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Brunelli tames Lyons, Yorgey and Ennis both look sharp

photos by Mike McGuigan

It was one of those nights where just about every adjective used to describe the Blue Horizon came into play. It was absurdly hot, the place was crowded, the fights were tough, fans were yelling, people ringside were covered with sweat and getting splattered with blood. The only thing missing were thick clouds of cigar smoke and a couple of air conditioners. Only the strong were going to survive this 9 fight card that was brought to you in part by promoter Vernoca L. Michael and Don Elbaum.

We were sweatin’ like roofers but that didn’t stop a good night of action as we have all come to expect from the Legendary ballroom on North Broad Street, all of which can be watched on Comcast Sports Net on June 14th at 8 pm brought to you by the guys at Fighting City. Scroll down to read the recap and see pictures of the fights.

The Main Event
8 rounds of Junior Middleweight Action

Harry Joe Yorgey ..vs… Edson Aguirre
18 – 0 – 1 9ko’s ………..12 – 6 – 1 2ko’s

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Harry Yorgey is one of the most entertaining fighters in our area. As he progresses through the ranks, it is getting harder for Team Yorgey to find a formidable opponent nearby to sign their name on the dotted line for a fight. So for this night, matchmaker extraordinaire Don Elbaum used his long reach and work the deal to bring Edson Aguirre of North Carolina via Mexico to the Blue to do what he does best. That is pack his bags and go on the road to do battle against the top young names in junior middleweight division.

While Aguirre has some good credentials in his own right, the pride of Bridgeport was looking to use Aguirre as a springboard to launch himself into a high profile showdown against one of the upper echelon in junior middleweight ranks. Yorgey handled his business over 8 rounds against the steel chinned Mexican who ate bomb after bomb to hang in there and keep Yorgey on his toes until the end.

The opening round was a bit of a feel out with Yorgey doing the majority of the work, popping his jab and slowly working him the left hook. In the 2nd, Yorgey sped up the pace and was rocking Aguirre upstairs and downstairs.

He continued with the left for remainder of the round and landed at a high rate and finished the round with a perfectly placed left hook to the body that sent Aguirre into the corner as the bell sounded.

Yorgey slowed it down a bit to start the third staying on the outside and boxing with Aguiree but he soon found an opening and landed a left – right – left three piece that made Mr. Yorgey scream “oooooooooooooooh”. Yorgey continued to pepper Aguirre with straight rights upstairs and downstairs but Aguirre refused to go down.

Aguirre went on the offensive in the middle rounds taking on the strategy of pressing Yorgey into the ropes and corner and letting off combinations. With my birds eye view in press row, you could see that not many of the head shots were landing as Yorgey dipped and dodged as the leather flew by his head. Aguirre seemed to have some success when he went to the body. This success was short lived as Yorgey began to circle and keep Aguirre at bey with the jab.

I had Yorgey ahead pretty comfortably going into the 7th although but you just knew that Aguirre was aiming for the win. He very aggressive in the 7th trying to catch Yorgey who was circling and popping off the jab. Aguirre was able to get inside on a few occasions and landed a nice right upper cut at one point but besides that didn’t land much. Yorgey finished the round strong with a couple of straight rights to finish the round.

Don Elbaum was screaming that Yorgey needed to win the 8th and Harry did just that emphatically. Yorgey started landing single rights but soon after picked it up and leveled Aguirre with a left uppercut that made trainer John Mulvenna say “man this guy really has a chin!” Yorgey kept at it, firing away and landing just about everything he threw.

Aguirre who showed a granite chin earlier was now looking hurt. To his credit, he was still game and elected to fight it out which led to a very good exchange to finish the fight. He was unsuccessful on this night but did show that he is more than capable of getting the W over a lesser foe.

It went to the cards and they read 80 – 72, 79 – 73 and 78 – 74 all in favor of Yorgey who improves to 19 – 0 – 1 9ko’s

The co-feature
6 rounds of junior middleweight action

Derek Ennis…….vs………Mike McGuire
11 – 1 – 1 8ko’s…………5 – 16 – 2 2ko’s

While Harry Yorgey most likely will be leaving the Philly circuit to fry bigger fish, The co-feature showcased another highly regarded young Jr. Middleweight in Derek Ennis who has returned home and hopefully will stick around for a little while to fill the void because this is another guy who has big league potential.

