Photos by Jay McGuigan
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.
Joey Abell ……….vs……Mark “Oaktree” Brown
Minneapolis, MN …….. Salem, NJ
6 – 0 (6) ……………………7 – 0 (3)
In April of the year, it only took him a minute to have medical personnel rushing to the aid of his opponent. The fans were buzzing during the intermission wanting to find out if he was for real.
His opponent for this evening, Mark “Oaktree” Brown is no slouch. The Salem NJ native brought a perfect 7 – 0 record and is built as his moniker would suggest. While the fight didn’t last long, Oaktree did give Abell some trouble in the first round. The big “country bul” took the fight right to the Minnesota strong man and won the first round with his mix of strength and punch volume.
In the second round, Brown made the mistake of pissing Abell by landing a clean right to the face. The look of a stone cold killer was back in Joey’s eye and he became the bully of the fight, throwing Brown out of clinches and packing everything into those punches.
Once Brown felt the power, you could see the fight was over. Brown made the mistake of back peddling into the corner and was caught by a powerful Abell straight right. TIMMBEEEEEEEER! that shot put the Oaktree on his back and under the ropes. He would not be able to beat the :10 count.
Thanks to both fighters who were brave enough to put their undefeated records on the line – a rare occurrence these days in Philly.
With the win, Joey Abell raises his record to 7 – 0 with 7 kayos. While I love watching Joey Abell knock people silly, it is time for him to step it up.
Hey Elbaum, put Abell in against Chazz Witherspoon or Eddie Chambers!!!!!
Elad Schouel …….vs. ….. Marcus Luck
Tel Aviv, Israel ………….Danville, VA
13 – 1 (8)…………………….6 – 10 (3)
It is without question that Elad Shmouel packs some pop in his mitts. With that being said, the 13 – 1 record of “The Kosher Pitbull” has come against some suspect opponents.
Marcus Luck can not be mistaken for a big name contender but to his credit he was a viable opponent.
Luck was in control early, using his speed landing punches in spurs and dodging Elad as he came forward. Luck started to fade in the third and Elad’s pressure style began to pay off as he was able to land some hard punches.
In the final frame, Elad was in control as Luck as visibly gassed out. The Pitbull was landing punches all over the ring and Luck almost went down from pure exhaustion.
To Luck’s credit he did try to fight back but was unable to land anything in the later rounds.
Elad won by a majority decision with two judges seeing the fight 39 – 37 and 38 – 37. while the third scored the contest 38 – 38.
I also scored the fight dead even at 38 – 38.
Jamie Morales …. vs….. Chris Plebani
Camden, NJ ……………….Bristol, PA
2 – 1 (1)…………………….. 0 – 0
Not much was expected when Bristol PA’s Chris Plebani made his professional debut against Camden NJ native Jamie Morales, but when it was all said and done the two put on the type of fight that makes the Blue Horizon legendary and matchmakers famous.
There is not a boxing fan on earth that wouldn’t have enjoyed this fight. It is one of those very rare occasions where I wish it ended in a draw.
Four rounds of toe to toe back and forth slugging with a high connect percentage. No clowning, no show boating, just straight fist-i-cuffs.
Both fighters had moments where they were on the verge of scoring a knockout and also dangerously close to being on the receiving end of one. Plebani is like a spark plug in the ring, very explosive and seemed to fire off punches in bunches.
Morales was a bit more disciplined, working both downstairs and upstairs, being patient and was willing to take a few punches so he could dish a few out.
Morales experience paid off in the end as Plebani wore down a bit in the fourth as Morales was able to keep the pressure on high connecting with rights and lefts to the body and face.
The fight went the distance and Morales got the win by split decision with scores of 39 – 37 & 39 – 36 in his favor with the third judge seeing it 39 – 37 for Plebani.
Dave Peterson …….. vs….. Darius Hunter
Mounds View, MN ………….Philadelphia, PA
3 – 0 (3)…………………………. 2 – 5
Minnesota native Dave Peterson cruised to a unanimous decision victory against the more experienced Hunter. Peterson showed the ability to put punches together and some agility in the ring.
Hunter did give it his best but that just wasn’t enough to put the first blemish on the Minnesota native’s record. In the first both men tried to exchange with nothing landing clean. Peterson steps up the pressure as the round ends with combos to the body.
The pace slowed back down in the 2nd as Peterson picked and landed his punches. Hunter took it to the streets later in the round firing off punches and escaping as Peterson tried to counter.
A slow third round followed – and in the final frame – Hunter tried to work the body early. Peterson responded with his own work downstairs forcing action to the ropes where a late flurry sealed the deal for his fourth win.
Jesse Blount …….vs……William Prieto
Philadelphia, PA ……….. Ohio
2 – 0 (1) ……………………..1 – 0
William Prieto came to the ring followed by the worst theme music ever played. His opponent Jesse Blount on the other hand came to the ring backed by former World Heavyweight champ Tim Witherspoon. Who do you think was favored in this one?
Well, things don’t always work out as expected in the great sport of boxing and this fight proved that theory true as Prieto outboxed Blount for four rounds en route to a rather easy unanimous decision victory.
Prieto spent most of his time circling Blount and using his speed to his advantage. Blount didn’t throw much and when he did, he wasn’t landing.
By the end of the fight Prieto was clowning around in the ring throwing slap punches and winking at the ring girls.
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