Fall Brawl I a Huge Success
Nov 17, 2016 12:42PM
● By Bowe Fertig
The first ever Fall Brawl at the Sports Park Recreation Center exceeded expectations with more than 200 people in attendance. In attendance among family members, fighters, and spectators were Mayor Sergio Dedina and newly-voted Councilman Mark West. West was as excited for the event as anybody and would like to see it become a seasonal competition.
The event culminated in a dozen fights composed of Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing and boxing ranging from youth to adult fights. Students, Isaac Llamas and Nevaeh Arias, from the Boys and Girls Club Tae Kwon Do class kicked the night off as most of the fighters were from local gyms including IB Fight Club, HomeTeam Boxing, Chula Vista Boxing, Odin BJJ, and Pitbull BJJ. “Imperial Beach has something great going on with the popularity of MMA, and because of it we wanted to put on display what the community and local gyms had to offer,” said Ron Murray. Murray was the mastermind of the event as his experience paved the way for the great outcome. The four-time belt champion has also created great relations with businesses and people of the community. According to the humbled Murray, “Julie Merrill and Brian Morris were instrumental in the success and ease of the event. The event couldn’t go on without the help of many including my wife Tracy Murray. A special thanks to local businesses Surf Hut, Barrel’s Lounge and Restaurant, Dave Parra Building Inc., and Gainz Caterting for sponsoring the event."
Each of the 12 fights had their shining moments, but there were a few that stood above the rest. Fight No.7 was special in many ways as Chris DeLoach drove down from Santa Cruz to fight 57-year old Rick Azofeifa. Azofeifa fought for IB Fight Club out of Sports Park Recreation Class and was given a plaque for his excellence and commitment. The oldest fighter of the night had the crowd in awe once his age and the amount of weight lost, close to 50 pounds, was said during his award presentation. Fight No.8 provided the most entertaining match of the night as Alex Earnest from Odin BJJ and Manny Solis put on a show kickboxing their way through three exciting rounds. HomeTeam Boxing and Chula Vista Boxing provided two well-fought matches as Kingston Dawes and Abraham Navarro displayed exceptional talent, and Hector Velarde and Jaguarcito closed the night out as the Main Event with great technique and poise for teenagers in the ring.
Due to the success of the event and local talent their will most likely be another display of exhibition fights sometime in March or April. Stay tuned on the Boys and Girls Club of South County Facebook page and DigImperialBeach.com for upcoming events and more.