His return bout was last month at the National Guard Armory and he impressed by making his opponent quit on the stool after 3. Tonight was supposed to be a tougher match but after about 5 opponents falling out, this contest ended up being against Mike McGuire who was brought in at the zero hour.

Ennis quickly showed that McGuire didn’t belong in the same ring as he dispatched the man from Kansas 2:03 in the first round. Ennis was on him from the beginning and scored three quick knock downs, the last was a hook to the liver that left referee Shawn Clarke no option but to wave it off.

With the win, Derek Ennis improves to 12 – 1 – 1 with 9ko’s

Heavyweight Action
6 rounds

Dave Brunelli …..vs….Arron Lyons
6 – 2 3ko’s ……………….5 – 0 4ko’s

Leading up to the main events, there was a heavyweight showdown and the Mayfair slugger Dave Brunelli manned up and changed Arron Lyons status from hot name into a one hit wonder. When this one was signed, it was immediately a very interesting match up. Arron Lyons came to Philly and shocked the world by coming out of nowhere to score a knockout win over the unmovable force known as Joey Abell.

Brunelli was coming off of a close but sluggish loss to Levon Warner at the Armory but prior to that was successful at the Blue and also scored some big knockouts. Many were predicting that Lyons would steamroll over the Mayfair power house but manager Mike Murphy called it from day 1, Team Brunelli was working hard and coming to expose the man from Mississippi.

When it came down to it, he was true to his word and Brunelli picked Lyons apart over one sided 6 rounds.

When the fight started, the crew from McNoodle’s made their presence known immediately. When Lyons name was announced, he was booed like JD Drew. Quotes like “Fuck him up DJ!” and “Knock his big ass out” rained down from all over the building.

Lyons looked to quiet the crowd immediately and came right out throwing bombs. Team Brunelli trainer Chris Rotella quickly gave the instructions to use the jab and his fighter obliged. As Lyons would try to force in, Brunelli stuck out the left and intercepted him just about every time.

It didn’t take long for Brunelli to stick in a straight right when the opening was there. And that is pretty much how the rest of the fight went. Lyons swinging wildly, Brunelli picking him off with the jab, being patient and sliding in a hard right hand when it was available. Lyons was obviously frustrated and tried to load up punches but that didn’t work. He best work came when he wrestled Brunelli into a corner and throw a few more bombs. A few landed but Brunelli was able to shake them off.

After that it was Brunelli throwing more jabs, side stepping and then coming back with a strong right. One of those hard rights really rung Lyons bell very late in the 4th and Lyons was obviously shaken. Luckily for him, the bell sounded. Brunelli has a big 5th round where a worn out Lyons made the mistake of backing into a corner. Brunelli fired away and Lyons looked like he was ready to go but wisely held on for dear life.

Knowing he was well ahead on the cards Brunelli picked his spots in the 6th as a gassed out Lyons desperately tried for the knockout. It broke down into a bit of a wrestling match near the end but that isn’t a bad tactic either when you are in with a guy who ko’d Joey Abell.

The fight went to the cards and while I thought it was a shut out, the 3 official judges scored it 59 – 55 x2 and 58 – 56 all in favor of Brunelli.

With the win, Dave Brunelli improves to 7 – 2 with 3ko’s

6 more rounds of Heavyweight Action

Faruq Saleem……vs…..Wallace McDaniel
35 – 0 31 ko’s ……….something bad

We also had a chance to see Faruq Saleem, a North Jersey based fighter sporting a 35 – 0 with 31ko’s who was tabbed by Daily News boxing columnist Bernard Fernandez as “possibly the most protected heavyweight in the history of boxing”.

After looking at his resume of UPS drivers & bellhops, its statement that I concur with but he did show that his right hand bursts with the force of an M-80. Faruq Saleem must have had a parking meter ready to expire because he rocked Wallace McDaniel with his first big punch of the night that put the journeyman down for the count. Saleem’s opponents have been suspect, but man, he can punch.

with the win, Saleem inproves to 36 – 0 32ko’s

4 Rounds in the Lightweight Division

Hammerin’ Hank Lundy ….vs….. Reggie Sanders
5 – 0 4ko’s …………………….……..12 – 39 – 4 2ko’s

At first glance this was one of those fights were most said “man this Sanders guy is gonna get crushed”. But if you dig into that bad record you will see that Sanders is a fighter who has lasted the distance with world class names such as Floyd Mayweather Jr, Orande Dawley and Edner Cherry to name a few. Last time Sanders was at the Blue he pulled a big time upset over Chucky T back in ’02.

