News: Carl Froch; Vinny Maddalone; Harry Joe Yorgey

Hennessy Sports Press Release: If anyone else (aside from Frank Warren) needs convincing just how good Carl Froch is have a look at this! It’s Jean Pascal’s return to action at the weekend against former World title challenger, Pablo Nievas. Pascal was involved in a 2008 Fight of the Year candidate with Carl Froch with the Nottingham man claiming the WBC Super Middleweight title after a sensational win over the then unbeaten Pascal..

Pascal made his ring return this past weekend in Canada with this frightening KO over an opponent who had previously lost on points in a bid for Anthony Mundine’s WBA World title.


On April 28th Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will present an exciting night of boxing at the elegant Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. The show will be the first installment of Star Boxing's new series, "VIP Boxing."

Headlining the show will be Queen's own heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (31-5, 22KO). Maddalone, with his all-action style, has been exciting crowds since he first turned pro in 1999. Maddalone carries dynamite in both his hands and is always looking to exchange heavy blows in close quarters, which is sure to make for an extremely exciting main event.

The co-feature bout of the evening features former WBO/NABO lightweight champion, Jorge "The Truth" Teron (22-1-1, 15KO), of the Bronx, NY. Teron has lightning quick hands and devastating power. Nine of his last eleven wins have come by way of knockout and at six feet tall he certainly looks like he is going to be a true force to be reckoned with in the lightweight division in the years to come.

The show will kick off at 7PM sharp with an hour long cocktail reception. Immediately following the reception a four course elegant dinner will start being served, at which time the first bout will go on. There will be cocktail service throughout, with an open bar running for the remainder of the evenings fights.

"We are very excited about our new series, VIP Boxing," stated Star Boxing President and CEO Joe DeGuardia. "I truly feel Russo's On The Bay is one of the premier banquet halls in the entire nation and we couldn't be more excited about teaming up with them to put together this show. Vinny and Jorge are two very exciting fighters that you know are always going to put on an exciting show, so we are really looking forward to this event on the 28th."

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity of hosting Star Boxing's first installment of VIP Boxing at Russo's On The Bay. It's great to have one of the premier promoters in the industry, Star Boxing, staging this high-end event at Russo's on April 28th. We really feel it's going to be a fantastic night all around," stated Frank Russo III.

A complete list of undercard bouts will be announced shortly. There will be no regular seats for this special event. Tables of ten are available for purchase for $1500 (Reserved), $2500 (Ringside), and $3500 (First row Ringside and elevated Ringside) respectively. There will be a limited amount of individual seats at select tables available, with the cost for each seat at $150, $250, and $350. You may contact Star Boxing for tickets at 718-823-2000 or by visiting Russo's On The Bay is located at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414.


“Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey, now 22-0-1 with 10 knockouts, gave an impressive performance and scored the biggest win of his six-year professional career on March 28, a ninth-round knockout against previously undefeated prospect Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns. Now 21-1 with 17 knockouts, Hearns - the son of legendary Thomas “Hitman” Hearns - was the overwhelming favorite going in. Nobody outside of Harry’s own team thought he had a chance to win.

Promoter Art Pelullo said, “I want to congratulate Harry on his great win. He worked very hard to prepare for Hearns and deserves a lot of credit. Harry wanted to fight bigger names in the division and was confident in his own ability. This was his first step, and he was just sensational.

“I’ve already gotten calls for bigger fights for Harry later this year. There are some very interesting opportunities coming up for him, and I’m sure that he’s going to rise to the occasion and surprise a lot of people.

A lifelong resident of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, Harry has had a large fanbase in his home area for several years and drew large crowds whenever he fought there. But with a fulltime job in construction and a family to support, boxing was a part-time occupation for him.

Last year, he decided he wanted to be more than just a local attraction – he wanted to become a contender. At the time, Harry said, “If we’re going to take a shot at somebody big, I need to be training fulltime, just focused on boxing. I can’t be out there pushing hammers and nails and working construction.”

He quit his day job, started training fulltime, and added a strength and conditioning program to his other workouts.

After the Hearns fight, Dan Rafael wrote on [excerpts]: “Yorgey scored three knockdowns in the exciting fight, finally putting Hearns on the canvas for good at 2:59 of the ninth. Hearns, who scored a knockdown of his own in the fourth, was also down in the fourth round and again in the fifth round, and it seemed like only a matter of time until Yorgey, who was ahead on two of the three scorecards at the time of the knockout, finished him. Indeed, Yorgey did finish Hearns....”’s Graham Houston reported [excerpts]: “Hearns had started off well enough, following the jab with some quick right hands, but there was a foretaste of things to come when Yorgey shook him with a right hand in the third. From then on, Yorgey was fighting like a man who knows it is a matter of time before he knocks his opponent out....

“Hearns looked almost out of the fight when he got caught by the right hand again and flopped to the canvas in the fourth, but after the eight count, he winged punches and managed to knock Yorgey off his feet. Yet although knockdowns had been exchanged, Hearns always looked much the more vulnerable fighter, and when he was dropped face-first from a right hand in the fifth I thought the fight was over.

“By the middle rounds...the legendary Thomas Hearns, was on his feet at ringside, signalling to his son to stick out the jab and move around, but the damage had been done and the younger Hearns was on borrowed time.

“Somehow Hearns got up and pulled himself together sufficiently to have a couple of good rounds, moving and jabbing, but inevitably he got caught again, and when he crashed down in the ninth there was no coming back.”

After the fight, Harry said, “I told everybody I wasn’t just an opponent and I was coming to win. I’ve always believed in myself and that all the hard work I put in daily would pay off.”

Article posted on 05.04.2009

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