In a bout that was billed at ringside as “Jones versus The Volcano” MJ wasn’t faced with a bubbly fire of molten lava, instead he was the one who ruptured as he exploded on a severely outgunned Lenin “The Volcano” Arroyo with rights and lefts over the 10 round distance en route to a unanimous decision win at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City.
It wasn’t Jones (18-0, 15ko’s) best performance, there were times where he looked bored and others times where he played to the crowd. On the plus side, he displayed patience, when he jabbed it was sharp and put his combinations together very well. Make no mistake, he dominated this fight from start to finish. Jones energy level was still high even at the end of the fight so the gas tank definitely was fueled with diesel. He also used the opportunity to shake off some rust as he has only fought 5 complete rounds in the past year coming into this match-up. Continue reading Mike Jones injured after 10 rounds of target practice. Jamaal Davis gets a hard earned win @ Bally’s→
Stick a fork in LA’s Larry Mosley, he is done…again! For the third time this year, Mosley vs. Mike Jones (17-0, 15ko’s) has been cancelled, this time for good. The main event has been salvaged though and the new B side will be former world title challenger Ben Tackie (29-11-1, 17ko’s) of the Bronx via Ghana in the 12 round headline attraction on August 8th at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City for Jones NABA title.
Jones, considered by many to be the #1 prospect in Philly by many is rated #10 by the WBA, #12 by the IBF, #12 by the WBO & #26 by the WBC, all in the Welterweight division. This will mark Jones second defense of the NABA Welterweight title that he won in Philly back in November of 08. In his first defense, Jones blitzkrieg’d Columbia’s Dario Esalas who lasted a mere 2 rounds at The Blue Horizon. Overall Jones has steadily captured the imagination of Philadelphia boxing fans with his vicious knockout power, becoming one of the top draws in recent memory. Almost everyone is in agreement that he has the offensive tools to make a run at the divisions elite, but the question still lingers – can he take as good of a shot as he can give? He was slightly tug with little effect in each of his last two fights as the match regressed from boxing to bar room brawling, Jones winning each with dynamic KO results. We have still yet to see any opponent present any significant trouble to Jones in any of his 17 pro bouts. Take it as you please but the bottom line is that MJ is hands down the most exciting fighter from Philly at this present time. If he comes correct by using his jab and fighting a smart fight against Tackie he should have no problem. If he tries to blow him out of the water, he could be in for a rude awakening. Continue reading Strike 3 Larry Mosley, ur out! Ben Tackie steps in to fight Mike Jones @ Bally’s August 8th→
The big lumberjack from Minnesota, Joey Abell (24-4, 23 KO’s) did it again, pleasing the crowd with 3 rounds of target practice which led to a stoppage over Houston’s Billy “The Kid” Willis (12-14-1, 9ko’s). Abell looks to have added a jab to his arsenal, a punch he threw a lot of in the 1st which would set up that wrecking ball of a left hand. Give Willis credit, he ate some SCUD missiles and still had the audacity to connect with a strong right hook as round 1 ended, a punch that surely caught Abell’s attention. The fight continued and it was more of Abell hammering the concrete head of Willis. The first knockdown came early in the 3rd which from my vantage point actually looked like a slip. Willis jumped right up but was attacked on the ropes and referee Blair Talmedge jumped right in to stop what could have been a severe beating. Video with Abell below.
In the co-feature, the State Athletic Commissions # 1 ranked super middleweight Gee Cullmer once again wins a close decision at The Blue, this time by way of split decision over Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor in their 6 round rematch from a fight that took place in 2004. Call this one “The Battle of the Free Hand” as the amount of work done in clinches were the most telling source of scoring in rounds 2 – 5. From my vantage point there were only two clear cut rounds to award, Bono getting the 1st as he set the pace and landed some solid right hands to open the contest. Cullmer came on very strong in round 6, walking forward and connecting with a steady diet of combos, sensing that he needed a big round to secure the victory. It went to the cards which read 59 – 55 for Cullmer, 59 – 55 for Bono and the third judge seeing it 58 – 55 for Cullmer. Video with Gee is below.
Jose Tiburcio, now training at The Oven Gym under the eye of Billy Briscoe, scored two knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision win over Frankford’s Julius “Marvel” Edmunds in their 4 round lightweight match. Tiburcio started strong with the knockdowns but faded late as Edmunds came on down the stretch but it wasn’t as Tiburco won on all 3 scorecards in his first fight in 2 years.
