For the first time in 2009, it was fight night in Philly. After almost 6 weeks of inactivity in this town, it was finally time to watch the pros throw down. The venue was the fabled fight hall on the corner of Swanson & Ritner, the one and only New Alhambra. But this particular event had a mysterious air about it for weeks. On a typical fight night here, fans would come to see a card by the Fairmount Hall of Fame boxing promoter, J. Russell Peltz. This time around, I knew that I wouldn’t be greeted by a smiley lady with the cool hat or a witty comment contradicting a statement made on this site. That was a given.
On this night, it was Greg Robinson and his newly formed Xtreme Productions running the show. That’s cool, he is a known promoter in these parts, but people were asking, why him? why here? why now? Those were the burning questions asked by those who cough up their hard earned cash to pay the steep ticket fees. Something was up but nobody was talking. Omerta…Philly boxing style… Gotta love it.
After a long wait in the frigid wind, I finally made it to the box office window. I made my acquaintance with two new pleasant ladies handing out the media bracelets. So far, so good and was sent inside. After a being on the wrong end of an extensive security search that would have snagged a jailhouse balloon runner red-handed, I was eventually granted full access and free to roam my longtime favorite venue.
Immediately I noticed the naked walls. The life sized banners displaying images of yester-years Philly boxing fight icons were nowhere to be seen. Instead of Bennie Briscoe and Joey Giardello, all that remained were a few flags carrying on the legacies of former ECW Arena icons like Terry Funk and “Flyboy” Rocco Rock. Once I found my seat in press row, word around the ring was that the gym is the back was just about empty. Then it all came together in one fell swoop. It was announced that Xtreme Production (formerly known as Power Productions) is moving in for good.
No more Oaks, no more Armory, this is home and they plan on being here to stay…exclusively. The plot thickens and the saga continues so stay tuned. It is bound to get deeper.
Overall it was a solid kick off to a new year as promoter Greg Robinson and matchmaker Ty McNeil collaborated for a 5 fight card in their new home.
Main Event Jr. Middleweight Division (non-title bout)
Derek “Pooh” Ennis…vs…Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor Philadelphia, PA…………..Wilmington, DE 16-2, 12ko’s……………………12-19, 6ko’s The housewarming party was highlighted by PA State & USBA regional Jr. middleweight title holder Derek Ennis (17-2, 12ko’s) who continued his resurrection towards national Jr. Middleweight status with a clear cut 8 round unanimous decision over late replacement journeyman Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (12-20, 6ko’s) in the main event.
Before the fight some were saying that if Bono didn’t give a good showing, it was a strong possibility that State Athletic Director Greg Sirb might pull his boxing card. Ennis won every round from the 3rd on but Bono lives to fight another day as he kept it competitive through out as he kept his promise to fight for the memory of his trainer who was tragically murdered just last week .
The determination was there and he was an aggressive initiator, it wasn’t enough to handle the speed and slickness of Ennis who consistently used Bono’s awkwardness against him, setting up traps along the ropes, counter punching effectively and using the ring to his advantage. Bono did have his moments and occasionally landed some good punches, in particular the 6th when he got Ennis attention with a hard right hook.
Overall, Ennis skill set was too tall a task to overcome. The fight eventually went the distance and the scorecards read 79 – 73 & 78 – 74 x 2. Look for Ennis to step it up significantly soon.
Co-Feature Jr. Welterweight Division
Lenny DeVictoria…vs…Ryan Belasco Philadelphia, PA…………Wilmington, DE 11-12-1, 3KO’s……………8-2-3, 3KO’s
The co-feature was thought it be a nice piece of competitive match making. Instead it turned out to be the last hurrah of a proven Philly ring warrior as Delaware’s Ryan Belasco (9-2-3, 3ko’s) saw little resistance in his fight against Lenny DeVictoria (11-13-1, 3ko’s), ending things midway through the second round with a few body shots followed by a single right hand which surprisingly kept his opponent on a knee for the full 10 count.
Some say it was a very good right hand, some say it was a long list of ring wars catching up. Soon after the bout, it was announced that this was to be the last time Lenny will lace up the gloves as his team noticed a steady decline in performance over the past few fights.
One chapter of Lenny’s life closes and another opens as he plans on getting his CDL license for a new career in the trucking industry. Congrats and thanks for Lenny for making the right move and giving us so many good fights.
