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Frank Santos De Alba Defeats Jesus Lule at 2300 Arena

Article by Ken Hissner
Photography by Ray Bailey / 

On November 20, 2015,  Marshall Kauffman’s King Promotions put on a dynamite show at the 2300 Arena for the locals with about 30 union members mostly at ringside. 

In the main event, Super featherweight southpaw Frank Santos DeAlba, 17-1-2 (6), of Allentown, PA, won a 6 round decision over game Jesus Lule, 7-15-1 (1) of Ft. Myers, FL. He hasn’t lost since his debut loss.

Each round was like the one before it with Lule chasing and DeAlba countering with many hard punches to body and head. Lule kept coming with the heart of a lion. On occasion he got in a good punch but couldn’t overcome the odds of the favorite.

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Mike Jones destroys Dario Esalas in 2, Teon Kennedy gets off the deck to win at The Blue!

On March 6, 2009 Peltz Boxing Promotions returned to the Legendary Blue Horizon with a bang, putting on a card that didn’t have one stiff on the line up which resulted in good fights from A- Z. After an 8 year absence, the Philly fight fans were excited about the return and came out in high volumes to see an evenly matched 7 fight card highlighted by the towns hottest prospect Mike Jones who is rated in all major sanctioning body rankings. Jones was originally set to take on former amateur standout Larry Mosley of LA but at the last minute Mosley called out with a back injury so in comes Dario Eslas, a well traveled veteran with knockout power and a light bulb chin. The over under on this one was 3 rounds.

The co-feature was an interesting one as another highly touted, undefeated Peltz boxing prospect Teon Kennedy took on the world rated Andre Wilson on Missouri in an 8 round Super Bantamweight showdown. This one got interesting as Wilson showed he is no fluffed up mid westerner but Kennedy showed the heart of a fighter as he had to deal with a lot of elements he hasn’t come across before inthe ring. There was a lot on the line for both as Wilson was hungry for better pay days and respect as he wanted to shed the “opponent” label. Kennedy was one win shy of qualifying for his teams goal of getting a crack at the USBA title.

The card was rounded out with the usual Peltz Boxing fighters, all of which went in tough. Kensington Super Middleweight Dennis Hasson looked to stay unbeaten against Philly’s Garrett Wilson, a fighter who was said to be training like a beast, evident by his weight loss which allowed him to drop down two divisions.

The boxing barber Victor Vasquez always gives the crowd their money worth and on this night his assignment was an unknown, undefeated fighter from upstate PA in Rod Salka. This Jr. Welterweight fight stole the show.

Jr. Middleweight Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis was making his Peltz boxing debut and he was set to take on Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor who always gives a game effort.

A Philly showdown between Luis “Smurf” Esquillin and Derek Bivens put on a nice 4 round show and Kassim Wilson looked to make it two wins in a row against the well travelled Martinus Clay in an 8 round Jr. Middleweight fight.

The Main Event
NABA Welterweight Title Fight
Mike Jones vs. Dario Eslas

In the main event Mike Jones (17-0, 15ko’s) continued on his path of rage when he demolished late sub Dario Esalas in the 2nd round of their NABA Welterweight title fight, scoring three monster knockdowns in that round, the last of which leaving his opponent in a catatonic state long after referee Gary Rosato waved off the contest. With the win, Jones is sure to improve on his #11 ranking in the WBA. Somewhere, Larry Mosley is thanking his lucky stars he bailed out of this fight at the last minute, somewhere else Dario Esalas is thinking the money just wasn’t worth it….A special note to the shiny suits “decision makers” at HBO – SHOWTIME & ESPN… STOP FLUFFING UP SCRUBS!!! PUT MJ ON YOUR SHOW INSTEAD!!!! THESE KNOCKOUTS ARE MUST SEE TV!!!!!!

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Super Bantamweight Division
Teon Kennedy vs. Andre Wilson

The co-feature was much much much more competitive as rising super bantamweight Teon “The Technician” Kennedy had to overcome quite a bit to grind out a split decision win over the gutsy Andre Wilson of Missouri in their 8 round fight.

In the pre fight interview, Wilson told us that the crowd was in for a surprise, and surprise us he did when he dropped Kennedy with a straight left in the 3rd and opened a bad cut over the Technicians right eye, a wound that would leak through out the fight. With that being said, Kennedy sucked it up and landed some heavy leather of his own stunning his opponent on many occasions.

Kennedy was like a cat trapping a mouse as he would cut the ring off and back Wilson into the corner which would initiate a lot of the action. Neither fighter refused to buckle and fought to win all the way to the final bell.

The scores were split at 76 – 75 for each fighter but the final tally of a shocking 79 – 73 gave Kennedy the edge he needed in a fight he did deserve to win. The fans gave a nice applaud in appreciation of both men’s efforts.