Tonight he was in against one of Philly’s top young prospects in Hammerin’ Hank Lundy, the former standout running back turned pro boxer who was riding a 3 fight knockout streak. In reality, this was one of those fights where Lundy would definitely gain some experience against an older vet but one he also one he must win to be taken seriously.

When both men enter the ring you could tell right away who was old school player and who was the new school fool by the foot ware alone. Sanders ring shoes were ragidity, grey and looked liked they have traveled thousands of miles while Lundy came in with a fresh pair of sparkling white Adidas.

When the names were announced by Larry Tornambe, the fans cheered loudly for Lundy and whacked Sanders with a burst of boos. Lundy, feeling the love, looked to be trying for the early knockout to please his fan base but the old vet let it be known he wasn’t going all that easily. He moved around and jabbed at the oncoming Lundy avoiding trouble at all costs. Sanders was ahead early in the first, winning the round with his experience alone until Lundy switched to southpaw.

Lundy then slowed down his pace, popped the jab and started to land a hard straight left. Sanders was taking them and also returning fire with some lefts of his own. The 2nd round was a very entertaining round as both men decided they wanted to do some fighting. Sanders best punch again was the straight left but Lundy’s hand speed won him the round as he popped off combo after combo.

Lundy kept at it in the 3rd and at one point had Sanders on the ropes firing off rights and lefts. When Lundy throws, he is looking to hurt someone. Lundy landed a 6 piece to the head and had Sanders in trouble. Sanders wisely took a knee as he ate this leather hoagie knowing he was on the verge of being knocked out. He beat the 10 count and almost didn’t survive as Lundy went on the attack again until the bell sounded.

In the 4th, Lundy attacked the body and was throwing punches with deadly intentions. Sanders definitely felt these shots. Lundy would go in for the kill but like a true vet, Sanders would clinch every time he got in close. He continued to do this for the remainder of the round which obviously frustrated Lundy who was itching for the TKO win.

Although the knockout was slipping away, Lundy managed to please the crowd when he landed a behind the back right hook on Sanders face as the old vet tried to go in for a clinch. It was perfect.

The final bell sounded and it went to the cards which all read 40 – 35 x 3 in favor of Hank Lundy. When the win was announced, he looked towards the sky and gave a shout to the late Wil Boggs.

With the win, Hammerin’ Hank improves to 6 – 0 with 4ko’s

4 rounds of Light Heavyweight Action

Jake Rodriguez ….vs……Juergen Hartenstein
7 – 16 5ko’s………..……..11 – 11 – 1 2ko’s

The team of Jake “The Snake” Rodriguez and trainer Billy Briscoe are looking pretty sharp together these days as Rodriguez is now 2 – 0 since returning to the ring after a 2 year layoff. His opponent tonight was Juergan Hartenstein of Germany who has been fighting on our circuit for the past year. This one had the makings of a good ol’ fashion Blue Horizon fight.

The fight started off pretty fast as Juergan come straight ahead but found himself being side stepped and getting hit with a good amount of right hands. After that, Briscoe yelled from the corner phrases like “double off the stick!” and “hit em with the icepick!” and that is exactly what he threw.

In the second round, Briscoe called for “the cutoff” and that was successful too because it opened Juergan up for more rights. In the middle of the round, Jake rocked Juergan with 2 hard overhand rights followed by a hook to the body that got the crowd on their feet chanting “USA, USA”.

Juergan was taking some punishment but to his credit kept right on fighting. Towards the end of the second, Jake opened a gash on top of Juergan’s head which caused blood to run down the German fighters face. Give Juergan credit, he did not give the slightest hint of wanting to stop.

While Juergan showed he had a big heart, Rodriguez wasn’t showing any mercy. Briscoe started to spit instructions in Spanish this round and Rodriguez executed the “double gonjo”.

Briscoe called for “the sleeper” but that one didn’t go as planned because as that was called, Juergan landed a flush left hook upstairs which was his best punch of the night. Juergan continued to come forward and Jake tried backing him off with a jab and other times stayed right in there and banged it out.

