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2018 Northern California Fight of the Year: Ryan Bourland vs. Jose Hernandez II

In a rematch of their bout earlier this year in which Jose Hernandez picked up the decision over the hometown Bourland for the regional light heavyweight GBO title, Bourland made his last fight before retirement a good one. In a close and competitive bout, that saw both men have their moments, Bourland hung on to regain and become the first ever two-time GBO light heavyweight champion in his swan song from the sport of boxing.

The bout saw Bourland not just win a close bout, but also do it on the last card hall-of-fame boxing promoter Don Chargin will ever promote as Chargin died a week prior to the fight.

Bourland was one of the nicest people you would have ever met in the sport of boxing, bringing a working-class mentality to the sport of boxing. Not always the most athletically gifted, but always the hardest worker, his final fight was everything that was right about his professional boxing career as well as himself as a person.

Hernandez, a very good fighter in his own right was similar to a Southern California version of Bourland, an underappreciated professional, who worked hard and came to win. Those in attendance got to see a great bout between two fighters who may never get to perform on the biggest stages in the sport of boxing, but will be remembered in Northern California boxing folklore.

The end result was a close majority decision win for Bourland, who retired one week after the bout.

Bourland, who is from Vallejo, Ca, recently moved to North Dakota to work in the oil fields to provide a better life for himself. Bourland was also the 2016 Northern California Fighter of the Year as well.

We wish Bourland the best in his retirement.

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Lukie Ketelle

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