By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia PA, Vernocha L. Michael of Blue Horizon Promotions Inc. presented a nine bout card which paid tribute to those who gave their lives on nine eleven and to those Firemen, Policemen and other Public Safety Officers who put their live on the line everyday to make our lives safe and secure. In the six round main event of the evening welterweight prospect Steve Upsher Chambers raised his record to (20-1-1, 6 KOs) by dropping Aaron Drake (13-7, 9 KOs) three times en-route to an impressive second round TKO. The eight bout undercard had a little of everything, featuring prospects, a former hockey tough-man and a corrections officer to make the card interesting on the salute to Public Safety night.
Chambers, having fought all but one of his twenty-one fights at the Historic Legendary Blue Horizon, looked confident in the opening round in the very same arena, even surviving an early rush from Drake in which he covered and countered well from the ropes.
Drake tried to confuse Chambers by switching to southpaw. Chambers calmly made his adjustments and sent a surprised Drake to his knees with a straight left-right hand combination. Drake rose to his feet and went on the retreat. Chambers knew he was in trouble but he could only land one more heavy right hand on the face of Drake before the bell sounded to end round two.
Chambers, at the behest of his corner, attacked the body of Drake early in round two. Drake tried to return fire, but looked like a beaten man from the constant array of punches. A short right uppercut in a four punch combination sent Drake to the canvas a second time. Once again, Drake rose to his feet and backed to the ropes, but Chambers was on him like a tiger attacking his prey with heavy shots. Drake tried to smother the attack, but Chambers sent him to the canvas for the final time with a short right hand. Referee Blair Talmadge immediately waved the fight off at 1:27 of round two giving it to Chambers.
Chambers talked about the fight afterward: “My game plan was to go out there and establish my jab and work off of that, but he rushed me,” said Chambers “I actually love that. A lot of fighters think you can come and rush me because I am thinner but I actually am a lot stronger now (and it surprises my opponents). I hope to get one or two more fights and then fight on the card when Eddie Chambers fights Klitschko.”
The co-feature of the evening featured an intriguing lightweight bout between Lancaster PA’s Isaac Suarez and Mondre Pope Winchester, VA. Suarez entered the ring with an undefeated record of (7-0, 3 KOs). It was just his second bout since a two year layoff and still looked to shake off that ring rust. His opponent, Mondre Pope, entered the ring with (1-0-1) and was coming off a huge upset victory over formerly undefeated Chris Green. Pope, a gritty southpaw, knew this was an opportunity to show off his skills and convince people he was not just an opponent but one to reckon with in the near future.
Suarez looked tentative in the early going and Pope took advantage of that with several right hooks and right jabs, keeping him off balance. A blistering short counter right hook from Pope in round two, landed right on the chin of Suarez and sent him to the canvas. Suarez rose to his feet and actually stunned Pope with a five punch combination but let off the gas and allowed him to regain his senses.
Another Pope right hand sent wobbling to the ropes before touching his hand to the canvas before kneeling for the second knockdown. Pope tried to jump on him, but Suarez used a couple go counters to get Pope again on the retreat. Pope seemed stunned but Suarez seemed tentative and allowed him to again get right back on the attack.
At the behest of his corner in round four, Suarez went out more aggressively and began to find his mark with shot left jabs and right hands, but could never get off more than one or two punches at a time, which allowed Pope to again dominate the final two rounds of the fight.
All three officials saw the bout in favor of Mondre Pope by scores of 58-55 x 2 and 58-54, giving him the well earned unanimous decision victory.
The twenty-two year old Isaac Suarez looked like an aged fighter who could see the openings, but just couldn’t release his hands and land the big shots that made him such an exciting fighter early in his career. This hopefully was just an anomaly and he will get right back on track in his next bout.
The twenty-year-old Mondre Pope on the other hand, continues to show that he could be a very good prospect who is willing to fight anybody anywhere.
In the walkout bout of the evening, undefeated welterweight Joselito Collado (9-0, 3 KOs) of Queens NY needed just two minutes and one second to spoil the return of Phoenixville PA’s Jules “The Ghost” Blackwell (8-3-2, 3 KOs), scoring a devastating first round TKO of their scheduled six rounder.
Jules Blackwell coming off a shocking third round one punch knockout loss to Darrell Martin, looked good in the opening seconds of the round, as he popped a few right jabs in the face of Collado. The shorter Collado stepped under the jab and landed a left hook which stunned Jules and backed him to the ropes. The fast hands of Joselito Collado immediately put him on his back with an explosive three punch combination. Blackwell rose to his feet, but fell back into the corner and referee Blair Talmadge immediately grabbed him and waved the fight off.
Blackwell expressed a fighter’s mentality afterward and wanted to look for a rematch, but with three hard knockouts in his career, it could be time for Jules to move into a different avenue in the sport. The twenty-eight-year-old Blackwell has been a staple at the Phoenixville PAL since he was nineteen years old and knows what it takes to find, train and get fighters ready for fights. Maybe coaching could be a second career for one of the nice guys in boxing.
Philly junior middleweight Phillip “The Mongoose” McCants (8-1-1, 3 KOs) overcame almost three years of ring rust to capture a one sided four round unanimous decision victory over late replacement Tyson Schwiegger (3-8-3, 3 KOs) of Kansas City, Missouri.
