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Nakash decisions Barragan @ The Arena

 

Russian based outfit No Limit Promotions made their debut on Philadelphia soil with a rare mid-week boxing card which was held at the Arena in South Philly. This Wednesday night special was an international affair that featured promising talent from different corners of the globe – most coming with decorated amateur backgrounds. The foreign promoters worked in association with Don Elbaum & Joey Eye to produce a seven fight card that was very evenly matched but carried little local intrigue which resulted in some good action fights but a poor turnout at the gate.

Ran Nakash vs Victor Barragan 2010In the main event, 204 lb Cruiserweight Ran Nakash of Haifia Israel had a tougher than expected time with game California journeyman Victor Barragan (11-6, 3ko’s) during the course of his 10 round unanimous decision win. Not a lot of movement in this one as both fighters only knew one direction – forward. While it lacked in style it did have its moments of good exchange on the inside. Nakash landed a lot of heavy shots to the head while Baragan fought in spots, mixing in a touch of body work though mostly headhunting. No knockdowns or moments of serious trouble for either fighter. All rounds were closely contested. It went to the scorecards with Nakash winning across the board by scores of 97-93, 96-94 and an absurd 99-91. While the judges score was unanimous – the fight fans and media were split. There was no disputing the fact that Nakash won this fight. The severance was in their opinion of whether or not Nakash has what it takes to succeed at the next level. His supporters say that he is world champ material, the detractors say he should have blown a fighter of this caliber out of the water. It is worth noting that Nakash was preparing to take on veteran southpaw Lou Del Valle up until 10 days before this bout. Regardless of your opinion, the Israeli hand-to-hand combat soldier improves to 25-0 with 18ko’s and will improve on his #13 rating in the WBC. Next fight looks to be against former world title challenger Bobby Gunn in September. Stay tuned for more info…

on the under card…

Felix Diaz vs Broderick Antoine 2010 (3)2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz (6-0, 4 KO’s) 146 ½ lbs of Santo Domingo, scored a TKO 8 (:35) over a very worthy Broderick Antoine (10-11-1) 145 ½ lbs of Troy, NY. Diaz looked explosive in the first round, then got outboxed for three rounds as he looked tired from his early onslaught. He rebounded and closed the gap somewhere near round five and by the end of the bout a bloodied Antoine was saved from himself as referee Shawn Clark halted the bout at the :35 mark of round 8 due to a nasty cut over Antoine’s left eye.

Maxim Limonov vs Julius Fogle 2010 (2)When you sport a mullet like Russian Super Middleweight Maks Liminov (13-0) does, you better be able to fight. While the 165 ½ lber from Prokopyevsk looked like a young Keith Partridge – he fought like a prospect to keep your eye on in the future. He and Julius Fogle (15-6) 169 lbs of Cary, NC had the fight of the night in a very good two-way action bout that was non-stop from beginning to end. Liminov is an attacker and kept the pressure on high, Fogel did a good job of using that aggression against his man and found lots of countering opportunities. A lot of ebb and flow in this one. It went to the cards with scores 58-56 for Fogle; 59-55 & 59-55 for Liminov

Heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov (6-0, 4 KO’s) 219 lbs of Lugansk, Ukraine withstood a grimy first round to score a very impressive TKO at the 2:41 mark of round 3 over Mark “Oaktree” Brown (15-4) 223 ½ lbs of Salem, NJ Vyacheslav Glazkov vs Mark Brown 2010 (4)

Super Flyweights Alejandro Solorio (4-2) 112 ½ lbs of Huntington Park, CA pulled a mini upset over Rutam Nabeev (5-1) 113 ½ lbs of Tobolsk, Russia winning their four round swing bout. Solorio scored a knockdown in round two and won on all cards by scores of 40-35, 39-36, 39-36

Imani Bell vs Lee Thomas 2010 (3)Former Penn State lineman Imani Bell (1-0, 1 KO) 282 lbs of Philadelphia, PA withstood the early bull rush of Lee Thomas, 283 ½ lbs of Saginaw, MI as Bell was knocked to the canvas in the opening round of his pro debut. To his credit, he got up and put the pancakes on Thomas in round two – so much so that a bloodied Thomas did not come out of his corner for round three.

In the opener Jr. Lightweight Oz Goldenberg (2-0) 129 ½ lbs of Israel won a majority decision over Marcos Garcia (0-3) 132 lbs of Camden, NJ.. Scores were 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38

Oaktree Brown almost knocks Tony Grano clean out of the ring – but loses a decision at The Foxwoods

On Friday, March 12, 2010 – Mark “Oaktree” Brown (15-3, 7ko’s) let one slip away as he over-cautiously contested Tony Grano (17-1, 13ko’s) in their rematch at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.

In September of 2008, Salem, NJ native Brown pulled the rug from the CES Boxing team when he scored a miraculous, come-from-behind knockout victory over the then undefeated Grano on Grano’s home court. This win would earn Brown the WBF heavyweight title. Not a highly regarded belt – but the first in the career of a 41-year-old fighter who took the hard knock road through the business.

