|Blue Horizon Rocks!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 15, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com
Philly’s Legendary Blue Horizon rocked Friday night as promoter Vernoca L. Michael’s matchmaker Don Elbaum put on three 8 round fights that had the fans on their feet and cheering throughout!
Philly’s Steve Upsher 18-1-1 (5) in his first main event came off the canvas in the first round from a counter right hand by Kevin Carmody 10-11-2 (1) in an all Philly junior welterweight match. Upsher would rebound by the 3rd round and use an effective jab to capture the decision on all judge’s scorecards.
Carmody was cut in the 4th round on the right eyebrow but it did not deter him from landing some good right hands over the ever busy Upsher. The 5th round was the best round of the fight with both boxers letting it all hang out. “I thought I at least deserved a draw”, said a losing Carmody. “I forced the fight and was getting rabbit punched all night while the ref (Blair Talmadge) was warning me”, he added. Upsher was more positive in claiming “I used my jab and he was very tough”. Pertaining to the 1st round knockdown Upsher said “he stung me a bit”. All three judges were mixed as Rose Vargas had it 77-75, George Hill 77-74 and Pierre Benoint 78-73, as did this writer, for Upsher.
In a short but explosive cruiserweight match Israel’s Ran Nakash 15-0 (11) countered Philly’s Larry Robinson 10-4 (7) with a left-right combination dropping him to the shock of the crowd. Robinson struggled to get to his feet but was in no condition to continue as referee Eddie Cotton called a halt at 0:50 of the 1st round. It was Nakash’s sixth appearance at the Blue.
In the fight of the night between two Philly middleweights Gee Edward Cullmer 15-1 (3) and Jameel Wilson 13-15 (8) brought the crowd to their feet throughout this 8 round slugfest. The 6th round had Cullmer using his boxing skills only to come inside and have Wilson whaling away at the body and following up with overhand rights that had Cullmer hurt. In the 7th round a right uppercut again rocked Cullmer. With the fight on the line both fighters fought their hearts out in the 8th and final round. It would be a majority decision as Hill had it even 76-76, Benoint somehow had it 78-74 while Joe Pasquale’s 77-75 gave it to Cullmer as the fan’s voiced their opinion in disagreement. This writer had it for Wilson 77-75. It was a fight neither deserved to lose and a rematch by Elbaum should be forthcoming.
Philly’s two time golden glove champ Derek Bivins 1-0 looked sharp in the last two rounds while shutting out his opponent Darrell Martin, 2-6 of Baltimore in a 4 round featherweight match-up. Trainer Bud Harris had Bivins ready for his long awaited debut.
Brooklyn’s William Jeter used overhand rights to offset Pete Guthy’s 1-5-2 jab in a light heavyweight 4 rounder. Guthy, from Myrtle Beach held his own until the 3rd round when he was dropped twice by a counter left hook on both occasions. Referee Cotton stopped it at 2:52 of the round.
In the opener Philly’s Darell Jones 1-0 (1) looked good as he won his debut stopping Orlando’s James Wynn at 1:00 of the 3rd round in this junior middleweight fight.
Michael will return to the Blue Horizon featuring the return of heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers on October the 3rd.
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