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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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It’s a certified stinker at the JCC in Northeast Philly

Man this card was bad and most likely put the nail in the coffin of Lionheart Boxing in Philly. It is a shame because it could have been a good night. This Lion Heart / Damon Feldman collabo fell apart at the seems almost causing a riot. Incidents left Victor Vasquez without an opponent, he was lights out when he last fought on Damon Feldman’s card at the Spectrum and is definitely a guy you want to see live. Chucky Cavallo was set to fight the tough Ron Boddie for a regional Light Heavyweight title, this fight canceled. Tiger Allen was said to be fighting, Troy Browning was promised and more.

But when the curtain jerked, 5 of 7 scheduled fights fell out and the place went ape shit when the ring announcer told the crowd. PA commish Greg Sirb wasn’t having it and he enforced state law offering everyone a full refund. It was wild, the fans flung out more F-Bombs than a Vietnam movie. Luckily, the handlers of the event were diligent enough to have armed security on the premesis. Eventually the smoke cleared the fans who opted to hang around saw three exhibitions and two sanctioned fights.

The first up was Bruce Seldon, former heavyweight champion of the world. The AC Express is once again on the comeback trail and this time he says it’s for real. He took on Marcus Rhoade and made quick work scoring two knockdowns in a little over a minute. The final blow was a quick left hook to the live which left Rhoade rolling around on the canvas. I was skeptical at first I will admit, Bruce Seldon was in good shape and looked sharp. While I liked what I saw, another former champ who was in the crowd “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon wasn’t overly impressed saying that Seldon wouldn’t be able to handle his overhand right. Thats a fight with Greg Robinson’s name all over it! Hook it up!

Winner: Bruce Seldon via TKO 1:05 in the 1st

In the Main Event, Chazz Witherspoon was gentleman like in the first round against Patrick Smith who did come to fight. Smith was able to score to the body as Chazz felt his opponent out. With a minute remaining in the first, Chazz picked up the pace and began to land some hard right hands, one which dropped Smith as the bell sounded to end the 1st. Very early in the second, Chazz buried Smith with a right to the ear that put the Colorado man out on his back. The ref counted to 10 and this one was history.

Winner: Chazz Witherspoon via KO :45 in the 2nd

In Exhibition action –

Victor Vasquez and Darrell Crenshaw has a spirited fight with the hemits and pillows

Chucky Cavallo and Ronald Boddie gave a taste of what their fight would have looked like has Boddie made weight. It wasn’t very pretty but Chucky does have some nice hands on him.

Fred Kassi took on David Williams in a light sparring session

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Harry Yorgey and Martinus Clay clash to a surprisingly good draw, Victor Vasquez impresses at the Spectrum 11-09-06

Photos by Mike “Teek” McGuigan / Philly Keith Sports

On November 9, 2006 – two longtime Philly boxing families collaborated to bring fistic action back to world famous Spectrum in South Philadelphia. The featured attraction of this Binns / Feldman collaboration was a 10-round IBU junior middle weight title fight between Bridgeport, PA’s hot prospect Harry Joe Yorgey and journeyman Martinus Clay of North Carolina.

Many were suspicious at first due to Clay’s lackluster record – but this match turned out to be one of the best of the season. It was a back and forth battle that could have gone either way.

While the main event brought a championship like buzz to the fans of Philly, the under card could have been better. In the co-feature, Chucky Cavallo looked sloppy in beating William Gill for the third time in his young career, Simon Carr’s fight fell out completely and there were more than one last second replacements for opponents.

On a brighter note, Victor Vasquez and Emmanuel Rose gave it their all and fought tooth and nail in their scheduled four round contest.

Here is how it all went down on the corner of Broad & Pattison courtesy of the newly formed promotional team dubbed “Broad Street Boxing”.

Harry Yorgey …. vs….. Martinus Clay
Bridgeport, PA…………….Wilson, NC
16 – 0 8KO’S………………12 – 13 – 2 4KO’S

Lots of hoopla surrounded this IBU Junior Middleweight Title fight and I will but the first to admit, I was very skeptical when the match was first announced.  In the end, these two warriors not only fought tooth and nail, and that’s all I can ask from a couple of fighters who are still trying to find their way in the sport.

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