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Chambers KO win highlights an 8 fight card @ The Blue Horizon 9-11-09

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September 11, 2009 in Philadelphia. It was a day of remembrance as 8 years ago on this day, terrorists hi-jacked planes and forever changed the way Americans go about everyday living.

Current day Philly wasn’t looking very good either as Mayor Nutter is talking “Plan C” budgets and laying off over 3,000 city workers as State house and Senate leaders argue over the details of future city spending and sales tax increases.

On top of that, it was a flat out nasty, rainy night in the city that loves you back.

But hey, not all was bad. Mother’s house was open for business as Vernoca Michael and her tag team partner Don Elbaum collaborated once again for fight night at The Legendary Blue Horizon. There were eight bouts scheduled featuring quite a few area fighters at different stages of their career. The theme “Public Safety Night” in hope of bringing awareness to the ridiculous number of people being mugged, maimed and killed in our city streets. Special tribute was giving to the life of 25 year old Pete Lyde Jr, grandson of Smokin’ Joe and son of Pete & Judge Jackie Frazier Lyde. Pete was senselessly killed outside of a bar in North Philly on his first night of employment at the establishment. Put down the guns and pick up the gloves kids!

Back to boxing, in the main event, rising Jr. Welterweight “Showtime” Steve Chambers (20-1-1, 6ko’s) was returning after 8 months on the shelf because of a foot injury. Considered one of the more talented fighters in our area, he is starting to be considered one of the most protected also. You can’t blame the fighter for this and when in the ring, Steve has handled his business time and time again.

On this night, the opponents changed a few times and at the last minute his opponent was settled on Aaron Drake (13-7, 9ko’s) , a non descript journeyman from Kansas. While Chambers was putting in hard hours in the gym, Drake likely was on the couch when the phone rang.

To no ones surprise, Steve Chambers absolutely steamrolled over Aaron Drake, taking out the late replacement at the 1:27 mark of round 2. Chambers was in control from the start working behind a stiff jab and following with a straight right, scoring three knock downs total before referee Gary Rosado saw enough and called a halt to the bout. Chambers looked fresh for a guy who hasn’t fought in 8 months. Now let’s see that Chambers – Shmouel fight Elbaum!

The co-feature was the most intriguing fight of the night. Two years ago, Phoenixville’s Jules Blackwell (8-3-2, 3ko’s) was considered a prospect to keep an eye on. Well dressed, well spoken, college educated, the kid was a marketing dream. Trained by Jimmy Deoria & John Mulvenna, he had the inside connection to Don Elbaum’s matchmaking and racked up 7 straight wins to start his career. Unlike many others in the city, Jules started calling for the big fight soon after. His heart alone landed him a Philly top 10 pound for pound slot. His wish was granted time and time again as he went on to face some of the toughest this area has to offer. His first test was Paul Fernandez, a fight he won convincingly. After that he just wasn’t winning anymore. Lucian Gonzalez – draw, Ja Sung Lee – draw at Madison Square Garden. Then it started to fall apart. His team thought they could pull a fast one and called up Eric “Outlaw” Hunter to take a fight on 2 days notice thinking he wasn’t in the gym. Bad move, Jules lost in 3. He bounced back against a duck but was then in his most recent match, took an unexplainable TKO loss to the feather fisted Darrell Martin.

On the flip side, Joselito Collado (9-0, 3ko’s) has been making to trek from the Bronx to Broad street in hopes of getting that big pay day. He had slowly but steadily produced solid outing after solid outing. The crowd that once had their eye on Jules was now watching this kid from the boogie down.

This only meant one thing, it was do or die for the career of Jules Blackwell.

Earlier in the day, Joselito Collado was forced to strip down to his bare ass at the weigh-in to make the contracted fight weight as he originally came in 5 ounces over the 126 lb limit. For this he vowed a KO Jules Blackwell in 3 rounds. It took him only 2:01 into the 1st round to end the fight with a hard three punch combo that sent Blackwell to the outer edge of the ring apron and into la-la land. Good win for Collado and it was a good run for Jules who was one of the classier guys I have met in this racket, but that full time graphic designer job for Black n Mild might be a better long term option that a future in the ring holds for him. I’d hate to see him get hurt. If you do choose to hang em up, it was good to know you!

The fight on the card that didn’t get much hype but was a sleeper pick to be a good one was a super featherweight match between Lancaster’s Isaac Suarez (7-1, 3ko’s) and Mondre Pope (2-0-1) of Virginia.

Suarez was a known amateur undefeated prospect coming into this bout. He was recently returning to the ring after a two year layoff. Pope may be a bit unknown as a pro but is said to have over 150 amateur wins.

Suarez’ first fight back was a tough split decision win against Ikeem Orji of Maryland, a fight where Suarez had to get off the canvas to win. His team wanted one more fight before they chased some big pay days…. and did they ever get a fight on this night.