McCants didn’t look like a fighter with three years of ring inactivity as he threw combination after combination at the outgunned Tyson Schwiegger.
The fight went inside in round three, but even there McCants was the busier fighter as he bounced light uppercuts and right hands off the face and ribcage of his tired opponent, who began to spend more time with his back on the ropes.
McCant easily continued to slap at Schwiegger with light combinations without much in return throughout the final round.
All three judges gave every round to Phillip McCants 40-36 x 3.
“It was great to get back in there, said McCants afterward. “ I thank everybody for coming out to see me.
McCants will probably need a couple more fights before he regains the sting in his punches that gave him the nickname of the Mongoose.
Female welterweight sensation and Corrections Officer, Jackie Davis (3-0, 1 KO) captured a less then popular four round majority decision victory over Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Victoria Cisneros (3-7-2).
Davis was the stronger fighter and out muscled Cisneros early, opening a cut above her opponent’s brow. Cisneros was tough though and out-punched Davis in the exchanges to capture the second round.
Davis buried her head on Cisneros chest, throwing punches without looking up, which led to her taking many needless shots as both fighters slugged it out in the final two rounds. Cisneros seemed to take the final round with her effective counters and at least pulled out a draw, but the judges saw it differently. One judge saw the bout 38-38 even, but was overruled by the other two judges who saw it 39-37 in favor of Jackie Davis. Fightnews scored the bout 38-38 even.
Former professional hockey enforcer, Nathan “Rock” Perrot of Toronto, Canada made his venture into the squared circle a successful one with a fourth round technical knockout of Philadelphia PA heavyweight slugger Makidi “Truth in Living” Ku Tima.
Perrott secured over two hundred and fifty penalty minutes while playing for the Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Dallas Stars, and became known as a player not to mess with on the ice. Knick-named “The Rock,” Nathan Perrott looked to get back to the sport he participated in as an amateur during his childhood. Makidi Ku Tima appeared to be a difficult opponent for his professional debut. The heavy handed Ku Tima proved his toughness in May at this very same arena, by getting off the canvas to stop James Pratt in the third round of his professional debut.
Once the bell sounded, Perrott was all business, but Makidi KU Tima showed ring savvy by diving in and throwing the occasional whistling right hook and then tying up. Perrott got a little flustered and tossed Ku Tima to the canvas in an effort to get out of a clinch. Both fighters banged heads in the opening round, which opened a small cut on the forehead of Perrott. He kept his cool though and continued to work with short heavy shots whenever his hands were loose.
Ku Tima tired as the rounds went on from Perrott’s big right hands and clinched on a regular basis, finally forcing referee Gary Rosado to take a point in round four for excessive holding. Perrott seized the opportunity and attacked as the exhausted Ku Tima and clinched again, hoping to survive the final round. This time, Nathan was able to get his right hand free and landed a right uppercut, followed by several clubbing overhand rights which sent Ku Tima crumbling to the canvas. Referee Gary Rosato immediately waved it off without a count at the 2:52 mark of the fourth and final round.
“Fighting on ice is difficult, but this was just as hard,” said Parrot afterward. “He held a lot and you don’t want to waste your energy by punching through those holds, but at the same time you want to get your punches off, so I just had to keep backing up and catching him with the uppercuts and hooks. Finally I caught him with a right uppercut and then three right hands in a row which finished him,” said Perrott.
Philly welterweight Joe Alonso made a successful professional debut with a one sided battering of Cleveland Ohio’s William “The School Teacher” Brown.
Alonso looked raw and rugged as he left himself open for counters while he blasting away with his wide but non-stop attack of hooks to the head and body off the retreating “School Teacher”.
Brown tried to hold off the aggressive Alonzo, by boxing from the outside, but withered from the constant onslaught. Brown found a home against the ropes in the final two rounds as Alonso continually battered his ribs and face with a series of combinations. The school teacher covered and survived the day though, sending the bout to the scorecards. All three judges at ringside saw the fight easily in favor of Alonso by scores of 40-36 x 2 and 40-35 respectively.
Joe Alonso ups his record to 1-0, while the William Brown falls to 4-4, 2KO’s. Alonso’s all out pressure style had the fans on the feet in appreciation as the bout closed and is sure to become a fan favorite at the Legendary Blue Horizon.
The opening bout of the evening provided and interesting battle between a pair of debuting southpaw junior welterweights as Deroy Beaton of Toms River, New Jersey and Philadelphia Pennsylvania’s Jason Sia went at it for the full four rounds.
Right from the opening bell, Deroy Beaton seamed to control the ring as he circled to his right, keeping the shorter Jason Sia off balance with right hooks and left hand counters. Sia continued to press forward though and stunned Beaton in the second round with a four punch combination. Beaton clinched, which halted the attack and then went toe-to-toe with him, landing short left hands in the exchange as the round came to a close.
Beaton knew what his best strategy was and stayed on the outside for the most part countering with precise shots that kept the aggressive Sia off balance and at bay during the final two rounds.
All three judges saw the bout in favor of Deroy Beaton by scores of 39-37 and 40-36 x 2.