Category Archives: Harry Yorgey

Harry Yorgey vs. Martinus Clay – The Spectrum’s Last Great Action Fight

This week I’m taking a look back at the last great action fight in the history of the Spectrum in Philadelphia – Harry Joe Yorgey vs. Martinus Clay.

Yorgey & Jimym Deoria at the Phonexville PALIn the lead up to this November 9, 2006 classic, Yorgey was on the cusp of becoming a house hold name on the Philly boxing circuit. Then under the guidance of advisor Don Elbaum and trainers Jimmy Deoria & John Mulvenna, he was slowly building a record that put him on the map as one of the more promising prospects on the East coast.

Some felt he was getting over because he was a white, Upper Merion high school football star who moved tickets. Others swore he was legit because just about every fight he had was the most fan friendly on the card.

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Yorgey goes out on his shield against Angulo on HBO

It was a rough night in Connecticut for Bridgeport’s Harry Joe Yorgey (22-1-1, 10ko’s) who was stopped hard inside of 3 rounds by Mexico’s Alfredo Angulo (16-1, 13ko’s).

Yorgey turned in a solid first round, moving side to side and effectively countering his foe. Things turned south quick in the 2nd when Angulo turned up the heat – throwing lots of power punches while trapping Yorgey on the ropes.

Alfredo Angulo (17-1, 14 KOs) scored a devastating third round knockout of previously unbeaten Harry Joe Yorgey (22-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBO Interim junior middleweight championship. The fight was the co-feature on the Dawson-Johnson fight card held Saturday night at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.
Alfredo Angulo (17-1, 14 KOs) scored a devastating third round knockout of previously unbeaten Harry Joe Yorgey (22-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBO Interim junior middleweight championship. The fight was the co-feature on the Dawson-Johnson fight card held Saturday night at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.

After a knockdown late in the round, Angulo landed a hard right to the back of the head at the :48 mark of round two, a shot the referee obviously saw but failed to call.

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This was the beginning of the end as Yorgey was on rubber legs for the remained of the fight. Yorgey was fighting on pure heart going into round three but unfortunately that was the reason it ended in such horrific fashion.

Angulo nailed his dazed foe with a vicious left – right combo that stopped a fighter who fought like a man who would only be deprived a win by going out flat on his back.

XL Center, Hartford CT, 11.07.2009: Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo knocks down Harry Joe Yorgey during their WBO Inter-Continental Jr. Middleweight Championship fight. Angulo won by second round KO. Photos by Thierry Gourjon
XL Center, Hartford CT, 11.07.2009: Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo knocks down Harry Joe Yorgey during their WBO Inter-Continental Jr. Middleweight Championship fight. Angulo won by second round KO. Photos by Thierry Gourjon
Not making excuses because Angulo showed why he is one of the most fierce fighters in the business but we also saw a horrible job of refereeing and a very questionable job in the corner by Jack Loew who should have stopped the fight sooner than when it ended.
Sources close to the Yorgey camp say Harry was examined after the fight and is ok physically.

Harry Yorgey: Controlling His Own Destiny

By Rick Sharmberg

This Saturday night at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, world-rated “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs), of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania will face fellow contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs), of Mexicali, Mexico, and now Coachella, California. They will box twelve rounds for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title. The winner will also establish himself as a top title contender in the wide-open junior middleweight division. Yorgey is coming off an impressive ninth-round knockout of Ronald Hearns, while Angulo most recently stopped Philadelphia’s Gabriel Rosado in two rounds. FightNews caught up with Harry at his training camp in Youngstown, Ohio.

Harry Yorgey is one of those “blue collar” fighters that you read about every now and then. A construction worker by trade, Harry has built a huge fan base in the Philly area not only with his boxing style, but with his availability to members of his community, especially children. He recently made some moves that allowed him to take his game to the next level.

Sometimes, fighters have to take their careers in their own hands, so after a bitter split with his former manager and promoter, Harry did just that. First, he hooked up with Banner Promotions.

The next move he made was to change trainers and go to camp in Youngstown under the guidance of Jack Loew.