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Andre Wilson

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Jr. Welterweight Division

Victor Vasquez vs. Rod Salka

Buloma PA’s Rod Salka and Victor Vasquez put on one hell of a 6 round Jr. Welterweight contest in a deceiving match that saw a bloody Salka sweep the scorecards at 60 – 54.

Throw those scores out the window because this is an early candidate for fight of the year and other fighters will be hard pressed to top the 6th and final round of this one as both men stood toe to toe and let it fly to the delight of every fan in the building.

Vasquez came to rumble as always but Salka was pretty damn sharp on this night and in my opinion is a threat to any 140 lber in this area. More on this to come soon.

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Lightweight Division

Derek Bivens vs. Luis Esquillin

Derek Bivins and Luis “Smurf” Esquillin had themselves an entertaining 4 round super featherweight match which gave fans reason to cheer and April 11 fight organizers reasons to sweat.

When two young Philly guys go at it, it is usually good and this one has its share of two way exchanges in the middle of the ring. Smurf’s straight lefts busted Bivins nose early but Bivins left his mark with plenty of hard right hands that found the target. Rightfully this fight ended in a draw. A rematch isn’t out of the question, this time make it a 6 rounder!

After the fight, Paul Fernandez team was over heard saying both fighters would be easy pickins for their guy….. Let’s see about that!

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Super Middleweight Division

Dennis Hasson vs. Garrett Wilson

Dennis Hasson earned a hard fought 6 round unanimous decision over the tough, wild style of Garrett Wilson. Hasson boxed cool and calm as Wilson would randomly attack with lunging hooks. Down the stretch Hasson landed some clean, heavy bombs though Wilson seemed to take them well. Overall it was a good pace and a solid amount of action with both fighters not budging an inch.

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Jr. Middleweight

Jamaal Davis vs. Clarence Taylor

Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis was successful in his Peltz Boxing debut as he wore down Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor over 6 rounds to take a unanimous decision win. Davis hard body work was able to wear down the awkward style of Bono and Davis’ jawing after rounds seemed to have a bit of an effect on Bono as well.

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Jamaal Davis vs Clarenece Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (8) Jamaal Davis vs Clarenece Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (14)

Jr. Middleweight Division

Kaseem Wilson vs. Martinus Clay

Kasseem Wilson earned an 8 round unanimous decision over Martinus Clay in a fight that far exceeded expectations as both men decided to be aggressive and make a fight of it.

Wilson almost had Clay out early but the game veteran dug into his back of tricks and was able to turn the tide a bit mid way through the fight. Wilsons activity was the key as he out hustled Clay down the stretch to seal the win on all judges scorecards. Wilson looks to be back in stride so keep an eye on future fights.

Kassem Wilson vs Martinus Clay 2009 (17)

Kassem Wilson vs Martinus Clay 2009 (12)

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Peltz Boxing returns to The Blue Horizon 3-6-09

They said it would never happen in a million years…but to the surprise of many it was recently announced that J. Russell Peltz struck a 6 fight deal which will bring his promotional outfit back to the building he made famous, The Legendary Blue Horizon. The talk of the boxing town starts with a potential lights out card on March 6th which will see the world rated and current NABA Welterweight champion Mike Jones make his first title defense against LA’s Larry Mosley (15-3-2, 6ko’s) in the 10 round main event. Jones is a hot name right now and was even pegged by the well respected Steven Kim of as the sports prospect of the year in 2008. Continue reading Peltz Boxing returns to The Blue Horizon 3-6-09

Peltz Boxing returns to The Blue Horizon

They said it would never happen in a million years…but to the surprise of many it was recently announced that J. Russell Peltz struck a 6 fight deal which will bring his promotional outfit back to the building he made famous, The Legendary Blue Horizon. The talk of the boxing town starts with a potential lights out card on March 6th which will see the world rated and current NABA Welterweight champion Mike Jones make his first title defense against LA’s Larry Mosley (15-3-2, 6ko’s) in the 10 round main event.

