Northern California Fight of the Year: Jonathan Chicas vs. Bilal Mahasin
In a trend that seemingly happens more and more as of late, the best fight in the whole Northern California region took place in the month of January nearly a year ago to this day. The bout which was put together by matchmaker Andy Nance as well as promoter Osric Pratt (O.P.P. Presents Boxing) saw junior welterweight Jonathan Chicas of San Francisco, Ca stop Bilal Mahasin of Oakland, Ca in a grudge match that sold-out Marriott in downtown Oakland.
Not unlike a lot of good fights, the outcome was not really what people remember as much as the trash-talk between Mahasin and Chicas leading up to the bout as well as both fighters having some bits of success in the fight. In the early going the fight saw Mahasin frustrate Chicas at points with movement as the crowd was split between Chicas supporters from San Francisco and Mahasin supporters who were from Oakland, Ca.
It had the feel of a big-time fight without television cameras as rapper J. Stalin walked Mahasin to the ring as well as teammates of Chicas walked him to the ring. In the end, Chicas got a standing technical knockout as Mahasin was in the corner trying to throw punches back, but his legs were not quite under him as the ref decided the bout should no longer continue.
In a fight so good we might see it again, both Chicas and Mahasin stole the show for action that took place in both Northern and Central California.