Zain Shah vs. Harry Joe Yorgey on October 27th
Fairfax, VA – Presented by Valcourt Building Services, Jimmy Lange-headlined pro boxing shows at the Patriot Center are among the best in the mid-Atlantic, drawing thousands of fight fans to see the popular hometown fighter as well as top veterans and prospects from across the region. The October 27 card, showcasing Lange (38-4-2, 25 KOs) against Maryland puncher Tony Jeter (13-3, 9 KOs) in the Main Event, promises to continue delivering exciting, action-packed bouts with the announcement of the event’s undercard including Zain Shah facing Harry Joe Yorgey in the co-feature.
Zain Shah vs. Harry Joe Yorgey
Undefeated power puncher Zain “Tiger” Shah (5-0, 3 KOs) of Washington, DC will face his toughest opponent to date, squaring off against former world-class contender “Lighting” Harry Joe Yorgey (24-1-1, 11 KOs) of Bridgeport, PA in the evening’s co-feature. The bout was originally scheduled for the February 2012 Patriot Center card, but the flu bug sidelined Shah who had to withdraw.
Shah, a Chantilly (VA) High School graduate who trains at Gleason’s in Brooklyn, NY, last fought two years ago, scoring a no contest against Julius Kennedy at the Patriot Center on September 10, 2010. Originally recorded as a second-round TKO, the Virginia Commission changed the decision to a no contest upon a video review several weeks after the fight. Shah defeated Omar Simms and John Terry in his previous Patriot Center appearances.
Yorgey defeated previously undefeated fighters, Jason LeHoullier and Ronald Hearns, before falling to Alfredo Angulo in a WBO light middleweight championship fight in November 2009. Looking to return to the national scene, the Philly area fighter has notched two victories since, including last February against Lawrence Jones at the Patriot Center.
Brandon Quarles vs. TBA
Alexandria, VA’s Brandon Quarles (9-0, 2 KOs) is another local boxer putting his undefeated record on the line with an opponent to be announced. Quarles, who trains out of Alexandria Boxing Club, won his pro debut against Vincent Batteast in July 2010 at the Patriot Center and has rattled off eight straight victories over the past two years.
Immanuwel Aleem vs. Mark Baltimore
Former top amateur, now rising pro prospect Aleem (1-0, 1 KOs) of Richmond, VA looks for his second win when he challenges tough DC prospect Mark Baltimore (1-0, 1 KOs).
Aleem, who along with his older brother Moshea form the “Fighting Aleems,” had a very successful amateur career before turning pro three months ago. He was the Silver Gloves Regional and National Runner-up Champion in 2009; a Junior Olympic Regional Champion and Nationals Semi-Finalist Bronze Medalist in 2010 and the USA Senior Regional Champion and Last Chance Qualifier Quarter-Finalist in 2011.
Born in Washington, DC and training out of Hillcrest (MD) Boxing Gym, Baltimore has fought 23 amateur bouts and competed in the Ringside World and Title National Boxing Tournaments.
Both fighters had impressive pro debuts on the same card – June 2012 in Arlington, VA – with nearly identical results. Aleem KO’d Jess Noriega at 2:03 in the first round, while Baltimore finished off Fernando Alvarez at 1:43 in the first stanza.
Antoine Douglas vs. TBA
Antoine Douglas, a 2011 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist, will make his highly anticipated pro debut on the card (opponent TBA). Training out of Alexandria Boxing Club, Douglas and his sister, Tyrieshia, were the only brother-sister duo to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials. Antoine lost in the semi-finals, while Tyrieshia advanced until losing in the championship bout. Despite growing up with many hardships, he has excelled both in and out of the ring. He captured the 2009 Junior Olympic, won a silver medal in the 2010 National PAL Championships in the 165-pound class, and claimed the bronze medal at the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships. Douglas, now living in Burke, VA – right down the road from the Patriot Center – was an honors student at DC’s Anacostia High School and was invited to participate in the White House’s D.C. Scholars Program.
Jerry Odom vs. Malik Shelton
In a previously announced contest, highly-regarded amateur star Jerry Odom of Washington D.C. will make his pro debut on the undercard, facing DC’s Malik Shelton (also pro-debuting). Training out of NoXcuses Boxing gym in Capitol Heights, Odom won the 2012 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at 178 pounds on May 5. He led Washington, DC to the team title and earned The Golden Boy Award for the tournament’s most outstanding boxer. Shelton trains out of DC’s Headbangers Boxing Gym.
Lawrence Jones vs. Ivan Ziglar
After serving as a sparring partner with Miguel Cotto’s at the former four-time world champion’s training camp last month in Puerto Rico, Washington, DC’s Lawrence Jones (4-6-2, 1 KO) returns to Fairfax to battle Ivan “King Shango” Ziglar (7-2-1, 4 KOs) of Virginia Beach, VA.
Jones, a trainer/instructor at Northern Virginia’s LA Boxing, has always put on competitive fights at the Patriot Center where he has gone 2-2-1. He lost to contender Harry Joe Yorgey last February.
Now fighting out of DC where he serves as an instructor at LA Boxing’s Georgetown gym, Ziglar has rattled off five straight wins, most recently against Jimmy LeBlanc two months ago at the Washington Convention Center.
Andre Ward vs. Mario Flores
Two upcoming DC cruiserweights will collide when Andre Ward (1-1-1, 1 KO) and Mario “Bazooka” Flores (1-0, 1 KO) meet at the Patriot Center in search of their second win.
A native of Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY, Ward is stationed at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel, MD where he serves as an Army Staff Sargent. Training out Laurel, MD’s Young Titans Boxing Club, he lost a decision to Zakki Scott in his last fight on March 10, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center.
Flores, an Annandale (VA) high school graduate who trains out of Champions Boxing/Fitness in Rockville, MD, was a 2007 MD/DC/VA Golden Gloves Champion at 201+ pounds. He competed in the 2007 Nationals making it to the semi-finals before losing to eventual medalist and current undefeated heavyweight Deontay Wilder. He’s looking to get back on winning side after dropping a majority decision to Ramadan Yasser in April 2011.
Doors will open at 6:00 pm, with the first fight scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm. All bouts are subject to change.
Tickets, priced at $40, $75, $125, $250 and $500 (plus applicable service charges), can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com/ and via Phone charge at 1-800-745-3000.