Photos by Jeff Bera
On January 26, 2007 – Power Productions produced one of the oddest boxing shows in recent memory at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia. Overall, it was a quick night due to some early card knockouts which is becoming a standard during this outfits shows. Other surprises include a fighter puking in the ring mid fight, a noticeable hole in the ring which caused fighters to trip and a last minute change in length of the main event between Levon Warner and Dave Brunelli which was reduced from a six round bout to a four rounder. All of this combined with co feature Tyric Robinson’s fight being completely cancelled.
While there was a lot going on, brighter notes included the return of “King” Gabriel Rosado and the first pro glimpse of former amateur star “Hammerin” Hank Lundy. Ring Announcer Pat Fattore did a commendable job keeping the crowd entertained throughout the evening.
The main event had a lot of buildup, but in the end it was a snoozer as South West Philly native Levon Warner 6-3-2 (1 KO) won a majority decision over Tacony’s Dave Brunelli 6-2 (3 KOs) in a battle of local Heavyweights.
There was a lot of holding in this one. Warner controlled the action early using his jab and landing some punches on the inside as Brunelli charged in.
Brunelli, who had a large crowd in attendance, took the third round by being more active and he managed to land a flush right hook that made the crowd scream.
The fight was up for grabs in the 4th and both fighters were at a bit of a disadvantage because there was a hole in the ring. Brunelli elected to continue even though he had a swollen left eye.
He tried hard in the 4th but came up a little short as Warner continued to catch him charging inside. Neither fighter was hurt or in serious trouble.
In the end two judges say the fight 39 – 37 for Warner with a third seeing it even at 38 – 38. Warner has now won 4 in a row since his return to the ring, I think him and “Oaktree” Brown would be a nice fight.
Speaking of Mark “Oaktree” Brown…. the big punching Salem, New Jersey native beat the lunch out of his opponent Chuckie Brown – literally.
After four rounds of body assault, a hard Oaktree (8-0, 3 ko’s) hook to the chops caused Chuckie to puke his guts up in the center of the ring. It was disgusting – and surprisingly not a knockout.
After the sad-sack in charge of maintenance finally cleaned up the mess, the bout continued and went the four round distance where Oaktree was awarded a unanimous decision.
In other action…
North Philly Jr. Middleweight “King” Gabreil Rosado bounced back strong from his first career loss by scoring a first round knockout over Ohio’s Chris Overbay. A right hook to the ear was the parting blow, putting an outgunned Overbay down for the count and still woozy a few minutes after the official word was given by ring announcer Pat Fattore. Time of the stoppage was 1:02.
West Oak Lane Super Middleweight Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller (2-0, 2 ko’s) beat Darius Hunter to a pulp over two one sided rounds. He showed that he would be a formidable match up for one of the middleweights with open dates for the Blue Horizon on February 9th.
Lightweight prospect “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (4-0, 3 ko’s) was dropped early in the first round of his fight but he picked himself up, won the remainder of the round and finished off Jesse Francisco at the 1:55 mark in the second with a steady serving of body blows followed with hard hooks to the face.
Nice showing for the South Philadelphia even with the knockdown. Many locals have high hopes for the former John Bartram High running back. He looks like an action fighter.
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