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Jack Loew to train Harry Yorgey for the Angulo fight

Word is out that Bridgeport’s Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10ko’s) hits the big time on November 7th for a Jr. Middleweight showdown against Mexico’s Alfredo Angulo (16-1, 13ko’s) in the opening bout for HBO World Championship Boxing.

What may not be known is that Team Yorgey has gone off to Youngstown for camp, and have chosen to train under the eye of Jack Loew (Kelly Pavlik’s trainer), replacing Henry Racich who had a two-fight run the Yorgey.

Early speculation was that Yorgey would train for this fight under Ronnie Shields but ended up going with the man who hand crafty Kelly Pavlik, leading the Ghost to the Middlkeweight crown in 2007.
More info to come soon…

Harry Yorgey vs. Alfredo Angulo on HBO November 7th

There is a morsel of good news to share in an otherwise very dead Philly boxing scene and that is Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10ko’s) hits the big time on November 7th as he is signed for a Jr. Middleweight showdown against Mexico’s Alfredo Angulo (16-1, 13ko’s) in the opening bout for HBO World Championship Boxing. Like the old saying goes, gotta take a big risk to get a big reward and the winner of this is almost certain to land a world title shot in their next bout.

Yorgey, a former #1 on the Philly Keith Sports local pound for pound list has impressed in his last two outings, both of which were televised on national TV. In his latest effort he impressively TKO’d Ronald Hearns live on ShoBox which cemented his name as a player in the 154 lb division. As usual, there are mixed feelings on whether the Bridgeport native belongs amongst the divisions elite. Continue reading Harry Yorgey vs. Alfredo Angulo on HBO November 7th

Harry Yorgey gets three World Ratings in March 2009

The latest set of world ratings were released recently and Bridgeport’s Harry Joe Yorgey found himself with lofty spots in 3 of the 4 major sanctioning body lists.

After a big win over the previously undefeated Ronald Hearns back in March, Yorgey now comes equip with a #12 slot in the WBA, the #10 ranking in the WBC, and #9 in the WBO.

Yorgey’s next fight is still up in the air at the moment, but you can bank that it will be against another known name when it does happen. Until then, check out the latest world rankings.

http://www.wbcboxing.com/WBCboxing/Portal/default.cfm?Idioma=eng

http://www.wbo-int.com/revised/RANKINGS-WBO.asp

http://wbanews.com/artman/publish/ratingRankings/WBA_Ranking_March_2009.shtml

April 2009 Philly Top 10 Pound for Pound Lists!

photo by Mike “Teek” McGuigan

It has been a while since I put together a Philly top 10 list and in that time it is still pretty obvious who is #1 in the town, that would be B-Hop. But in the past year there has been a lot of activity amongst the rank and file who made moves to get to the top. Some succeeded, some failed, some have rebounded and others are on their way.

This time around I give you two lists. First is a national Philly top 10 pound for pound which gives my ranking to those from this area who are either champions, within title contention or TV fighters. These guys are all over the world and are known industry names.

The next list is themed “21 & Under” ranking the Philly pros with 21 pro fights or less. These fights can take place anywhere in the world. This list tracks the activity of the young pros who seem to be on their way to making big moves in the boxing circuit within the next few years. These rankings are based on pro performance and potential, not solely on amateur career.

This was done as a replacement for the local top 10 list that ranked boxers competing within city limits. There was just not enough activity to compile one. Take a look and feel free to send any feedback to me via email.

http://phillykeith.com/nationaltop10April09.htm

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Harry Yorgey KO’s Hearns in the 9th on ShoBox

Harry Joe Yorgey stock is at an all time high right now after he dealt Detroit’s Ronald Hearns his first career loss (21-1, 17ko’s) in front of a live national audience this weekend on Shobox: The Next Generation.

Yorgey, another former #1 on the Philly Keith local top 10 pound for pound list, is now firmly planted on the national map after he thoroughly outclassed the undefeated son of an all time legend.

The Bridgeport, PA native scored three total knockdowns and hit canvas once before finishing the fight off in round 9 which left Hearns out for the full count. A very good showing for Yorgey, who quiets some critics who say he can’t hang on a national level.

With the win he stays undefeated with a record of 22-0-1.

Watch the last round here

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Harry Yorgey to fight Ronald Hearns on ShoBox March 28th!