Jones is a hot name right now and was even pegged by Steve Kim of as the prospect of the year in 2008. In Jones last fight, he posterized Luciano Perez with one of the best left hooks in recent memory, a punch which cleaned up a wild, sloppy slugfest in Reading, PA. Mosley was once a highly decorated amateur who has been a pro since 2000 and is the cousin of Sugar Shane. He is best remembered in this town for boxing to a 12 round draw against Miguel Figueroa back in 2005. He also held the previously world rated Golden Johnson to a draw in his very next fight. He has dropped his last two fights since then and is dangerously close to falling permanently into “opponent” status. It will be interesting to see how Jones fares against the experience of Mosley, as the Cali native is best known for his outstanding hand speed which is the type of fighter Jones has yet to see.

photo by Chris Sembrot for Philly Keith Sports
photo by Chris Sembrot for Philly Keith Sports

In the co-feature we will see rising super bantamweight Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (11-0, 5ko’s) face Andre Wilson (11-1-1, 9ko’s) of Mississippi in a scheduled 8 rounder. The fight will be at 120 lbs give or take a pound. It was originally expected that Teon would get a warm up fight of sorts but Wilson, a southpaw, should pose a good test for the North Philly Technician. Wilson’s only loss came while fighting in an undefeated opponents backyard and his most recent wins include early knockouts over Francisco Rodriguez (now 14 – 2) & a 10 round decision win over the well traveled Alex Baba, a fighter who has fought quite a few names in the business. Teon is a fighter that some feel is the best prospect in the city. He and his team have eyes on a shot at the divisions USBA title very soon, and this is the type of fight should prepare him for stiffer challenges down the line. Just don’t look past Wilson, who is already has a top 30 ranking in the WBC after only 13 fights.

photo by Chris Sembrot for Philly Keith Sports
photo by Chris Sembrot for Philly Keith Sports

The under card is looking very good as well with Philly middleweight Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (8-4, 6ko’s) set to face Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (13-20-3, 6ko’s) in a fight that will mark Davis’ first match as a member of the Peltz boxing stable. In Davis last outing, he convincingly beat Chris Hall at the National Guard Armory. In Bono’s last fight, he showed his is not done yet despite his record as he hung in there with the well regarded Derek Ennis over 8 rounds at The Arena last month. This one could turn out to be a very good action fight since both men prefer to come forward and bang it out.

Some are saying that Kensington’s Dennis Hasson (6-0, 2ko’s) is in for the stiffest test of his young career when he faces Philly’s Garrett Wilson (3-1, 1ko) in a scheduled 6 round Super Middleweight contest. Hasson has been on a steady rise since turning pro last year and in that time gaining a solid fan base but Wilson is no slouch and seems dedicated for this one as he is dropping down 2 weight classes which can only mean he is in top physical condition.

Kaseem Wilson (10-1-1, 3ko’s) continues his comeback when he takes on Martinus Clay (13-19-4, 5ko’s) in a scheduled 8 round Jr. Middleweight contest. Wilson recently returned from a 15 month layoff to win his last fight by unanimous decision. Clay most recently was knocked out by Kassem Ouma back in August. While that was a bad night, he has proved in the past he can hang with any fighter who thinks he is an up and comer. Styles might clash in this one though as neither fighter seems comfortable being the aggressor, more relying on movement and counter punching.

Victor Vasquez (8-2, 5ko’s) looks to have his hands full (at least on paper) as he is set to take on the undefeated Rod Salka (6-0, 2ko’s) of Bunola, PA. Vasquez recently returned from a 6 month medical suspension to stop Mario Galan inside of 2 rounds at The New Alhambra. Not much is known about Salka and his record doesn’t indicate that he has walked murderers row. Anyone who knows Victor Vasquez knows he will make his opponent fight so we will learn a lot about Salka here.

photo by Chris Sembrot for Philly Keith Sports

Alex Sanchez (1-0, 1ko) is set to take on the pro debuting Tyrone Miles in a 4 round Jr. Middleweight contest.

Bozy’s Gym hopeful Derek Bivins (1-0) is also scheduled for action against North Philly’s Luis “Smurf” Esquillan in a 4 round Super Featherweight battle.

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Chambers wins again, Nakash stops Robinson, Culmer squeaks past Wilson at The Blue!

The last fight card of the 2008 summer in Philly was at the Legendary Blue Horizon on Sept 12th and they came through with an exciting card that featured many local fighters facing off against one another. In the main event, “Showtime” Steve Chambers got his first shot at the headliner against perennial B-sider Kevin Carmody, a fighter who has taken on a bevy of rising prospects in his short career. There was a Cruiserweight showdown between two familiar faces as Israel’s Ran Nakash made his 6th pro stop the famed Philly fight hall. He would get the first real test of his career as he signed on to face the big punching Larry Robinson of South Philly in what was scheduled for 8 rounds but everyone in the building knew it wouldn’t go anywhere near that long. The other co-feature was a battle between two fighters who have been on the opposite end of many controversial decision in their day. Gee Cullmer just can’t seem to get any credit in this town for his wins, while Jameel “Black Gold” Wilson has gone the distance with some of the best in very close, entertaining only to get shafted on the scorecards. Also slated for action were two regarded amateurs making their pro debut in “Dangerous” Darrell Jones & Derek Bivins who fought in separate bouts. New Yawker William Jeter also stopped by to take on Pete Guthy. Scroll down to find out how it went down.