Queen’s lightweight Joselito Collado is quickly becoming a house favorite and once again he impresses with a win over Darrell Martin who preferred to showboat, clown and dance rather than fight hard. 60 – 54 across the board for Collado.
Taneal Goyco (3-0, 1 KO) again gets the win over Davit Davitshvili (0-3) this time by unanimous decision in their cruiser weight fight.
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I have to tip my cap to “The Don” Don Elbaum. It seems like every time there is a fight under his watch at Mother’s house, I am always complaining that he never has the card finalized more than 2 days before bell time or that he is always throwing some cheese ball gimmick out in the main event and giving it the hard sell. It was the same ol’ story this time around with “the Italian – Jewish Philadelphia” title on the line in the main event, with the state #1 contender in the Super Middleweight division Gee Culmer not offered an opponent that would get Greg Sirb’s stamp of approval, with other fights being patch worked with last second fill ins.
With all of that in the air on April 3rd, The Don patchwork produced one entertaining card this Friday in front of a jam packed audience who came from all walks of life.
The main event more than lived up to expectations as Israel’s Ran Nakash (17 – 0, 13ko’s) got the fight of his life from Mayfair’s Dave Brunelli (8-5, 3ko’s) and still pulled out the victory in a match that ended early in the 7th due to the doctors orders because of Brunelli’s apparently cut eyelid. The fight started with more hoop la than a Super Bowl half time show. Italian announcer, Jewish announcer, Italian anthem singer, Jewish anthem singer, USA anthem singer, Italian ring girl… you catch my drift.
After the ring cleared and the men got down to business, we were treated to a damn good Philly style main event. After 2 rounds it looked like Nakash was going to send the Brunelli and his big crowd home disappointed early. By round 4 Brunelli was showing balls the size of grapefruits as he took a lot of Nakash’s best power shots and encouraged him to keep on coming, standing an exchanging at short range. Midway through round 6, the possibility of Brunelli snatching the fight with a late KO wasn’t out of the question as he backed Nakash up with a few good shots of his own and kept fighting strong.
It wasn’t to be, as referee Gary Rosado ordered Brunelli to see the doctor at the start of round 7 to check on a swollen eye and bloody nose, wounds the doctor deemed too serious to continue. It was an unfortunate ending to a fight that allowed both fighters to show their wares. Nakash again showed he is a non stop buzzsaw and is not just some built up boxer, Brunelli showed up in the best shape of his life and displayed a toughness that even his biggest detractors have to appreciate. After the fight Nakash said “I was really surprised he was able to take those shots. he is a really tough fighter”. Here’s to both men for putting on a fight that lived up to the hype.
In the co-feature, Frankford’s Julius Edmonds bullied his way to a 6 round unanimous decision win over Philly’s Tyric Robinson in their highly anticipated Jr. Welterweight contest. From start to finish, Edmunds fought like he wanted to make a statement and his mission was to stay in Robinson’s chest and for every second of every round. He exerted all of his energy to push forward and punch hard throwing a variety of combinations to the head and body while smothering anything his opponent could fire back in return.
Robinson did not back down and punched back every step of the way but it was Edmunds who was clearly in control the entire time. The fight went to the score cards which read 60 – 54 x 2 & 58 – 56 for Edmunds. It is another strong showing for Edmunds who many feel can match up with any 140 lb fighter competing in this area. When asked about this fight he said “this was a very good win for me, Tyric Robinson is a known fighter in this area.”
When asked about who he wanted next he replied “I’m not sure but I’m thinking maybe a fight with Victor Vasquez.” Now THAT would be one hell of a fight….
On the undercard…
Reading’s Julio Caesar Matthew’s won a hard fought unanimous decision over NJ’s William Gill. It was a steady pace through most of the fight where each men landed some good, single shots. Matthews did some good work in rounds 4 and 5 as the south paw was able to land clean left hands. Gill came on strong in the final minute, landing consecutive rights that quickly swelled up Matthews eye. It eventually went to the cards which read 60 – 54, 59 – 55 & 58 – 56 all for Matthews who improves to 7 – 0 with 5ko’s.
