By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
A nearly packed house of over 1,100 fans showed up to The Legendary Blue Horizon Horizon to witness the six bout card, appropriately titled Israeli Explosion.” In the main event, cruiserweight prospect Ran Nakash (17-0, 13 KOs) of Haifa, Israel continued his ascension up the cruiserweight ladder, scoring three knockdowns en-route to a second round stoppage of Delaware, Ohio’s Ryan Carrol (7-2, 4 KOs). Fellow Israeli, Elad Shmouel of Tel Aviv was also successful in scoring a second technical knockout of Pittsburgh, PA’s Khristian Garaci in the six round co-feature of the evening. The six- bout card promoted by Vernoca Michael of Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions Inc. also provided some evenly matched four rounder featuring some nice local talent.
Ran Nakash 204.5, who trains Israeli soldiers in hand to hand combat, looked at ease early in the opening round as he steadily walked through the punches of the Ryan Carrol 201. Though both fighters weighed in over the cruiserweight limit, it was Nakash who appeared to be in the better shape. Nakash stepped up his attack to the body and followed up with two and three-punch combinations as Carrol withered from the onslaught. A short left hook to the body of Carrol, deposited him to his hands and knees with just seconds to go in the opening round.
The confidence of Nakash rose as he shortened up his punches and avoided many of the wild swings of The Delaware, Ohio native early in round two. The continual body work did its’ damage as Carrol wilted from the power. A left up top sent Carrol back to the canvas for the second time of the fight. Dead tired and badly hurt, Carrol reached his feet by the eight count. Nakash closed the show with the show, sending Carrol to the canvas for the final time with a beautifully placed uppercut. Referee Steve Smoger waived the fight off without a count. The time of the knockout occurred at 2:06 of round 2.
Shmouel overwhelms Garaci
Israeli junior welterweight Elad Shmouel (19-2, 10KOS) rebounded from “The 2007 Pennsylvania fight of the year loss to Lenny DeVictoria with a one sided second round stoppage of Pittsburgh Pa’s Khristian Garaci (4-6-1, 3Kos) in the six round co-feature of the evening.
“The fight with DiVictoria really helped me mature as a fighter.” I no longer go all out right away, but I try to break him down and let the pitbull out in rounds two and three,” said Shmouel. It really showed as Shmouel 143.5 scored with a balanced attack, going to the head and the body against the hard-punching Garaci 151.5, who weighed in at three pounds over the contracted weight limit. Garaci did land a few heavy shots early that kept Shmouel honest. Late in the round, Shmouel was on the attack when a body shot accidentally landed below the belt. Garaci complained to no avail as the attack continued.
The extra pounds did not help Garaci who was clearly breathing heavy as round two began. “I saw him gasping for air and I knew he would give me two rounds tops,” said Shmouel.
The attack continued throughout round two as Garaci could only retreat, trying to get some air and a relief from the raining combinations of Elad. The end finally came as Elad turned away from the effects of a big Shmouel right hand-left hook and then was rained down upon by a series of shots until referee Steve Smoger called a halt to the battle at 1:32 of the second round.
Edmonds outworks Hurd
Philly junior welterweight Julius Edmonds upped his record to 4-3 with a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Lynnwood Hurd.
All rounds were close as both fighters had their moments. Hurd 135 appeared to take the early lead behind pinpoint left jabs. Edmonds was resilient and eventually found his way inside where he could bang away.
Both fighters exchanged big counters in the middle rounds as each tried to gain ring supremacy.
Julius Edmonds appeared to get stronger as the fight went on and outworked Hurd to capture the sixth round and the fight. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Hurd by scores of 58-56 x 2, and 59-55. The loss was the first of Lynwood Hurd’s career, as his record fall to 2-1 with 3 draws.
Bianconi downs Turner
In a battle of undefeated middleweight prospects Marcus Bianconi of Houston, TX was able to overcome a game John Turner of Phidelphia, PA dropping him once en-route to a stoppage in the corner at the end of the second round.
Turner 161, who had no amateur experience, seemed to have his moments throughout the opening round as he slipped and avoided the swings of Bianconi 161 while connecting with nice counters of his own. He actually buckled the knees of Bianconi early but he recovered quickly.
The tide of the bout changed at the end of round one as Bianconi uncorked a right hand on the chin of Turner just before the bell. Turner was on the run throughout the second round, finding himself with his back to the ropes, where Bianconi was able to unload right hands more consistently. A big right hand sent Turner to the mat with just seconds to go in the round. Turner rose to his feet but his nose was a bloody mess. The ringside physician stepped in to take a look and ruled he could continue. The bell sounded though before Bianconi could land another punch. In the corner of John Turrner, it was revealed that he had a possible broken right hand and could not continue and the bout was waved off at 3:00 minutes of round two.
Marcus Bianconi upped his record to 2-0, 2Kos, while John Turner lost for the first time in his career falling to 1-1, 1KO.
Butler on the winning track
It was a battle of two junior middleweights that looked to put a reversal on their careers as Aldrick Butler swapped punches over four rounds with crafty veteran and fellow Philadelphian Anthony Abrams. In the end Butler was able to pull out a hard fought split decision victory
Both fighters exchanged throughout on the inside in even exchanges. Butler 149.5 used his superior quickness and straighter punches to take the split decision. Abrams was game though and made each round close as he outworked Butler with lighter combinations. Butler was better on the outside, with nice left jabs and straight lefts.
One judge had the bout 39-37 in favor of Abrams but was overruled as the other two judges scored it in favor of Butler 40-36 and 39-38 respectively. Fightnews had it 39-37 in favor of Butler. Butler moves to 1-1 while Abrams slips to 1-6.
Cruz topples Duncan
In the opening four round welterweight bout of the evening, Bethlehem, PA’s Ronald Cruz (2-0. 1KO) scored an impressive 3rd round stoppage of debuting Philadelphian, Adam Duncan.
Cruz 142.5 took control in the opening round with a big left hook which deposited Duncan on the seat of his pants in the center of the ring. Duncan rose to his feet on unsteady legs and tried to hold on. Cruz saw an opening and battered him with eight unanswered shots, ending with a right on the chin which put Duncan on the canvas for the second time.
To Duncan’s credit, he survived the round and traded even combinations with Cruz early in round two. Cruz was determined though and worked the body which paid dividends as Duncan tired and wilted from the heavy shots. Cruz saw his openings and unloaded with uppercuts and big combinations that continually backed up Duncan. The end finally game as Duncan lay against the ropes after being rocked by a big right hand on the button, which dropped his hands. Referee Vic de Wysocki stepped in and called a halt to the carnage at 2.52 or the third round.