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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

Ran Nakash returns to The Blue Horizon October 2nd!

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Boxing returns to Mothers house on October 2nd as Vernoca Michael & Don Elbaum present a night of boxing themed “Cancer Awareness Night” on North Broad street. The card is still being assembled but the main event seems to be in place. Cruiserweight Ran Nakash (20-0, 15ko’s) of Haifa Israel returns to his home away from home to take on ring drifter Gary Gomez (18-10-1, 7ko’s) for a scheduled 10 rounder. Nakash is on the brink of getting a meaningful fight and a solid ranking. Not sure if Gomez is the test to see if Nakash truly belongs but for whatever it is worth, Gomez has fought some very good opponents, although in losing efforts. Let’s hope that Gomez brings something to the table on this night.

The undercard should show Dangerous Darrell Jones taking on Achmed Tuba in a 4 rounder. Jones is a talented local product and his fight is anticipated by many in the area even though this will only be his second time lacing them up as a pro. Tuba is connected to some Blue Horizon insiders, and has garnered the place some local headlines with story of training overseas. This should be interested, especially if it goes to the scorecards. Not many think it will go the distance though as the early line is Jones by KO in 3.

Victor Vasquez is not on the card nor will he fight Tyric Robinson on October 16th. Expect to see the Boxing Barber sometime in late November.

Kansas native Jeremiah Graziano brings a 6-0, 6ko record to Philly for the first time. Let’s see how they match him. Check out a YouTube clip here

Monndre Pope, Joe Alonzo, Ryan Carson & Ardrick Butler are possibilities to round out the card. More info to come soon

Ran Nakash wins by KO in Newark!

Photo credit / Cindy Capitani & Mike Ricciardelli

Israeli Cruiserweight Ran Nakash upped his record to 19-0, 15ko’s with a 4th round KO over Virginia’s William Bailey in Newark over the weekend. Nakash, who usually conducts business at The Blue Horizon, becomes an interesting wildcard in the Cruiserweight division with this win. After witnessing very lackluster performances from the NABF champion Matt Godfrey and top challenger Shaun Hawk, it is not far fetched to think that Nakash compete at this level. Keep an eye out because he is due for a jump up in competition soon.

Also on this Newark card, Poland’s Tomasz Adamek retaining his IBF title with a 4th round KO over Bobby Gunn. Adamek now must face Philly’s Steve “USS” Cunningham or forfeit his title.

Patterson, NJ’s Henry Crawford (21-0, 8ko’s) won an 8 round unanimous decision over Philly’s Kaseem Wilson (12-2, 3ko’s) by scores of 80 – 72 x2 & 79- 73.

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Nakash stops Brunelli in 7, Edmunds is Marvel-ous against Tyric Robinson @ The Blue!

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I have to tip my cap to “The Don” Don Elbaum. It seems like every time there is a fight under his watch at Mother’s house, I am always complaining that he never has the card finalized more than 2 days before bell time or that he is always throwing some cheese ball gimmick out in the main event and giving it the hard sell. It was the same ol’ story this time around with “the Italian – Jewish Philadelphia” title on the line in the main event, with the state #1 contender in the Super Middleweight division Gee Culmer not offered an opponent that would get Greg Sirb’s stamp of approval, with other fights being patch worked with last second fill ins.

With all of that in the air on April 3rd, The Don patchwork produced one entertaining card this Friday in front of a jam packed audience who came from all walks of life.

The main event more than lived up to expectations as Israel’s Ran Nakash (17 – 0, 13ko’s) got the fight of his life from Mayfair’s Dave Brunelli (8-5, 3ko’s) and still pulled out the victory in a match that ended early in the 7th due to the doctors orders because of Brunelli’s apparently cut eyelid. The fight started with more hoop la than a Super Bowl half time show. Italian announcer, Jewish announcer, Italian anthem singer, Jewish anthem singer, USA anthem singer, Italian ring girl… you catch my drift.

