My first trip to the Blue Horizon

photos by Peter Terry / Philly Keith Sports 

This night marked my first ever trip to the #1 boxing venue in the world. The excitement level was high and I did not leave disappointment as promoter Vernoca L. Michael put on a night of blood and guts at the historical Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA.

The action was steady all night long and the Philly crowd kept the place rocking as usual. The card featured Ecuadorian Middleweight Luis Hernandez who stole the show with a big knockout. Also putting on memorable displays of talent were Berry Butler, up-and-comer Gee Culmer and NY southpaw Jill Emery.

Pete Terry & Richie Hopkins Blue Horizon 2005

Heavyweight
Kevin Hood (1-1) vs Newton Kidd (5-4 4KO’s)
Lancaster PA …………..Brooklyn, NY

The night kicked off with a 4 round heavyweight match up as Brooklyn native Newton Kidd laced them up against new comer Kevin Hood. Hood steps to the ring with an obvious weight disadvantage which ultimately turned out to be his down fall.

Round 1 – Kidd shows he is the more polished fighter as he stays active with the left to the body. Hood constantly tries to tie up Kidd, and then receives an accidental head butt which causes a cut above the left eye. The action resumes and Kidd uses his quickness to elude Hood.

10-9 Kidd

Round 2 – Hood comes out pressing the action trying to score with a big blow. He lands a few but none flush, Kidd stands his ground and shows he is no afraid to trade blows. After an action filled first minute the fight slows down almost to a screeching halt as Hood once again clinches his opponent at any sign of trouble. Kidd is able to muscle away uses the flurry and run technique until the round ends.

10- 9 Kidd

Round 3 – Kidd starts the round displaying an effective jab usually followed by a right hook. Hood gets an energy boost and goes on the attack which sparks off a nice back and forth exchange in the center of the ring. After going on the offensive Hood is gassed out and looks like he is going to fall flat on his face. He miraculously survives another late round charge by Kidd who had him pinned in the corner and unloaded his entire arsenal to Hoods body and head.

The ringside doctor who was seated to my immediate right stopped the fight after the 3rd due to what he called “extreme fatigue”

Newton Kidd improves to 6-4 5KO’s
Kevin Hood falls to 1- 2

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Super Middleweight
Gee Culmer (6-1-1) vs. Anthony Greely (7-20-2 1KO)
Philadelphia, PA…………….Parts Unknown

Fight 2 show cased up and coming Jersey fighter Gee Culmer as he took on Philadelphia journeyman Anthony Greely in 6 round super middleweight action.

Round 1 – The fight starts with both fighters wasting no time getting into it with a nice exchange in the middle of the ring. Action slows down a bit and Greely is effectively working the jab. Greely goes to the well one too many times as Culmer dodges the jab and lands a clean right to the head. He follows up by working the body and then starts to land overhand rights to the head. Culmer dominated the round and set the tone for the rest of the fight.

10 – 9 Culmer

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Round 2 – Culmer starts off with stiff left jabs. Greely is tying up but Culmer keeps landing the 1-2 combo to the face. Culmer lands a hard right to Greely’s chin and Greely connects with a big right of his own. Culmer initiates more action but is kept at bay by the left jab of Greely. Collmer dodges the jab again begins to pepper his foe with rights and lefts to the head and body. Greely occasionally slips in a good shot but it is clear Culmer is getting the better of the exchange.

10 -9 Culmer

Round 3 – Culmer comes out fast working the body which leads to a nice exchange on the ropes. Culmer lands a solid right to the head, Greely plays possum baiting Culmer in then unloads hard rights and left which find the mark. Culmer regroups and lands clean rights and lefts of his own to the head of Greely. Culmer really starts to turn it up getting in close and firing off 3 punch combos.

10-9 Culmer

Round 4 – Culmer takes on a new approach as he throws a few tapping shots then backs away. This goes on for the first minute. Greely is throwing hard rights that miss. Culmer lands a solid right then goes back to tapping this time with the left. He follows the tapping left with long looping rights. Culmer takes it downstairs beating on his opponents ribs and then lands a big right which rips open the lip of Greely.

10-9 Culmer

Round 5 – Greenly is busted open but he shows the heart of a warrior going back to the middle and exchanging with Culmer. Greely lands a running 3 punch combo which get the attention of Culmer. Culmer steps it up and begins landing hard rights which send Greely to the ropes where he receives more of a beating. Greely is starting to look tired but gets the best of a late round exchange in the corner.

10-9 Culmer

Round 6 – Culmer starts off by chasing Greely around the ring, he finally catches him with a hard overhand right which busts Greely’s lip open again and soaks a ringside reporter with blood. The crowd goes wild. Culmer stays on the attacks and hits with uppercuts and straight rights. Greenly takes a lickin’ but keeps on tickin’ as he hangs in there for a good exchange. Action slows down and the round closes with Culmer connecting with 2 lefts and a right.