Also, Congrats to Belasco on a very good win. Speculation of an 8 – 10 round Belasco – Tyric Robinson fight were swarming soon after. That could arguably be a state title fight…..
Lou Rodriguez…vs…Ray Ellis Philadelphia, PA……Philadelphia, PA PRO DEBUT…………PRO DEBUT
Philly Rumbler Lou Rodriguez (1-0) grinded out a majority decision win in his pro debut against a fellow ring rookie Ray Ellis (0-1) in a very entertaining 4 round welterweight contest. Rodriguez sported an ankle bracelet, a fast set of hands a pretty good chin. Ellis, an aspiring chef and student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, showed a big heart and applied a lot of pressure as these two went at it for all four rounds.
Rodriguez was in control early, winning the first two rounds with a nice blend of combinations to the head and ability to avoid trouble as Ellis pressed forward. The tide changed in the 3rd as Ellis consistent pressure allowed him to storm back in the fight, having a big round as he found a way to break through Rodriguez defense and land some good punches of his own upstairs.
It was anyone’s fight down the stretch and both fought for the win in a 4th round that saw good moments for both fighters as Ellis fought through a leaking mouth and Rodriguez overcoming early fight jitters.
It went to the cards which read 39 – 37 x 2 for Rodriguez with the final judge saying it was even at 38-38. Let’s see both of these guys again against different foes!
Ronald Cruz……….vs………Joel Rios Phoenixville,PA…………….Philly via Puerto Rico pro debut……………………..1-4
Jimmy DeOria’s latest charge Ronald Cruz (1-0) showed some spark in his 4 rounder against a tough Joel Rios (1-5) in a 4 round welterweight battle. Cruz looked very sharp when he fought on the outside, putting strings of combos together. Rios did leave some marks too, especially when they fought in the inside. Activity was the difference here as Cruz was the one who threw most and overall was the sharper of the two.
If any young fighter is looking for a test early in their career, give Rios a call, he showed he can last under heavy fire and keep on coming. But, at 32 years old, his team feels it may be in his best interest to leave this sport to the young guys.
On the other hand, Cruz, if he calms down a bit a lets the fight start coming to him, he could be a guy to watch out for in the future.
In Cruiserweight action, Kamarah Pasley (1-3, 1ko) got that elusive first win with a second round knockout over Cullen Rogers (9-23-2, 5ko’s) . Pasley was able to land good leather and dig deep hooks into the awkward Rogers all night. Pasley dropped Rogers with a left early in round 2, then continued the assault when his opponent got up. Rogers didn’t go back down but offered nothing in return leaving referee Shawn Clark no option but to stop it.
Congrats to Pasley, a guy who never gave up on his dream of getting that W! Keep your eyes open because word is that Pasley is signed up to fight again on January 31st against Pedro Martinez at South Philly high school! Can he make it 2 in a row? We will see!
Power Productions kicks off the 2009 Philly fight year on January 16th at The New Alhambra in South Philly. The undercard is still unsettled but the main event and co-feature are etched in stone. I have all four contestants giving their side of the story. In the main event, PA State Jr. Middleweight champ Derek “Pooh” Ennis (16-2, 12ko’s) is scheduled to take on local veteran tough guy Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (12-19, 6ko’s) of Delaware for a scheduled 8 rounder. Things looked shaky at the start of the week as Bono’s longtime trainer, Derrick Hoey, was tragically shot and killed over the weekend which could understandably call for Bono to reconsider taking this fight. But Bono told me personally that he plans to fight on despite the personal tragedy. It is official so the breakdown goes like this. In 2008 Ennis rebounded from a bad end in ’07, where he was unexpectedly KO’d, to the tune of a 4-0 record and putting himself back in striking distance of a significant televised fight on the national level. Ennis last outing was icing on the cake as it was his most complete performance as a pro, boxing a 10 round masterpiece over the 20 win vet Troy Browning to claim the state title and a portion of the USBA title. It was a big step forward. While few will doubt his offensive skills, some still wonder if he has the beard to make it to the big time. His last loss came in this very building in the summer of ’07 in a fight he was highly favored to win. If he can avoid the big punch, he has the skills to make a nice run in this sport. His opponent Bono on the other hand has lost 8 of his last 10 fights since winning a portion of the WBC title early in 2007. With that being said, Bono’s bar room tough guy record only tells a part of the story. He will give you an honest effort and usually makes his opponent fight hard for the duration. Let’s not get it twisted, Ennis is a HUGE favorite here, but this is Philly boxing and strange things always seem to happen. But hey, I only speak from the ring apron, click below to hear it from the guys who will be in there getting it on!