Steve Chambers….vs….Kevin Carmody
17-1-1, 5ko’s………..10-9, 1ko

This main event featured two of Philly’s youngest, yet most experienced Jr. Welterweights. “Showtime” Steve Chambers, the brother of former King of the Blue “Fast” Eddie Chambers was getting his first shot to fill the void his bro left a little over a year ago. Carmody is no stranger to promotionally pushed opposition. At 22 years old, he has traveled the country and at times had his arm raised in victory. The main question coming into this was not if either man could fight, but who would take the initiative to actually make a fight out of it? Carmody isn’t known for his aggressiveness and Chambers, until recently, had a tendency to not fight with much fire.

All questions about the pace of this fight were answered immediately as both men stood in the center of the ring exchanging good leather. Midway through the round, Carmody landed a straight right down the pike which put Chambers on the seat of his pants. Chambers did beat the 10 count as Carmody stayed relaxed and picked his shots.

Down but far from out, Chambers and Carmody continued to exchange with Carmody getting the better through 3 rounds. The tide turned in the 4th when Chambers opened a cut over Caromdy’s left eye. In the 5th a straight right hand from Chambers sent Carmody’s mouthpiece flying into press row. Round 6 was very close and Carmody threw combination on the inside while Chambers looked to land the hard overhand right to the head.

The action died out down the stretch with Chambers seemingly doing more than the tiring Carmody. The fight went to the scorecard which read 78 – 73, 77 – 75 & 77- 74 for Chambers who improves to 18 – 1 – 1, 5ko’s

Larry Robinson….vs….Ran Nakash
South Philly…………Israel

Don Elbaum finally decided to step up the competition for his fighter Ran Nakash and this one was expected to be a war. In the end it was a one sided bombing as a Ran Nakash short right hook ended matters :50 into the 1st round of this Cruiserweight battle. An impressive win to say the least. Welcome to the Philly top 10 list.

Gee Culmer….vs….Jameel Wilson

As stated in the opening segment, this was a battle between two fighters have been involved in many close fights over the past few years. Culmer seems to always get the nod while Wilson usually gets the shaft. The ending of this one is open for debate as well in what turned out to be a very good two way action battle between two Philly natives.

In the opening three rounds, Gee Culmer put on a boxing clinic, using the ring, working his jab, sneaking in his straight right and getting out of the way of incoming danger.

But I know Jameel Wilson, and the book on him is he will lull you to sleep and give you a false sense of confidence, then lay the hammer on you. The middle rounds were very close, very competitive as Wilson dramatically picked up the pace and in the process, changed Gee’s approach from that of a smart boxer to street brawler.

Round 6 and 7 were big for Wilson who had Gee on the ropes and consistently land a variety of punches. Gee absorbed the shots and fired back some of his own, willing to fight it out. The crowd erupted at the end of these rounds.

The 8th started with a solid toe to toe exchange. Midway through Gee went back to his early formula of boxing instead of brawling and did quite well. Wilson came alive as time was winding down which sparked off another two way exchange until the final bell sounded.

The crowd was buzzing and press row scoring was all over the place. When Ring Announcer Larry Tornambe grabbed the mic, he announced a majority decision in favor of Culmer by scores of 77 – 75, 78 – 74 with the third judge seeing it even at 76-76.

Derek Bivins….vs….Darrell Martin

Derek Bivins started off his pro career in style with a one sided unanimous pounding over the usually durable Darrell Martin. In the beginning it was competitive but after round two, you could make a case for round 3 & 4 being 10 – 8’s as Bivins continuously stalked and battered Martin around the ring.

It went to the cards with all three judges seeing it 40 – 36 in favor of Bivins who is now 1-0 as a pro,

Darrell Jones….vs….James Wynn

Dangerous Darrell Jones says he plans on cracking the top 10 list by next year and he is off to a strong start with fiery 3rd round KO over James Wynn in his pro debut. Jones fired off some hard body punches followed by soem right hooks to the head. After 2 rounds Wynn wanted out. By round 3 a left – right combo gave him that option as he hit the deck only to get up long after the 10 count was given.

Winner “Dangerous” Darrell Jones who improves to 1-0, 1ko

William Jeter…vs….Pete Guthy
New York………….

Two unknowns came to the Blue and put on a pretty good fight while it lasted. The highlight came in the 3rd where Guthy threw a right handed bomb with everything he had behind it and landed squarely on Jeter’s chin. The problem was, Jeter didn;t budge, then returned the favor two folder with a right handed bomb of his own which did put Guthy down twice, the second of which he wouldn’t beat the 10 count for.

Winner: William Jeter TKO 3 – 2:52

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