It’s been reported on ESPN.com that Bridgeport’s Harry Joe Yorgey (21-0-1, 9ko’s) will face Detroit’s Ronald Hearns (21-0, 17ko’s) as the opening fight on the March 28 edition of Shobox: The Next Generation in a battle of undefeated prospects / fringe contenders in search of a road to the big time.

Yorgey, another former #1 on the Philly Keith local top 10 pound for pound list, moved on from the Philly circuit over a year ago and recently won two yoheim titles with a 12 round thumping on the previously undefeated Jason LeHoullier in Tennessee back in August. The fight was ruled a majority decision but the judges must have been intoxicated.

Moving forward, with the legal and managerial obligations which kept him from fighting out-of-the-way, it looks like Team Yorgey and their new promoter Art Pellulo are wasting no time to make their run at the top.

His opponent, Ronald Hearns, son of the old school icon Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns, is also a well-regarded young fighter who has already had major exposure on the big networks. Both are a bit older than most at this stage of their career but all that means to me is that both will lay it all on the line in a fight that has potential to be a very good rumble. Yorgey is more of the boxer, Hearns is more of the puncher, and both want a crack at the world title soon.

It is a great piece of matchmaking here and the winner is in line for a shot at the winner of the IBF title fight between Cory Spinks – Deandre Latimore so be sure to tune in. In the main event, hot Light Heavyweight prospect Andre Dirrell will go in against an opponent TBA soon. Give him hell Harry!

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The Legendary Blue Horizon undercard 10-13-07

Photos by Zack Radel

This good night of boxing at The Legendary Blue Horizon on Friday night headlined by the rematch between Harry Joe Yorgey and Martinus Clay which was documented in an earlier article.

Here is a recap of the under card that was pretty good in its own right.

Lightweight Action

Hank Lundy …vs…Starr Johnson
South Philly…………Kileen, TX
8-0, 5ko’s…………3 – 16 – 1, 2ko’s

It was Hammer time at the Blue and Hank Lundy turned the muther out finishing things near the end of round one. Midway through the first, Lundy scored a knockdown with what appeared to be a body shot. Johnson got up but that was a bad idea as Lundy switched to southpaw and landed three consecutive left hands to finish the job. Lundy jumped on the turnbuckles in celebration as Johnson as stars.

Winner by TKO: Hank Lundy who improves to 9 – 0, 6ko’s

Hank Lundy vs Starr Johnson 2007 (7)  Hank Lundy vs Starr Johnson 2007 (13) Hank Lundy vs Starr Johnson 2007 Hank Lundy vs Starr Johnson 2007 (1) Hank Lundy vs Starr Johnson 2007 (5)

Welterweight Action

Tommy Rainone …vs…Jaime Morales
Long Island, NY……….North Philly
8-0, 2ko’s…………………4 – 4, 2ko’s

This was an interesting matchup as Tommy “Razor” Rainone put his undefeated record against Jaime Morales, the fighter also known as AAA. This means he will fight anybody, anytime, anywhere and more than once Morales has stolen the show with his guns blazing style.

The southpaw Rainone is more of a boxer than a slugger but will fight when the time is right. In this one, things started out slowly as there was a lot of tangling along with Rainone looking to pace himself in his first trip to the 6 rounders. Morales came out swinging and scored the most when he worked the body. The body work looked to be effective at first but in the long run cost him because he would be deducted two points during the fight for low blows.

Tommy Rainone vs Jaime Morales 2007 (5)

From the middle rounds, Rainone circled and used his jab and picked spots to move in and out against the aggressive Morales. This is when the action started to pick up as both fighters began to land good some clean punches. Morales would lunge forward throwing a big right hand which sometimes landed, the best one came in round three where it landed to Rainone’s head as the bell sounded.

 

Tommy Rainone vs Jaime Morales 2007 (10)

There were some nice exchange as the fight finished up, Morales continued in attack mode while Rainone circled and began to slip in a straight left counters in return. Smart fight for Rainone who didn’t get taken out of his element by a known brawler.

Tommy Rainone vs Jaime Morales 2007 (8)

The fight went to the cards and they read 59 – 54, and 58 – 54 x2 for Tommy Rainone.