In a nice piece of matchmaking, the co-feature is said to have Delaware’s Ryan Belasco (8-2-3, 2ko’s) taking on Philly’s Lenny DeVictoria (11-12-1, 3ko’s) in a 6 rounder. Both fighters, at times, have been outstanding in the ring. There have also been a few occasions where both fighters have come in unprepared and laid a couple of duds. DeVictoria’s record is a misleading as he has taken on some of the best young, undefeated prospects this sport has to offer. Most memorably, he knocked off the then highly regardless Elad Shmouel in Philly’s 2007 fight of the year. Most recently, he fought to a draw against the rather ordinary Ricardo Media. Belasco on the other hand is cut from the cloth of his fellow Delaware fighters. Tough, has good fundamentals, and is willing to fight but no special skill that jumps out at you. Early in his career, problems of running out of gas attributed to draws and losses in fights he very well could have won. It looks like he has found a cure as he has gone deep into fights lately and looked fresh near the end, particularly against the boxing barber Victor Vasquez in one of the best of 2008. Both men had ample time to prepare for this fight so there should be no excuses. This is definitely an interesting contest, as these are two of the top guys locally fighting at 140 lbs. Expect some sparks to fly in this one as both men are usually happy to trade leather with an opponent.
Junior Welterweight Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson (9-3, 3ko’s) returns to the ring looking to erase memories of his latest outing against Jason Cintron which ended in a one sided loss. No opponent has been announced. Once Too Sweet ranked in the top 5 of the Philly Keith pound for pound list. Lets hope the real Too Sweet shows up for this one instead of the guy we saw last time.
Philly lightweight Ronald Cruz will make his pro debut against Joel Rios (1-4, 1ko) of Puerto Rico.
Heavyweights Kamarah Pasley (0-3)and John Carlisle (0-1) , both of Philly, will battle it out as both seek their first wins as a pro.
Lou Rodriguez of The Philly Rumblers Boxing Club is scheduled to make his awaited pro debut after a false start back in October when his opponent fell out last minute. He will take on Ray Ellis who is also making his pro debut.
A light welterweight scrap between two fighters with their only win coming by way of the dirt nap face off as Allentown’s Eluid Torres (1-0-1, 1ko) takes on the challenge of Pleasantville, NJ’s Omar Brito (1-0, 1ko) over 4 rounds of promising action.
Cleveland lightweight Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 1ko) is not on the card due to being unable to find an opponent.
On Friday December 5, 2008 at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philly, promoter Vernoca Michael and matchmaker Don Elbaum put together their annual boxing holiday show. Over the past two years, the December card at The Blue had its share of surprising upsets and tradition held up for a third straight year. It wasn’t in the main event though as Philly Jr. Welterweight “Showtime” Steve Chambers improves to 19 – 1 (5ko’s) with an 8 round unanimous decision win over Ghana’s Ben Ankrah. This was a good test for the young Chambers as Ankrah as taken on a list of top prospects in the 140 lb division, most recently losing to the world rated Mike Arnoutis on points.
In the co-feature, USBA Middleweight champion LaJuan Simon had no problem blowing away Jose Spearman, scoring an early knockout in what amounts to a warm up fight to bigger and better paydays.
In other action, Israeli hand to hand combat instructor Ran Nakash once again showed off his dangerous hands, this time knocking out opponent Harvey Jolley in the 7th.
In a stunner, well regarded featherweight Jules Blackwell was stopped by Darrell Martin in their scheduled 6 rounder.
Julias Edmunds won a unanimous decision over Mike Weaver.
Lenny DeVictoria was presented the 1st ever “Briscoe Award” for participating in the Philly 2007 Fight of the Year. He also fought on this night in a rematch against Ricardo Medina in a fight that ended up as a draw.
It was a show that may go into the history books as Power Promotions finest hour. Promoter Greg Robinson and matchmaker Ty McNeil upped the anti with five, high-stakes fights at the National Guard Armory in North East Philadelphia. There was a nice mix of Philly vs. Philly fights, a 12 round main event with a world rating and legitimate regional title hanging in the balance to go along with fights featuring legitimate up-and-coming prospects. On paper the card looked really good. In the arena, it was even better as every fight on the card proved something memorable.