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Team Grano has been itching for a rematch ever since. Some thought lightening would strike twice. It almost did – but Brown waited too long to bring the thunder.

Where the first fight was full of hay-makers and knockdowns – this one started off as a stinker. Oaktree refused to throw punches for the better of nine rounds and Grano was no help in the initiation process, staying far away from striking distance.

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Things changed once Brown decided to let his fists fly in the 10th and final round. One can-opener right hand landed so hard at one point he almost knocked Grano clean out of the ring with a filthy overhand right. Video of Brown landing the “super punch” is below. Grono hit the ropes and then the canvas, but to his credit he was able to beat the 10-count.

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The late knockdown wasn’t enough to win a contest filled with mauling and wrestling. It went to the score cards and read in favor of the hometown favorite Grano by tallies of 98-91 and 97 – 92 x 2.

It was a good run for Oaktree who said this very well may be his final fight as a pro boxer. The 41 year old Salem, NJ native is said to be interested in pursuing a career in the MMA or Professional Wrestling….

Clip of Oaktree landing the super punch in round 10

“Brace For Impact,” was presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports


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Philly Keith Sports Talk Radio – Episode 2

Recorded on 3/11/10. Episode 2 – 30 minute show – Interview with Mark “Oaktree” Brown as he prepares for his big fight against Tony Grano in Connecticut. Quick preview of the Eddie Chambers vs Wladimir Klitschko fight…

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Oaktree vs Grano II @ The Foxwoods!

On March 13, 2010 –  Mark “Oaktree” Brown (15-2, 7ko’s) grants a rematch to heavyweight hopeful Tony Grano (16-1, 13ko’s) at the Foxwoods casino in Connecticut. Oaktree went on the road in September of 2008 after a successful run in Philly and pinned the one and only loss on the tail of Grano. In a tremendous show of will, Oaktree overcome two early knockdowns to win by KO late in the final round to take the WBF title.

That day rates as the highlight of the Salem crowd pleasers career. Unfortunately follow up success has been hard to find. Grano to his credit was able to bounce back with a stunning KO of his own – rallying from an utter whooping to stop Travis Kaufmann on Shobox late last year.

Word is that this is a rematch Grano has been dying to get. If Oaktree can get another win, he positions himself for a nice fight anywhere he chooses in the world.

At 41 years old there isn’t much time left. Tip your cap to the Salem, NJ resident who is going for broke and trying to make lightening strike twice.

“Brace For Impact,” is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports

This fight can be viewed on www.gofightlive.tv probably for around $5 – I will confirm time and date soon.

Here are a few words from Oaktree to the Philly and New Jersey fans who supported him throughout his career.

 

 

 

 

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Philly Keith Sports Fight TV series interview with WBF Heavyweight champion Mark “Oaktree” Brown. Very entertaining. If you don’t like it – he may hit you with a “Super Punch”!

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Mark Oaktree Brown wins WBF Heavyweight title


On September 27th, 2009 – Mark “Oaktree” Brown went into enemy territory and got the job done scoring a dramatic 8th round TKO over Connecticut’s heavily favored hometown hero Tony Grano to become the new WBF Heavyweight champion. Oaktree overcame two early knockdowns and fought back, delivering a smelling salts type of KO on the previously undefeated Grano. Immediately after his win, Oaktree and his team called in to me to share their excitement on this victory, proclaiming themselves as champions. In a post fight phone interview, Oaktree was ecstatic, almost in disbelief that he was a champ and now is is looking to have fun with it and go on a run. He also looks to be able to finally be able to make some money out of this business. Congrats to Oaktree Brown, the grimy, underground training fighter who made his name the hard way through this rough and tumble business. He now is a spot where he can be the guy who separates the prospects from suspects. Keep getting them and make that money Oak!

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Rasheem Brown TKO’s Medina to cap a great night at The Blue Horizon

photos by Zach Radel

The date was January 25, 2008 and I was kicking off my 30th birthday at The Legendary Blue Horizon. It was time well spent as promoter Greg Robinson & his Power Productions team hosted a very good seven fight show. The original main event between Trenton’s undefeated “Italian Assassin” Chucky Cavallo and Philly street solider Jameel “Black Gold” Wilson for the Tri-State Light Heavyweight title was canceled at the last minute due to a sports hernia suffered by Cavallo. We are told that the bout has been rescheduled for March. It could be a dandy.

Not to fear because two Philly sluggers were waiting in the wings as”The Untouchable” Rasheem Brown and Jose “El Macho” Medina gladly took over the role as headliners.

The under card was stacked with up-and-comers who were looking to position themselves for big things in the near future. The lineup included Heavyweight puncher Mark “Oaktree” Brown along with Jr. Welterweights Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson and”Hammerin” Hank Lundy competing in separate bouts. There were other local notables were set for action to round out the show.