Queens, NY featherweight Joselito Callado out boxed and out rumbled a determined, yet limited Jason Rorie of NC over 6 rounds. There were spots where Joselito would literally box circles around his opponent, but to the delight of the fans he opted to make a toe to toe fight of it for half of the fight and got the better in the two way exchanges. The only thing Callado lacks is pop but aside from that you can tell he is a very good, well rounded fighter. The cards read 59 – 55 x 3 for the Queens native. Before the fight, special guest ring announcer Mike Missinelli was booed mercilessly but when it was over the fans gave both fighters a standing ovation.
Jr. Lightweight Paul Fernandez got back on the winning track with a 4th round KO over TN’s Joseph Francisco, a fighter who all but gave up after an impressive 1st round. In the beginning Fernandez slowly moved forward, stalking in a Jason Vorhees manner and Francisco took full advantage using the ring, landing a few shots and getting out of there. As the fight wore on Francisco kept showboating but stopped throwing where as Fernandez began to land good combinations upstairs. Down the stretch, Fernandez dropped his opponent twice and it got to the point where referee Gary Rosato stopped it at 2:57 of the final round.
Welterweight Ronald Cruz stayed undefeated in a decent showing against a very in shape Shannon Hill of Cincinatti. Cruz loaded up a lot and did connect with some heavy bombs as Hill tried to circle and box for most of the fight. Cruz was most effective on the rare times he went to the body, something he should keep in his arsenal for the future. If he slipped in a few jabs, we could have a threat on our hands….
Take nothing away from Hill who did come to fight but in the end all the judges were in agreement that Cruz was the winner by scores of 40 – 36 x2 and 39 – 37.
In the opener, Taneal Goyco and Davit Davitashivili put on a wild, somewhat sloppy slugfest much to the delight of the crowd. Goyco landed some bombs early but Davit fought back hard in the middle. Davits face looked like an old piece of roast beef near the end with cuts and swelling on both eyes but he gave it all he had. Goyco did his thing as well and did more down the stretch to secure a unanimous decision win by scores of 39 – 36 x 3 as Davit was deducted a point for head butting in the 3rd.
On February 6, 2009 – the local boxing fans flocked to the Legendary Blue Horizon for a solid 6 fight card which was highlighted by undefeated Israeli heavyweight / cruiserweight Ran Nakash continuing his knockout streak when he dismissed the light challenge of Delaware, Ohio Ryan Carroll in less than 2 rounds.
Nakash, a hand to hand combat instructor in the Israeli Army, used a body assault to pave the way to victory as Carroll’s flabby midsection wasn’t built to withstand the power punches downstairs. During this short fight, Carroll was dropped to his knees twice from shots to the bread basket.
Midway through the 2nd, referee Steve Smoger saw enough and call a halt to the contest as it became apparent that Carroll was ready to gas out at any moment.
Philly Worldwide came to The National Guard Armory with fresh ideas and a new look which resulted in a very entertaining debut card for the city’s newest promotional outfit. The theme was Irish boxing and the atmosphere was festive, bringing out a large group of fans who don’t usually attend the fights but came out to support their ethnic relatives anyway.
On a whole, this card which was put together by Pete Suski and longtime manager Tom Moran featured a former world champion, two international champions who hailed from Dublin, Ireland and some local fighters who needed an opportunity to make a name for themselves.
It was also the return of Ganway Irelands “Slick” Simon O’Donnell, a fighter who made his bones as a pro in Philly fighting at The Blue Horizon & New Alhambra and also training down at Shuler’s Gym in West Philly. O’Donnell wanted to make a big statement as his last fight in his town turned out to be a disastrous night for the young Irish slugger that many have tabbed for great things. His assignment, South Carolina’s Antonio Baker a Philly spoiler whose resume includes wins over Tommie Speller and Richie Stewart in the career accomplishments section.
West Philly Middleweight Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis returned to a Philly ring after 2 years on the road to take his former Champ’s Gym workout partner Chris Hall, another fighter who has merit as a local tough guy.
Brothers from Dublin Paddy & Paul Hyland were making their debut on US soil. Paddy’s assignment came at the last second in the form of the very under rated Lucian Gonzalez.
In the opener, Philly’s Julias Edmonds signed on to fight the son of a world champion in Tim Witherspoon Jr and more than held his own in a fight that had a controversial ending.
