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Coy Evans & Farah Ennis in showcase bouts, Darrell Jones has a tough assignment at the Blue Horizon June 4, 2009

Local boxing returns to “Mother’s House” on June 4, 2009 – a night when Blue Horizon owner and chief executive Ms. Vernoca Michael  will collaborate with SAM Promotions for a card that features rising local talent. On this evening Ms. Michael will celebrate her 65th birthday with the boxing fans of Philadelphia.

The top end of the card is now set – here are the specifics….

The Main Event will showcase undefeated Featherweight prospect Coy Evans (8-0-1, 2ko’s) of the Germantown section going against Chicago via Mexico journeyman Barbaro Zepada (9-21, 2ko’s) in a scheduled 6 rounder.

Evans has opened some eyes in the gym recently, and in the ring he has knocked his last two opponents out. Zepada’s record is terrible but it is worth noting that he has only been stopped once in his career. Expect to see a boxing exhibition from Evans in this one.

The co-feature will put rising undefeated Super Middleweight Farah Ennis (13-0, 7ko’s), also from Germantown, against Steve Walker (24-24, 16ko’s) of Missouri.

Walker’s record shows that he has a little pop but it should also be noted that he has been stopped an astounding twenty times in his career. Who sanctioned this one? Expect Ennis to steamroll right through this challenger.

After they scrape Walker off of the canvas, look forward to a July 30th boxing card where Ennis & Dennis Hasson will compete in separate bouts on the same card. Maybe the day will come when Farah and Hasson fight each other – it is the best 168 pound match out there by a mile.

Both Evans and Ennis are trained by Bozy Ennis at the Muhammad Ali Gym – aka Bozy’s Dungeon – in Germantown.

Leading the under card is South Philly junior middleweight prospect “Dangerous” Darrell Jones (3-0, 1ko), who on paper has the toughest test of the evening. He is scheduled to take on Marcus Hall (3-1, 2 KO’s) of Rochester, NY in a four rounder. Jones will make his fourth consecutive start at The Blue and is starting to generate some buzz.

Keep an eye on this one, could be the fight of the night.

In a four round Ladies Jr. Middleweight bout, Olivia “The Great” Fonseca (3-2-2, 2 KO’s) is scheduled to take on undefeated Akima Stocks (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Newark, NJ.

Fonseca always brings fire with her into the ring, usually putting in one of the best fights of the night.

In a four round Super Featherweight bout, Keenan Smith (1-0) of Philadelphia will take on Alex Monte, 1-0. Smith was a touted amateur and has the potential to develop into a solid professional if he avoids distraction and stays focused on his craft.

In a four round Jr. Middleweight bout, Ismael Garcia (1-0) of Milville, NJ takes on debuting Tyrone Rivera of Allentown, PA.

Marshall Kaufmann’s newest study Van Oscar Penovaroff (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Kailua Kona, Hawaii will take on tougher than advertised Gustavo Dailey (4-8, 1 KO) of Philadelphia in a four round Lightweight bout.

IBF #7 ranked Light Heavyweight Yusaf Mack is off this card. Look for a July return.

Tickets are scaled at $45, $55, $65, $125, and $200 and are available at The Legendary Blue Horizon (215) 763 0500 and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Gym (267) 979 2163.

Ray Robinson to fight Darnell Jiles on ESPN “Friday Night Fights”2-13-09

On February 13, 2009 Philly Jr. Welterweight “The New” Ray Robinson (9-0, 3ko’s) will step up for the toughest test of his young career when he takes on the undefeated Darnell Jiles (8-0, 3ko’s) of Rochester, NY. The bout will be broadcast live across the country on ESPN Friday Night Fights, as this 8 round bout will serve as the evenings co-main event.

Robinson, promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, has become a familiar face on the ESPN airwaves and looks to take out a fighter best known for holding another Philly favorite, Hank Lundy, to a draw last summer.  Continue reading Ray Robinson to fight Darnell Jiles on ESPN “Friday Night Fights”2-13-09

Ran Nakash headines @ The Blue Horizon 2-6-09

On February 6, 2009 – the boxing tandem of Vernoca L. Michael & Don Elbaum return to The Legendary Blue Horizon with rising Israeli knockout artist Ran Nakash (16-0, 12 ko’s) being promoted to headline attraction for the first time in his career. The undefeated Cruiserweight’s assignment is Delaware, Ohio resident Ryan Carroll (7-1, 4ko’s) in a scheduled 8 rounder.

It’s not quite the step up people want to see out of Nakash but it isn’t horrible either. Nakash, who serves as a hand to hand combat instructor in the Israeli Army, has become quite the crowd draw in recent months after spending the early portion of his stateside career fighting less than formidable opposition. That all changed in September when he stepped up, and knocked out South Philly slugger Larry Robinson :50 into the first round, opening the eyes on many who now say Nakash could evolve into a real threat in the Cruiserweight division.

Since that night Nakash returned to The Blue in December to knockout journeyman Harvey Jolley in 7 rounds. For Carroll, this will mark the first time he will fight outside of his native Ohio. The last time he really stepped it up, he was mowed down in 1 round by Aaron Williams. Since then, he returned a year later to squeak out a split decision over Mike Word. Let’s see how this one works out.

On the under card, former hot prospect Elad Shmouel (18-2, 9ko’s) is said to be returning after a 14 month layoff. WIth less than a week to go before bell time, he is scheduled to face the ever dangerous fighter TBA.  Continue reading Ran Nakash headines @ The Blue Horizon 2-6-09

Joey Abell returns to The Legendary Blue Horizon. Steve Chambers-Divictoria II co-feature on Friday December 1, 2006

PHILADELPHIA (Friday, November 10, 2006)—On Friday December 1, 2006 boxing fans will get an early holiday treat as one of the hottest heavyweight prospect’s in the world and a rematch of a sizzling fight highlights a terrific boxing card promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions that will take place at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.

In the main event, Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell will risk his undefeated knockout record in a six round bout. The co-feature will be a rematch of a Jr. Welterweight bout from 2004 as Steve Chambers takes on Lenny Divictoria in an eight round bout.

Abell, 9-0 with nine knockouts is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Philadelphia with his aggressive power punching style which has taken him less then sixteen rounds to dispose of his nine opponents.

He is coming off the longest outing of his career on October 13th as he was extended four rounds by 52 fight veteran Louis Monaco at The Legendary Blue Horizon

Abell will be making his sixth consecutive appearance at The Legendary Blue Horizon

Abell’s opponent will be announced shortly.

Just 21 years-old, Steve “Showtime” Chambers, of Philadelphia has already amassed a record of 13-1 with four knockouts. With each bout, Chambers has shown great improvement that has helped him get on an nine fight win streak (with one no-contest) and on December 1st will be looking to make his streak hit double digits.

In order to do that he must get by the tough Lenny “El Diablo” Divictoria. Divictoria and Chambers met on September 10, 2004 at The Legendary Blue Horizon in a back and forth rumble that had the sold out crowd standing throughout the fight.
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