News: Yonnhy Perez; Joey Abell; Giacobbe Fragomeni

Undefeated bantamweight Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez finished 10 weeks of preparation for his IBF Eliminator against Silence Mabuza. Perez will make the long trip across the globe to face the South African in his hometown of Johannesburg on Friday, May 29. “The only thing on my mind is victory,” said Perez after his workout. “I know I’m going to his backyard and I have to be aggressive, I need to be able to win the crowd, the judges and beat Mabuza, all at the same time.” Perez leaves Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon and arrives in Johannesburg, via Dubai, on Friday morning. “We are taking all the necessary steps to adapt to the time difference and altitude of Johannesburg,” said trainer Danny Zamora. “We have two more weeks of preparation and we will close training camp in South Africa..

perezThe Colombian prospect has been waiting for this opportunity his whole life. “This is a dream for me, I have been boxing since I was six years old, and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. With this victory I can potentially challenge Abgeko (current IBF bantamweight champion) or Vic Darchinyan (both will fight on July 11.) I do this for my two young sons in Colombia, I do this to give them a better life,” concluded the dedicated father who saves all his hard earned money to send to his native Cartagena, Colombia.

The bout, which is presented by Branco Sports Promotions, in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, will take place at the Springs Indoor Arena just outside Johannesburg, and will be televised nationwide in South Africa and in the entire continent by the premier broadcaster, SABC Sport, which services 30 million viewers.
Ranked number six in the world by the IBF, 30-year old Yonnhy Perez (18-0, 13 KOs) is an exciting warrior who was adopted by Southern California fight fans after he arrived in the States from Cartagena, Colombia, he now resides at Santa Fe Springs. A staple on the local fight scene, Perez went worldwide in 2007 when he won the WBC Continental Americas title with a first round knockout of Samuel Lopez, and in June of 2008, he added the NABF crown by decisioning Oscar Andrade. In his last bout, on September 5, 2008, Perez stopped David Martinez in six rounds.

A native of Johannesburg, 31-year old Silence Mabuza (22-2, 18 KOs) has long been considered one of the top 118-pounders in the world. A longtime IBO champion who defended his title eight times over two reigns, Mabuza’s only two pro losses have come to pound-for-pound standout Rafael Marquez. Winner of three in a row, Mabuza - who is ranked third in the world by the IBF - is eager for another shot at the title.


PHILADELPHIA (May 17, 2009)—Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell returned to the Legendary Blue Horizon with a emphatic third round knockout over Billy “The Kid” Willis to highlight a terrific seven bout card that highlighted “Health & Education Night”

Promoter Vernoca L. Michael honored local educators, Dr. Richard Englert (Business) and Dr. Michael Jackson (Director of Graduate programs of Sports & Recreation) of Temple University and local Neurologist, Dr. Emil Materese for their contributions to the community.

Abell dropped Willis early in round three from a left and quickly finished off Willis with another left at the fifty-four second mark of round three of their scheduled six round tussle.

With the win, Abell notched his fourth consecutive knockout to raise his overall mark to 24-4 with twenty-three knockouts. Willis of Houston is now 12-14-1.

The co-feature saw Legendary Blue Horizon favorite, Gee Cullmer raise his record to 16-1 as he scored a close split decision over Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor in a six round middleweight bout.

Taylor took some of the early frames but Cullmer got things going and made it a dog fight to pound out the decision by scores of 59-55 & 58-56 while Taylor took a third card by a 59-55 tally.

In one of the most-anticipated pro debuts in a while, Nazareth’s Achmad Tuba showed quick hands and advanced defensive skills to score a four round shutout unanimous decision over Vincent Batteast in a four round Jr. Middleweight fight.

Tuba was the subject of Television & Newspaper coverage as the muslim trains with a team of Jewish fighters in Tel Aviv. Scores were 40-36 on all cards.

For the second straight month, Taneal Goyco and Davit Davitshvilli put on a show for the fans at The Legendary Blue Horizon as they fought a back and forth brawl that once again had Goyco come out in top by scoring a unanimous decision in a four round cruiserweight affair.