Kassim Ouma…vs…Martinus Clay
In the main event featured former 154 lb world titlist Kassim Ouma (26-5, 16ko’s) of Florida via Uganda taking on the well travelled journeyman Martinus Clay (13-18, 5ko’s) of Philly via South Carolina for a scheduled 10 rounder. Ouma has been on a skid as of late was in need of a win but he is no stranger to the tough times. As a former child solder of the Ugandan Army, Ouma overcame a youth filled with bloodshed and explosives, forced to commit unspeakable acts in order to stay alive.
At the age of 19, Ouma escaped his homeland and arrived in the USA only to find more struggle ahead. Soon after his arrival, Ouma was homeless and lacking in employment due to speaking very little English. Though surviving though the first 19 years of his life in Uganda without being shot or physically injured, Ouma was shot twice in Florida within his first two months in the states.
He was ready to pack it up and head back to his homeland, and then he found a boxing gym which changed his life completely.
Ouma, who picked up the sport while still a child solider began to perfect his craft and soon after became a regular on ESPN & HBO boxing shows. His high punch volume and nonstop work rate made him one of televisions more entertaining fighters to watch.
After winning a streak of fights against tough known contenders, Ouma was signed by Golden Boy Promotions & J. Russell Peltz. Soon after he got his big break he faced and defeated Verno Phillips to become the IBF Jr Middleweight Champion in 2004.
After a surprise loss to Roman Karmazan in the summer of 2005, it was back to the drawing board and Ouma responded by blowing through a short list of good but unspectacular fighters.
He eventually positioned himself back into the national mix and was rewarded with a shot at the middleweight champ Jermain Taylors titles. It wasn’t meant to be as Ouma showed a lot of heart but came up well short on the scorecards of this 12 round fight.
Since that night, it has been a downward slide in his professional career. Two close losses to fringe contenders K9 Bundridge & Saul Roman have many insiders wondering how much Ouma has left in the tank.
His opponent Martinus Clay was brought in to do just that, to find out what was left of the onetime highly rated fighter. Clay is a solid veteran who has taken on some of the best names in the business.
At times, he has even pulled off the victory in fights which usually come up on short notice without proper preparation. Times have chances because now, Clay finds himself to be a promotionally backed fighters, boxing under the guidance of Hall of Famer J. Russell Peltz and being trained by Billy Briscoe in Philadelphia.
One the fight got underway, Clay seemed to win a few early rounds by smartly boxing Ouma as Ouma looked to walk inside and put pressure on his opponent. Around the third round, Ouma, kept the same approach but now was staying inside and landing light two and three punch combinations as Clay attempted to move around the ring.
Through 5 rounds it was still competitive and probably very close on the official scorecards but it didn’t matter as Ouma scored two knockdowns in the 6th round, the second of which a body shot that Clay was unable to recover from.
So Ouma gets his first win in 2 years but the question still remains, is he back to his world class form? Some think it is still possible, but he will need a few more fights on this level before he is ready to jump back into the big time. Time will tell.
Until that day comes be sure to keep an eye out for “Kassim the Dream” a soon to be released documentary on the life, times, struggles and success of Kassim Ouma with exclusive footage of Ouma’s return to his homeland of Uganda after 10 years, his training for the Jermain Taylor fight and much more. Watch the trailer below.
Simon O’Donnell …vs…. Antonio Baker
Originally the co-feature was supposed to involve New York ticket seller James Moore but that fight was scarped after Moore hurt his hand in training. To fill the void, the 22 year old “Slick” Simon O’Donnell (7-1, 4ko’s) of Galway, Ireland was promoted and got the job done against the always tough Andre “Shake- N-Bake” Baker (6-11, 3ko’s) of South Carolina.
O’Donnell comes from a fighting family which includes 13 pro fighters back home and also has his own extensive amateur background which includes a win over 2008 English gold medalist James Degale. After starting his pro career off strong with 4 straight wins, the Slick fighting Irishman got caught cold at The New Alhambra and suffered his first loss in August of ’07.
He has since rebounded to win 2 straight and the fight tonight he was facing someone who could arguably been called his toughest fighter to date in South Carolina’s Antonio Baker.
While O’Donnell has the boxing lineage and team to guide him properly, Baker is the polar opposite. Hailing from South Carolina, Baker was thrown to the wolves early in his career. Through his first 7 professional fights, he was served up to Jermain Taylor, Chad Dawson, Peter Manfredo & Joe Spina twice and actually lasting the distance with Taylor and Spina.