10-9 Collmer

Gee Culmer wins by unanimous decision

Judge: Robert Grasso 60-54

Judge: Richard Hopkins 60-54

Judge: Ali Khan 60-54

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Light Heavyweight
Berry Butler (17-15 15ko’s) vs Eric Graham (10-2-2 3ko’s)
Greenville, SC ……………………………..Newark, NJ

Round 1 – Action starts off slow as both fighters feel each other out letting off 1 punch throws then backing away. The pace picks up when Graham works the body. Butler backs Graham off connecting upstairs and then shows a stiff jab. Graham attacks like a bull and throws hard, ripping punches to the body. Butler is throwing back but it is Graham who finishes the round with a big left.

10 – 9 Graham

Round 2 – Graham wastes no time going on the attack which takes the action to the ropes where an all out brawl breaks out. It is Butler who comes out of it big as he lands a hard right followed by 2 dead on the chin upper cuts which leave Graham noticeably staggered. Butler stays on the attack and is throwing punches with every bit of his 175 lbs packed behind it.

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Butler administers another beating on the ropes but Graham fires back hitting 3 nice lefts of his own. Graham goes for broke but misses leaving himself wide open for 2 thunderous left uppercuts followed by a booming right flooring Graham and leaving referee Gary Rosato no choice but to stop the fight.

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Berry Butler improves to 18-12 16ko’s
Eric Graham falls to 10 -3-2 2ko’s

Welterweight
Jill Emery (3-0) vs Maria Nava (1-3)
New York, NY……… Little Rock, Arkansas

Round 1 – Nava is active early charging her opponent and trying to work the face of Emery. Emery picks up the pace and begins to throw a very effect left which we would see the rest of the fight. Nava tries to charge but it kept at bay by the left of Emery.

10 -9 Emery

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Round 2 – The first of three rounds thoroughly dominated by Jill Emery. Jill throws and lands the left at will and there seems to be nothing Nava can do about it. Emery is landing the left to the face, on the body and back to the face a few more times before she lands a crisp left square on Nava’s chin sending Nava sprawling to the canvas with a few seconds left in the round. Nava beats the 10 count and the bell sounds.

10 -9 Emery

Round 3 – The overhand left of Emery is killing Nava. Emery is dominant from start to finish in the round landing to the head and body at will while avoid almost any offense Nava tries to put together.

Round 4 – see round 3

10 -9 Emery

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Round 5 – see round 3 & 4 Nava is proving to have a cast iron chin, absorbing lots of punishment but not going down again.

Round 6 – Nava goes for broke and tries to attack Emery but still can’t avoid the left. Emery who was throwing mostly head shot in the first 5 round now starts to place the left to the body which are hurting Nava. Nava shows she is a scrapper with a big heart but was no match for the New York native Jill Emery.
Saddo scores it 10 -9 Emery

Jill Emery wins by unanimous decision

Judge: Robert Grasso 60-52 Judge: Richard Hopkins 60-53 Judge: Ali Khan 60-53 ~

Jill Emery improves to 4-0 1ko
Maria Nava falls to 1 -4

 

 

Main Event
Middleweight
Luis Hernandez (13-2 6ko’s) vs Joshua Onyango (12-11 11ko’s)
Ecuador…………………………………………………. Kenya

Round 1 – the main event started off fast as Onyango set the fast pace getting right in the face of his opponent and punching away. Onyango was a bit wild which gave Hernandez the opportunity to land solid body shots. Onyango lands a few soft shots then turns up the heat connecting with a few more to the face. Hernandez is showing a solid chin as these punches seem to have little effect. Hernandez ends the round with a stiff flurry which leaves Onyango wobbly after the round.

10 -9 Hernandez

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Round 2 – Onyango starts off strong again lands solid overhand right and staying on the attack. Hernandez counters with a powerful right that hurts Onyango. Onyango has bad balance the remainder of the round but hangs tough and keeps the action at a steady pace as both fighters battle it out all over the ring.

Even 10 -10

Round 3 – Both fighters come out of the corner strong throwing haymakers which land at an exciting rate. The fight hits fever pitch as these warriors continue to battle it out and absorb loads of punishment in the process. Both fighters throw with blazing speed and seem willing to fight to the death. The back and forth action was even until Hernandez applies more pressure at the end of the round connecting with big shots to the head. When the round ends the Philly crowd is on their feet applauding the effort out on by the foreign fighters.

Even 10 -10

Round 4 – More fast paced action as both fighter come out blazing with a plethora of rights and lefts. In the midst of an all out bang along the ropes which almost saw both fighters crash through the ropes onto the press tables, Hernandez connects with a devastating overhand right which put Onyango on his back, where he spent the 10 count pondering a new career as a safari tour guide.

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Luis Hernandez improves to 14 – 2 7ko’s
Joshua Onyango falls to 12 -12 11 ko’s

 

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