Photos by Jeff Bera
Philadelphia’s big fight weekend kicked off on Broad Street this Friday the 13th but I am sorry to report that the normally dependable Don Elbaum put together one of the worst cards in recent memory at the Blue Horizon.
The starring role went to undefeated heavyweight hopeful Joey Abell, who played the role of Jason Vorhees as he stalked, gashed and damn near killed professional punch sponge Louis Monaco over four extremely one-sided rounds.
The under card featured United States Army Staff Sergeant Samuel Brown of Kentucky who getting in one last fight before deploying to Iraq for a third tour of duty in January. The 32-year-old Heavyweight told me before the fight that he was fulfilling a lifelong dream of fighting at the Blue Horizon on this night. On this night he would fight Michael Rhoades – the 1995 Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves champion in the super-heavyweight.
Other action included the professional debut of Philadelphia’s Bryheim (Clinton B.) Douglas who sent a guy flying out of the ring, Minnesota based Middleweight Dave Peterson making his second start at The Blue and a fight featuring Don Elbaum’s latest charge Ran Nakash – a hand-to-hand combat instructor for Krav Maga which is Israel’s most elite combat school.
Continue reading Bryheim Douglas knocks a guy out of the ring, Joey Abell knocks out another journeyman at The Blue Horizon 10-13-06
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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