After briefly hanging up the gloves, he returned in 2007 to once again be the guy who challenges the hometown tough guy. Things were a little different this time around as he scored upsets or took the local fighter into deep waters only to get robbed on the scorecards. He came to our town last year and pinned the first career loss on Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller and also hung an L on Richie Stewart in Stewart’s hometown of Delaware.
On this night, Simon O’Donnell was the promotionally backed fighter and Baker once again looked to play spoiler. Baker looked to pull off the shocker once again. After a close 1st round full of rough house tactics, Baker was deducted a point for hitting during the break. O’Donnell was willing to trade with Baker for most of the fight though O’Donnell fought smart, moving around and using angles while Baker threw bombs.
In the 5th, O’Donnell landed a big counter right dead on the chin as Baker looked to go on a big assault. Baker dropped to the canvas and the fight was immediately waved off.
Paul Hyland…vs…Lucian Gonzalez
Reading’s Lucian Gonzalez (8-4-1, 1ko) pulled off a shocker, accepting the assignment on less than 8 hours notice and defeated Irelands super bantamweight champion Paul Hyland (12-1, 4ko’s) by unanimous decision in a very exciting 4 round fight. Both fighters went balls out from the opening bell but a Gonzalez straight right in the 3rd put his opponent on the canvas which turned out to be the difference maker in the scorecards.
Hyland was rocked badly in that round but sucked it up and stormed back fighting in the final round. The crowd was on their feet when it went to the scorecards which read 39 – 36 & 38 – 37 x2 for Gonzalez.
Patrick Hyland…vs…Elvis Martinez
Ireland featherweight Patrick Hylan (15-0, 8ko’s) showed a lot of fire in the ring and completely outclassed the Dominican Republic’s Elvis Martinez (11-27-2, 5ko’s) in this short, one sided fight. Hyland went to work early in the 1st with an in-your-chest approach, and before long he was rocking Martinez with lefts and rights to the head and body.
Martinez was almost gone in the first but made it out of the round. His luck wouldn’t last much longer as Hyland scored a knockout at the 1:24 mark of round 2, sealing the deal with a hard, straight left hand.
Jamaal Davis…vs…Chris Hall
Philly middleweight Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (8-4, 6ko’s) was finally given a chance to fight at home again and made the most of it with a one sided unanimous decision win over Chris Hall (3-5-1, 2ko’s) .
Through all four rounds, Davis was in control and showed the toughness which makes him an avoided fighter amongst many more protected fighters in his weight class. Davis dedicated this win to women around the world who are fighting against breast cancer.
Julias Edmunds…vs…Tim Witherspoon Jr
In the opener, many ticket paying fans made a point to find me in the crowd to tell me their extreme displeasure with the decision in the opening fight. The consensus was that Julias Edmounds (2-3) clearly won three of the four rounds against Tim Witherspoon Jr (1-1), only to lose by majority decision on the scorecards.
Edmunds spent most of the night inside, neutralizing Witherspoon’s longer reach but at the tail end of the fight did get nailed with a shot that made the crowd go ooooooh.
The final scored tallied up at 39 – 37 x 2 for Witherspoon with judge Richie Hopkins seeing it even at 38-38. A draw is at worst what Edmunds should have received.
There was a bit of an international flavor at The Legendary Blue Horizon on this evening as fighters from Ecuador, Peru, Sweden, Haiti and the USA laced them up to take part in a 9 bout fight card on North Broad Street.
The Main Event turned into a bad blood match earlier in the week when Maurice Wheeler gave his foe a box of tampons and called him derogatory female names at the press conference. Abell went on the record to say that was extra motivating and responding by scoring a KO of the Year candidate.
Gee Culmer made it 9 wins in a row after narrowly escaping the upset specialist Mustapha Johnson, winning a close majority decision that many felt could have gone either way.
Mario Mina traveled all the way from his native Ecuador to fulfill a dream of boxing on American soil. He took on Pedro Calla of Peru who was making his professional debut. A fight that entered the night with no fan fare turned out to be the battle of the evening.
“Showtime” Steve Chambers battered his foe and showed he should be in again with much better opposition while young prospect Gerald Smith showed he might be a guy to keep an eye on. Heavyweight Division
Joey Abell……..vs……..Maurice Wheeler
19-1, 18ko’s…………….10-11-1, 1ko
Coon Rapids, MN………….Philly, PA
A few days before the fight, there was a press conference held at The Legendary Blue Horizon to meet the fighters and talk about the upcoming event. Maurice Wheeler & Simon Carr thought it would be a good idea to try getting into Joey Abell’s head, gain a psychological advantage over the man who had been leaving behind lots of carnage in the ring.
