Yorgey, Shah Added to February 11th Bout

Jimmy Lange Boxing officials announced today that highly-rated junior middleweight contender “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey (23-1-1, 11 KOs) of Bridgeport, Pa., will square off with undefeated local power puncher Zain “Tiger” Shah (5-0, 3 KOs) of Chantilly, Va., in a six-round contest on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Patriot Center. The action-packed card, presented by Valcourt Building Services, features three world title bouts headlined by Jimmy Lange’s defense of his World Boxing Union 154-lb. belt (opponent TBA).

Yorgey, coming off a fifth-round KO win against Donovan Castaneda last February, has suffered only one loss – a third-round KO to Alfredo Angulo for the World Boxing Organization Junior Middleweight Championship – during his ten-year career. The Philadelphia-area fighter has captured a pair of 154-lb. championships. He defeated Jason LeHoullier via majority decision for the International Boxing Federal International title on August 22, 2008 and won the International Boxing Association Intercontinental belt with a ninth-round KO over Ronald Hearns on March 28, 2009. This fight marks his debut in the Capital area.

Shah, a Northern Virginia native who trains at LA Boxing’s Reston gym, last fought on September 10, 2011 at the Patriot Center where he scored a controversial second-round KO over Baltimore’s Julius “Vicious” Kennedy. Midway through the second round after knocking his opponent down once, Shah dropped Kennedy again with a solid right. However, his quick follow-up strike appeared to hit Kennedy while he was still down with one hand touching the mat. The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation officially changed the decision to ‘no contest’ on December 20, 2011. This will be Shah’s fourth appearance at the Patriot Center.

Officials also announced that Upper Marlboro, Md. heavyweight Duane Mobley will make his professional debut against undefeated Dennis Benson (1-0, 1 KO) of Norfolk, Va. in a four-round tilt. Mobley fights out of Sugar Ray Leonard’s gym in Palmer Park, Md., and compiled an amateur record of 27-2. Benson’s victory came against another Beltway boxer and teammate of Mobley’s, Abodurin Akinyanju, via a third-round KO last November at the nearby Showplace Arena.

In the Co-Main Event, top veterans Michael “No Joke” Stewart and Joe Wyatt will challenge for the vacant WBU welterweight championship, while Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, Va., will face Vashon “Lady V” Living for the vacant Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) middleweight championship belt. Also on the card is undefeated local prospect Todd “White Lightning” Wilson taking on Fernando “El Latigo” Basora.

Doors will open at 6:00 pm, with the first fight scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.