Later this month Bridgeport PA’s Harry Joe Yorgey gets his second shot at a World title, when he faces Irish Champion Lee Murtagh, for the World Boxing Union Middleweight crown, on the Marshall Kauffman King’s Boxing promoted ‘GET READING TO RUMBLE’ mega event at the Santander Arena, Reading, PA, on Saturday 30th November 2013.
The hugely popular Yorgey is no stranger to Championship boxing, having fought for six different titles to date.
Yorgey’s first foray onto the Championship trail was back in November 2006, when he drew against Martinus Clay, when they clashed for the vacant IBU Inter-Continental Light Middleweight title.
It wasn’t until August 2008 before Yorgey got the chance to fight for a title, this time ‘Lightning’ secured the IBF International Light Middleweight crown, with a majority decision win over Jason LeHoullier.
In his very next fight, against Ronald Hearns in March 2009, Yorgey sensationally won the IBA Inter-Continental title with a ninth round KO of the previously unbeaten Hearns.
In November 2009 Yorgey was once again in Championship action, this time against Alfredo Angulo for the interim WBO World Light Middleweight crown, this fight was also won in knockout fashion, unfortunately for Yorgey it was him that was KO’d.
It would not be until January this year before Yorgey was once again in Championship action.
Yorgey travelled from his Pennsylvania home to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he faced Jermell Charlo, for the WBC Continental Americas title, on national TV at the Golden Boy promoted event. Unfortunately once more ‘Lightning’ was stopped, this time in the eighth round.
A non-championship bout followed in March, against Julius Kennedy, which Yorgey won by a split points decision.
In June this year Yorgey once again faced Julius Kennedy, this time for the vacant WBF North American Middleweight title, once again Yorgey came away victorious, this time by a close majority points decision.
Speaking on the phone from his home, Yorgey spoke briefly on his upcoming WBU World title fight.
“I’m really excited to be fighting for the WBU title.
I don’t know too much about Lee Murtagh, I’ve seen him on YouTube and I know he fought over here against Hector Camacho Jr.
I spoke with some people who know Camacho and watched the fight as well, from what I can make out he’s a tough kid and I know he’s going to come to fight, it’s a World title fight, so it’s an opportunity for him as much as it’s an opportunity for me.
I’ve been in with the best of them and won three titles myself, so I know what I have to do to win the fight, I’m not going to be worrying what Lee Murtagh does, I’m going to prepare myself to win the fight.”
‘Lightning’ Harry Joe Yorgey versus Lee Murtagh, for the WBU World Middleweight title, headlines the Marshall Kauffman King’s Boxing promoted GET READING TO RUMBLE event at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA on Saturday 3oth November 2013
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