In the 4th, Juergan’s head was a bloody mess but once again, he came out of the corner and fought to win. A good exchange went down in the middle of the ring to start the final round with both men landing clean punches to the face. Briscoe yelled “Double it up! Fight Hard! No tomorrow!” and that Jake did, not giving even the slightest chance to lose this victory that he worked hard for.

Juergan was bombing away hoping to score a late knockout but the ref saw too much blood and decided to stop the fight. Hartenstein raised his arms in disbelief and was winning to fight until the very end.

It went to the cards and they all read 40 – 36 in favor of Jake “The Snake” by technical decision.

With the win, Jake Rodriguez improves to 8 – 16 5ko’s

4 rounds of Female Welterweights

Michelle Garland ….vs….Akima Stocks
Pro debut…………………………1 – 0 1ko

The female action in Philly has been very good lately and this one was shaping up to be a good one as well after a back and forth first 2 rounds where both ladies had moments when they were in control but this fight was stopped due to a cut over Garland’s eye caused by an accidental head butt.

The fight was ruled a no contest.

4 rounds of lightweight action

Bryheim Douglas……vs.…..Mondre Pope
1 – 0 – 1 ………………………pro debut

This battle of young lightweights had some exciting moments and they got down to business right away. Pope, a southpaw from Virginia was aggressive in the early going and brought the fight to Douglas, hitting him with a steady diet of combos. Bryheim, not to be outdone showed was he had in the middle of the round firing off and landing consecutive punches to the head and body and continued to fire away until the round came to a close.

The fight slowed down in the second as Pope switched to an orthodox stance and both fighters began poking punches at one another from a distance. There were a few short spurts from both fighters along the ropes but besides that, not much else happened. Bryheim became the bully in the 3rd and started to bang around the less powerful Pope. He was able to muscle Pope into a corner but preferred to throw single punches instead of banging away.

In the 4th Pope felt that the fight was hanging in the balance so he switched back to his natural southpaw stance and focused on the body. As Pope went downstairs, Douglas was able to get in a couple of straight rights. A mini brawl ensued towards the end with Pope landing the cleaner punches.

The fight went to the cards and it ended in majority draw with one judge seeing it 39 – 37 for Douglas and the other 2 having it 38 – 38.

4 rounds of Middleweight Action

Najee Murray …….vs…….Jason Collazo
Pro debut ……………….…….0 – 1

Throughout time the Philly Middleweight scene has been stocked with talent. Today is no different and we added one more to the collection as Najee Murray made his pro debut against Jason Collazo of Patterson, NJ.

It took Murray about 2 rounds to get his feet wet as both fighters kept a good distance and threw a bunch of jabs that rarely landed. In the third, Murray shortened the distance and put Collazo down with a left – right combo that landed flush.

Collazo beat the count and eventually survived the round.

The 4th didn’t fair any better for Colazzo who found himself on the wrong end of a big left hook to the ear. Collazo hit the deck again and was visibly shaken. He once again rose to his feet and Murray’s corner screamed “finish him!”.

Murray took a cautious approach and picked shots as Colazzo stayed at a safe distance.

The fight would up in the judges hands and they all saw it 30 – 34 x3 for Murray.

With the win, Najee Murray improves to 1 – 0.

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Yorgey ready to show the world that he is “No Joke” after dishing a rude awaykaning in Phoenixville

On March 30, 2007 – Journeyman fighter James Wayka (14 –  6) traveled just short of 1,000 miles from his native Bowler, Wisconsin to challenge rising prospect Harry Joe Yorgey in Yorgey’s backyard of Phoenixville, PA. Best case scenario for the fighter who lost three of his last four fights was to pull off a possible upset of the year. Worst case was to make a few bucks and get back to the land of cheese. Truth be told – he had a better chance at hitting the Powerball than he did of winning this fight.

I hope the purse was  a good one because two and a half minutes after stepping through the ropes, Wayka found himself being helped too a stool.

Yorgey pounced early, dropping his opponent three times en route to a 1st round knockout loss to the Pride of Bridgeport in front of a vocal crowd that packed the Phoenixville High School auditorium.

Now, there is a loud buzz that Yorgey wants a crack at Mike “No Joke” Stewart in a fight where I will be the first to say Yorgey is a strong favorite. I don’t care who Stewart has fought in the past or how much fame he has.

