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Photos of Backyard Squabbles: Black Blade vs. Big Cheese

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It was dusk when Black Blade and Big Cheese entered the middle of the ring and touched the gloves. They had to make five rounds of three minutes each before evening.

The crowd calms down – or a small, concrete backyard near downtown Los Angeles may have a hundred or so people quiet when a DJ is exploding “hoopy”, vendors selling sliders and pasta, a barber shop. The fence is set up, and the people next on the ticket are fighting with their trainers.

The aptly named Big Cheese outplayed its slim rival. They shouldn’t have fought with each other at all. But there they were squared off in a makeshift ring in the backyard of West Jefferson Boulevard on the last Sunday of May.

This is when the contenders split between athletes with dreams and locals with malice. That’s what happens at Backyard Squabbles, an underground, pop-up fight club born in the pandemic.

“I personally was going to skip the Big Cheese fight and the Black Blade fight,” said Backyard Squabbles founder Damien Gutierrez. “The opponents of these two guys didn’t show up. But we matched them because they had beef.”

Boxing and MMA fans gather in Los Angeles to watch Backyard Squabbles in action.

(Jason Armand / Los Angeles Times)

Gutierrez is 20 years old. He lives in Garda. When he’s not arranging fights, he’s a security guard at a sushi restaurant. They are named after an uncle who was shot and killed nearly two decades ago at a donut shop on Imperial Highway and Normandy Avenue.

That violence is part of what inspired him to start Backyard Squabbles in the first place; Fight Club’s motto is “Guns Down, Squabble Up.”

Hector “Aztec Warrior” Herrera thinks Gutierrez is onto something. Those coming to the backyard squabbles are “all peaceful,” he said, at least outside the ring.

“I think they all know that, like, you look to your right or you look to your left, there’s a fighter out there,” said Herrera, who trains fighters and boxes himself. “Like, ‘Should I talk-? No, no.’ That’s about it. … It’s awesome.”

Albert 'Black Blade' Marion trains in Los Angeles for his first Backyard Squabbles fight card bout.

Albert “Black Blade” Marion trains in Los Angeles for his first Backyard Squabbles fight card bout. A few months earlier, Marion won her first match at the Backyard Squabbles Mixer.

(Jason Armand / Los Angeles Times)

Albert 'Black Blade' Marion listens to music to try to calm his nerves before their fight.

Albert “Black Blade” Marion listens to music to try to calm his nerves before their fight.

(Jason Armand / Los Angeles Times)

Gutierrez doesn’t know what the beef between Black Blade and Big Cheese was, or even what Big Cheese’s real name is. Two days after their fight, Albert “Black Blade” Marion was not answering his phone.

Marion is tall, agile and 22. He lives in San Pedro, installs cable for Dish Network, spends his free time playing video games and hanging out with his girlfriend. A typical routine for a young boy in the middle of a pandemic.

Normal and “boring,” he says.

He was a “fiery” boy – at least that’s what his mother told him. He had difficulty sitting still and completing his homework. He will also lose interest in TV. Her mother’s solution was to keep her engaged in physical activities like tae kwon do and basketball.

Fighting has helped him focus as an adult.

Albert 'Black Blade' Marion goes up against a fighter named Big Cheese in Los Angeles.

Albert “Black Blade” Marion goes up against a fighter named Big Cheese in, well, Los Angeles. Although Big Cheese fights in a higher weight category, that didn’t stop Marion from accepting a last-minute matchup.

(Jason Armand / Los Angeles Times)

“I don’t mind getting hit,” he said. “When I’m hit, it feels like a blessing. It’s like God is telling me, ‘You’re here,’ you know?”

His first round start against Big Cheese was slow on Sunday night. Marion hit a few punches, defending herself against her heavy opponent. He lost in the second round. And he didn’t make it out of the third.

Marion is pinned to the ropes with five seconds left. Big Cheese hit him hard on the head. Marion crumbles against her opponent, falling to the ground.

And stayed there for two very long minutes.

In the final five seconds of the third round, Big Cheese hit a punch that sent Albert "black blade" Marion to the mat.

In the final five seconds of the third round, Big Cheese hit a punch that sent Albert “Black Blade” Marion to the mat.

(Jason Armand / Los Angeles Times)

After losing to Big Cheese in the third round, Albert 'Black Blade' Marion is comforted by his girlfriend.

After being knocked out by Big Cheese in the third round, Albert “Black Blade” Marion is comforted by his girlfriend.

(Jason Armand / Los Angeles Times)

Final result? A concussion and loss.

He posted on Instagram a video of the painful end of the fight, “I took a l sunday but man 100lbs heavier than me.”

And then he promised: “I will be back.”

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Times staff writer Donovan X. Ramsey contributed to this report.

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