Abell rocks Wheeler at the Blue!
By Ken Hissner (April 15, 2008) Doghouse Boxing  
Friday night before a near packed house Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell, 20-1 (19), returned to the Blue Horizon in North Philly to stop Maurice Wheeler, 10-12-1 (1), at the end of the 2nd round. Two straight left hands from the big southpaw and Wheeler lay draped over the bottom strand half way out of the ring about 5 seconds before the bell sounded. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth signaled the end. “Joey, Joey,” the crowd screamed at the Coon Rapids heavyweight destroyed another opponent. This was a Veronca L. Michael promotion, with a 9 bout card plus an exhibition.

Earlier at the weigh-in Wheeler took offense being referred to as the “opponent” by matchmaker Don Elbaum. “I’m from Phill, not him” screamed Wheeler. He even had a box of tampons that he threw at Abell, calling him several names! Well, Wheeler paid the price from the opening bell. Abell, a former semi-pro football player returned Wheeler’s rough housing by slipping him to the canvas. Abell scored his 10th knockout in his last 11 fights. His last 3 fights have been out of the country. Two knokouts in Sweden and a decision win on Showtime from St. Lucia.

“My jab is much better. This is the first time I did not feel bad about knocking someone out,” said Abell. The 6’4” Swede is an adopted Philly favorite.

In the semi-final Philly’s Gee Culmer, 14-1 (3), had his hands full with Mustafah Johnson, 5-3-1 (2), of Indianapolis in a 6 round middleweight match-up. Judges Rich Hopkins and Al Dorsey each had it 58-57 for Culmer while Rose Vargas had it even as did this writer. The decision was met with mixed boos by the fans. Blair Talmadge was the referee.

Debuting boxers John Goldwire, 1-0, Philadelphia and southpaw Ismir Ra, 0-1, Detroit, opened the show with a split decision win for Goldwire in a welterweight fight. Plenty of action! Talmadge was the referee.

Joel DeLaPaz, 1-0 0, Atlantic City, won all 4 rounds over Greg Hackett, 0-1, Philadelphia, in a spirited bout of super middleweights. Wayne Hedgepeth was the referee.

Anders Holmberg, 1-0 (1), came all the way from Sweden to find himself on the canvas in the 1st round. The heavyweight southpaw came back in the 2nd round to drop Archie Hopkins 0-3, of Fargo, North Dakota. Seemed Hopkins upon rising did not want to continue forcing referee Blair Talmadge to call a hal at 1:11 of the 2nd round.

Philly’s Gerald Smith, 2-0 (1), Philadelphia, halted Jose Guerrido, 4-1-1, of the Bronx at 2:16 of the 2nd round in a good fight while it lasted between lightweights. Hedgepeth was the referee in this 4 rounder.

Ecuador’s Mario Mina halted Peru’s Pedro Calla in a great fight at 2:32 of the 4th when referee Talmadge halted the action. Both fighters now based in New York had fought against one another in the amateurs. Mina started slow and then started landing bombs in this super middleweight fight.

Osvaldo Rivera, 1-0, of the Bronx, debuted using his height and jab to earn all judges 39-37 scores to win over Julias Edmonds, 1-1, of Philly in a 4 round junior welterweight match-up. Edmonds was coming forward throughout.

Steve Upsher, 16-1 (4), Philadelphia, had an easy night winning a 4 rounder over game Jean Petit Homme, 2-14-2 (2), of Haiti. Vargas and Dorsey had it 39-37 while Alan Rubenstein had it 40-36 all for the winner. Talmadge was the referee.

Simon Carr did not have an opponent and agreed to an exhibition with Tommy Speller in 3 one minute rounds. Both fighters are from Philadelphia. June 6th will be the next promotion by Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions, Inc. at the Blue!

Ken at: kenhissner@yahoo.com

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