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.
Mark “Oaktree” Brown….vs….Dave Brunelli
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.
Continue reading 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 / 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.
Continue reading Harry Yorgey and Martinus Clay clash to a surprisingly good draw, Victor Vasquez impresses at the Spectrum 11-09-06