Winner by unanimous decision: Tommy “Razor” Rainone who improves to 9 – 0 , 2ko’s

Tommy Rainone vs Jaime Morales 2007 (14) Tommy Rainone vs Jaime Morales 2007 (1) Tommy Rainone vs Jaime Morales 2007 (4)

Featherweight Action

Jules Blackwell …vs…Arthur Parker
Phoenixville, PA……..Lancaster, PA
5-0, 2ko’s……………1-3, 1ko

Two featherweights still in the rookie season of their career squared off and this one was a pleasant surprise. With Terry Nye on assignment in Baltimore, Joey Eye and Mike McCarney were hired to work the corner of Lancaster’s Arthur Parker and they must have put a good spark under his backside because Parker came to fight. Not to be outdone, Jimmy Deoria Jr and John Mulvenna were able to get their man refocused after a rough start to earn a hard fought majority decision win.

Arthur Parker vs Jules Blackwell 2007 (2)

In the first round, Parker came out blazing and was able to get inside of the much taller Blackwell, landing a sneaky right hand on multiple occasions. Jules tried to fend him off with a big left but Parker managed to slip them go back to work. After a close second round where Parker continued to get inside early but Jules began to use a jab to fend off his opponent.

Arthur Parker vs Jules Blackwell 2007 (10)

Blackwell had a big round three where he threw multiple combinations to the body which set up some straight lefts upstairs as the round progressed. Parker was worn down by the 4th but by no means was he ready to quit. The tank looked to be approaching E, and Jules capitalized, throwing big flurries of punches on Parker. The Lancaster native took these shots and signaled for Jules to “come on” with his arm which led to both men exchanging rights and lefts until the final bell sounded.

Arthur Parker vs Jules Blackwell 2007 (19)

This one was competitive throughout and much closer than initially expected. Cheers to both warriors. It went to the cards and they read 38 – 38 draw, 39 – 37 for Blackwell and a ridiculous 40 – 36 for Blackwell.

Winner by majority decision: Jules Blackwell who improves to 6 – 0, 2ko’s

Arthur Parker vs Jules Blackwell 2007 (21) Arthur Parker vs Jules Blackwell 2007 (22)

Jr. Middleweight Women’s Action

Olivia Fonseca …vs…Kimberly Harris
Philly…………………Tampa, FL
1-0, 1ko….…………4 – 9

The ladies were in action on this night as well and this was anything but ladylike as these two went toe to toe in four rounds of very good action.

Olivia Fonseca vs Cimberly Harris 2007 (2)It basically went like this, half of the fight was spend at a fast pace with both ladies exchanging big rights and lefts upstairs. Along with the ability to throw down, both women showed very good chins.

Olivia Fonseca vs Cimberly Harris 2007 (4)

Olivia Fonseca vs Cimberly Harris 2007 (11)

The often exchanges kept the crowd on their feet. The difference was during the slower points where Harris was able to get off first with the jab and then slip in a counter right when Fonseca would return fire.

Olivia Fonseca vs Cimberly Harris 2007 (6)

Overall it was a good fight that had many good moments. It went to the cards and they read 40 – 36 & 39 – 37 x2 for Harris.

Winner by unanimous decision: Kimberly Harris who improves to 5 – 9

Olivia Fonseca vs Cimberly Harris 2007 (20) Olivia Fonseca vs Cimberly Harris 2007 (16)

Heavyweight Action

Faruq Saleem …vs…Sedrick Fields
Newark, NJ…………Augusta, GA
36-0, 32ko’s………….22-34-2, 16ko’s

A long long time ago, a bloody Englishman named Charles Dickens penned a classic novel called “A Tale of Two Cities” It has nothing to do with professional boxing but in a nut shell it revolves around two guys who look the same yet are very different. There are all kinds of twists and turns with wild subplots going on. Let’s call this match “A Tale of Two Fighters” and it revolves around two boxers, one who has plowed through a long line of nobodies, while the other has lost to a laundry list of champions.

