Photos by Jay McGuigan
New York City! There is nowhere in the world like it. On November 11, 2006, I took a weekend trip to the Big Apple for one last getaway of the year. The primary focus was a Heavyweight title fight at “The Mecca of Boxing” between IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KOs) of Kiev, Ukraine taking on undefeated contender Calvin Brock (28-0)of Charlotte, North Carolina.
This fight would mark the younger Klitschko’s first defense of a title he won in April of this year when he administered a one-sided beating to then-champion Chris Byrd.
It was a highly anticipated contest and many fans in the near capacity crowd were waving the flag of the Ukraine inside of Madison Square Garden.
Boxing fans ans celebrities took turns making chants of “Klitschko, Klitschko” to “USA! USA!” throughout the evening.
Continue reading NYC Road Trip! Wladimir Klitschko knocks Brock into next week at Madison Square Garden
photos by Jay McGuigan
Russell Peltz was back doing his thing at the place named venue of the year by ESPN, the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia. This card had a little bit of everything ranging fight game new comers, borderline prospects and also giving some work to a couple of journeyman in search of a home.
The tickets sold like hotcakes and many were turned away at the door but fortunately, Comcast’s CN8 was there to televise the festivities. Canada’s Chad Brisson and Richard Steward (brother of No Joke) were the headliners but “Thunder” Joe Christy stole the show causing the loudest eruption on Swanson and Ritner since Sabu was doing triple jump moonsaults at the ECW Arena. All of this action and a pro debut gone terribly wrong. Here is how it went down in South Philly.
Continue reading Chad Brisson gets a hard fought win, Joe Christy steals the show at The New Alhambra
Photos by Jay McGuigan
The Blue Horizon was open for hurt business once again, this time featuring young hopefuls on a card consisting of five – four round fights and a six round main event.
Out-of-town heavyweight “Minnesota Ice” Joey Abell is a newcomer to Philly, but on the strength of recent performances he was promoted to headline status. On this night he was matched up for good an ol’ fashioned rumble with Salem, NJ’s Mark “Oaktree” Brown in a battle of undefeated heavyweights. An “0” had to go.
On the under card – fight game newbies Jamie Morales and Chris Plebani went the distance in a 4 round barn burner that exemplified what the Blue Horizon is all about.
Tel Aviv transplant Elad Shmouel has been cake walking through competition that is softer than two-ply Charmin since he began fighting the in USA. No more in Philly is what PA boxing commish Greg Sirb told the Shmouel camp after his last fight, demanding that he step up the competition. Tonight he found himself opposite Marcus Luck whose style gave “The Kosher Pit Bull” trouble in the early going.
Rounding out the night was another Minnesota import Dave Peterson who tried to stay perfect coming into the night with three knockouts in three tries. A lot of Philly middleweights think he is faking the funk, but his record says otherwise.
Former two-time Heavyweight champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon worked the corner of his new trainee Jesse Blunt, a young fighter who opened the show again Ohio native William Prieto in a four rounder.
Here is the blow-by-blow report.
Continue reading Joey Abell chops down “Oaktree” Brown inside of two rounds, Chris Plebani and Jaime Morales have a four round war at The Legendary Blue Horizon
photos by Jay McGuigan, story: Jeff Imbrogno
The Borgata played host to ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights as part of a huge week of boxing in Atlantic City; a week that will feature two Hopkins as the main event. Antonio Tarver, the other half of Saturday’s Main Event, made a ringside appearance to do an interview for ESPN. Tarver exuded confidence as he walked around the ring donning a shirt stating, “Legend Killer.” With two of boxing’s finest preparing to do battle this Saturday, two rising stars took center stage in the co-main events on Wednesday.
The Main Event: Demetrius Hopkins vs. Michael Warrick
Continue reading Demetrius Hopkins smashed Warrick, Ishe Smith headline Wednesday Night Fights