So on they went with a stunt where Wheeler handed Abell a box of Tampax Tampons and went on to insult his opponent calling him just about every name in the book. Let’s cut to the chase – they were calling him a punk right to his face.
This turned out to be a very bad move.
The 6″4′ former defensive end kept his cool but did admit that he took it personally, vowing to get some payback once they stepped into the ring.
The beginning of this fight was pretty slow, then midway through the second round Abell kicked it into high gear, punishing Wheeler with thunderous left hands. The final left hand of the evening came at the end of the round and this one sent an unconscious Wheeler through the ropes, laying on the ring apron for a good 5 minutes. Abell raised his arms in victory and the crowd chanted “Joey, Joey, Joey”.
After the fight, Gerald “The Jedi” Nobels grabbed the house microphone and said he wants next. Abell replied with “you can get it too if you really want”. Hook it up Elbaum!
Winner – Joey Abell who improves to 20 – 1, 19ko’s
Gee Culmer….vs…..Mustapha Johnson
Philly, PA…………Indianapolis, IN
13-1, 4ko’s………..5-2-1, 2ko’s
This was an interesting fight between two middleweights that we have become familiar with in recent times. Gee Culmer has worked his way into co-feature status at The Legendary Blue Horizon by winning 8 in a row while Mustapha Johnson has done most of his work on the other side of town, going on a nice run of upsets over some of the middleweights who fight out of the New Alhambra.
It looked good on paper but in the ring it wasn’t as exciting. Call it a clash of styles. To their credit, both fighters tried to work through it all and both threw a lot of punches.
Gee usually found a home for his right hand upstairs, Johnson was at his best when throwing combo’s inside.
Most of the rounds were really close and in the end the scoring went 57 – 57 followed by 58 – 56 twice in favor of Gee Culmer giving him the majority decision win.
Winner – Gee Culmer who improves to 14 – 1, 3ko’s
Mario Mina………….vs…….Pedro Calla
Brooklyn, NY via Ecuador……..Peru
pro debut………..pro debut
The battle of highly decorated amateurs making their pro debut stole the show early in the night as these two went toe to toe and blow for blow until Mina rocked Calla with an overhand right leaving him flat on his back. Calla might have gotten KO’d but he gave it his all, fighting with cuts over his head and blood on his face.
Mina looks like he could make some real noise in the future, for now watch all of the promoters hide their young middleweights from him.
Winner – Mario Mina 1-0, 1ko
Jr. Welterweight Division
Steve Chambers….vs….Jean Petit Homme
15-1, 4ko’s………….2 – 14, 2ko’s
Steve Chambers is way too talented for a fight like this. STOP HOLDING SHOWTIME STEVE BACK!!!! How does his management put him in a fight like this AGAIN???? How Greg Sirb allows a 15 win fighter to take on a 2 win fighter is beyond me. The young man holds 2 wins over Lenny DeVictoria, he should be close to main event status at The Blue, not on mop up duty, wasting his time and career with guys like this. A big boo to whoever was responsible for finding this opponent.
With that all being said, Steve Chambers shook off a little rust then knocked this guy all over the ring. The remaining fans in the building approved and the ladies were screaming “Showtiiiiiime” In the end the final scorecards read 40 – 36 & 39- 37 twice all in favor of Showtime Steve.
Winner – “Showtime” Steve Chambers who improves to 16 – 1, 4ko’s
Gerald Smith……vs…..Jose Guerrido
Philly, PA……………Brooklyn, NY
Gerald Smith looked good for the second time in two fights at The Blue and could be a guy to keep an eye on as he climbs the ladder.
He battered his opponent around the ring until Guerrido’s corner wisely threw in the towel at 2:16 of the 2nd round.
Winner – Gerald Smith who improves to 2-0, 1ko
Anders Holmberg….vs….Archie Hopkins
It smelled like fish at The Blue when Archie Hopkins “did the job” and didn’t make it look very good either in “falling” to Anders Holmberg, a Swedish promoter with strong ties to matchmaker Don Elbaum.
Holmberg, who was making his pro debut at the 38 year old is described as not only a promoter but also a politician / cancer survivor / highly accomplished amateur boxer / and future ordained saint. The first round was a little rough, getting dropped with a short right hand but ended up winning by 2nd round KO.