After the ring cleared and the men got down to business, we were treated to a damn good Philly style main event. After 2 rounds it looked like Nakash was going to send the Brunelli and his big crowd home disappointed early. By round 4 Brunelli was showing balls the size of grapefruits as he took a lot of Nakash’s best power shots and encouraged him to keep on coming, standing an exchanging at short range. Midway through round 6, the possibility of Brunelli snatching the fight with a late KO wasn’t out of the question as he backed Nakash up with a few good shots of his own and kept fighting strong.

It wasn’t to be, as referee Gary Rosado ordered Brunelli to see the doctor at the start of round 7 to check on a swollen eye and bloody nose, wounds the doctor deemed too serious to continue. It was an unfortunate ending to a fight that allowed both fighters to show their wares. Nakash again showed he is a non stop buzzsaw and is not just some built up boxer, Brunelli showed up in the best shape of his life and displayed a toughness that even his biggest detractors have to appreciate. After the fight Nakash said “I was really surprised he was able to take those shots. he is a really tough fighter”. Here’s to both men for putting on a fight that lived up to the hype.

In the co-feature, Frankford’s Julius Edmonds bullied his way to a 6 round unanimous decision win over Philly’s Tyric Robinson in their highly anticipated Jr. Welterweight contest. From start to finish, Edmunds fought like he wanted to make a statement and his mission was to stay in Robinson’s chest and for every second of every round. He exerted all of his energy to push forward and punch hard throwing a variety of combinations to the head and body while smothering anything his opponent could fire back in return.

Robinson did not back down and punched back every step of the way but it was Edmunds who was clearly in control the entire time. The fight went to the score cards which read 60 – 54 x 2 & 58 – 56 for Edmunds. It is another strong showing for Edmunds who many feel can match up with any 140 lb fighter competing in this area. When asked about this fight he said “this was a very good win for me, Tyric Robinson is a known fighter in this area.”

When asked about who he wanted next he replied “I’m not sure but I’m thinking maybe a fight with Victor Vasquez.” Now THAT would be one hell of a fight….

On the undercard…

Reading’s Julio Caesar Matthew’s won a hard fought unanimous decision over NJ’s William Gill. It was a steady pace through most of the fight where each men landed some good, single shots. Matthews did some good work in rounds 4 and 5 as the south paw was able to land clean left hands. Gill came on strong in the final minute, landing consecutive rights that quickly swelled up Matthews eye. It eventually went to the cards which read 60 – 54, 59 – 55 & 58 – 56 all for Matthews who improves to 7 – 0 with 5ko’s.

Queens, NY featherweight Joselito Callado out boxed and out rumbled a determined, yet limited Jason Rorie of NC over 6 rounds. There were spots where Joselito would literally box circles around his opponent, but to the delight of the fans he opted to make a toe to toe fight of it for half of the fight and got the better in the two way exchanges. The only thing Callado lacks is pop but aside from that you can tell he is a very good, well rounded fighter. The cards read 59 – 55 x 3 for the Queens native. Before the fight, special guest ring announcer Mike Missinelli was booed mercilessly but when it was over the fans gave both fighters a standing ovation.

Jr. Lightweight Paul Fernandez got back on the winning track with a 4th round KO over TN’s Joseph Francisco, a fighter who all but gave up after an impressive 1st round. In the beginning Fernandez slowly moved forward, stalking in a Jason Vorhees manner and Francisco took full advantage using the ring, landing a few shots and getting out of there. As the fight wore on Francisco kept showboating but stopped throwing where as Fernandez began to land good combinations upstairs. Down the stretch, Fernandez dropped his opponent twice and it got to the point where referee Gary Rosato stopped it at 2:57 of the final round.

Welterweight Ronald Cruz stayed undefeated in a decent showing against a very in shape Shannon Hill of Cincinatti. Cruz loaded up a lot and did connect with some heavy bombs as Hill tried to circle and box for most of the fight. Cruz was most effective on the rare times he went to the body, something he should keep in his arsenal for the future. If he slipped in a few jabs, we could have a threat on our hands….

Take nothing away from Hill who did come to fight but in the end all the judges were in agreement that Cruz was the winner by scores of 40 – 36 x2 and 39 – 37.

