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Dave Tiberi TNT Productions at Delaware Park 09-26-07

The First State brought the fights outdoors to Delaware Park along the race track and and Dave Tiberi of TNT Productions turned in a card filled with competitive fights, accurate scoring as advertised and a huge upset. There was a light mist in the air to go along with the perfect temperature and while causing a bit of a damp canvas, it was a great experience. Boxing outdoors, you just gotta love it!

The majority of the crowd came to see local fighters Larry “Laser” Marks, Ryan Belasco and Richard Stewart. When it was all said and done, a couple of thoroughbreds pulled up lame on the track and it was the experienced war horses Dhafir Smith, Damon Antoine & Shannon Miller who ended up stealing the show.

Prior to the fights, there were tributes to members of Delawares boxing past, all branches of the US Military and also a $10,000 donation to the Delaware Police Athletic League. If you are the type who likes to do a little gambling on the slots, horses or just looking to do some golfing check out Delaware Park. It looks like it could be a nice surprise.

Chucky Cavallo…vs…Shannon Miller
Trenton, NJ………..Mississippi
16 – 0, 6ko’s………22 – 37, 16ko’s

In the Main Event, “The Italian Assassin” Chucky Cavallo came in for what was thought to be a tune up to prepare for his PA State Title fight against Richard Stewart.

His opponent for the night Shannon “Trouble” Miller should now go the the nickname of the “Bad Mechanic” because this fight went terribly wrong. Miller scored 3 knockdowns in the first, all with two punch combinations upstairs as Cavallo did not use his far superior reach. In between knockdowns Cavallo did manage to land a good straight right which Miller shook off and went back to business.

New cornerman “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon was screaming at ringside for Cavallo to at first get his hands up and then later in the roundto tie up Miller and buy himself some time. Cavallo was foggy but heeded the last bit of advice and managed to survive the round. Not even the great Teddy Atlas could said anything between rounds to delay the eventual outcome.

Miller just seemed to have his number on this night and wasted no time finishing the job :23 into the second round. The Cavallo team was shocked. In what was supposed to be easy work against an opponent with 37 losses turns out to be a disaster.

Now, the big money title fight against Richard Stewart along with his undefeated record are gone. Will the 21 year old Italian Assassin bounce back from his first career loss? Time will tell, stay tuned.

Give props to Shannon Miller too for knowing he was up against an up and coming prospect and not backing down one bit. This was a true boxing surprise.

Chuckie Cavallo vs Shannon Miller 2007 (2)

Richard Stewart…vs….Jake Rodriguez
Delaware…………….North Philly

In the co-feature, Richard Stewart, also getting ready for the title fight against Cavallo, got a good nights work and won a unanimous decision over a game Jake Rodriguez.

It was a little slow in the beginning but soon broke down into a steady, bang it out kind of fight with Stewart always seeming to do a little more in the trenches. That’s no knock on Rodriguez who would sit in the pocket, take Stewarts best punch and yell at him to “come on!” before delivering some blows of his own. It was a tough, slippery affair as both guys threw some heavy bombs.

Richard Stewart vs Jake Rodriguez 2007 (1)

In the first, Jake the Snake moved around the ring and Stewart tried to stalk him down where both guys seemed to feel each other out. The Snake tied to open it up in the second throwing hard right hands but missing the mark. Stewart happily obliged and threw hard rights of his own, landing a little more.

Things started to get busy in the third when the mist got heavy. Rodriquez trainer Billy Briscoe was spirited in the red corner screaming for “The Stick” & “The Sleeper”. The fight soon ended up in the corner where they fought it out highlighted by an excellent straight left that intercepted a Stewart bomb and knocking him off balance.

Richard Stewart vs Jake Rodriguez 2007

Things stayed the same in the 4th & 5th where Stewart seemed to land the cleaner punches as both fighters stayed in close. In the final round, things went from a tough boxing match to a good tussle though both fighters kept it clean and no fouls were called. It went to the cards and all 3 judges saw it in favor of Stewart 60 – 54 x2 and 58 – 56. I also agree with the 58 – 56 judge.