This is the type of boxing fans want to see – good tough fights that are even money. The stands were packed and new announcer Chad Beene was on the microphone for this highly anticipated night of pro boxing in Northeast Philly.
The main event matched two polar opposite fighters who were able to position themselves for a title fight in completely different manners.
North Philly’s Rashiem “Rich and Famous” Jefferson had a highly decorated amateur career. He won tournaments and traveled the globe while perfecting his craft.
Since transitioning to the pro game, the 25-year-old came equip with a team that carefully guided his every move. “Rell” quickly secured promotional deals and was given the right fights at the right time in hopes of making a push towards the divisions elite. Many in Philadelphia consider him one of the best pure boxers in the city.
In the other corner, it is safe to say that Jose Hernandez could have been accurately billed as “Broke and Unknown”. Hernandez was thrown to the wolves early and often during the course of his career. It is the brutal road of unheralded journeyman fighting for scraps and trying to make his way out of the ancient Aztec land of Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico.
Hernandez never had an easy fight, earned his stripes in the professional ranks fighting only the up and comers with the potential to reach championship levels. One shouldn’t have been fooled by his lackluster record.
Sometimes he won, sometimes he lost. This night was a familiar scene in his young career, traveling into his opponents hometown to take on a fighter looking to become the divisions shining star. This time, the stakes were higher than any other fight either man had faced in their career, the USBA featherweight title was on the line and the winner was guaranteed a top 15 ranking in the world after this one.
Hernandez entered the ring first, with three men by his side, proudly holding their native Mexican flag. Coming in last was Jefferson who arrived with a deep entourage and heavy odds in his favor. It was obvious who the majority of the near sell out crowd was rooting for.
Once the opening bell sounded, a fight that was expected to be a boxing display broke down into a back alley punch fest. Hernandez, knowing his only shot of winning was to score a knockout, applied pressure from the get go. Jefferson, whose primary weapons are his pure boxing ability and ring generalship, decided to make this one a war. The fight was on from the early going and both men stood toe-to-toe exchanging combinations at close quarters, neither man allowing the other any time to breathe.
Hernandez applied pressure from a southpaw stance, walking forward and get right into the kitchen – firing off two, three and four punch combinations to his opponents body and head. Jefferson, showing he is not afraid of a good fight despite his background as the boxer / mover type, hung in the pocket, took Hernandez best shots and fire back in return.
This was the theme of the entire 12 rounds of the fight. While Jefferson showed he was game, Hernandez offense began to wear his opponent down as the fight drew longer. In the 6th, two straight lefts followed by a good push put Jefferson on the canvas for the 1st time as a pro. The Philly fighter beat the count, and continued to fire away but in return took more hard clean punches.
There were more spots where both men went toe to toe but it was evident that there was no stopping Hernandez in this one. He seemed hungier, more determined to get the win.
Behind on the scorecards, Jefferson continued to show the heart of a lion, taking good, clean punches and responding by throwing flurries of his own in the center of the ring.
As the fight reached the championship rounds, Hernandez looked to have the same energy from when the fight started while Jefferson looked to gas out. That didn’t stop Jefferson from giving it his all.
Mid way through the 12th and final round, Jefferson, fighting out of desperation and throwing punches with everything he had, collapsed face first more from exhaustion than punishment.
He was unable to beat the 10 count.
Hernandez fell to his knees and wept tears of joy, realizing the moment he has worked so hard for has finally arrived. After all of the long journeys, lousy fight accommodations and crooked politics of the game, he has overcome the long odds and is now recognized by a known sanctioning body as a champion.
Even in loss, take nothing away from Rashiem Jefferson, he gave every last bit of energy he had in that ring. Hopefully, he will rebound and go on to fight another day.
Winner by 12th round knockout – Jose Hernandez who improves to 11 – 6, 5ko’s
Tri State Super Middleweight Title Fight!
Rasheem Brown…..vs…..Jameel Wilson
South Philly…………………..West Oak Lane,.Philly
18- 3, 16ko’s…………13 – 11- 3, 8ko’s
This was an interesting fight in its own right. In one corner was Rasheem “The Untouchable” Brown, a once highly regarded prospect who fell on hard times due to a management deal gone wrong. After sitting out the remainder of that suspect deal, Brown became a free agent and recently signed with the local duo of Moz Gonzalez and Eddie Woods. He has since become a featured attraction on recent Power Productions cards.
In January of this year, Brown came back to the ring after 2 years on the bench and quickly knocked out known tough guy Jose Medina at The Legendary Blue Horizon.
