, Eastern European prospects will be a plenty with a trio of hard-hitting Russian standouts in Alexander Besputin (5-0, 5KOs), Maxim Dadashev (5-0, 4 KO’s) and Bakhram Murtazaliev (7-0, 5KOs).

Fans looking to root for local prospects will not be left in the cold as local prospects Bryan Flores (5-0), Alexander Enriquez (3-0), Kevin Valle (2-0), Devon Lee (1-0), and John White (1-0) round out the undercard.

Tickets starting at $50 can be purchased online at www.valleyfightnight.com or
by calling (626) 388-8888.

Doors Open at 6:00pm; First Bout at 6:15pm. All bouts are subject to change.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

World rated Felix Jr. stops Herrera in three

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO #3, IBF #5 lightweight contender Jose Felix Jr. (35-1-1, 27 KOs) won his third fight of the year with a third round TKO over Alan Herrera (34-9, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California. Felix dropped Herrera in round three, then got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Referee Raul Caiz waved it off at 1:42.

Unbeaten WBO #12 welterweight and 2008/2012 Olympian Egis “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (15-0, 12 KOs) of Lithuania had to work hard to win an eight round unanimous decision over Las Vegas journeyman Cameron Krael (8-12-2, 1 KO). Scores were 77-75 across the board.

Unbeaten Russian super lightweight Maxim Dadashev (4-0, 3 KOs) outpointed journeyman Eddie Diaz (2-6-2, 0 KOs) over six one-sided rounds. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 60-53.

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Felix Jr. Halts Herrera in Three, Kavaliauskas Wins in Eight.

Photo: German Villasenor

October 14, 2016- Once-defeated Lightweight Jose Felix Jr. looked impressive on Friday night by stopping a tough-as-nails Alan Herrera in the third round of the Top Rank / Bash Promotions fight card at the Sportmen's Lodge in Studio City, California.

Felix, now 35-1-1 with 27KOs, was much too quick and shifty, for Herrera, who despite looking very prepared and charging forward, was meet with sharp combinations by Felix on both the counter and while pivoting.
Herrera, (34-9, 22KOs) was downed in the third round, a rapid-fire follow-up attack forcing referee Raul Caiz to step in for the save at 1:42 of the round.

With the win, Felix Jr., who's gone three for three this year is closing in fast on another world title shot, as he is rated #3 by the WBO and #5 in the IBF rankings.

Kavaliauskas Defeats Krael in Eight.

On the co-featured bout, Olympian KO artist, Welterweight Egis “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (15-0, 12 KOs) was extended the eight round distance by Cameron Krael (8-12-2, 1 KO)

Despite the unimpressive record, Krael showed plenty of skill and speed, as he went punch for punch with Kavaliauskas, who was rocked and cut in the late round's of a very tight fight.

Scores were 77-75 on all cards for Kavaliauskas.

In other results, Super Lightweight Maxim Dadashev, (4-0, 3KOs) defeated Eddie Diaz (2-6-2, 0KOs)
in six, via 60-54 (twice) and 60-53.

Tall and speedy Lightweight Ryan Garcia stopped Mario Aguirre in two.

Lightweight Alejandro Guerrero defeated Manuel Lopez via decision in four.

UNIMAS televised.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Dear Friends, 

Close members of our fight community, MMA fighter/trainer Marcus Kowal and his wife Mishel Eder, are enduring one of the most horrific nightmares imaginable with the passing of their 15-month old son, Liam. 

This unthinkable tragedy occurred last weekend when an alleged drunk driver struck Liam and his teenage aunt in a marked intersection in Hawthorne. The 72 year-old driver fled the scene but was followed and stopped by good Samaritans and was then arrested on DUI and hit-and-run charges. 
After fighting valiantly in the ICU, Liam Mikael Kowal succumbed to his injuries. Liam’s aunt suffered serious injuries but is in stable condition after surgery. Liam’s parents have elected to donate their only son’s organs to other children in need.

During this Saturday’s California Xtreme Fighting show at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, we will conduct a Silent Auction of autographed MMA and Boxing memorabilia, with all proceeds going to the Kowal family. 

If you are unable to make it to the show but would like to help the Kowal family in their time of need, please visit and share the Go Fund Me Memorial Fund link below:


Our friends at Custom T-Shirt Printing have also donated t-shirts in memory of Liam Kawal which will be sold at the show or can be purchased online at www.fightmeclothing.com
and www.down2scrap.com.
Thank you for your prayers and support. Many fighters and cornermen participating in Saturday’s show are directly affected by this tragedy and we will all be there with very heavy hearts. 

If you have any questions or suggestions on how to lend your support, please respond to this email or contact
George Bastrmajyan: Boxing2121@yahoo.com
Jonathan King: news@theclinchreport.com.

5/25/2015 – 6/4/2016