Category Archives: Valley Forge Casino Resort

Garrett Wilson wins the State Cruiserweight title with a knockout at Valley Forge Casino

June 20, 2015 marked the last day of the Spring season and the City of Philadelphia was offering great entertainment all across town. On the Northwest end, one had the option of spending the day at the Manayunk Arts Festival which shut down a two-mile stretch of Main street, replacing traffic with food trucks and art exhibits. Drive a little bit further up the road and one would have run into the Gorgas Park Solstice Festival hosted by my friends at the Roxborough Development Corporation. In South Philly, the Point Breeze pop-up carried on for another weekend just off of 22nd & Tasker while over in West Philly, Clark Park was throwing a party with free live local music.

On the East side of town, a big crowd was expected along the Delaware River with Spruce Street Harbor Park in full swing showcasing a Visit Philly beer garden and one of my guiltiest pleasures, Third Eye Blind, performing two blocks away at Festival Pier for an outdoor waterfront concert.

Even with all of these choices at my disposal, there was no doubt in my mind on how I was spending my Saturday night. I was taking the ride up I-76 West for a night of local boxing with the possibility of some light gambling and poolside beach drinks at the areas hottest new casino resort in Valley Forge. Now that the event is over, I can say that it was well worth the trip.

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Garrett Wilson vs. Anthony Caputo Smith for the State Cruiserweight Title on June 20, 2015 in Valley Forge

On June 20, 2015 – boxing returns to the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia with the areas premier casino resort featuring a main event that is a true pick ’em fight. The 10 round feature attraction will pit two “hungry for a win” local boxers against each other. The man who leaves victorious will be crowned the Pennsylvania State Cruiserweight champion.

gq-capThere have been many parallels in the careers of Philadelphia’s Garrett Wilson (13-9-1, 7 ko’s) and Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4, 10 ko’s) of Kennet Square. Both fighters have a solid local following. Both have scored quality upset victories early in their careers. Both have spent the past two years on the road, accepting assignments which led them everywhere from Romania, to Madison Square Garden to the MGM Grande in Las Vegas. Both have tested the deep waters of the sport against competition that borders on the world-class level. Both came up short when the odds were heavily stacked against them.

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Harry Joe Yorgey wins a bloodbath over Jeremy Yelton at the Valley Forge Convention Center

Photos by Mike McGuigan

The record books it will say that on November 30, 2006 – Bridgeport PA native Harry Joe Yorgey (17-0-1, 8 ko’s) defeated North Carolina’s Jeremy Yelton (17-8, 8 ko’s) by unanimous decision. That stat alone does not do justice for what went down at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Unfortunately there is no known footage of this bout. If you weren’t there, then you missed out on a classic.

To put it all into context – the undefeated prospect Yorgey suffered three knock downs and a badly busted nose but it was “The Carolina Kid” who left the casino in an ambulance after this 8 round Jr. Middleweight contest! If there were a such thing as Philly Fight of the Year – this was it because it was one of the best fights in recent Philadelphia history.

To put it all out there, this fight saved a lousy boxing show. For the second time this month Harry Joe Yorgey entered the ring as the headliner on a bill with flimsy support underneath. During the mid-card intermission, most of the ticket payers in the concession lines were talking about how they will never buy a pro boxing ticket again.

For those who follow my work know that I will scream bloody murder, roast a promoter and report a highway robbery when warranted. Tonight is one of those rare occasions where I throw all of that out the window and just let it slide due to the testicular fortitude shown by the two men in the main event. Yorgey’s pair beats a Royal Straight Flush.

When it was all over,  everyone left the building basically saying “that last fight alone was worth the price of admission”. There isn’t a fight fan on earth that wouldn’t have enjoyed this contest.

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