The full card was streamed live and still can be purchased on


6-Rounds Heavyweights—Joey Abell, (24-4, 23 KO’s), 244 lbs of Coon Rapids, MN-- KO 3 (:54) over Billy Willis (12-14-1), 231 lbs of Houston, TX

6 Rounds—Middleweights—Gee Cullmer (16-1), 161 lbs of Philadelphia, PA—UD (59-55, 58-56, 55-59) over Clarence Taylor (13-22-3), 159 lbs of Wilmington, DE

6 Rounds-Jr. Lightweights—Joselito Collado (8-0), 130 lbs of Queens, NY UD (60-54 on all cards) over Darrell Martin (4-9), 131 ½ lbs of Baltimore, MD

4 Rounds-Jr. Welterweights—Jose Tiburcio (4-1), 138 ½ lbs of Southbrige, MA UD (39-35 on all cards) over Julias Edmonds (5-4), 141 lbs of Philadelphia, PA

4 Rounds- Jr. Middleweights—Achmad Tuba (1-0), 153 ¾ lbs of Nazareth UD (40-36 on all cards) over Vincent Batteast (0-1-1), 152 lbs of Baltimore, MD

4 Rounds Cruiserweights—Taneal Goyco (3-0), 190 ½ lbs of Philadelphia, PA UD (39-37 on all cards) over Davit Davitshvilli (0-3), 190 lbs of Philadelphia, PA

4 Rounds-Heavyweights—Makidi Kun-Ntima (1-0, 1 KO), 228 lbs of Philadelphia, PA KO 3 over James Pratt (2-5), 239 lbs of Charlotte, NC

The Next show at The Legendary Blue Horizon will be Friday September 11th.:

The 1st MMA in the City of Philadelphia will take place on Thursday, June 11th at The Legendary Blue Horizon

WBC Cruiserweight king Giacobbe Fragomeni defends his title in Rome

By OPI 2000 Press Office
On Saturday, May 16, Rome will be back as the Italian capital of boxing, thanks to Opi 2000 company led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi. At prestigious Gran Teatro (3,040 seats), WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1 with 10 kos), will make his first defense against ‘El Diablo’ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. (41-2 with 31 kos).

Born in Milan on August 13, 1969, Fragomeni is the most popular boxer in his country. On October 24, 2008, he won the vacant WBC crown defeating on points Rudolf Kraj. After eight action-packed rounds, the doctor stopped Fragomeni because of a cut; all the judges scored 77-74 in favor of Giacobbe who became champion in front of 3,500. screaming fans. It has to be noticed that Fragomeni sold-out the Palalido after 12 years, when Giovanni Parisi defended the WBO light welterweight title against Sammy Fuentes. That’s why a sould-out is expected in Rome too.

Born in Warsaw (Poland) on September 19, 1981, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk is a former IBF cruiserweight champion. He won the vacant belt defeating on points Steve Cunningham, on November 26, 2006, in Warsaw. ‘El Diablo’ lost on points the rematch on May 26, 2007, in Katowice (Poland). Since then, Wlodarczyk won four consecutive fights, all within the distance.

The show will offer six more fights.

In the undercard, Mexican flyweight Arian ‘El Confesor’ Hernandez (14-1-1 with 11 kos) will battle over six rounds Abel Ochoa (13-12 with 9 kos)

Four boxers very popular in Rome will be part of the show: superwelterweight Emanuele Della Rosa, middleweight Emanuele Blandamura, cruiserweight Andrea Moretti and superlightweight Vittorio Oi. It’s sure that their fans will buy many tickets to be at Gran Teatro. Also on the card, promising cruiserweight Mirko Larghetti. The five youngsters will face easy opponents to keep in fighting shape and improve their records.

The event will start at 7.30 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally by Rai Due starting 11.15 p.m. Mexican and Polish tv networks will also broadcast the event. Web television Tv will broadcast pay-per-view worldwide (but Italy, Poland and Mexico).

Article posted on 13.05.2009

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