Mr. Geoff Quares & Pro-Faction Martial Arts presented the “Bay Area Challenge X” on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at the Benicia Clock Tower in Benicia, CA.
The Bay Area Challenge: Muay Thai Series has established itself as a proving ground for experienced amateurs and upcoming professional fighters in the San Francisco bay area and beyond. Although the event is based in the San Francisco bay area, local fighters faced competition from Las Vegas, Oregon and Arizona.
Making their professional debuts, Charles “The Rockstar” Rodrigez of Combat Fitness (Concord, CA) faced Alex Branom of Burke Camp (Oregon City, OR). Both fighters had successful amateur campaigns, Rodriguez was 9-2 & captured numerous amateur championships. Branom was 14-2 including training & fighting out of the famed Phuket Top Team in Thailand. A technical and clean fight began with Branom landing well timed body kicks but Rodriguez’ movement and rhythm seemed to throw him off. Rodriguez used head movement to counter and followed with combinations. In the clinch, Rodriguez seemed to get the better of the exchanges landing knees that seemed to hurt Branom at the end of the rounds. Late in the final round, Rodriguez landed a superman elbow that instantly swelled Branom’s cheek. Rodriguez was awarded the win by unanimous decision in his pro debut.
The other professional bout featured Steve Swaby-Clacken vs Miles Mansell at 157 lbs. Swaby-Clacken was more aggressive, throwing combinations and being more active whereas Mansell stayed on his back foot and mostly timed his kicks. In the clinch, Mansell seemed to take the edge until Swaby-Clacken began to target the legs with knee strikes. Swaby-Clacken took home the unanimous decision and his first win as a professional.
Bay Area Challenge X Results:
Jack Nelson (Oakland, CA) wins by unanimous decision over Jonathan Christenson (Santa Rosa, CA) – 185 lbs
Nestor Munoz (San Francisco, CA) wins by split decision over Erin Hunter (Oakland, CA) – 127 lbs
Matt Zonfrello (Pleasant Hill, CA) wins via 3rd round TKO (referee stoppage due to elbow) over Ismael Chavez (Las Vegas, NV) – 255 lbs
Ethan Conte (Newark, CA) wins by unanimous decision over Joey Gentile (Eugene, Oregon) – 130 lbs
Charles Rodriguez (Bay Point, CA) wins by unanimous decision over Alex Branom (Portland, Oregon) – Pro 167 lbs
Julia “Jewels” Perez (San Luis Obispo, CA) wins by unanimous decision over Joyce Hernandez (Benicia, CA) and captures the IKF West Coast Featherweight Title – 127 lbs
Steve Swaby-Clacken (Vallejo, CA) wins by unanimous decision over Mile Mansell (Goodyear, Arizona) – Pro 157 lbs
Marcel Warren (Antioch, CA) wins by unanimous decision over Chrisente Joaquin (San Jose, CA) and retains the Bay Area Challenge Title – 159 lbs