On the strength of that win, he earned a crack at the newly created “Tri-State” Super Middleweight title. The Philly “Insiders” placed heavy odds on a Brown KO win and predicted that this would be the start of a run towards bigger and better things in the boxing world.
His opponent in this contest was Jameel “Black Gold” Wilson from the West Oak Lane section of the city. “Goldie” is another Philly fighter who came out of the gate blazing early in his career, going 10 – 0 on the local circuit before taking his talents to the next level. But the good times never last and his record also fell on hard times.
On paper, it shows that Wilson hasn’t won a bout since 2004. What the ink doesn’t reflect is that Wilson has been part of some of the most legendary Philly fights over the past decade.
Most recently it was a debated draw against Delaware’s Richard Stewart, In 2005 he went to war with the world ranked LuJuan Simon only to lose a majority decision. There are others but the bottom line is, if Jameel Wilson is on the card you want to be in the crowd if you are a fight fan.
This fight started looking like it would be an easy night for “Sheem”. Through 3 rounds, he came in hard, attacked the body, threw powerful over hand rights upstairs, popped off a strong jab while
Wilson stayed on the retreat, trying to fend off his attacker to no avail. Brown was much faster and it seemed, much stronger too. But Wilson, the ever crafty veteran, was able to survive the attack. He took some good shots but still had the sense to do something that not a whole lot of fighters do – which is actually listen to his corner.
When backed into the turnbuckle his corner would yell “get tight”. Wilson would quickly cover up, absorb a few power shots with his gloves and elbows, then slip out of the dangerous position.
Going into the 4th, it looked like it was going to be a long night for Wilson, but towards the end of the round, he landed a big overhand right which rocked Brown. “The Untouchable” got touched and staggered back to the ropes. Wilson smelled the blood and wasted no time trying to seal the deal throwing big overhand rights, stepping back, giving himself space, placing lefts to the body followed by more rights, referee Ron Aurit was in the two point stance ready to jump in to stop it.
Though Brown was stunned, he dug deep and was able to fire back with a big right hand that brushed Wilson off, giving himself some breathing room and eventually allowing him to escape the round.
After that, the war was on and the hammers were flying. Unlike previous rounds, it was now Wilson in the role of attacker, coming forward as Brown circled but stopping to throw overhand rights with home run power. The action was back and forth, Brown would land heavy rights and lefts, Wilson would respond with an attack of his own.
Rounds 6 – 9 played out this way, Brown going for the kill, Wilson working the body in an attempt to set up his own finisher. Both were connecting at a high rate, the crowd was on their feet screaming for a knockout. At some point during the ruckus, Wilson hurt his ankle, he fought with a noticeable limp as each round passed.
Going into the 10th, many thought this one was up for grabs and both fighters came out with the same thoughts. Win this round and you win the fight. Brown gained the upper hand early landing some bombs on the steel chinned Wilson.
Shaken – but by no means done – Wilson returned the favor and both fighters went at it in a good tough round. It turned into a bit of a wrestling match in the final minute, Brown in a clinch bought himself much needed time by tripping a gimpy Wilson causing a tumble that took both fighters on the canvas. This tactic ran the clock down to about :20 ticks. The action resumed but both fighters were standing when it went to the scorecards.
As previously mentioned, many thought it was a close fight. Unfortunately, the three people who really matter when it comes to a boxing decision saw it completely different. All three judges outrageously scored the bout 99 – 91 in favor of Rasheem “the Untouchable” Brown. I saw it closer to a draw with a coupel rounds that could have gone either way.
Wilson left the ring with a stoic look, replaying a scenario that has been the recent theme of his career, hard work with no reward.
Like true warriors, both embraced after the match with no hard feeling – it was a matter of respect, Philly boxing style! Now let’s talk about a rematch…
Winner by unanimous decision – “The Untouchable” Rasheem Brown who improves to 19 – 3, 16ko’s. Brown currently ranks #2 on my latest Philly top 10 “pound-for-pound” list of local fighters competing in small venues around our area.
Due to circumstances outside of the ring with previous scheduled fights falling out, matchmaker Ty McNeil pulled one off the Philly Keith dream card and signed a fight pitting two of the more action packed local fighters against each other.
Lenny “The Hitman” DeVictoria recently resurrecting a staggering career, winning his last two fights in action packed fashion.