Dhafir Smith…..vs….Larry Marks
Upper Darby…………Delaware
18-16-5, 4ko’s………29-9-1, 16ko’s

This one was a nice battle of two experienced pros as the WBF Super Middleweight champ Dhafir “No Fear” Smith took on former world title contender Larry “Laser” Marks in the Laser’s own backyard. The early portion of the fight was a jab fest with the first three rounds being ones which could go either way.

Dhafir showed a good, straight jab while Marks was doubling it lightly and throwing it from a lot of different angels. The jabs got harder come the 3rd round and in the 4th, both men started putting some steam behind it. That is when the mouthpieces started to fly out and noses started to drip blood.

Dhafir Smith vs Larry Marks 2007

Dhafir scored a knockdown with a quick left hook in the 4th but Marks didn’t seem too hurt by it. Marks bounced back to win the 5th as he stayed busy and finished the round with three hard straight rights.

The 6th was a slow one butNo Fear started off the 6th strong with a crisp right that landed right on the button. Marks was hurt and the wily veteran knew it would be in his best interest to take a knee. This move paid even more dividends as Dhafir’s aggression got the best of him because he kept punching after the kneel down, thus causing referee Steve Smoger to deduct a point from Smith.

Dhafir Smith vs Larry Marks 2007 (1)

This extra lumping might have hurt Marks momentarily but in the scope of things, it actually saved him from taking a loss in the fight as the point proved to be pivitol in the final score. After taking a thumping early in the round, Marks regrouped and actually started to take back control towards the end.

It was close down the stretch and both guys went head hunting to try to finish it to no avail. Overall it was a good, solid back and forth fight which went to the cards and they read 76 – 73 Dhafir, 77-73 Marks and 75-75 for the draw. I saw it 75 -74 for Dhafir.
Ryan Belasco….vs….Damon Antoine
Delaware…………..Akron, Ohio

“The Mailman” Damon Antoine has appeared in our area plenty of times in the past, usually taking the job against an up and comer with a promotional backing. On this night, he had an in ring metamorphosis and fought with a fire under his ass after Ryan Belasco gave his eye a good swelling in the first round.

Ryan Belasco vs Damon Antoine 2007 (1)

Belasco looked to be en route to an easy win after one, but once Antoine realized the severity of the injury, The Mailman manned up and fought like a true warrior for the remainder to get a very impressive win. This turned out to be the fight of the night as both fighters were willing to exchange but Antoine gave out the better leather.

Ryan Belasco vs Damon Antoine 2007 (2)

I hope to see Antone fight like this more often when he is matched up against another prospect with a flossy record. Belasco also seems to have the potential to make some exciting fights if the gas tank is fueled up beforehand.

Ryan Belasco vs Damon Antoine 2007 (4)

Darrell Martin….vs…..Elias Castillo
Baltimore,MD………….Brooklyn, NY
PRO DEBUT…………….0-1

Former Eastern Regional amateur champion Darrell Martin was successful in his pro debut taking a unanimous decision over a willing Elias Castillo.

Martin started out throwing some very wide punches early as Castillo hung around inside and threw bombs that barely missed their mark. Late in the 1st, Martin caught Castillo with a short left which sent Castillo on his backside.

Darrel Martin vs Elias Castillo 2007

Around the third round, Martin began to settle down, straightened out his punches and used the ring put his punches together much better than he was earlier in the fight.

Darrel Martin vs Elias Castillo 2007 (2)

Congrats to Darrell Martin on getting that first win by scores of 40 – 35, 39 – 36 x2

Darrel Martin vs Elias Castillo 2007 (1)

Manuel Guzman….vs….Gerald Jordan
Lancaster, PA……….New York
3-4, 2ko’s………….3-1. 3ko’s

In a solid four rounder to open the night, Manuel Guzman and Gerald Jordan fought to a majority draw. Jordan was on top of things early as he slipped a lot of Guzman’s punches ala his trainer Pernell Whitaker did back in the day. In the second, it was evident Sweat Pea hasn’t shown him all the moves yet because Guzman was able to bare down and put the pressure on Jordan, landing some of his trademark big right hands.