In the opener, Taneal Goyco and Davit Davitashivili put on a wild, somewhat sloppy slugfest much to the delight of the crowd. Goyco landed some bombs early but Davit fought back hard in the middle. Davits face looked like an old piece of roast beef near the end with cuts and swelling on both eyes but he gave it all he had. Goyco did his thing as well and did more down the stretch to secure a unanimous decision win by scores of 39 – 36 x 3 as Davit was deducted a point for head butting in the 3rd.

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Nakash blows out Carrol in 2, Shmouel wins return bout at The Blue!

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On February 6, 2009 – the local boxing fans flocked to the Legendary Blue Horizon for a solid 6 fight card which was highlighted by undefeated Israeli heavyweight / cruiserweight Ran Nakash continuing his knockout streak when he dismissed the light challenge of Delaware, Ohio Ryan Carroll in less than 2 rounds.

Ran Nakash vs. Ryan Carroll 2

Nakash, a hand to hand combat instructor in the Israeli Army, used a body assault to pave the way to victory as Carroll’s flabby midsection wasn’t built to withstand the power punches downstairs. During this short fight, Carroll was dropped to his knees twice from shots to the bread basket.

Midway through the 2nd, referee Steve Smoger saw enough and call a halt to the contest as it became apparent that Carroll was ready to gas out at any moment.

Ran Nakash vs. Ryan Carroll 5

Continue reading Nakash blows out Carrol in 2, Shmouel wins return bout at The Blue!

Ran Nakash headines @ The Blue Horizon 2-6-09

On February 6, 2009 – the boxing tandem of Vernoca L. Michael & Don Elbaum return to The Legendary Blue Horizon with rising Israeli knockout artist Ran Nakash (16-0, 12 ko’s) being promoted to headline attraction for the first time in his career. The undefeated Cruiserweight’s assignment is Delaware, Ohio resident Ryan Carroll (7-1, 4ko’s) in a scheduled 8 rounder.

It’s not quite the step up people want to see out of Nakash but it isn’t horrible either. Nakash, who serves as a hand to hand combat instructor in the Israeli Army, has become quite the crowd draw in recent months after spending the early portion of his stateside career fighting less than formidable opposition. That all changed in September when he stepped up, and knocked out South Philly slugger Larry Robinson :50 into the first round, opening the eyes on many who now say Nakash could evolve into a real threat in the Cruiserweight division.

Since that night Nakash returned to The Blue in December to knockout journeyman Harvey Jolley in 7 rounds. For Carroll, this will mark the first time he will fight outside of his native Ohio. The last time he really stepped it up, he was mowed down in 1 round by Aaron Williams. Since then, he returned a year later to squeak out a split decision over Mike Word. Let’s see how this one works out.

On the under card, former hot prospect Elad Shmouel (18-2, 9ko’s) is said to be returning after a 14 month layoff. WIth less than a week to go before bell time, he is scheduled to face the ever dangerous fighter TBA.  Continue reading Ran Nakash headines @ The Blue Horizon 2-6-09

Steve Chambers, LaJuan Simon & Ran Nakash win, Blackwell gets KO’d @ The Blue Horizon

Photo by Anthony Gargano / & Write-up by Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer.

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.

The round by round recap by former IBF champion Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer along with photos by Anthony Gargano

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Chambers wins again, Nakash stops Robinson, Culmer squeaks past Wilson at The Blue!

The last fight card of the 2008 summer in Philly was at the Legendary Blue Horizon on Sept 12th and they came through with an exciting card that featured many local fighters facing off against one another. In the main event, “Showtime” Steve Chambers got his first shot at the headliner against perennial B-sider Kevin Carmody, a fighter who has taken on a bevy of rising prospects in his short career. There was a Cruiserweight showdown between two familiar faces as Israel’s Ran Nakash made his 6th pro stop the famed Philly fight hall. He would get the first real test of his career as he signed on to face the big punching Larry Robinson of South Philly in what was scheduled for 8 rounds but everyone in the building knew it wouldn’t go anywhere near that long. The other co-feature was a battle between two fighters who have been on the opposite end of many controversial decision in their day. Gee Cullmer just can’t seem to get any credit in this town for his wins, while Jameel “Black Gold” Wilson has gone the distance with some of the best in very close, entertaining only to get shafted on the scorecards. Also slated for action were two regarded amateurs making their pro debut in “Dangerous” Darrell Jones & Derek Bivins who fought in separate bouts. New Yawker William Jeter also stopped by to take on Pete Guthy. Scroll down to find out how it went down.