Faruq Saleem vs Sedreck Big Buck Fields 2007 (1)

On paper, it looked like a king with a large jaw would be taking on a queen with a plane face. But in boxing, the only numbers that really count are the ones in the paycheck and once these two got into the ring, undefeated heavyweight Faruq Salem and journeyman Sedrick “Big Buck” Fields had a close, evenly contested match-up that could have gone either way.

Faruq Saleem vs Sedreck Big Buck Fields 2007 (3)

In the blue corner stood the 6’7” Saleem, who carries a 36-0 record. Most fighters with this resume are usually getting a good whiff of a world title shot, not fighting as the co feature at the Blue Horizon. Maybe the Saleem team is content with this approach, getting steady work for a steady paycheck, nothing wrong with that. Something has gotta give because Saleem does seem to have talent and definitely has punching power. At 33 years old, there doesn’t seem to be much time left to cash in.

In the other corner you had Sedrick Fields who has fought just about every brand name heavyweight fighter in the book. He has lost to the likes of Oleg Maskaev, Jameel McCline, Michael Moorer, Chris Arreola, Sergei Lykovich just to name a few. For those who don’t know, these men are bona-fide world class opposition. He even stole a win from Shannon Briggs back in 2000. He could have stolen a win on this night as well.

Faruq Saleem vs Sedreck Big Buck Fields 2007 (7)

In Saleem’s last fight, he showed some heavy hands in dispatching an outgunned Wallace McDaniel in less than 1 round. Tonight he had some trouble against the more experienced fighter and at one point did stun Big Buck with a few overhand rights. Fields was able to recover and fought in spurts, doing his best work when pinning Saleem on the ropes and throwing punches in flurries.

Faruq Saleem vs Sedreck Big Buck Fields 2007 (16)

It wasn’t very entertaining and there were plenty of rounds that could have been stolen here but instead of going for broke, but Buck played to the crowd which did win over the fans who chanted “Buck, Buck, Buck”. In the end it went to the cards where one judge saw it dead even at 57 – 57 but the other two over ruled with scored of 58 – 56.

So is it better to fluff your record up against nobodies or get knocked around by every tough guy in the sport? I am sure Fields has made some good money in his day and his silly ring antics aside, seems to not have any negative effects of taking some of the sports heaviest hands.

On the other hand, with one or two wins over legitimate prospects, Saleem could likely secure a meaningful fight in a lackluster heavyweight division. A fight against Joey Abell could be a good way to start.  Sedrick “Big Buck” Fields clowned his way out of a victory but in the meantime won over most of the crowd with his antics.

The winner by majority decision: Faruq Saleem who improves to 37 – 0 ,32ko’s

Faruq Saleem vs Sedreck Big Buck Fields 2007 (17)

Aaron Torres …vs…Manuel Guzman
Philly…………………Lancaster, PA
14 – 6, 6ko’s…..…3 – 4, 2ko’s

Just before this fight started the Yorgey – Clay rematched ended. The corwd emptied and the lights were dimmed. Those who remained got to see a fight between former contestant of The Contender II series and the always improving Manuel Guzman looked like a bad blood match from the start. Not much technical maneuvering in this one, more / less heavy right hands which tried to knock the other guy out. Guzman was cut above the eye early but continued to fight on as Torres would look to get inside and dish out some more punishment. It stayed like this for 6 rounds and when it went to the cards, they all read 59 – 55 for Torres

With the win, Aaron Torres improves to 15 – 6, 6ko’s

Lightweight Action

Luis Castro …vs…Elias Castillo
Philly……………….New York
Pro debut……… 0 -2

Poor Elias Castillo, man has he been put in tough since turning pro. His first assignment was against Teon Kennedy which lasted four one sided rounds before he got knocked out.

His last fight was in Baltimore against another former amateur standout Darrell Martin which went the distance. On this night he went in against Luis Castro as lasted a whole: 52 seconds before referee Art Bayless did the right thing and called off the fight. Castro was on him from the opening bell and firing off some big rights and lefts, many of which found their mark.

Winner by knockout in the 1st round: Luis Castro who improves to 1-0, 1ko

Luis Castro vs Elias Castillo 2007 (3) Luis Castro vs Elias Castillo 2007 (5) Luis Castro vs Elias Castillo 2007 (6) Luis Castro vs Elias Castillo 2007 (7)

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