To the naked eye, this could have looked like an easy night for some fighters, but matchmaker Ty McNeil once again did his thing and put together a good card which had a big upset, a big knockout and a couple of toe to toe battles that went the distance and could have gone either way.

To cap it all off – ring announcer Pat Fattore gave me an in-ring birthday shout-out which drew a nice cheer from the loud, near sell out crowd. Scroll down to get the full report.

Middleweight Division

Rasheem Brown…vs…Jose Medina
South Philly………North Philly
17-3, 14ko’s………14 – 9, 10ko’s

This impromptu main event featured two experienced fighters who came through the local ranks and are known for the TNT loaded in their mitts. It was figured that this one would end early though it was scheduled for 8 rounds, the only question was who would it be?

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“The Untouchable” Rasheem Brown was returning after two years out of the ring though he has played stayed active going into camp with some of the top names in the business. Jose “El Macho” Medina has stayed pretty active lately with mixed results and made the jump up to the middleweight division for this one.

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Upcoming fights in Sewell New Jersey

On Thursday, January 24th, 2008 – Big Box Promotions in association with Fighting City Productions held a press conference to announce their upcoming card in Sewell, New Jersey.

Scheduled for action are undefeated prospects Chazz Witherspoon & Tommy Rainone to go along with Derek Ennis who fights a 10 rounder against Edwin Vasquez for one of the smaller belts in the junior middleweight division.

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In attendance were Derek Ennis, Chazz Witherspoon, Mark “Oaktree” Brown, Jennifer Mollister and Kareemah Thomas who will be fighting in a ladies contest.

Quotes from the fighters:

Derek Ennis “My fans know what I bring. I am coming to fight, and I wont stop. Rest assured, I will put on a show”

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Chazz Witherspoon ” It is great to be fighting in my home town area. I had to jump at this chance. There are very good heavyweights out there, and it is time the people of South Jersey see the talent it has produced. It is going to be an amazing show”

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Tyric Robinson and Utah’s Chris Fernandez put on a Power Productions classic at The Blue Horizon 11-02-07

photo by Zach Radel

Power Productions returned The Legendary Blue Horizon this past Friday and matchmaker Ty McNeil managed to put together 3 gems on this 6 fight card.

The best was kept for last as the main event showcased a toe to toe war between Philly’s Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson and Utah’s Chris Fernandez over 8 rounds of Junior welterweight action. In Light Heavy action, Tony “Boom Boom” Farrante made his pro debut and his opponent, former kick boxer Heath Harris, was looking to kick his ass. Farrante came out strong, Harris cowboyed up and these two went at it from bell to bell.

Two more Philly Light Heavy’s battled when Jake “The Snake” Rodriguez brought his deceiving record in against Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller who looked to bounce back from his first career loss.

Adam Harris, Jesus Barbosa & Farah Khalil rounded out the action in the ring. There was almost as much action outside of the ring as there was on the inside. The good points included giving recognition to the hard work of Philadelphia correctional officers, the sounds of MC Pat Fattore rocking the microphone and a thin but fiery crowd who were very vocal which added to the excitement.

On the flip side, security was performing jailhouse like full cavity body inspections, smokers were turned away at the door and the ring girls looked like they were picked fresh from under the El. Safety first – Blue Horizon style! This is how is happened on Broad & Thompson courtesy of promoter Greg Robinson.

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Mark “Oaktree” Brown decisions Brunelli, Jameel Wilson & Richie Stewart fight a war, Raymond “Tito” Serrano makes his pro debut at the Wachovia Spectrum 10-19-07

photos by Mike “Teek” McGuigan

The fights returned the The Wachovia Spectrum as Power Productions collaborated with Damon Feldman for a 6 fight card in the South Philly landmark. The primary attraction was a showdown between two local heavyweights and Mark “Oaktree” Brown and Dave Brunelli squared off over 6 rounds of action.

In the main event, Light Heavy’s Richard Stewart and Jameel “Black Gold” Wilson went to war over 8 rounds of back and forth slugging. There were a few more heavyweights on the bill as undefeated Gurchuran Singh from India took on “Millionaire” Mike Miller in a 6 rounder and Grant Cudjoe of Brooklyn went in against upstate PA’s Jason Bergman.

In Welterweight Action, Raymond “Tito” Serrano was making his pro debut against Tierre King. Dan “Bada Bing” Biddle opened the show and looked to make it two in a row as a professional.

Heavyweight Division

Mark “Oaktree” Brown….vs….Dave Brunelli
New Jersey……………………………………Philly
9-1…………………………………………………..8-2

It was a battle of two tough local heavyweights which was surrounded by a lot of hoopla and media attention. Once it got into the ring, it wasn’t the greatest of fights but nothing competes with two locals fighting each other.

Overall, this one went at steady paced fight where both fighters had some good moments though neither was seriously hurt at any point.

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