Steve Chambers….vs….Kevin Carmody
17-1-1, 5ko’s………..10-9, 1ko

This main event featured two of Philly’s youngest, yet most experienced Jr. Welterweights. “Showtime” Steve Chambers, the brother of former King of the Blue “Fast” Eddie Chambers was getting his first shot to fill the void his bro left a little over a year ago. Carmody is no stranger to promotionally pushed opposition. At 22 years old, he has traveled the country and at times had his arm raised in victory. The main question coming into this was not if either man could fight, but who would take the initiative to actually make a fight out of it? Carmody isn’t known for his aggressiveness and Chambers, until recently, had a tendency to not fight with much fire.

All questions about the pace of this fight were answered immediately as both men stood in the center of the ring exchanging good leather. Midway through the round, Carmody landed a straight right down the pike which put Chambers on the seat of his pants. Chambers did beat the 10 count as Carmody stayed relaxed and picked his shots.

Down but far from out, Chambers and Carmody continued to exchange with Carmody getting the better through 3 rounds. The tide turned in the 4th when Chambers opened a cut over Caromdy’s left eye. In the 5th a straight right hand from Chambers sent Carmody’s mouthpiece flying into press row. Round 6 was very close and Carmody threw combination on the inside while Chambers looked to land the hard overhand right to the head.

The action died out down the stretch with Chambers seemingly doing more than the tiring Carmody. The fight went to the scorecard which read 78 – 73, 77 – 75 & 77- 74 for Chambers who improves to 18 – 1 – 1, 5ko’s

Larry Robinson….vs….Ran Nakash
South Philly…………Israel

Don Elbaum finally decided to step up the competition for his fighter Ran Nakash and this one was expected to be a war. In the end it was a one sided bombing as a Ran Nakash short right hook ended matters :50 into the 1st round of this Cruiserweight battle. An impressive win to say the least. Welcome to the Philly top 10 list.

Gee Culmer….vs….Jameel Wilson

As stated in the opening segment, this was a battle between two fighters have been involved in many close fights over the past few years. Culmer seems to always get the nod while Wilson usually gets the shaft. The ending of this one is open for debate as well in what turned out to be a very good two way action battle between two Philly natives.

In the opening three rounds, Gee Culmer put on a boxing clinic, using the ring, working his jab, sneaking in his straight right and getting out of the way of incoming danger.

But I know Jameel Wilson, and the book on him is he will lull you to sleep and give you a false sense of confidence, then lay the hammer on you. The middle rounds were very close, very competitive as Wilson dramatically picked up the pace and in the process, changed Gee’s approach from that of a smart boxer to street brawler.

Round 6 and 7 were big for Wilson who had Gee on the ropes and consistently land a variety of punches. Gee absorbed the shots and fired back some of his own, willing to fight it out. The crowd erupted at the end of these rounds.

The 8th started with a solid toe to toe exchange. Midway through Gee went back to his early formula of boxing instead of brawling and did quite well. Wilson came alive as time was winding down which sparked off another two way exchange until the final bell sounded.

The crowd was buzzing and press row scoring was all over the place. When Ring Announcer Larry Tornambe grabbed the mic, he announced a majority decision in favor of Culmer by scores of 77 – 75, 78 – 74 with the third judge seeing it even at 76-76.

Derek Bivins….vs….Darrell Martin

Derek Bivins started off his pro career in style with a one sided unanimous pounding over the usually durable Darrell Martin. In the beginning it was competitive but after round two, you could make a case for round 3 & 4 being 10 – 8’s as Bivins continuously stalked and battered Martin around the ring.

