When the pandemic shut down professional fighting gyms in California, it left many aspiring boxers and mixed martial artists without an outlet to work on their craft. Since being founded last June, Backyard Squabbles — a backyard fight club based in South Los Angeles — has restored that platform for many local amateurs and pros. For the past year, the organization has hosted monthly events in literal backyards outfitted with a 20 by 20-foot ring, local food vendors, a resident DJ, and a modest crowd of friends and family in attendance to watch carefully curated matchups between trained fighters.
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