Evidently Joey Abell is determined to stay busy, despite some challenges in getting his scheduled filled (and keeping it so). As the reader undoubtedly knows, Abell was victimized by a shady promoter when his March 9 bout against Dione Craig was part of a canceled fight card down in Kentucky.
Abell is now scheduled to return to the scene of many beatings, and face 10-11-1 (1 kayo) Maurice Wheeler at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia on April 11. The fight headlines an 11-fight card, and will mark Abell’s first fight at the Blue Horizon since a first-round knockout of Levon Warner in September of 2007.
“Minnesota Ice” has a record of 8-1 with 6 kayos at the legendary Blue Horizon fight club. He’s a local favorite among Philadelphia fight fans and scribes, ironic because he hasn’t yet become a favorite local in his own hometown.
In addition to this announced tilt, Abell is still scheduled to fight in Gothenburg Sweden on March 27 (although his opponent has been switched from the mediocre Ivica Perkovic to the more impressive Ratko Draskovic – 28-7 with 16 kayos), and again on April 26 against and opponent to be announced.
March 27 opponent Draskovic’s pedigree is defined more by his losses (to Przemyslaw Saleta, Matt Skelton, and Audley Harrison, and twice to Sinan Samil Sam) than by his wins, although he has fought for the Polish national heavyweight title and a couple of other minor championships. His record and his experience are far more impressive, however, than cancelled opponent Perkovic’s, whose pedigree didn’t seem to indicate that he would be a great test.