It went to the cards with all three judges seeing it 40 – 36 in favor of Bivins who is now 1-0 as a pro,

Darrell Jones….vs….James Wynn

Dangerous Darrell Jones says he plans on cracking the top 10 list by next year and he is off to a strong start with fiery 3rd round KO over James Wynn in his pro debut. Jones fired off some hard body punches followed by soem right hooks to the head. After 2 rounds Wynn wanted out. By round 3 a left – right combo gave him that option as he hit the deck only to get up long after the 10 count was given.

Winner “Dangerous” Darrell Jones who improves to 1-0, 1ko

William Jeter…vs….Pete Guthy
New York………….

Two unknowns came to the Blue and put on a pretty good fight while it lasted. The highlight came in the 3rd where Guthy threw a right handed bomb with everything he had behind it and landed squarely on Jeter’s chin. The problem was, Jeter didn;t budge, then returned the favor two folder with a right handed bomb of his own which did put Guthy down twice, the second of which he wouldn’t beat the 10 count for.

Winner: William Jeter TKO 3 – 2:52

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Lenny DeVictoria and Gee Culmer win at The Blue Horizon

Lenny DiVictoria vs. Derrick Moon

Two fighters who don’t duck anybody got together to headline this card at The Blue and this one didn’t disappointed. It was 8 rounds of two way exchanges as a chiseled Moon tried to apply pressure and be the boss in the ring but his offense was nullified by clean counter punching and well timed combinations by Lenny.

The fighters split the first two rounds which went at a steady pace with neither man truly gaining the upper hand. In the third, the fight seemed to take its form as Moon, the stronger of the two would try to muscle Lenny into the ropes and punch to the body. Lenny, with his back against the ropes would take a few then wiggle free to fire off some combinations in return.

In the 4th, DiVictoria brought the fight to the middle of the ring where he would do his best work of the evening. Moon would stand toe- to toe with the Philly native but it was Lenny who landed the cleaner punches and eventually scored a flash knockdown as his movement kept Moon off balance.

Moon picked up the pace after the knockdown and tried to change his look, switching from orthodox to southpaw and back again. Lenny let the fight come to him and responded with three and four punch combos as Moon kept coming, fighting until the very end.

It went to the cards with all three judges seeing it in favor of Lenny DiVictoria who improves to 11- 10 , 4ko’s
Lenny DiVictoria vs Derrick Moon 2008 (1) Lenny DiVictoria vs Derrick Moon 2008 (2) Lenny DiVictoria vs Derrick Moon 2008

Gee Culmer vs. John “The Baptist” Terry

We didn’t get the Gee vs. Joe Christy fight that was originally proposed but we did get Joe Christy lite in the form of John “The Baptist” Terry.

Gee pounded away for the majority of this fight but Terry does have some spunk in him and showed that even though he is from Baltimore, he is pretty tough.

Through 5 rounds, Gee worked the body and followed up with straight rights upstairs.

Terry’s corner man was screaming going into the 6th and Terry responded with his best round of the evening as he went all out trying to get a KO.

In the end it wasn’t enough and Gee won on all three judges scorecards.

Gee Culmer vs John Michael Terry 2008 (3)Gee Culmer vs John Michael Terry 2008Gee Culmer vs John Michael Terry 2008 (5)
Ran Nakash vs. Rey Ruiz

Ran Nakash stays undefeated with a 2nd round knockout over Rey Ruiz who usually fights at light heavyweight.

It was a typical Nakash fight where the house stacked the odds heavily in his favor as he came in 3 lbs over the cruiser weight limit.

With that out of the way, Nakash did do what he had to do and after a slow first round, he let loose in the second landed punches at will. A hard 4 punch combo sent Ruiz to the ropes where referee Gary Rosado decided to stop the fight.

At 11 – 0, it is time for State Athletic Director Greg Serb to stiffen the competition.
Ran Nakash vs Ray Ruiz 2008 (1) Ran Nakash vs Ray Ruiz 2008

Ran Nakash vs Ray Ruiz 2008 (2)
Ahmed Samir vs. Kamarah Pasley

Samir was very aggressive in this fight as he chased around Pasley over four rounds and landed a good amount of straight right hands.

Pasley had a few spots where he would catch Samir sleeping and lunge in with a straight left out of his southpaw stance but overall it was Samir’s energy and willingness to fight which led him to the win.