In what goes down as the worst performance of Suarez career, Mondre Pope was aggressive early and scored two knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated fighter in their 6 round bout. Pope was quicker to the punch, landing good straight lefts in the opening rounds, quite a few wobbling his opponent. When Suarez would try to attack, Pope used to ring and got out of dodge before being touches.

After the second knockdown Suarez could have packed it in but to his credit he showed a lot of heart and rebounded down the stretch. Suarez seemed to have the fire power but didn’t pull the trigger when he needed to, unlike the young body punching machine I remember from a few years ago. It went to the score cards which read 58 – 55 x4 & 58 -54 for Pope who showed he is a guy to keep an eye on.

Former NHL goon Nathan Perrott traded the skates for a pair boots in his new venture as a pro fighter. Before the match, he spent a lot of time telling good tales of his hockey life. He gave himself the nod in a on-ice skate fight against Donald Brashear, told tales of being a pro in the Russian hockey league, being the only guy for miles to speak English – only to have his passport stolen and being stranded in this foreign land for weeks. It was all a breeze during the media sessions talking about his anticipated pro debut.

But then at the weigh in the mood began to change. The easy going fella started to realize the serious of the business. He was still personable, but very anxious. Hours later, when the bell finally sounded, the nerves were still there but he seemed ready for the task at hand. The beginning wasn’t pretty but to his credit he shook off some early jitters to score a late TKO over Makidi Ku-Tima in their heavyweight bout. A few Flyers showed up to cheer on their boy and he didn’t disappoint as he threw down hockey style, mauling and pummeling his opponent. I think we will be seeing him again soon as the crowd seemed to take a liking to him. According to sources, Flyers spotted at ringside were Mike Richards, Riley Cote, Dan Carcillo, Ray Emery and Jeff Carter.

I am sure we will see Perrott again. Though he needs a lot of work, the story is good and people seemed to like the idea of a hockey player throwing down in the ring at The Blue.

South Philly’s Mongoose, Phillip McCants (8-1-1, 3ko’s) of the Marion Anderson Gym shook off 3 years of ring rust in a clear unanimous decision win over Tyson Schwinger (3-8-3, 3ko’s) in their 4 rounder. McCants, fighting as a junior middleweight was in control throughout. After a slow start he was very good in the second round but took the foot off the pedal a bit in 3 and 4, still outworking his foe. While his timing was off, he did show flashes of a guy who knows how to put punches together and also flashed some slick defense. Schwinger was a game fighter who tried his hardest. Scores were 40 – 36 across the board. Look for the Mongoose to return on October 2nd.

Belmawr’s Joe Alonso had a good showing in his pro debut against Bill Brown on Ohio ina 4 round welterweight rumble. Alonso came to The Blue with a NY Giants logo tattooed on him but I’ll give the kid his due. He worked hard against a willing, but limited opponent. This turned out to be one of the better two-way fights on the night. Alonso was full steam ahead firing away as Brown hippity-hopped around the ring trying to land pot shots. Brown looked like he was ready to go on his back late but the crafty vet found a way to survive. In the end the scorecards read 40 – 36 x2 & 40 – 35 for Alonso. After his fight, half the crowd emptied, leaving The Blue looking like a ghost town.

The ladies put on a good fight too as NJ’s Jackie Davis (3-0, 1ko) and Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (3-7-2) went at it for four rounds. It was a close one as Davis chose to brawl instead of box which led to some good spots of two way fisticuffs. Cisneros was cut over her left eye by a punch early in the fight and her unprepared one person corner wiped it with what appeared to be a dirty dish rag. Cisneros didn’t quit and Davis showed the tenacity that makes her a crowd favorite. The fight hung in the balance down the stretch and Davis pulled out a close last round with some hard overhand rights on the ropes. Regardless of your stance on women fighters, Jackie, the full time police officer trained by the Philly great Ivan Robinson, always puts on a show. The cards read 38-38 & 39-37 x2 for Davis.

Delroy Beston of Tom River won the battle of pro debuting Jr Welterweight’s as he took a unanimous decision over Philly’s Jason Sia in the opening bout of the night. The fight was a bit awkward as both men were southpaws but both were able to get in some good shots. Beston landed some good lefts through out though they didn’t really faze Sia. It went to the cards which read 40 – 36 x 2 & 39 – 37 for Beaston.

Correction: Dangerous Darrell Jones fight was canceled at the last minute because his opponent was involved in a car accident after the weigh-in. Look for Darrell on Oct 2 @ The Blue.

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11 Fight Card Scheduled for The Blue Horizon September 11th!

