Photos by Mike McGuigan
December 1, 2006 – It was the last show for the boxing year at the famous fight hall on Broad and Thompson streets in North Philadelphia. Promoter Vernoca Michael & Don Elbaum collaborated once again with the theme of the night being “the 4th annual children’s show” at The Legendary Blue Horizon where fans were encouraged to bring gifts for kids aged 1 – 7 years old.
On paper, it seemed like the matchmaker distributed early Christmas presents to a couple of the Blue Horizon house fighters in the form of lack luster opponents.
But the co-feature bout proved to be a shocker, when a little known fighter named Arron Lyons (3 – 0 2ko’s) came to Philly from Gulfport, MS and extinguished the flame of red-hot Heavyweight prospect Joey Abell (9 – 1 9ko’s) by scoring a knockout at the 1:07 mark in the first round of a scheduled six round fight.
This bout was supposed to be a cakewalk for Abell who has quickly build a good following from the loyal fans in the building due to winning all nine of his professional fights by early knockout.
This fight didn’t last long at all. Lyons got inside early and rocked the big lumberjack with a hard right hand which sent Abell stumbling into the corner soon after the opening bell sounded.
For a split second, Lyons seemed surprised with the result of his big punch but quickly snapped out of it and went in to polish off a dazed Abell.
Referee Hurley McCall stepped in right away to stop the contest and save Abell from further punishment. Hell almost broke loose soon after the fight ended.
Some feel it was an early stoppage, others say it is legitimate. Everyone says Abell was going to hit the canvas at the very least had it been allowed to continue. This was a shocker to say the least and according to Blue Horizon PR director Marc Abrams the rematch is already in the works.
With the win, Lyons stays undefeated at 3 – 0 2ko’s and more importantly will go down in Philly boxing history as the first man to stop the Philadelphia favorite.
After the fight Lyons went on to say “I kept on thinking about knocking him out in the first round and start fast and make him back up a little bit, it worked out for me.”
“I hit him with the right hand, he moved back to the ropes and I kept on punching.”
“I knew about his record and that was no big deal to me. I could land my punches just as good as he can.”
“We would come back and fight anybody”
Did you hear that Chazz Witherspoon? He said anybody!
In the Main Event, Lenny DeVictoria returned home to Philly looking to avenge his 2004 split decision loss against Steve Upshur Chambers but once again found himself on the losing side of the ledger, this time via unanimous decision.
This eight round contest had plenty of action but this time it was clear that Upshur was the better fighter on this night. DeVictoria on the other hand feels robbed once again.
After the fight Chambers said “He wanted his revenge, I gave him a chance to get it. He couldn’t do it I train to hard. I am warrior”
“I won the fight with my jab. Even though I got a lot more work to do, I won it with my jab and my heart”
“Hopefully I will fight a couple more main events here and when my brother (Eddie Chambers) ventures out I will fight on some of his under cards.”
DeVictoria on the other hand felt as if he was just pick pocketed saying “I got robbed again. He fought a good fight. Once again I thought I pulled it out, but the judges thought otherwise”
In other action
United States Army Staff Sargent Samuel ” SSG” Brown (2 – 1) of Kentucky said it was a life long dream to come to Philly to fight at the Legendary Blue Horizon. He made the most of his opportunity when he out-boxed fellow heavyweight Camiolus Nichola (0 – 1) over the course of four rounds to win a unanimous decision.
South Jersey native own Paul Fernandez battled Israel’s Eylon Kedem to a draw in a high-octane featherweight fight that had the crowd on its feet.
Featherweight Jules Blackwell (3 – 0) of Phoenixville cruised to a unanimous decision win over Marsay Buggs (0 – 2). This youngster has been impressive in all of his outings and is definitely one to keep an eye on in 2007.
A Blackwell vs. Fernandez fight could be a nice attraction somewhere down the line when both are ready for 8 or 10 round fights. Too bad the locals are rarely matched against each other around here anymore…
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