Ahmed Samir vs Kamarah Pasley 2008 (1) Ahmed Samir vs Kamarah Pasley 2008

Julias Edmunds vs. Shavaris Boui

In the opener, Philly’s Julias Edmunds pounded out a 4 round unanimous decision over NY’s Shavarious Boui. Though Edwards was the smaller fighter, he was more aggressive, landed the much cleaner punches and even though it was his debut, looked far more comfortable in the ring.

Things got really good in the final minute as Buie looked for the KO and slugged away but Edwards responded and landed some hard rights and lefts of his own which put the crowd on their feet.

It went to the cards and Julias Edmunds won by scores of 40 – 36 & 39- 37 x2.

The house gave the steel chinned Tex Cobb a standing ovation when he was presented his Sports Management degree as he recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University.

Tex Cobb gets Bachelor Degree 2008 (1) Tex Cobb gets Bachelor Degree 2008

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Abell takes out Warner at the Blue 09-07-07

photos by Mike McGuigan

It was another shirt drencher at The Blue Horizon this weekend which was the home of an 8 fight card which can be best described as competitively mismatched.

On a card that had its ups and downs, the fans were treated to a couple of chin checking knockouts and saw some young fighters who have potential to climb the ladder in the future.

In the Main Event, Joey Abell returned to his home away from home to take on West Philly’s Levon Warner in what was supposed to be an 8 round fight. Brick City upstart Alex Perez made the trip down I-95 to put his undefeated record on the line against cagey ring veteran Darien Ford. Jules Blackwell looked to make a pound for pound list statement in his fight against Joe Rosa of the Bronx.

Gee Culmer stayed busy against James North in 6 round middleweight bout. SSG Sam Brown returned to The Blue to prepare for a 3rd tour of duty against undefeated heavyweight Ran Nakash.

Two young Philly kids got it on when Paul Fernandez and Jonathan Ocassio stepped into the ring for a scheduled four rounder. Steve Chambers returned to the ring after 9 months off to take on Jason Jordan who has lost to some of our best in the past.

Naji Murray looked to start his career 2 – 0 against Jeremy Lester of Ohio. In between fights, Steve “USS” Cunningham was honored for recently winning the IBF Cruiserweight title.

The fights were brought to you by Promoter Vernoca L. Michael and matchmaker Don Elbaum and can be seen on Comcast Sports Net in October.

Heavyweight Division
Joey Abell…vs…Levon Warner
Minnesota………West Philly
16 – 1, 16ko’s….6-4-1, 1ko

On paper, it was Minnesota Ice against the West Philly bad boy, southpaw against southpaw, the youngbuck against the veteran. In the ring it was completely one sided ironing as Abell smoked Warner out of there at 2:53 in the 1st round. Warner stormed out of the gate and tried to bring the fight right to the Minnesota lumberjack. This won him, oh, the first 20 seconds of the fight. After the inital rush, Abell settled in and used a jab for once which set up a traumatizing left hook that knocked Warner down very hard. To Warner’s credit he got back to his feet but was visibly dazed. Abell finished it off with a sizzling 3 punch combo seconds later. Miraculously, Warner was able to walk out on his own after the fight ended.

It was an exciting win no doubt, but is he ever going to avenge that loss to Arron Lyons?

Winner by TKO – Joey Abell who improves to 17 – 1, 17ko’s

Joey Abell vs LeVon Warner 2007

Heavyweight Division
Alex Perez…vs…Darien Ford
Newark, NJ……..New Oreleans
8-0, 6ko’s……..11-14, 4ko

In the co-feature, “The Brick City Bullet” Alex Perez and Darien Ford played really rough for the better part of two rounds until a hip toss which was somehow ruled an accidental foul left Ford on the canvas unable to continue resulting in a No Contest. This seemed to be a little bit of payback because Ford gave Perez two bad cuts early in the fight. Hopefully there will be a rematch, Ford was definitely showing that he is much better than his 11 – 14 record and ready to give Perez a stiff test.

