Joey Abell vs Mark Oaktree Brown 2006 (52)

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

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.

Chris Plebani vs Jaime Morales 2006 (45)

Heavyweight Action
Joey Abell ……….vs……Mark “Oaktree” Brown
Minneapolis, MN …….. Salem, NJ
6 – 0 (6) ……………………7 – 0 (3)

Joey Abell vs Mark Oaktree Brown 2006 (14)The word is starting to spread about the power of Joey Abell. In his first fight at the Blue back in February, he broke a guy’s leg with a left hook to the jaw.

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.

Joey Abell vs Mark Oaktree Brown 2006 (47)

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.

Joey Abell vs Mark Oaktree Brown 2006 (31)

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.

Joey Abell vs Mark Oaktree Brown 2006 (57)

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.

Joey Abell vs Mark Oaktree Brown 2006 (58)

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!!!!!

Light Welterweight
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.

Elad Shmuel vs Marcus Luck 2006 (16)

Marcus Luck can not be mistaken for a big name contender but to his credit he was a viable opponent.

Elad Shmuel vs Marcus Luck 2006 (1)

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.

Elad Shmuel vs Marcus Luck 2006 (4)

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.

Elad Shmuel vs Marcus Luck 2006 (10)

To Luck’s credit he did try to fight back but was unable to land anything in the later rounds.

Elad Shmuel vs Marcus Luck 2006 (31)

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.

Elad Shmuel vs Marcus Luck 2006 (38)

Junior Welterweight
Jamie Morales …. vs….. Chris Plebani
Camden, NJ ……………….Bristol, PA
2 – 1 (1)…………………….. 0 – 0

Chris Plebani vs Jaime Morales 2006 (6)

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.

Chris Plebani vs Jaime Morales 2006 (43)

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.

Chris Plebani vs Jaime Morales 2006 (7)

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.

Chris Plebani vs Jaime Morales 2006 (18)

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.

Chris Plebani vs Jaime Morales 2006 (8)

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.

Chris Plebani vs Jaime Morales 2006 (56)

Middleweights
Dave Peterson …….. vs….. Darius Hunter
Mounds View, MN ………….Philadelphia, PA
3 – 0 (3)…………………………. 2 – 5

Dave Peterson vs Darius Hunter 2006 (75)

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.

Dave Peterson vs Darius Hunter 2006 (58)

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.

Dave Peterson vs Darius Hunter 2006 (16)

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.

Dave Peterson vs Darius Hunter 2006 (34)

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.

Dave Peterson vs Darius Hunter 2006 (100)

Dave Peterson vs Darius Hunter 2006 (109)

 

Jesse Blount …….vs……William Prieto
Philadelphia, PA ……….. Ohio
2 – 0 (1) ……………………..1 – 0

Jesse Blunt vs William Prieto 2006

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?

Jesse Blunt vs William Prieto 2006 (34)

Jesse Blunt vs William Prieto 2006 (10)

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.

Jesse Blunt vs William Prieto 2006 (11)

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.

Jesse Blunt vs William Prieto 2006 (39)

 

Jesse Blunt vs William Prieto 2006 (27) Jesse Blunt vs William Prieto 2006 (28)

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