photos by Zach Radel
The date was January 25, 2008 and I was kicking off my 30th birthday at The Legendary Blue Horizon. It was time well spent as promoter Greg Robinson & his Power Productions team hosted a very good seven fight show. The original main event between Trenton’s undefeated “Italian Assassin” Chucky Cavallo and Philly street solider Jameel “Black Gold” Wilson for the Tri-State Light Heavyweight title was canceled at the last minute due to a sports hernia suffered by Cavallo. We are told that the bout has been rescheduled for March. It could be a dandy.
Not to fear because two Philly sluggers were waiting in the wings as”The Untouchable” Rasheem Brown and Jose “El Macho” Medina gladly took over the role as headliners.
The under card was stacked with up-and-comers who were looking to position themselves for big things in the near future. The lineup included Heavyweight puncher Mark “Oaktree” Brown along with Jr. Welterweights Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson and”Hammerin” Hank Lundy competing in separate bouts. There were other local notables were set for action to round out the show.
To the naked eye, this could have looked like an easy night for some fighters, but matchmaker Ty McNeil once again did his thing and put together a good card which had a big upset, a big knockout and a couple of toe to toe battles that went the distance and could have gone either way.
To cap it all off – ring announcer Pat Fattore gave me an in-ring birthday shout-out which drew a nice cheer from the loud, near sell out crowd. Scroll down to get the full report.
Rasheem Brown…vs…Jose Medina
South Philly………North Philly
17-3, 14ko’s………14 – 9, 10ko’s
This impromptu main event featured two experienced fighters who came through the local ranks and are known for the TNT loaded in their mitts. It was figured that this one would end early though it was scheduled for 8 rounds, the only question was who would it be?
“The Untouchable” Rasheem Brown was returning after two years out of the ring though he has played stayed active going into camp with some of the top names in the business. Jose “El Macho” Medina has stayed pretty active lately with mixed results and made the jump up to the middleweight division for this one.
Continue reading Rasheem Brown TKO’s Medina to cap a great night at The Blue Horizon
It is going to be sizzlin’ again at the Blue Horizon on October 12th and this time because pound for pound stalwart Harry Joe Yorgey will fight against Jose “El Macho” Medina in a 10 round junior middleweight showdown to headline the card. Yorgey is itching to get back into the ring and make it a perfect 20 to start a career while Medina needs to bounce back strong after being upset at The New Alhambra in July.
Yorgey (19-0, 9ko’s)of Bridgeport, PA is 2 – 0 in 2007, the first win coming by way of blowout over James Wayka late in the first round and followed up with a strong, workman like effort against Edson Aguirre of Mexico. Medina (14-10, 10ko’s) is no stranger to tough comptetion, splitting his time between Philly and the road usually to take on a legitimate prospect. He has also fought twice in ’07 going 1 – 1 first by winning a unanimous decision over his unrelated namesake Jose “Stinger” Media but was upset in a split decision by Mustapha Johnson in a ruling that many dispute.
It is a fight both men need, Yorgey is on the cusp of making that leap to the next level and with a strong performance, it will be offical that he is long overdue for a big stage fight. Since turning pro 2002, he has gained a big fan following due to his war time mentality and his high octane offense.
Around this time last year Yorgey kicked into a high gear and put out some of the best action fights in recent memory. Though Medina lost his last fight, he is not one to take lightly. He’s faced the better competition and has knockout power. His big hooks and body punching are always a factor and when knocks them down, they usually stay down.
If Medina comes in shape like he did against Miguel Figueroa, we could be a gem of a fight. If not, it will probably be curtains early. Bottom line, we have two guys here who like to fight and it should be good while it lasts.
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The fists were flying once again on the corner of Swanson & Ritner in South Philly this past Friday thanks to a seven fight card hosted by Peltz Boxing in association with Don Chargin Promotions and Joe Hand Promotions. Telefutura / Univision was in the arena to televise the action which featured an NABF featherweight title bout between South Philly’s Rogers Mtagwa, ranked #5 by the IBF, and Aldo Valtierra on Mexico. The appetizer was a highly anticipated Pennsylvania State Welterweight title eliminator pitting Mount Airy’s Mike “Machine Gun” Jones against Doel Carrasquillo of Lancaster, PA.
On the under card, the rumbling Joe Christy once against accepted a tough assignment squaring off against Doug Esbenshade in a battle of tough middleweights. There were some hot rumors flying around about Jose “El Macho” Medina’s next fight but first he had to get past Mustapha Johnson of Indianapolis, who showed he was in town for more than just a quick paycheck.
Rising featherweight Teon Kennedy looked to stay undefeated against New Yawker Elias Castillo. Mexican lightweight Ricardo Medina retuned to Philly looking to score another upset, this time facing the slick Kevin Carmody. To close out the evening, two Philly boys got it on as South Philly’s Andrew Gizzi took on West Philly’s Robert Evans in a battle of Cruiserweights eager for their first professional win.
12 ROUNDS VACANT NABF FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
ALDO VALTIERRA…..vs…..ROGERS MTAGWA
126 pounds…………….123.5 pounds/28 years/5’5″
Mexico City, Mexico…….South Philadelphia
24-8, 13 K0s….RECORD….22-11-2, 17 K0s
It was a must win match for both fighters. Rogers Mtagwa, ranked #5 by the IBF, is on a mission to secure a big payday against a name fighter on national television. Valtierra, a fighter who has been on the big stage before, was looking to erase the stain left by Jason Litzau in his last fight as he dropped a 10 round decision live on ESPN2. The NABF Featherweight Title and a top 15 WBC ranking were hanging in the balance and both fighters knew that a win would be the big break both needed at this point of their career.
Continue reading Mtagwa squeaks past Valtierra, Mike Jones blows out Carrasquillo at The New Alhambra 07-20-07
My first two boxing assignments couldn’t have gone better. I broke in at Lagoon Night Club on the waterfront of the Philadelphia suburbs. Next trip was Atlantic City to see a world title fight.
Now it was time to roll up the sleeves and see if I’m really cut out for this racket. Saddoboxing.com was sending me inside of city limits – and the assignment took me across the street from “Needle”Park in the notorious Kensington section of Philadelphia. They could film a horror movie in place officially known as McPherson Park.
Despite the obvious potential hazards that could happen in this part of town, I watched a very good night of professional boxing put together by Joey Eye Boxing & N.I.T. Management. The venue was called “The Diablo Fight Club” yet there were no signs outside and information on the internet was non-existent. It looked like a closed down roller skating shop.
Just the type of setting to host a bunch of fights! On this night I was introduced to some local talent who probably made just enough money from these fights to buy a sandwich and a pack of smokes.
Regardless of pay scale, I want to see Jose Medina, Clarence Taylor, Joe Christy, & Carlos Vinas fight again. These guys wasted no time winning over the tough crowd in attendance. Later, Joey Eye would say this was the greatest night of fights that nobody ever saw. There were about 200 people in the crown.
The fights go as follows:
Doel Carrasquillo (3-2) vs. Ivan Korotkovich (0-0-1)
Lancaster, PA …………………..Russia
The night kicked off with international welterweight action putting PA native Doel Carrasquillo against Russian attacker Ivan Korotkovich.
Continue reading Joey Eye Boxing results from the Diablo Fight Club in the heart of Kensington