Rogers Mtagwa Wins Battle Over Ricardo Medina
and Other Results From The Legendary Blue Horizon

By Tim Donaldson

It was a true battle between Featherweights Rogers Mtagwa of Philadelphia and Ricardo Medina of Mexico. Looking at the records of both fighters, it would seem that it should have been an easy fight for Mtagwa. Medina has lost more fights than he has won. But that can be deceptive. Medina gave Mtagwa a good fight.

The action started early for these two. As soon as the bell rang to start the first round, they came out fighting as though it were the last round. There was no trying to figure out the style of the opposing fighter. It was a brawl and both were taking a lot of punishment early. By the second round, Mtagwa was showing more control, and Medina was looking tired by the end of the round. And it was obvious from those early rounds, that Mtagwa was looking for his opportunity to knock out Medina, at times, throwing wild punches with little control.

However, Mtagwa showed more style from the beginning. Medina fought like a bull in the ring, using his body to push Mtagwa against the ropes and trying to pound on his body to wear him out. Mtagwa was able to cut Medina over the left eye in the third round, and that became a target for Mtagwa for the rest of the fight. The rounds seemed to go back and forth between the two slugging it out like the first round and then rounds where Mtagwa would control the action. There was a point in the eighth round where it looked as though Medina would go down, but even with the pounding he was getting, he refused to go down. And Medina came back in the ninth, fought hard against Mtagwa, and even controlled the end of the round.

The last round belonged to Mtagwa. He unleashed a barrage on Medina that would take most fighters down. Medina took it and survived it. He was not going to be knocked out. Both fighters looked exhausted as the decision was read. All three judges scored the fight for Mtagwa.

The other story of the night belongs to Anthony Flores and Kaseem Wilson. Both fighters are trained by Vaughn Jackson, trainer of the up and coming Philadelphia fighter Mike Jones, and both fighters scored first round knockouts. Flores came out in looking extremely aggressive. He landed three combinations before his opponent Carlos Diaz was even able to land a punch. Flores never gave Diaz a break until Diaz went down. The fight was over 2:54 in the first round. Wilson gave much the same fight against his opponent Louie Leija. Leija went down quickly in the first round. As soon as Leija was up and the ref signaled for the fight to continue, Wilson was right back to doing what he had started. Leija was unable to answer the attack. The ref stopped the fight at 1:06.

At the last fight at the Blue Horizon promoted by Russell Peltz, Victor Vasquez lost to Rod Salka. Victor Vasquez fought again at the Blue and made up for that loss. Vasquez faced junior welterweight Linwood Hurd. From the beginning of the fight Vasquez looked calm, even when Hurd seemed to have the upper hand. Vasquez would wait for an opening and then take advantage of it, landing power shots against Hurd. To look at the fighters, one would think that Hurd was winning the fight. By the third round, Hurd had bloodied the nose of Vasquez, and by the fourth, Vasquez’s right eye was swollen. Even still, Vasquez stayed calm, executing his fight plan. In the sixth round, Vasquez was able to knock down Hurd. Hurd, who got back up, was having trouble answering the attack of Vasquez in the final round. All three judges scored the fight 59-54 in favor of Vasquez.

Light Heavyweights Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante of Philadelphia fought Anthony “Italian Nightmare” Pietrantonio of Youngstown, OH. Ferrante dominated most of the rounds, although Pietrantonio never seemed out of the fight. Ferrante was able to inflict a good deal of pain with his right. The third round seemed to be the one that Pietrantonio controlled. He targeted a cut above the right eye of Ferrante. But this was short lived. In the fourth, Pietrantonio knocked out the mouthpiece of Ferrante. This was a turning point for Ferrante. He came back into the fight more aggressive than before. And in the fifth round, Ferrante caught Pietrantonio against the ropes and did not let up on him. The ref stopped the fight 45 seconds into fifth round. The entire crowd was chanting Boom Boom.

Next to the Mtagwa, Medina fight, the fight between Junior Middleweights Jamaal Davis and Jerome Ellis was equally a war. The two fighters seemed evenly matched, and both proved that they could take a punch. But it was not local favorite Jamaal Davis’s night. Jerome Ellis did not care that Davis was the local favorite. Ellis fought hard from the beginning, leading the first three rounds. Davis took control in the fourth round. But Ellis showed what he was made of. In the fifth round, Davis backed Ellis against the corner. Ellis, like a wild animal, did not take too kindly to being corned and fought his way out of the corner becoming more and more aggressive. But Davis regained control at the end of the round. The sixth round was one of those strange rounds that we see from time to time. It seemed as though the majority of the round was spent trying to fix the tape that was coming off of Ellis. The fight was stopped three times during the round to take care of the tape. In the seventh, Davis stunned Ellis with a hard shot to the chin. But Davis was unable to finish it here. The eighth round belonged to Ellis. Jerome Ellis won the split decision.

The night started and ended with 4 round fights. The first fight of the night was between Junior Lightweights Frankie Trader and Luis Esquilin. Esquilin fought better in the first round, but Trader became more aggressive as the fight continued. Trader won by split decision. The final fight of the night was between welterweights Ardrick Butler and Dontre King. The fight belonged to Butler. He worked the body of King in the second round, and that seemed to be a deciding factor for the fight. In the third and fourth rounds, King spent most of his time and energy moving quickly around the ring, trying to avoid being hit. Butler won by decision.