A big fight is on tap tonight for a local boxer

Posted: March 30, 2007

Harry Yorgey was still in school the last time there was boxing at Phoenixville Area High School, in 1993. The main event was Phoenixville's own Jimmy Deoria, a junior lightweight who knocked out Curtis Mathis in three rounds.

"We traveled so much then," says Deoria, who was 20-7 in six years as a pro. "It was great to be in front of a hometown crowd."

Deoria became a police officer and started the Phoenixville Police Athletic League boxing program. There he met and began to manage Yorgey, who went professional and headlines a boxing card tonight at the high school.

Yorgey, who grew up about 10 miles away in Bridgeport and usually brings about 200 fans wherever he fights, is 17-0-1. After a busy 2005 (eight fights, seven wins, one draw) the 29-year-old says, "This year is going to be my coming-out party."

Matchmaker Don Elbaum is trying to get Yorgey considered as an opponent for Arturo Gatti's farewell bout in June. That's a long shot, but Gatti is among "three or four" big-name opponents being discussed for Yorgey as he ascends in the junior-middleweight rankings.

"We'll see what happens," he said yesterday on his cell phone, while playing with his children in a park. "Right now I've got James Wayka in front of me." Wayka, from Minnesota, is 14-5.

Boxing will start at the school at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $75. Also featured will be Phoenixville PAL prospect Jules Blackwell (4-0) and Olivia Fonseca, a bartender in a gentleman's club making her pro boxing debut.

Philly fighter file. Lots of Philly-area fighters are in action in coming weeks. A solid card next Friday at the Blue Horizon features Max Alexander, Chazz Witherspoon and Chucky Cavallo. . . . Undefeated heavyweight Eddie Chambers (28-0), coming off his best performance, against Derric Rossy in February, will step up to fight contender Dominick Guinn (28-4) on May 4 in Las Vegas. Promoters are putting together a junior-middleweight bout between Trenton's Terrance Cauthen, a 1996 Olympic teammate of Floyd Mayweather's, and former champ Roman Karmazin. That fight could happen this spring in Atlantic City, and the winner could fight Cory Spinks for the IBF world title.

Don Steinberg is a freelance writer.

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