Manuel Guzman vs Gerald Jordan 2007 (2)

Guzman had a strong third round as well and Jordan looked like he might be wearing out. The fight hung in the balance in the 4th and Guzman’s trainer Terry Nye told his guy “it is time to go be a man, go out there and get the win”. Sweat Pea was heard in the opposite corner screaming “It’s our time, you take control of this fight!” In the end it was a close round that could have gone either way.

Manuel Guzman vs Gerald Jordan 2007

The cards read 39 – 37 Jordan but the other two judges over ruled with scores of 38 – 38 for the majority draw.

Manuel Guzman vs Gerald Jordan 2007 (3)


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Brunelli vs Oaktree press conference

Phase One of Dave Brunelli vs Mark “Oaktree” Brown showdown is in the books as Greg Robinson of Power Productions invited members of the boxing community to the The Wachovia Spectrum for a press conference to spread the word of his upcoming card on October 19th. There were some heavy hitters in attendance including former Light Heavyweight Champion Matthew Saad Muhammed, Daily News boxing columnist Bernard Fernandez, along with Power Productions fighters Tyric Robinson, Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller to go along with the panel which seated Dave Brunelli, Chucky Cavallo, Simon “One Punch” Carr, Greg Robinson, Jackie Frazier Lyde, former World Heavyweight Champ Terrible Tim Witherspoon & Mark “Oaktree” Brown. The 45 minute presser went something like this.

– Chucky Cavallo said how he is thankful for the opportunity to be on the card, to fight 10 rounds for the PA State Title against Richard Stewart and also gave a shout to his manager Nedal & trainer Muggsey Episcopo.


– Greg Robinson promised to bring a card that will entertain all of the fans in attendance. He also told us this card will be held to celebrate 40 years of boxing at The Spectrum which started with Smokin Joe Frazier and also spoke about he he once fought at the Spectrum back in his days as a pro.

– Dave Brunelli told everyone he “wasn’t one for a whole lot of hootin’ and hollerin'” but assured us he was going to bring his A game and come out on top October 19th.

– Oaktree thanked God, thanked his manager Howard Shomo, told us he got his nickname from punching trees as a kid, guaranteed victory and then ripped his shirt off. He also assured everyone that he is in shape and Team Brunelli better not be banking on him gassing out after a few rounds.

– Terrible Tim talked about how we will see a new and improved Mark Brown in this fight which sparked off a spirited debate with Team Brunelli manager Mike Murphy on who has beaten the better opposition.

– Mike Murphy pointed out that Brunelli has been the under dog in the past and came out on top and how they recently beat Aaron Lyons, the fighter who beat the guy that gave Oaktree his only career loss. Oaktree yelled out “man, that guy had titties”.

Overall it was a good start with both sides still convinced that victory will be theirs. Joining Power Productions in the promotion of this card are KO Fightz and Sports Extreme. Tickets are on sale at, 1-800-298-4200, the Wachovia Complex Box Office, select ACME locations, and the Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees.

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Chazz Witherspoon makes it 17 in a row at The Blue Horizon

photos by Mike McGuigan

On the strength of a dynamite card in February, fans flocked to the Blue Horizon in hopes of another action packed night at the fights. The line outside of the building backed all the way up to Master Street, filled with men, women and children from all walks of life. Some were die-hard Philly fight loyalists; others were young socialite spenders who mistakenly identified the side building mural of Joe Frazier for Evander Holyfield, but heard that The Blue is the place to be.

Asses were in the seats and interest in Philly boxing was at a height we haven’t seen since back in the day when my old man and uncle would ditch the wife and kids for an afternoon at the Spectrum for some Willie “The Worm” Monroe, Bobby “Boogaloo” Watts & company.

While the game has changed since the stars of yesteryear packed 10,000 into the building on a Saturday afternoon, we were promised that tonight’s card would be a display of a crop being hailed as the next generation of great Philly fighters. It was “The Night of the Undefeated” at the Legendary Blue Horizon with heavyweight prospect Chazz Witherspoon as the headliner.

