Reality keeps Abell focussed
By Ray Kilgore
Actuality and boxing doesnt mix at times;
nevertheless, Joey Abells authenticity maintains
his drive despite the odds.
Saturday night is Abells fifth contest this
year, holding a record of 24-4-1- (23 KOs), he doesnt project
The 26-year old Abell fights in an era when the
heavyweight division is wide open; still, he isnt duped
into the trappings of it all.
Guys in the top 20 wont want to fight
me. Its a lose-lose situation for them.
He perseveres, If they beat me, it wont
do much for their careers; if they lose to me-which is a good
chance I hit them with something-it sets them back.
Abells size of 65 245 pounds elicits
a proceed with caution, outlook for countless opponents.
Teke Oruh experienced this in November 2007 when
Abell stepped in on short notice and spoiled then 14-0, Oruhs
By all conclusions, Abell, who holds a degree in
Public Education and Recreation, has progressed since turning
professional in 2005.
He never had confidence in his jab. He always
bent low when he threw [it], says Abells head Coach
Lyke proclaims, Now hes throwing it
standing up [and] what makes him more dangerous is his [newly
developed] left hook.
For most of his career, Abell tutored under Lyke
but ventured out to work with former World Champion Michael Moore
for a brief period.
Moore prepared Abell for his battle with former
cruiserweight champion Al Cole in September 2008, but Abell discovered
For the fight, I was miserable. I stayed in
a hotel for three months training away from my family. I am a
homebody and I need to be with my family.
Abell, the second oldest of five children, goes
by the ring alias Minnesota Ice, and the former high
school football stars career moved with significance as
he steamed rolled until several hiccups.
When I was in the dressing room after my first
defeat, I said, I dont know if I want this any more.
By the third setback, Abell adjusted. I was
never beat-up in any of my defeats and Ive learned something
from all of them.
A lesson in his textbook is one faded gladiators
flunk repeatedly: recognizing when to yank the respirator on a
career thats over.
I am not in the sport to get pounded on. Another
lost or two will end things for me. My main goal is to bring honor
to the familys name.
Living in deep denial that compromises truths doesnt
As an eight-year old amateur growing up in Winneconne,
Wisconsin, he never fathomed a recurring invitation to places
such as the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA, not to mention imagining
his adopted state being behind him the way we are; but, can you
think of anyone who deserve better?