On the flip side, this proposed junior middleweight contest is one that Philly boxing needs right now and could be a very entertaining rumble. In all fairness, the weight may be a little heavy for Stewart.

Yorgey, fresh off of two wars came into this fight prepared to give it his all and come out a winner.

Before the fight, announcer Larry Tornambe dug into his trick book and asked the crowd “Who is here to see James Wayka?” and he was answered with a funeral like silence. He followed that by asking who was here to see Harry Joe Yorgey, the crowd popped like it was Hogan in his prime coming down the aisle.

Once the shenanigans were over and the two fighters got down to business, Yorgey quickly showed Wayka who’s boss with a left – right combo to the face causing Mr. Yorgey to scream out “that was beeeuuuuuuuteyful”, his son followed it with a right hook that put his opponent down on his knees.

Wayka was able to get to his feet and swiftly threw a right hand into Yorgey’s jock strap; a punch he says was unintentional. Harry shook it off and went right back to work, pressing the action and connecting with another left – right combo that knocked Wayka on his side and swelled up his left eye in the process.

Once again, the Minnesota roughneck beat the 10 count at a time where no one would have though less of him if he just stayed on his back. Seconds later, Yorgey put the nail in the coffin with a serious right hand that left referee Gary Rosado no option but to call a halt to the bout.

The crowd roared, Wankster boomed out of the speakers and Yorgey jumped on all 4 turnbuckles to give a shout out to his fans. Have a nice flight home James Wayka, nice to know you.

After the quick knockout and retaining his slot as the number one pound for pound fighter in the area, where does he go from here? There has to be offers on the table and you know Don Elbaum always has something up his sleeve.

Does the battle tested Mike Stewart take the risk of fighting this up and comer in a fight that if he loses knocks him out of the picture for another high profile fight? Would it be better for Yorgey to look further ahead and try to knock off a fellow undefeated junior middleweight coming up the ranks to speed up his ride to a title shot?

Does he stay local, giving the same all out effort that we are accustomed to and force the big networks to recognize that he is a made for TV fighter? Time will tell but I have the feeling that his next fight will be big news around town.

With the win – Harry Joe Yorgey improves to 18 – 0 9 ko’s. It is time to start stepping up the competition.

On the undercard

The night started off with a woman’s fight but this wasn’t the time to grab a beer and hot dog because Olivia Fonseca and Melissa St. Vil put on the most spirited fight of the year battling to a four round draw.

Those of you at the golden gloves asking if it was a home cooked decision, let me tell you, this was legit; these two ladies battled it out from start to finish. St. Vil won the first two rounds as she slugged it out with the Front Street Gym member. Leather was flying and both were connecting. In the second half of the fight it was all Fonseca who started to throw a left – right combo that is better than most of the men around town.

Fonseca has a huge 4th round as she peppered St. Vil with the left jab and picked her spots to crack her with a straight right which landed flush. St Vil was staggered near the end of the round but was able to stay on her feet. When the fight went to the cards, all three judges saw it 38 – 38.

A rematch is a must!

Baltimore’s Tim Coleman (8 – 0) came into the fight with a lot of hype but in this one he was hot and cold. His opponent John Lipscomb (3 – 9) landed a lot of left hooks flush and if he has any power, Coleman might have been in a lot of trouble.

Coleman did show some spark in spots, in the second round he out boxed Lipscomb landing his jab and doing some work to the ribs. Coleman’s best spurt came with about :30 left in the fight where he picked up the pace working the body and also landing some good shots to the face.

The fight went to the cards and they read 40- 36 x2 and 39 – 37 in favor of Coleman.

Latif Mundy (5 – 0) and Manuel Guzman (2 – 3) from Terry Nye’s gym had a nice four round scuffle that I felt was much closer than the score cards indicated. Mundy showed versatility, at times he would load up on his punches which landed with a thud, at other times he would show his speed popping off 4 and 5 punch combos to the body.

While his hands were nice downstairs, Guzman constantly caught him with hard rights and lefts to the head and at times seemed to stun the undefeated fighter. Mundy would also mix in an uppercut while working the ribs and it would snap Guzman’s head back. The second round was the best as Mundy started off fast but Guzman decided to bang inside with him. Soon after Guzman started to throw the hook up top and landed at a good rate, a few of which made the crowd go oooooh.