At the prefight press conference and later in a one on one interview, matchmaker Don Elbaum was saying this night would be better than the last. While lightening didn’t strike twice, overall it was a solid card that gave us three knockouts and showed that the Philly crowd wants every cent of their money worth when they cough up between $35 – $60 for a ticket.

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Philly’s top 10 pound for pound list – December 2006

The first ever pound for pound list got me some ink in the Philadelphia Daily News (thanks again Bernard Fernandez!). The second one earned me a 30 minute segment on “The Philadelphia Boxing Report” on ESPN Radio 920AM (Thanks again Mike and Big Dean!)

Who knows where the third one will bring me? I am guessing an an early retirement because people are sure to think I am an idiot for bumping up two guys who have been inactive. But as usual things in Philly boxing are about as steady as a drunk early in the morning.

Once again the new list has lots of changes. Losses, inactivity, fighters meeting the 5 fight requirements, other looking very unimpressive have caused a big shuffle in the rankings. Change is a good thing though and that is why we are the best in the world at what we do.

For those of you who are new to the PK pound for pound list, the rules are simple. If you fight in the City of Brotherly Love and have more than 5 pro fights, you are eligible for the list. But don’t get it twisted this isn’t a list of fighters BORN in Philly, this is for the guys who spill their sweat in venues like the New Alhambra, Blue Horizon or National Guard Armory and help make our local circuit the best in the world.

Now that we have that clear, November was a very active and exciting month in Philly boxing. Harry Yorgey put on a couple of unforgettable performances, Eddie Chambers was signed with Goossen Tutor and will most likely be leaving Philly for a while (go get em Eddie!) Joey Abell took a stunning loss and we saw young bucks like Jules Blackwell & The Slick Fighting Irishman Simon O’Donnell show that they have what it takes to make a long run on the top ten list.

Without further adu, here is the December 2006 Philly top 10 pound for pound list.

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August 2006 Boxing report

ESPN Friday Night Fights

Live from Memphis, the world saw Atlantic City native Shamone Alvarez scored one of the best knockouts of the year as he dropped Marteze Logan with a crisp left that landed square on the jaw.

Logan, who was in his 50th pro fight despite being only 22 years old, was a game challenger for the undefeated Alvarez. It was a pretty close and entertaining fight throughout. Alvarez relied primarily on the right jab followed by a straight left and also showed the ability to rattle off combinations. Logan was pretty slippery defensively and picked his spots to go on the offensive.

I thought it was even down the stretch, then Alvarez crumpled Logan in the 7th leaving the young journeyman KTFO. Alvarez improves to 15 – 0.

Female banger Anne Wolfe was on the card and she handed out a 6 round beating to a tough Lisa Ested. The Big Bad Wolf inched her way closer to a showdown with Layla Ali but she says the promoters are trying to jerk her on the pay. Hopefully this fight will happen soon.

In the Main Event, Anthony Peterson, one half of the (over hyped) Peterson brothers made quick work of yet another last minute replacement. While Anthony is clearly the much easier brother to watch, I am not sold on him either. Continue reading August 2006 Boxing report

Joey Eye Boxing at the Sovereign Bank Arena 10-21-05

Friday Night Fights II
Joey Eye Boxing & NIT Management
Sovereign Bank Arena 10-21-05

There was a bit of last minute shuffling but Joey Eye still managed to pull of a crowd pleaser at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton New Jersey. The main event between unbeaten prospect Chucky Cavallo and knockout artist Berry Butler had to be canceled due to an injury sustained to Cavallo’s left hand during a sparring session late in the week. Some are calling BS on the injury…

Instead the numerous fans in attendance were treated to a boxing clinic by Terrance Cauthen, an impressive bounce back victory by Jon Gaddis, a hard fought battle by Doel Caraquillo and Rami Ibrahim, the professional debut of Sean Bullock who made quick work of his opponent, and some of the finest ring girls on the East Coast provided by Rix Mag. Click here for the blow by blow details.

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