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Philly Magazine feature article on Joey DeMalavez and Joltin’ Jabs

Nice write-up in Philly Mag on Joey DeMalavez recently. The former local pro boxer from Manayunk is now a personal trainer, operating two successful Joltin’ Jabs locations. His most recent opening is on 15th & Sansom Street. Over the years the client list has grown to include a couple local celebs such as Charles Barkley, Vai Sikahema and Danny Bonnaducci. Check it out..…/joey-demalavez-philadelphia-box…/

Yorgey ready to show the world that he is “No Joke” after dishing a rude awaykaning in Phoenixville

On March 30, 2007 – Journeyman fighter James Wayka (14 –  6) traveled just short of 1,000 miles from his native Bowler, Wisconsin to challenge rising prospect Harry Joe Yorgey in Yorgey’s backyard of Phoenixville, PA. Best case scenario for the fighter who lost three of his last four fights was to pull off a possible upset of the year. Worst case was to make a few bucks and get back to the land of cheese. Truth be told – he had a better chance at hitting the Powerball than he did of winning this fight.

I hope the purse was  a good one because two and a half minutes after stepping through the ropes, Wayka found himself being helped too a stool.

Yorgey pounced early, dropping his opponent three times en route to a 1st round knockout loss to the Pride of Bridgeport in front of a vocal crowd that packed the Phoenixville High School auditorium.

Now, there is a loud buzz that Yorgey wants a crack at Mike “No Joke” Stewart in a fight where I will be the first to say Yorgey is a strong favorite. I don’t care who Stewart has fought in the past or how much fame he has.

On the flip side, this proposed junior middleweight contest is one that Philly boxing needs right now and could be a very entertaining rumble. In all fairness, the weight may be a little heavy for Stewart.

Yorgey, fresh off of two wars came into this fight prepared to give it his all and come out a winner.

Before the fight, announcer Larry Tornambe dug into his trick book and asked the crowd “Who is here to see James Wayka?” and he was answered with a funeral like silence. He followed that by asking who was here to see Harry Joe Yorgey, the crowd popped like it was Hogan in his prime coming down the aisle.

Once the shenanigans were over and the two fighters got down to business, Yorgey quickly showed Wayka who’s boss with a left – right combo to the face causing Mr. Yorgey to scream out “that was beeeuuuuuuuteyful”, his son followed it with a right hook that put his opponent down on his knees.

Wayka was able to get to his feet and swiftly threw a right hand into Yorgey’s jock strap; a punch he says was unintentional. Harry shook it off and went right back to work, pressing the action and connecting with another left – right combo that knocked Wayka on his side and swelled up his left eye in the process.

Once again, the Minnesota roughneck beat the 10 count at a time where no one would have though less of him if he just stayed on his back. Seconds later, Yorgey put the nail in the coffin with a serious right hand that left referee Gary Rosado no option but to call a halt to the bout.

The crowd roared, Wankster boomed out of the speakers and Yorgey jumped on all 4 turnbuckles to give a shout out to his fans. Have a nice flight home James Wayka, nice to know you.

After the quick knockout and retaining his slot as the number one pound for pound fighter in the area, where does he go from here? There has to be offers on the table and you know Don Elbaum always has something up his sleeve.

Does the battle tested Mike Stewart take the risk of fighting this up and comer in a fight that if he loses knocks him out of the picture for another high profile fight? Would it be better for Yorgey to look further ahead and try to knock off a fellow undefeated junior middleweight coming up the ranks to speed up his ride to a title shot?

Does he stay local, giving the same all out effort that we are accustomed to and force the big networks to recognize that he is a made for TV fighter? Time will tell but I have the feeling that his next fight will be big news around town.

With the win – Harry Joe Yorgey improves to 18 – 0 9 ko’s. It is time to start stepping up the competition.

On the undercard

The night started off with a woman’s fight but this wasn’t the time to grab a beer and hot dog because Olivia Fonseca and Melissa St. Vil put on the most spirited fight of the year battling to a four round draw.

Those of you at the golden gloves asking if it was a home cooked decision, let me tell you, this was legit; these two ladies battled it out from start to finish. St. Vil won the first two rounds as she slugged it out with the Front Street Gym member. Leather was flying and both were connecting. In the second half of the fight it was all Fonseca who started to throw a left – right combo that is better than most of the men around town.

Fonseca has a huge 4th round as she peppered St. Vil with the left jab and picked her spots to crack her with a straight right which landed flush. St Vil was staggered near the end of the round but was able to stay on her feet. When the fight went to the cards, all three judges saw it 38 – 38.

A rematch is a must!

Baltimore’s Tim Coleman (8 – 0) came into the fight with a lot of hype but in this one he was hot and cold. His opponent John Lipscomb (3 – 9) landed a lot of left hooks flush and if he has any power, Coleman might have been in a lot of trouble.

Coleman did show some spark in spots, in the second round he out boxed Lipscomb landing his jab and doing some work to the ribs. Coleman’s best spurt came with about :30 left in the fight where he picked up the pace working the body and also landing some good shots to the face.

The fight went to the cards and they read 40- 36 x2 and 39 – 37 in favor of Coleman.

Latif Mundy (5 – 0) and Manuel Guzman (2 – 3) from Terry Nye’s gym had a nice four round scuffle that I felt was much closer than the score cards indicated. Mundy showed versatility, at times he would load up on his punches which landed with a thud, at other times he would show his speed popping off 4 and 5 punch combos to the body.

