The Blue Horizon was back in business this past Friday as promoter Veronca Michaels and Don Elbaum put together one of the best cards in recent memory at Philly’s legendary fight house.
The six bout card was led by up and comer Max Alexander who made the jump to co-main event status and turned in a performance that tosses his name into the debate of the best light heavyweight on the Philly circuit.
Headliner Terrance Cauthen took a slight step up in competition against the hard hitting Joshua Onyango and flashed the speed that makes him one of the toughest men in the business to catch on camera.
Also on the card was hometown heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon who stepped in for a 6 rounder against Akron gym rat David Polk.
Once again Joey Abell said to hell with Minnesota’s sorry state of professional boxing and caught the red eye to Philly to see if he is really tough enough to make the transition from the gridiron to the squared circle. His last appearance at the Blue was one to remember and the crowd hoped to see his murderous right make quick work of Doug Robertson.
Elad Shmouel was set to make his debut on American soil and faced off against Rasheen Daniels.
It was also Baltimore Middleweight Mike McFail’s birthday and William Boggs gave his best wishes Philly style by punching him more than the allowed 33 times to the arm, face and ribs. The fighters were swinging and the crowd was roaring, a perfect way to kick off the Philly spring boxing season. Here is the recap.
Main Event – Junior Middleweight Action
Terrance Cauthen 29 – 3 (8) vs. Joshua Onyango 12 – 11 (11)
Trenton, NJ ……………………..Uganda
It is my personal opinion that if Terrence “Heat” Cauthen had a lick of punching power; he would be a world champion. While he lacks in the muscle department, he more than makes up for it with speed, defense and instinct. In Cauthen’s last two times in the ring he has pitched back to back perfect games against mid level competition. This time he was matched up against Joshua Onyango, a predator in the ring who can score the big knockout.
In this bout Onyango tried all night to bring the fight to Cauthen, but like many others, he mostly came up with air when he swung. In the early rounds, Cauthen avoided the charge, slipping the jab and getting out of dodge as Onyango rushed in. The fight began to brake down in the 4th. Up to this point Cauthen is landing the right hook to the ear and now seems to want to work at a higher rate. He stays in the middle of the ring and begins to flash his hand speed and is connecting upstairs but this allows Onyango to do some bodywork. Onyango tries to mix in some power punches upstairs but Cauthen’s head movement is too fast.
Near the end of the 6th, both fighters go toe to toe as a mini slugfest ensues in the middle of the ring. Cauthen dominated the 7th landing combo after combo. In the 8th, Onyango knows he is behind and goes for broke. He forces the action into the corner but Cauthen responds with loud overhand rights that are finding the mark.
The fight ends with both men wrestling around along the ropes.
Winner: Terrence Cauthen
Judge Rose Vargas : 78 – 74
Judge Steve Weisfield 79 – 73
Judge Ronald Greely 78 – 74
Judge Saddo 79 – 73
Cauthen was willing to fight and was able to stay out of harms way. While this one wasn’t a Drysdale like performance, Cauthen showed that he is worthy of a fight against a top tier performer in the near future.
Co- Main Event – Light Heavyweight Action
Max Alexander vs. Tiwon Taylor
Camden, NJ …….Las Vegas, Nevada
8-0-1 ……….. 24 – 12 – 1 (19)
It was supposed to be a major test for Max Alexander as he was set to take on Vegas slugger Tiwon Taylor who was dropping down from Cruiserweight for this fight. The hard work put in at Liberties gym is paying off as Max responded to the challenge with his first career knockout which came from a perfectly placed shot to the solar plexus.
Round 1 – the action starts out slow as both fighters eye each other up trying to find a spot. Both fighters’ trade jabs and Max is starting to score the left to the body. Max also starts to double to jab then back away from him opponent.
Saddo Scorecard 10 – 9 Alexander
Round 2 – In the second, Max uses his jab to stop any offense Taylor tries to attempt. Max also begins to throw and land hard shots to the ribs.
Saddo Scorecard 10 – 9 Alexander
Round 3 – The pace is fast right from the bell and Max is peppering Taylor with the left and right to the face and ribs. Max throws a straight left to the solar plexus that seems to blow all of the air out of Taylor’s body, sending him to the canvas. Taylor beats the 10 count and Max goes in for the kill unloading rights and lefts to the body until Taylor goes down again and is unable to rise back to his feet.
Winner: Max Alexander
TKO 2:04 3rd Round
Chazz Witherspoon vs. David Polk
Philadelphia, PA …. Akron, Ohio
10 – 0 (7)……….. 10 – 5 – 1
Chazz “Mensa with Muscle” Witherspoon is a fast rising heavyweight prospect who is now under the tutelage of Tom Moran. His opponent David Polk’s record isn’t very impressive at first glance but if you big a little deeper you see his only losses have come against some of the best young talent in the heavyweight division. Polk immediately took the fight to Witherspoon and won the early rounds by staying active and doubling punches.
Witherspoon turned things around towards the end of the 3rd after a fiery exchange on the ropes which left Polk stunned. Witherspoon continuously scored with his sensational overhand right and fluid body movement. From the 4th round on, Witherspoon dominated the contest and came close to scoring the knockout in on many occasions. Chazz would double the left to the body which left his opponent open for the overhand right.
