Yorgey and Kennedy II at the Valley Forge Casino Saturday
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Yorgey and Kennedy II at the Valley Forge Casino Saturday
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (June 14, 2013)

“Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey
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There have been 3 press conferences for this show which is quite unusual. In March “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey, 26-2-1 (12), of Bridgeport, PA and “Vicious” Julius Kennedy, 7-5-1 (3), Windsor Mill, MD, fought in which most people felt was the main event. It ended in a split decision win for Yorgey. This time around it will be 10 rounds instead of 6 and both fighters have been given plenty of time to train for it unlike the first time with about a 3 week notice. This is a Marshall Kauffman (King’s Promotions) with David Feldman. It will be the second event held at the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, PA, Saturday night with the first a standing room only in March.

“I’m not leaving it up to the judges this time. Yorgey will be carried out on a stretcher”, said Kennedy via phone. “This will be my Father’s Day present to my kids. There is no way I am losing this close to home. I will be bringing the title (WBF) with me. I have several belts and have never lost one only moved up in weight”, said Yorgey. This was at the Limerick Diner Tuesday night.

This will be in the middleweight division. Yorgey was once rated as high as No. 3 as a light middleweight. He has the Harry Yorgey Foundation that will benefit from this fight. He has been a long time worker with kids between coaching football and fund raisers for many. This writer had the first fight a draw and I expect a much improved Yorgey in this one and a Kennedy who feels he needs a knockout to win. The first press conference was at The Point on 23 in Bridgeport.

In the 8 round lightweight match-up we have a fight that could be a main eventer. Victor Vasquez, 16-7-1 (7), of Philadelphia has given the people in Philadelphia and surrounding areas like Chester something to cheer about. “I look for a good fight. I’ve gotten good sparring with boxers knowing this is what Farmer is,” said Vasquez. Southpaw Tevin “American Idol” Farmer, 10-4-1 (1), of Philadelphia has only produced 1 knockout but claims “I will knock Victor out,” said Farmer. The second press conference was in Blackwood, NJ, where Farmers backers, Rocco’s Collision sponsored the event. Farmer has added Chino to work with Rashiem Jefferson in the corner. “This will be Tevin’s last fight at 135. I am bringing him down to 130 like I did Jason Sosa,” said Chino.

There will be 9 fights and 54 rounds of boxing. In addition to the 10 and 8 will be 4 bouts at 6 rounds and 3 bouts at 4 rounds. Training out of Reading, PA, southpaw Frankie Santos DeAlba, 7-1-2 (3), of Bayamon, PR, hasn’t lost since his debut. He is matched with southpaw Jamell Tyson, 3-9-2 (1), of Rochester, NY, who has fought 10 unbeaten boxers in his 15 fights with a win over Chazz McDowell, who was 5-0 at the time. DeAlba has fought a draw with Farmer. This is a 6 round super featherweight bout.

Southpaw Jeremy Stauffer, 7-2-2 (6), of Reading is a 10 year veteran while his opponent Kamarah Pasley, 5-6 (2), of Philadelphia in his last fight dropped a majority decision to Andres Taylor, then 17-1-2. “I am looking forward to getting back into the squared circle after a 2 year hiatus from the ring; I have continued to train the entire time I was not actively fighting so I am looking forward to seeing my development. I do not anticipate any ring rust (as I have sparred and trained continually even with my injury). I expect a good fight from a tough opponent and I will see you guys on June 15. Black Majick is BAAAACK,” said Pasley. This 6 rounder will be in the cruiserweight division.

Javontae Starks, 6-0 (5), of Minneapolis, MN, is a celebrated amateur who will be making his second straight appearance in a PA ring. This unbeaten light middleweight is with D & D Management and will face Dominican George “El terrible” Sosa, 7-3 (7), of NJ, whose 7 wins with 7 knockouts were all in DR. He lost by majority decision to Emmanuel Taylor, then 14-1, in his US debut in 2012. This is a 6 rounder.

Light heavyweight Todd Unthank-May, 6-0 (2), of Philadelphia takes on Michael Wilmer 4-5 (3), of Huntington, WV, over 6 rounds. This is Unthank-May’s first fight since December of 2012 after suffering an injury while sparring that this writer witnessed. He is back and in tip top shape for this one. He is also a D&D Management boxer.

Travis “The Animal” Thompson, 4-9-2 (3), of Pottstown, PA, takes on Damon “Lil Dame” Allen, 1-0 (0), a highly celebrated amateur from Philadelphia under D&D Management. “I know he is a boxer and I know I am the puncher. I have been sparring with Yorgey and know being a mason by trade have heavy hands,” said Thompson. This comment was at the Limerick Diner on Tuesday.

Khalib “Big Foot” Whitmore, of Philadelphia will be making his debut. “I will knock this *&^% out,” said Whitmore at the NJ press conference. Yes, he is a character, but yes he can fight. His opponent is cruiserweight Lamont Capers, 1-1 (0), of Hawley, PA. From the same Shuler’s Gym in Philadelphia where Whitmore trains Antonio Dubose will be making his debut against John Portillo of Lancaster who will also be in his debut in a 4 round featherweight match-up.

Ken Hissner responds to all his emails at: kenhissner@gmail.com

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