Boxing returns to mothers house as Vernoca Michael & Don Elbaum present what is looking like an 11 fight card at The Legendary Blue Horizon on September 11th. The theme of the night is “Public Saftey” and to be totally honest, there are some really safe fights for the house prospects. There are also a couple that could turn out to be really good. Here is the breakdown

In the main event, Jr. Welterweight Steve Upshur Chambers is back and he takes on Aaron Drake of Ohio in a scheduled 8 rounder. Chambers is 19 – 1 and coming back after an 8 month layoff due to a foot injury. His last 3 times out have been very solid outings, especially a win over Kevin Carmody at The Blue. Many people now want to see him take that next step. Drake’s last two wins have come against opponents with a combined record of 39 – 130 – 2. Enough said. Come on Elbaum, we want Chambers vs. Shmouel!

The co-feature is Darren Fallen vs. Joshua Onyango. Fallen is a former golden gloves champ out of Shulers Gym. He has been inactive much of the past few years but does have 2 wins in a row. Onyango is best known for his upset win over Gabby Rosado a few years back. We are now in 2009 and are a car accident and a few knockouts later in Onyango’s career. Let’s see what he has left. Fallen is a boxer, Onyango is aggressive so it could produce some action. This one is scheduled for 8 rounds.

The best match of the night, at least on paper goes to Joselito Collado vs. Jules Blackwell in a super featherweight match. Collado of the Bronx fights hard has earned some fans in Philly, Blackwell lost almost all of his after getting KO’d. Give Jules his credit he was one to never duck a tough fight unlike most others who call themselves prospects in this division. Jules desperately needs a win here. Collado might stamp his card as the best 122 lb prospect fighting in the area with a win. Sit back and watch them rumble!

Undefeated super featherweight Isaac Suarez of Lancaster returns to fight Mondre Pope of Virginia. Suarez returned earlier this summer to take a split decision from Ikeem Orji in a fight that Suarez had to get off the canvas to win. There is a little rust left after 2 years away from the ring but team Suarez says after this they are looking for big fights after this. Taking the winner of the Collado – Blackwell fight would be a good start.

South Philly’s “Dangerous” Darrell Jones comes back to the ring after about a year off for what is looking like a fight against Achmad Tuba of Israel. Those in the know rave about Jones natural ability but say consistency is the key. Tuba was ballyhoo’d his last time at the Blue as he is apart of the Elad / Nakash / Taal crew that come in from Tel Aviv. Both fighters are 1-0 but if this fight goes down, I expect Jones to win handily.

This night also marks the return of “The Mongoose” Phillip McCants. He will take on an opponent to be named soon. McCants had a decorated amateur career with accomplishments that include, but are not limited to a KO win over Mike Jones and putting Henry Crawford down twice. He signed with CES when he turned pro but hung up the gloves after 9 pro fights. George Hanson writes a good piece detailing the accomplishments of McCants in his Mouthpiece column. The article is titled “The Mongoose is Loose”

More info on this card to come soon ’til then…

Xtreme Productions returns to The Arena May 7th

Xtreme Productions returns to The Arena this Friday in South Philadelphia with a card featuring talent that is brand new to pro ranks. While none of this is confirmed, sources indicate that the main event is possibly a 6 rounder between Isaac Suarez (6-0, 3ko’s) of Lancaster and Ikeem Orji of Maryland (5-1, 1ko).

The co-feature is a Super Middleweight rematch between Khalil Farah (4-3, 1ko) of the Oven Gym against the Gonzalez Jones of Akron who sports a heinous 1- 12 record. The initial match up ended in a disputed split decision win for Farrah.

The undercard features quite a few fighters either making their pro debut or have one pro fight under their belt along with a women fight between “Mighty” Ivan Robinson’s protégé Jacqui Davis (1-0, 1ko) of Philly who will go in against Rachel Clark (2-1, 2ko’s) of South Carolina in a 4 rounder. Not much is known about the under card contestants but they all have an opportunity to impress and make a name for themselves . For tickets call 215-336-2000 or 609-871-3552

NOTE: The original main event between Kamarah Pasley vs. Julio Caesar Matthews has been moved to May 31 in Reading.

Chris Gray stuns Gabriel Rosado, Brunelli grinds out a win at The Blue Horizon on10-20-06

While Mike Tyson was boring the national boxing scene with his pay per view exhibition, Greg Robinson of Power Promotions came through with a very entertaining Philly style club show at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.

At first glance it looked like a bunch of steady busy fights for the local up-and-comers – but there was a big a shocker in the co-feature when journeyman boxer “Classy” Chris Gray of Louisiana pulled a surprise upset win over hometown favorite “King” Gabriel Rosado.

Jamie Morales of Camden New Jersey once again was in the fight that produced the most explosive fireworks, but this time he found himself on the losing end of his six round barn burner against a well schooled Tyric Robinson.

The main event of the evening featured Dave Brunelli of Philadelphia and he the guy many people in attendance came to see. Brunelli is a former tough man but his opponent Adam Smith was softer than a pair of pink bunny slippers. While the action didn’t exactly set the ring on fire, Brunelli did what he had to do and made easy work of his opponent.

There was some good action to start the night as well and Isaac Suarez, Tommie Speller and John Solomon were successful in their pro debuts. All of this and much more.

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