Alex Perez 2007

Heavyweight Division
Naji Murray…vs…Jeremy Lester
Philly………….Akron, Ohio
1-0…………….1-1-1, 1ko

Naji Murray made Jeremy “Big Gun” Lester look like a tiny water pistol by scoring a huge knockout win early in the 1st round. In this 58 second fight, Murray scored his first knockdown with a big left hook to the ear. Lester got up but didn;t learn his lesson as he got clubbed with about 6 more big left hooks to the ear, the last of which polished Lester off and left him down for much longer than the needed 10 count.

With the win, Naji Murray climbs to 2 – 0.

Naji Murray 2007
Featherweight Division
Jules Blackwell…vs…Joe Rosa
Phoenixville, PA…….Bronx, NY
4-0, 2KO’S………….1-0-1,

Jules Blackwell started off a little slow but came on nicely down the stretch taking a unanimous decision win over Joe Rosa by scores of 40 – 36 across the board. After the second, Jules was 2 steps ahead of Rosa working upstairs and downstairs, mixing in good footwork to avoid being hit by anything Rosa threw.

With the win, Jules Blackwell raises his record to 5 – 0.

Jules Blackwell vs Joe Rosa 2007 Jules Blackwell vs Joe Rosa 2007 (1) Jules Blackwell vs Joe Rosa 2007 (2)
Middleweight Division
Gee Culmer…vs…James North
Phiadelphia…….Weston, WV
10 – 1, 3ko’s…..8-17-2, 3ko’s

Gee Culmer won in typicial Gee Culmer fashion, and he was in James North’s chest like a heart surgeon. “The Thoroughbred” worked hard to the body and mixed in uppercuts at short range for just about every minute of the fight. North hung in there for the duration but he output was about 1/4th of what Gee gave him.

With the win, Gee Culmer climbs to 11 – 1.

Gee Culmer vs James North 2007
Heavyweight Division
Ran Nakash…vs…Sam Brown
Haifa, Israel…..Ft CamPbell,KY
8-0, 5ko’s……..4-2, 2ko

Ran Nakash took a unanimous decision win over SSG Sam Brown by scores of 40 – 36 x2 and 39 – 37. SSG Brown gave good work to Nakash early showing off some technical ability, catching Nakash with jabs and moving out of range before fire could be returned.

The fight started to break down in the second with both fighters staying on the inside trading short rights and lefts. Ran came alive in the third and forth landing solid straight rights and uppercuts upstairs as Brown started to wear down.

With the win Nakash moves to 9 – 0. Now does he fight the winner of Brunelli vs Oaktree?

With the win, Ran Nakash is now 9 -0.

Ran Nakash vs Sam SSG Brown 2007 (1) Ran Nakash vs Sam SSG Brown 2007
Heavyweight Division
Paul Fernandez…vs…Jonathan Ocassio
1-0-1, 1ko…………pro debut

This fight opened the show but Paul Fernandez should be moved higher up the card after this one because he showed signs of developing into an exciting fighter who the crowd will get behind. This one started off nicely as both fighters traded punches but after a while it looked like the stage fright sunk in on Ocassio and that combined with the body work of Fernandez seemed to take its toll. There were no knockdowns but at 1:52 in the 3rd trainer Billy Briscoe saw enough and stopped the fight to save his man from further punishment.

With the win, Paul Fernandez is now 2 – 0 – 1.

Jr. Welterweight Division
Steve Chambers…vs…Jason Jordan
14 – 1, 4ko’s………4-12

If you like power punching and toe to toe exchanges, this was the fight to go step outside and have a smoke. If you like guys who move around the ring and score with punches, this was the fight for you. The fight was the same from the beginning with Steve using the entire ring and throwing light flurries, usually to the ear and Jordan would occasionally step forward and throw a 2 punch combo. When it was all said and done, “Showtime” Steve Chambers won a unanimous decision by scores of 60 – 54 x 2 and 59 – 55.

With the win, Steve Chambers is now 15 – 1.

Steve Upshur Chambers vs Jason Jordan 2007 (1) Steve Upshur Chambers vs Jason Jordan 2007 (2) Steve Upshur Chambers vs Jason Jordan 2007


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