Photos by Mike McGuigan
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.