Witherspoon steps it up in the power punch department and consistently rocks Polk’s jaw. To Polk’s credit, he only hit the canvas once after taken a beating that would have eliminated most fighters.
Winner: Chazz Witherspoon
Judge Rose Vargas 58 – 54
Judge Steve Weisfield 59 – 53
Judge Ronald Greeley 59 – 53
Judge Saddo 59 – 53
Joey Abell vs….. Doug Robertson
Minneapolis, MN …Longview, TX
5 – 0 (5) ………2- 7 – 1
Joey Abell is downright scary. This 6’4 monster damn near killed a man his last time at the Blue and the stone cold look was in his eye once again. The EMT’s were on standby and it didn’t take long for them to start earning their paycheck as Abell clocked Robertson with a left hook that put the Texas man on his back for much longer than the 10 seconds needed to score a knockout.
Round 1 – for about 25 seconds, Doug Robertson hung in there with Joey Abell, throwing jabs and trying to establish position. Then hell broke loose as Abell began to throw those powerful punches. A left hook followed by a right uppercut to the mid section sent Robertson to the canvas where he should have stayed. Robertson did manage to rise to his feet but was immediately greeted with an Abell left hook which knocked the man out cold.
Winner: Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell
1st round TKO
6 – 0 (6)
Junior Middleweight Action
William Boggs vs. Mike McFail
Philly, PA …….Baltimore, MD
2 – 0 …………12 – 28 – 1 (4)
It was Mike McFail’s 33rd birthday and before the match his opponent William Boggs made the kind gesture of handing him a birthday cake while the ring announcer was introducing the fighters. After that point, it was no more Mr. Nice Guy as these two fighters went to war in their schedule 4 round bout.
Round 1 – Both fighters come out of the corner hard looking to land the big punch, while both are swinging for the fences, not many lands. The action settles down a bit and Boggs effectively uses a right jab to keep McFail from advancing. McFail steps it up and charges Boggs and lands a few wild left and right hooks. The young Philly fighter stands his ground and lands clean shots of his own in return.
Saddo Scorecard 10 – 9 Boggs
Round 2 – McFail comes out wanting to trade again and is on the receiving end of a big right hand which jellies his legs. Boggs switches from southpaw to conventional in an attempt to put away his foe but is unable to finish the job. As the round ends, McFail regains his wit and lands a hard left hook followed by a straight right to the face.
Saddo Scorecard 10 – 9 McFail
Round 3 – Both fighters come out going toe to toe once again. McFail is throwing hooks to the head while Boggs is coming straight down the pipe; both fighters are landing at an exciting rate. Boggs is able to work McFail into the corner but gets caught with a roundhouse left. McFail does not capitalize and the action heads back to the center of the ring. Boggs stands his ground and goes back to the jab that was so effective in the 1st. McFail eventually works around Boggs jab and cleans his foes clock with a straight right hand followed by a clean left uppercut. The crowd erupts in applause after the bell sounds.
Saddo Scorecard – McFail 10 – 9
Round 4 – The fight is close and Boggs seems like he doesn’t want to go to war, instead opting to use the jab. McFail isn’t working like he has in previous rounds and the action is slow. Boggs jab is winning the round big until the final 10 ticks when McFail scores a late flurry in the corner. After the bell both fighters raise their arms to claim victory and the crowd gives them a big round of applause.
Saddo Scorecard Boggs 10 – 9
Winner William Boggs
Judge Rose Vargas 39 – 37 Boggs
Judge Steve Weisfield 39 – 37 Boggs
Judge Ronald Greeley 40 – 36 Boggs
Judge Saddo 38 – 38
Junior Welterweight Action
Elad Shmouel …… vs. Rasheed Daniels
Tel Aviv, Israel …….Warren, Ohio
10 – 1 (5) ………….3 – 10 – 1 (2)
Elad Shmouel was making his debut on American soil and wasted no time disposing his opponent who made the trip from Ohio. Not sure if it was Shmouel’s punching power or a lack of conditioning from Daniels which resulted in an early knockout for “The Kosher Pit Bull”.
Round 1 – Both fighters are active early throwing fast jabs, Elad seems to have a slight advantage. Daniels is dazed early and meets the canvas courtesy of a Shmouel left – right combo. Daniels rises and is dropped again with a straight right. Daniels gets up again and Elad applies the pressure but doesn’t seal the deal before time expires.
Saddo Scorecard Shmouel 10 – 7
Round 2 – Daniels seems to have a little bit left and lands a left uppercut to start the round. Shmouel responds with a left to the chin which forces Daniels to the mat and the corner to throw in the towel.
Winner Elad Shmouel 2nd Round TKO 1:16
Tim Coleman vs. Marquis McConnell
Baltimore, MD… York, SC
3 – 0 (1) …….1 – 1
In the opener, Tim Coleman boxed the socks off of Marquis McConnell and cruised to an easy unanimous decision. Coleman showed versatility and managed to end the fight barely touched.
Winner: Tim Coleman
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