After an uneventful 3rd, Guzman starts the 4th strong landing once again upstairs. Mundy was able to regroup and started using that speed again although it wasn’t as effective as it was earlier in the fight.

Both try to bang inside towards the end but nothing significant lands. The fight ended up in the hands of the judges and all 3 saw it 40 – 36. I beg to differ.

Reading Heavyweight Travis Kauffman (9 – 0 7ko’s) dropped Kevin Hood (4 – 6) three times en route to a 2nd round knockout and overall made easy work of a guy who has never been stopped before.

Team Kauffman vows to run roughshot over anyone and everyone out East and soon after the world! Hey Mendy, have you considered the Great White Hope vs. The West Philly bad boy Levon Warner on April 26th? Could be a good one!

Jules Blackwell was scheduled to fight but his opponent had to pull out at the last minute. Not wanting to disappoint his hometown crowd, he strapped on the helmet and put in the fluffy gloves for an exhibition against Front Street Gym representative Bryheim Douglas showcasing what could be a very entertaining fight sometime in the future.

In the opener, Manayunker Joey DeMalavez starched Phil Hinklin early in the fight round. DeMalavez jumped on Hinklin early and rocked him with a three punch combo that left Hinklin wanting no more.

The card was brought to you by Jimmy Deoria Jr. and proceeds went to benefit the Phoenixville PAL.

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Joey Abell returns to The Legendary Blue Horizon. Steve Chambers-Divictoria II co-feature on Friday December 1, 2006

PHILADELPHIA (Friday, November 10, 2006)—On Friday December 1, 2006 boxing fans will get an early holiday treat as one of the hottest heavyweight prospect’s in the world and a rematch of a sizzling fight highlights a terrific boxing card promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions that will take place at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.

In the main event, Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell will risk his undefeated knockout record in a six round bout. The co-feature will be a rematch of a Jr. Welterweight bout from 2004 as Steve Chambers takes on Lenny Divictoria in an eight round bout.

Abell, 9-0 with nine knockouts is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Philadelphia with his aggressive power punching style which has taken him less then sixteen rounds to dispose of his nine opponents.

He is coming off the longest outing of his career on October 13th as he was extended four rounds by 52 fight veteran Louis Monaco at The Legendary Blue Horizon

Abell will be making his sixth consecutive appearance at The Legendary Blue Horizon

Abell’s opponent will be announced shortly.

Just 21 years-old, Steve “Showtime” Chambers, of Philadelphia has already amassed a record of 13-1 with four knockouts. With each bout, Chambers has shown great improvement that has helped him get on an nine fight win streak (with one no-contest) and on December 1st will be looking to make his streak hit double digits.

In order to do that he must get by the tough Lenny “El Diablo” Divictoria. Divictoria and Chambers met on September 10, 2004 at The Legendary Blue Horizon in a back and forth rumble that had the sold out crowd standing throughout the fight.
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Bryheim Douglas knocks a guy out of the ring, Joey Abell knocks out another journeyman at The Blue Horizon 10-13-06

Photos by Jeff Bera

Philadelphia’s big fight weekend kicked off on Broad Street this Friday the 13th but I am sorry to report that the normally dependable Don Elbaum put together one of the worst cards in recent memory at the Blue Horizon.

The starring role went to undefeated heavyweight hopeful Joey Abell, who played the role of Jason Vorhees as he stalked, gashed and damn near killed professional punch sponge Louis Monaco over four extremely one-sided rounds.

The under card featured United States Army Staff Sergeant Samuel Brown of Kentucky who getting in one last fight before deploying to Iraq for a third tour of duty in January.  The 32-year-old Heavyweight told me before the fight that he was fulfilling a lifelong dream of fighting at the Blue Horizon on this night. On this night he would fight Michael Rhoades – the 1995 Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves champion in the super-heavyweight.

Other action included the professional debut of Philadelphia’s Bryheim (Clinton B.) Douglas who sent a guy flying out of the ring, Minnesota based Middleweight Dave Peterson making his second start at The Blue and a fight featuring Don Elbaum’s latest charge Ran Nakash – a hand-to-hand combat instructor for Krav Maga which is Israel’s most elite combat school.

Joey Abell vs Louis Monaco 2006 (3)
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