Cheers to Holmberg for fulfilling what he said was a dream to have one pro fight but it is a damn shame when there is a row full of hungry young fighters sitting in the crowd, itching for some work. At times I swear they will do anything for a buck at The Blue.
Winner – Anders Holmberg who goes to 1-0, 1ko
In other action,
Simon “One Punch” Carr’s fight fell out and instead, participated in an exhibition with Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller in a prelude to what would be an excellent fight.
Brooklyn’s Osvaldo Rivera earned his first win as a pro, taking a unanimous decision over Julias Edmonds of Philly by scores of 39 – 37 across the board.
Atlantic City’s Joel De La Paz won a unanimous decision over Philly’s Greg Hackett by scores of 40 – 36 in what was the pro debut for both fighters.
In the opener, Calvin Goldwire of Philly won a split decision over Ishmir Ra of Detroit by scores of 39 – 37 x 2 for Goldwire and a third seeing it 39 – 37 for Ra.
Two fighters who don’t duck anybody got together to headline this card at The Blue and this one didn’t disappointed. It was 8 rounds of two way exchanges as a chiseled Moon tried to apply pressure and be the boss in the ring but his offense was nullified by clean counter punching and well timed combinations by Lenny.
The fighters split the first two rounds which went at a steady pace with neither man truly gaining the upper hand. In the third, the fight seemed to take its form as Moon, the stronger of the two would try to muscle Lenny into the ropes and punch to the body. Lenny, with his back against the ropes would take a few then wiggle free to fire off some combinations in return.
In the 4th, DiVictoria brought the fight to the middle of the ring where he would do his best work of the evening. Moon would stand toe- to toe with the Philly native but it was Lenny who landed the cleaner punches and eventually scored a flash knockdown as his movement kept Moon off balance.
Moon picked up the pace after the knockdown and tried to change his look, switching from orthodox to southpaw and back again. Lenny let the fight come to him and responded with three and four punch combos as Moon kept coming, fighting until the very end.
It went to the cards with all three judges seeing it in favor of Lenny DiVictoria who improves to 11- 10 , 4ko’s
Gee Culmer vs. John “The Baptist” Terry
We didn’t get the Gee vs. Joe Christy fight that was originally proposed but we did get Joe Christy lite in the form of John “The Baptist” Terry.
Gee pounded away for the majority of this fight but Terry does have some spunk in him and showed that even though he is from Baltimore, he is pretty tough.
Through 5 rounds, Gee worked the body and followed up with straight rights upstairs.
Terry’s corner man was screaming going into the 6th and Terry responded with his best round of the evening as he went all out trying to get a KO.
In the end it wasn’t enough and Gee won on all three judges scorecards.
Ran Nakash vs. Rey Ruiz
Ran Nakash stays undefeated with a 2nd round knockout over Rey Ruiz who usually fights at light heavyweight.
It was a typical Nakash fight where the house stacked the odds heavily in his favor as he came in 3 lbs over the cruiser weight limit.
With that out of the way, Nakash did do what he had to do and after a slow first round, he let loose in the second landed punches at will. A hard 4 punch combo sent Ruiz to the ropes where referee Gary Rosado decided to stop the fight.
At 11 – 0, it is time for State Athletic Director Greg Serb to stiffen the competition.
Ahmed Samir vs. Kamarah Pasley
Samir was very aggressive in this fight as he chased around Pasley over four rounds and landed a good amount of straight right hands.
Pasley had a few spots where he would catch Samir sleeping and lunge in with a straight left out of his southpaw stance but overall it was Samir’s energy and willingness to fight which led him to the win.
Julias Edmunds vs. Shavaris Boui
In the opener, Philly’s Julias Edmunds pounded out a 4 round unanimous decision over NY’s Shavarious Boui. Though Edwards was the smaller fighter, he was more aggressive, landed the much cleaner punches and even though it was his debut, looked far more comfortable in the ring.
Things got really good in the final minute as Buie looked for the KO and slugged away but Edwards responded and landed some hard rights and lefts of his own which put the crowd on their feet.
It went to the cards and Julias Edmunds won by scores of 40 – 36 & 39- 37 x2.
The house gave the steel chinned Tex Cobb a standing ovation when he was presented his Sports Management degree as he recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University.