The first of win is regarded as the 2007 Philly Fight of the Year when he stopped previously undefeated Elad Schmuel at the Legendary Blue Horizon.
Prior to the Schmuel fight, Lenny spent a lot of time taking short notice bouts in other prospects hometowns. Quick money to feed the family, but it always left him with the short end of the stick.
Now-a-days, Lenny’s team said they rededicated themselves to the sport. After a coupel of wins, he is inching back into position to earn bigger paydays and possibly move their way into the world rankings.
His opponent, Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson has come to be known as a fighter with a bit of a split ring personality. When faced with a legitimate challenge, he puts out a 110% effort and can steal a show. Late last year going against the toughest opponent of his career, Too Sweet went to war and came out on top in a thrilling slug fest over Utah’s Chris Fernandez.
But in his follow up performance, he dropped the ball and lost a rather lazy decision to the very non-descript Jason Jordan. After that fight, Too Sweet was quoted as saying “I’m tired of fighting these bums”. It has always been my opinion that Too Sweet fights to the level of his competitor, and on this night he would need to bring his A game because he was in with a guy who has seen and done a lot in the game and with the title on the line, was ready to put it all out there.
Prior to this fight, it was safe to say that it was a do-or-die situation in the young career of Too Sweet. Another loss would drop him out of the conversation of being a legitimate threat.
The locals who knew both fighters were predicting an all out war. When the bell sounded, the fans were treated to a very good, technically sound boxing match.
“Too Sweet” took the lead through three, jabbing, being the ring general and firing off well placed body shots in varieties of two, three and four punch combinations.
Lenny was like an old Voltswagon in the winter. It took a little while to get warmed up, but once the engine started to sweat, it was ready to run all night.
Lenny began to cut into the lead in the 4th, and in the 5th, he began to make Robinson miss. At the end of the round, Lenny connected with a crackling overhand right which sent Robinson wobbling into a corner. Tasting the win, Lenny wasted no time following up with lefts and rights to the head. Referee Shawn Clarke was in position and had the hawk-eye on Too Sweet, itching to make a leap and call a halt to the bout.
Fortunately for Robinson,the bell sounded to end the round as Lenny went back to his corner to a big greeting from his corner man Billy Briscoe.
The Hitman was like a wolf in the 6th, firing off power shots trying to recapture his advantage of the previous round. Towards the end of the round “Too Sweet” was able to rebound but it wasn’t enough to capture this round.
It was a dead even through 6 round, but as the fight wore on “Too Sweet” was able to retake the lead, reestablishing his role as initiator moving, jabbing, ripping off combinations. When the opportunity was right, he played the role of bully forcing the fight to the ropes.
By the 9th, Lenny was wearing the Crimson Mask of blood courtesy of a Robinson right hook to the nose. Bloodied but not battered, he continued to make a fight out of it and both men went toe to toe. Too Sweet threw in volume, Lenny looked for the one big head shot to close the show.
The 10th and final round was a very good one, Lenny, knowing he was behind on the cards looked for the knockout but Too Sweet wasn’t having it. He would neutralize the Hitman’s attack by forcing him to the ropes, working the body and not letting him breath.
It eventually went to the score cards with all three judges seeing it 98 – 92, 97-93 & 96 – 94, proclaiming Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson as the new USBA regional Jr. Welterweight Champion. Welcome back to the top 10 pound for pound list Too Sweet! A hard fought win in a very steady contest, proving their worthy of dream card status.
Winner by unanimous decision – Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson who improves to 9-2, 3 ko’s
Light Heavyweight Division
Tony Ferrante….vs….Ray Ruiz
Philly Keith Sports has inched its way to the top by being the voice of the boxing people, giving anyone and everyone involved an place to air it all out. For months, Ray Ruiz was calling out for an opportunity to fight an young up-and-comer from Mayfair, making claims of one sided sparring sessions and how it would all carry over once to the big stage if ever given the chance.
On this night, Ruiz aka “The 40-year-old Phenom” got what he asked for and big price for calling someone out. A single Tony “Boom-Boom” Ferrante right hand most likely ended Ruiz career as a paid professional.
After a solid first round, Boom-Boom landed the money shot early in the second round, knocking Ruiz straight back to the canvas. He was went down and his head bounced off the canvas like a basketball. This created a scary scene which kept the fighter down for more than 5 minutes, in need of a stretcher ride out.
In all seriousness, we hope the best for the man who is also known as “The Superstar” and have some work for him in the Philly Keith media stable if he ever wants to help generate fight hype. Fortunately he was not seriously injured.