While his hands were nice downstairs, Guzman constantly caught him with hard rights and lefts to the head and at times seemed to stun the undefeated fighter. Mundy would also mix in an uppercut while working the ribs and it would snap Guzman’s head back. The second round was the best as Mundy started off fast but Guzman decided to bang inside with him. Soon after Guzman started to throw the hook up top and landed at a good rate, a few of which made the crowd go oooooh.

After an uneventful 3rd, Guzman starts the 4th strong landing once again upstairs. Mundy was able to regroup and started using that speed again although it wasn’t as effective as it was earlier in the fight.

Both try to bang inside towards the end but nothing significant lands. The fight ended up in the hands of the judges and all 3 saw it 40 – 36. I beg to differ.

Reading Heavyweight Travis Kauffman (9 – 0 7ko’s) dropped Kevin Hood (4 – 6) three times en route to a 2nd round knockout and overall made easy work of a guy who has never been stopped before.

Team Kauffman vows to run roughshot over anyone and everyone out East and soon after the world! Hey Mendy, have you considered the Great White Hope vs. The West Philly bad boy Levon Warner on April 26th? Could be a good one!

Jules Blackwell was scheduled to fight but his opponent had to pull out at the last minute. Not wanting to disappoint his hometown crowd, he strapped on the helmet and put in the fluffy gloves for an exhibition against Front Street Gym representative Bryheim Douglas showcasing what could be a very entertaining fight sometime in the future.

In the opener, Manayunker Joey DeMalavez starched Phil Hinklin early in the fight round. DeMalavez jumped on Hinklin early and rocked him with a three punch combo that left Hinklin wanting no more.

The card was brought to you by Jimmy Deoria Jr. and proceeds went to benefit the Phoenixville PAL.

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Yorgey – Blackwell press release

Photos by Mr. Yorgey & Mike McGuigan


Phoenixville, Pa—-“Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey comes into this fight with a 17-0-1 (8 KO’s) record. He had a very busy 2006 that included 8 fights and a shot at the IBC World Title, which ended in a draw against Martinus Clay back on November 9th. His last fight was on November 30th at the Valley Forge Convention Center against a tough and determined Jeremy Yelton. That fight was voted as the Pennsylvania 2006 fight of the year!


The upcoming Yorgey fight in Phoenixville promises to be a classic! Yorgey goes up against well tested James Wayka out of Mounds View, MN. Wayka brings a respectable 14-5 (8 KO’s) into this fight. He has big wins over previously undefeated Mohamed Ali (6-0) and a very durable and experienced Frank Toledo who was 43-6 going into the fight with Wayka. Yorgey promises to please the Phoenixville crowd in this one as he goes for another victory which will bring him closer to bigger fights and world wide recognition!

Phoenixville‘s, Jules Blackwell 4-0 (2 KO’s), a product of the Phoenixville Area PAL program, and a 1999 Phoenixville High School graduate will be looking to make a big impression on his hometown fans as he swaps punches with tough Philly fighter Omar Carroll. Carroll brings a modest 0-1-1 record into this fight. Don’t let his record fool you. Carroll comes from a very talented gym of fighters and is trained by Kevin Carmondy, who you may remember from our big PAL amateur boxing shows in Phoenixville, puts out very solid, and well trained boxers! This will be a very entertaining fight as Blackwell looks to stay undefeated in his young professional career.

Jules Blackwell 2007 (2)

There will be 6 other bouts on this card, including up and coming undefeated Heavyweight, Travis Kauffman 8-0 (6KO‘S) , from Reading, Pa. Kauffman was among the top three amateur boxers in the nation before turning professional. Also, outstanding female boxer, Olivia “The Great” Fonseca, who is making her pro debut on the card as well as Manayunk’s Joey Demalavez 5-2 (3KO‘s).

For advanced tickets to this event, contact Phoenixville PAL office at (610) 917-3735 or call Mr. Yorgey at (610) 327-3392. General admission $40, ringside $60, and VIP ringside $75. ***For Phoenixville High School and Middle School students who present their student ID at the door, admission is 1/2 price off the general admission price!

** The official weigh-ins of the boxers competing on the card is open to the public on Friday March 30th at 9am at the Colonial Theatre on Bridge Street in Phoenixville. There will be a drawing for 2 free tickets to the fights at the weigh-ins.

Portions of the proceeds raised from this event, will benefit PAL programs here in Phoenixville!

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“Fast” Eddie Chambers and Max Alexander win decisions. Joey Abell flattens a guy at the Blue Horizon

Photos by Mike McGuigan

Promoter Veronca Michaels and matchmaker Don Elbaum opened the gates to Blue Horizon for the first time in the 2006 season and Philly Keith was firmly planted at ringside at Philly’s top boxing venue.

In the Main Event, top 50 Heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers stopped by for a tune up in preparation for bigger and better things against hand picked Louisiana peach Andrew Greeley. There were bigger names on the card, but it was up and coming prospect Max Alexander and tougher than spit Moses Matovu who stole the show in their 6 round clash of styles.

On the under card, a big white Heavyweight from Minnesota named Joey Abell came to the Blue seek refuge from Jesse Ventura’s oppression of pro boxing in his home state. The 6’4” former defensive end was an absolute monster and quickly exercised his God given right to put the bull rush on the jaw of an opponent.

The Junior Welterweight match up of Steve Upshur Chambers and Damon Antoine had all the makings of a classic and many fight fans took the hour drive from Trenton to watch 1996 Olympic Bronze metal winner Terrance Cauthan box the socks off of former title contender Vincent Thompson.

There was plenty of action and the Philly crowd was rockin’ as usual. To read the blow by blow report click here for more. Continue reading “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Max Alexander win decisions. Joey Abell flattens a guy at the Blue Horizon