Albert Baker
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In the 2017 return of TopRank and Bash Boxing to the Sportsmen’s lounge in Studio City, CA. Rising prospect Erick De Leon 15-0 9KO’s impressed while dismantling Jose Salinas 10-3-1 5KO’s. De Leon wasted no time in getting the action started, landing crisp hard shots to the mid-section of Salinas.

Salinas didn’t have an answer for the onslaught of De Leon as the pace was dictated by De Leon’s power. In the fourth a thudding left hook to the body dropped Salinas. Writhing on the ground, Salinas was in no shape to continue and referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the action, giving De Leon a nice TKO victory for his win column.
Arnold Barbosa Jr. 14-0 5KO’s of nearby El Monte came in undefeated against rugged Johnny Rodriguez 8-2-1 5KO’s in a pretty decent scrap. Rodriguez came out fast and seemed to disorient Barbosa for the first two rounds with a rangy uppercut and over-hand right that landed frequently early on. Barbosa grew in confidence during the third round when Rodriguez slowed a half step. Circling the shorter Rodriguez and firing long right hands Barbosa used his height advantage to cruise to a unanimous eighth round decision on scores of 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74.

At the end of the third round Rodriguez had a sharp mouse that looked like it might get ugly, credit to his corner for its copious use of the cold iron to get that thing under control and down. Barbosa would also show some good swelling under his left eye to indicate that he had been in a hard fight given the wide cards.
Bryan “La Rata” Flores 5-1 1KO left the ring tonight with his first loss after Evan Torres 6-2 5KO’s outworked and out-landed him over six lengthy, hard to watch rounds. Flores looked clumsy and missed with most of his shots, Torres wasn’t much better while smothering most of his work on the inside. After six rounds the judges scored it 59-55 for Flores and 58-56, and 59-55 for Torres to give him the split decision win.

Brazilian Olympic Gold Medalist Robson Conceicao 2-0 2KO’s pounded Aaron Ely 3-1 en route to a second-round TKO. Conceicao came out winging hard right hands to the body of Ely and firing one two combinations with authority. Conceicao dropped Ely twice with one-two combinations in the first round to signal the beginning of the end. Ely would miraculously make it to the second only to dine on a flurry of punches from Conceicao to go down for a third and final time. Referee Zachary Young mercifully called a halt to end the bout in the first minute of the second round.
Now at 2-0 2KO’s young Devon Lee has shown that he’s got a little bit of pop in his punch. Lee showed some good fundamentals and patience for the punch as he dispatched Dean Risher 1-1 of Wyoming in the first round with a hard right hand. “He came out aggressive and threw more punches than my first opponent but I’m learning every day”.
Devon Lee
Opening the years first card at the Sportsmen’s Lodge of 2017 was Bakhram Murtazaliev 8-0 6KO’s as he beat Mexican Josue Obando 14-13-1 11KO’s from pillar to post for four one sided rounds. Murtazaliev is another big punching Russian fighter handled by Egis Klimas and he even wore an old pair of Sergey Kovalevs trunks in the ring. Murtazaliev landed a huge right hand in the first, dropping Obando in the first and dictated the pace with his power throughout. In the fourth Murtazliev put Obando down again with a left hook prompting referee Zachary Young to call a halt to the bout.

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