Jr. Welterweight Division
Ray Robinson…vs…Jason Jordan
This fight was intended to be a showcase for a prospect who is regarded as having potential to really go places in his career. Jordan on the other hand, pays the rent by keeping his bags packed and traveling from town to town facing rising prospects and usually going home with an L.
BUT, last time in Philly, Jordan pulled off a shocker, taking a unanimous decision from Tyric Robinson. Would lightening strike twice? Absolutely not. Robinson came out of the gate blazing, scoring three knockdowns in the first round – all courtesy of left hands to the head.
To Jordan’s credit, he fought his way out of trouble, and instead of getting hit with a long medical suspension that comes with a knockout loss, he hung on to finish the bout on his feet and even managed to win the last round as Robinson grew more disinterested.
“The New” Ray Robinson showed he does have a good skill package but must learn to stay focused. Jordan, keeps his rep as a durable fighter who will give a guy rounds intact and will probably be fighting again in some small arena in parts unknown two or three weeks from now.
Winner – “The New” Ray Robinson who improves to 8 -0, 3 ko’s
Every year, one fighter separates themselves from the pack. Last year it was Harry Yorgey, the year before that it was “Fast” Eddie Chambers.
In 2007, Mike Jones took the quick leap from early 4 round prelim fighter to main event status by knocking out all 7 men who stood in front of him in this year.
In every fight he raised the level of competition and by the end of 2008, he could be in a position to put some of the worlds best welterweights on notice. He has become the man they pay to see at The New Alhambra, pretty soon he might be the man they pay to see on TV.
Hand speed, two fisted power, knockout potential, he has it all. There are still a few questions lingering to see what the Mount Airy native can or can not do, he has already done enough to cement his status as the top national prospect fighting in our region.
Catch him while you can because this show might be going on the road really soon.
Rookie of the Year
Teon “The Technician” turned pro in January of this year and has made the transition from amateur to pro look really easy so far. The former Golden Glover & National Champion has drawn comparisons to another fellow Philly featherweight Jeff Chandler who happens to be in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
December 1, 2006 – It was the last show for the boxing year at the famous fight hall on Broad and Thompson streets in North Philadelphia. Promoter Vernoca Michael & Don Elbaum collaborated once again with the theme of the night being “the 4th annual children’s show” at The Legendary Blue Horizon where fans were encouraged to bring gifts for kids aged 1 – 7 years old.
On paper, it seemed like the matchmaker distributed early Christmas presents to a couple of the Blue Horizon house fighters in the form of lack luster opponents.
But the co-feature bout proved to be a shocker, when a little known fighter named Arron Lyons (3 – 0 2ko’s) came to Philly from Gulfport, MS and extinguished the flame of red-hot Heavyweight prospect Joey Abell (9 – 1 9ko’s) by scoring a knockout at the 1:07 mark in the first round of a scheduled six round fight.
This bout was supposed to be a cakewalk for Abell who has quickly build a good following from the loyal fans in the building due to winning all nine of his professional fights by early knockout.
This fight didn’t last long at all. Lyons got inside early and rocked the big lumberjack with a hard right hand which sent Abell stumbling into the corner soon after the opening bell sounded.
PHILADELPHIA (Friday, November 10, 2006)—On Friday December 1, 2006 boxing fans will get an early holiday treat as one of the hottest heavyweight prospect’s in the world and a rematch of a sizzling fight highlights a terrific boxing card promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions that will take place at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.
In the main event, Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell will risk his undefeated knockout record in a six round bout. The co-feature will be a rematch of a Jr. Welterweight bout from 2004 as Steve Chambers takes on Lenny Divictoria in an eight round bout.
Abell, 9-0 with nine knockouts is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Philadelphia with his aggressive power punching style which has taken him less then sixteen rounds to dispose of his nine opponents.
He is coming off the longest outing of his career on October 13th as he was extended four rounds by 52 fight veteran Louis Monaco at The Legendary Blue Horizon
Abell will be making his sixth consecutive appearance at The Legendary Blue Horizon
Abell’s opponent will be announced shortly.
Just 21 years-old, Steve “Showtime” Chambers, of Philadelphia has already amassed a record of 13-1 with four knockouts. With each bout, Chambers has shown great improvement that has helped him get on an nine fight win streak (with one no-contest) and on December 1st will be looking to make his streak hit double digits.