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Dave Brunelli goes from the ring to the wing – takes 2nd place at Wing Bowl 25!

I’d like to come out of retirement for a minute to give a shout out to my man Dave Brunelli who recently outlasted some of the worlds best competitive eaters to earn an impressive second place finish at Wing Bowl 25. The popular retired heavyweight fighter knocked out a whopping 389 wings in one sitting and took home a brand new Harley Davidson Fat Boy for his efforts.  

Before the Big Ticket from Tacony went from “ring to the wing” – he was best known for filling local boxing venues around Philadelphia with a loud, rowdy crowd. Over the course of his five-year career, he won a couple good ones, lost a couple tough ones and always rolled with one of the most supportive teams in the last consistent era of local Philly boxing events. 

His best night as a pro came in June of 2007 at The Legendary Blue Horizon. Coming into the fight, he was tabbed a big underdog against then undefeated Arron Lyons of Mississippi, a fighter who was fresh off a big upset in the same building a couple of months prior to this bout. Many thought Brunelli was being served to the wolves. 

Dave Brunelli, the big underdog from the Mayfair section of Northeast Philly, fought the smartest fight of his career when beating Aron Lyons over 6 rounds at The Legendary Blue Horizon.
Dave Brunelli, the big underdog from Northeast Philly, fought the smartest fight of his career to beat Arron Lyons over 6 rounds at The Legendary Blue Horizon.

On an extraordinarily steaming summer fight night where workers on press row were sweating like roofers, Brunelli proved the talkers wrong – pitching a near shut-out over 6 rounds to take Lyons “0”. Nothing dramatic, nothing super flashy – he just came to the fight in great shape and put forth a strong workman like effort from bell-to-bell. 

I can’t imagine the hell it was like fighting under those bright lights and I don’t know how on Earth he ate all those wings.

Here’s to you DJ – keep on beating the odds! 

credit – Pete Terry 

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

photo by Anthony Gargano / www.pixgargano.com

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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Team Brunelli Promises Upset @ The Blue Horizon on April 3rd!

On April 3rd at the Legendary Blue Horizon, Israel’s Ran Nakash (17-0, 12ko’s) once again headlines, and once against people are saying he is being put in soft. Then again, there are others who say he is going to get his ass kicked for the first time in his life.

The assignment is Dave Brunelli (8-4, 3ko’s), the big ticket from Northeast Philly who hasn’t been in the ring for almost a year. All of the insiders dub Brunelli as a big underdog. The circumstances were the same last time Brunelli fought at the Blue A match where Dave Brunelli whooped on Aaron Lyons, the only man in this town to beat Joey Abell.

Yes, the same Joey Abell who every Philly promoter, manager, street agent and advisor either avoided or got fired over during over his time in Philly. The same fighter who never had a shot at John Poore, Chazz Witherspoon, Eddie Chambers etc etc to prove he was the best heavyweight around….

In hindsight Lyons didn’t turn out to be much so give Brunelli’s team a credit for exposing a fighter everyone feared. Nakash main weapon is knockout power. He has scored some very good knockouts in his last couple of fights though the competition wasn’t very strong (not counting Larry Robinson).

Strong ticket sales have led to his rise as a main eventer at the Blue Horizon. The real question is “is Nakash a Cruiserweight or a Heavyweight?” Nakash hasn’t made the “true” 200 lb weight limit in over 4 fights. Regardless of weight of circumstance, this fight is going down. if you are interested, go to The Blue April 3rd!

In the co-feature, check out Frankford’s Julias Edmunds (4-3) vs. Tyric Robinson (9-3-1, 3ko’s) in what should be a very competitive fight. This one could be good but all depends on which Robinson shows up. Edmunds stock has been rising after consecutive strong outings. This fight will tell it all on who are some of the best local 140 lber’s…. The winner would make a good match against Ryan Belasco.

The undercard is STILL being worked out with less than 48 hours to go until bell time. This card can be anywhere from 6 to 9 fights, not sure what Don Elbaum has up his sleeve but I will find out tomorrow.

Gee Culmer (15-1, 3ko’s), the #1 contender to the PA Super Middleweight title is is said to be scheduled for action. Rumors of a rematch against John “The Baptist” Terry are floating around at the moment…. Management needs to do better for their fighter and not always have him wait around until the last minute to know the assignment.

Ronald Cruz, the undefeated Welterweight from Bethlehem is also a possibility for action.

More fights to be announced soon as they are made official…..

Pre fight interview with Team Brunelli

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2007 local Philly boxing awards

Local Fighter of the Year

Mike “Machine Gun” Jones

Mike Jones vs Israel Pito Cardona (116)
Every year, one fighter separates themselves from the pack. Last year it was Harry Yorgey, the year before that it was “Fast” Eddie Chambers.

In 2007, Mike Jones took the quick leap from early 4 round prelim fighter to main event status by knocking out all 7 men who stood in front of him in this year.

In every fight he raised the level of competition and by the end of 2008, he could be in a position to put some of the worlds best welterweights on notice. He has become the man they pay to see at The New Alhambra, pretty soon he might be the man they pay to see on TV.

Hand speed, two fisted power, knockout potential, he has it all. There are still a few questions lingering to see what the Mount Airy native can or can not do, he has already done enough to cement his status as the top national prospect fighting in our region.

Catch him while you can because this show might be going on the road really soon.

Rookie of the Year

Teon Kennedy

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Teon “The Technician” turned pro in January of this year and has made the transition from amateur to pro look really easy so far. The former Golden Glover & National Champion has drawn comparisons to another fellow Philly featherweight Jeff Chandler who happens to be in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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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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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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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 ComcastTIX.com, 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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Power Productions is coming to the Wachovia Spectrum 10-19-07

Greg Robinson, CEO of Power Productions,  “ups the anti” and will host his next boxing card to the Wachovia Spectrum on October 19th, 2007. The night will be a Power Productions & Sports Extreme collaboration to celebrate 40 years of boxing at the Spectrum.

Robinson assures us that he is putting together one of the best fight cards recent memory. He is starting off strong by signing two great fights.

The first is a highly anticipated heavyweight dust-up when Mayfair’s Dave Brunelli goes head to head against Mark “Oaktree” Brown of Salem, PA. Both fighters are known names in local circles as they have done the majority of their work in local arenas.

Mark “Oaktree” Brown has been sidelined for a little while but is riding a two fight win streak of his own which started when he beat the lunch out of Charles Brown at The National Guard Armory. He took it out of the judges hands next time out when he knocked out the Staff Sergeant Sam Brown in 3 at The Blue.

Brunelli, the Big Ticket from the North East, has been on a roll this summer scoring two very impressive victories, first by beating the man who beat the man when he dismantled Aaron Lyons at The Blue Horizon in June. Brunelli followed that victory up with a strong performance at the National Guard Armory against Michigan’s Mike Jones in a one sided decision.

Both sides are predicting knockout and the fans are split right down the middle. They ask can Brunelli take Oaktree’s punch, can Oaktree last the 6 round distance? We will see….

In the co-feature we will see rising Light Heavyweight  Chucky Cavallo continues to step up the competition when he faces Richard Stewart (brother of No Joke and good fighter in his own rite) over 8 rounds of action. This bout will be for the PA State Title.

Cavallo has been making a steady climb over the past year, most recently winning on ESPN Friday Night Fights over old war horse Marlon Hayes. Prior to that, Cavallo has been piling up the knockouts most notable against Andre Hemphill.

Stewart gets the title shot more on name value than recent performance but it still by no means a fighter to take lightly. In his past three outings, Stewart is 1 – 2 taking a KO loss to William Gill, a fighter Cavallo has beaten 3 times then rebounding to score an impressive knock out over James North before falling victim to a home cooked decision when he lost to Mike Pachall.

It is the upstart against the veteran putting in two guys who falt out just like to fight. It should be good while it lasts.

The under card is still being worked. Stay tuned for more info.

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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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Gabriel Rosado gets back into the win column, Hank Lundy gets off the deck to score a knockout and Oaktree Brown makes his opponent puke in the ring at The National Guard Armory 1-26-07

Photos by Jeff Bera

On January 26, 2007 – Power Productions produced one of the oddest boxing shows in recent memory at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia. Overall, it was a quick night due to some early card knockouts which is becoming a standard during this outfits shows. Other surprises include a fighter puking in the ring mid fight, a noticeable hole in the ring which caused fighters to trip and a last minute change in length of the main event between Levon Warner and Dave Brunelli which was reduced from a six round bout to a four rounder. All of this combined with co feature Tyric Robinson’s fight being completely cancelled.

While there was a lot going on, brighter notes included the return of “King” Gabriel Rosado and the first pro glimpse of former amateur star “Hammerin” Hank Lundy.  Ring Announcer Pat Fattore did a commendable job keeping the crowd entertained throughout the evening.

The main event had a lot of buildup, but in the end it was a snoozer as South West Philly native Levon Warner 6-3-2 (1 KO) won a majority decision over Tacony’s Dave Brunelli 6-2 (3 KOs) in a battle of local Heavyweights.

There was a lot of holding in this one. Warner controlled the action early using his jab and landing some punches on the inside as Brunelli charged in.

Dave Brunelli vs Levon Warner 2007 (6)

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Chris Gray stuns Gabriel Rosado, Brunelli grinds out a win at The Blue Horizon on10-20-06

While Mike Tyson was boring the national boxing scene with his pay per view exhibition, Greg Robinson of Power Promotions came through with a very entertaining Philly style club show at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.

At first glance it looked like a bunch of steady busy fights for the local up-and-comers – but there was a big a shocker in the co-feature when journeyman boxer “Classy” Chris Gray of Louisiana pulled a surprise upset win over hometown favorite “King” Gabriel Rosado.

Jamie Morales of Camden New Jersey once again was in the fight that produced the most explosive fireworks, but this time he found himself on the losing end of his six round barn burner against a well schooled Tyric Robinson.

The main event of the evening featured Dave Brunelli of Philadelphia and he the guy many people in attendance came to see. Brunelli is a former tough man but his opponent Adam Smith was softer than a pair of pink bunny slippers. While the action didn’t exactly set the ring on fire, Brunelli did what he had to do and made easy work of his opponent.

There was some good action to start the night as well and Isaac Suarez, Tommie Speller and John Solomon were successful in their pro debuts. All of this and much more.

Continue reading Chris Gray stuns Gabriel Rosado, Brunelli grinds out a win at The Blue Horizon on10-20-06