Yorgey easily stops Wayka with a knockout in first round

Harry Joe Yorgey had a feeling it would be his night.

It was.

Yorgey (18-0-1, 9 knockouts), the popular junior middleweight prospect from Bridgeport, registered three knockdowns en route to a first-round stoppage of James Wayka (14-6, 8 K0s) last night at Phoenixville Area High School.

"My [training] camp was perfect, and the outcome was even better," Yorgey said. "Everything just flowed tonight. A lot of juice.

"It's my coming-out party this year. Watch out, baby."

Matchmaker Don Elbaum said he would attempt to pair Yorgey with longtime junior welterweight contender Mike "No Joke" Stewart, of New Castle, Del., who was in attendance on a possible scouting mission.

"I'm going after Stewart," Elbaum said.

"Harry and Stewart would be the biggest fight around [locally]."

Not known as a lights-out puncher, Yorgey hurt Wayka with a body shot in the first minute and imposed his will for the brief duration of the fight, which had been scheduled for 10 rounds.

"He was way too strong for me," said Wayka, from Mounds View, Minn.

Heavyweight Travis Kauffman (9-0, 7 KOs) was extended only slightly longer than Yorgey in scoring a second-round technical knockout of Kevin Hood (4-6), of Coatesville.

In other undercard bouts of note, junior middleweight Latif Mundy (4-0, 1 KOs), of Philadelphia, won a four-round unanimous decision over Manuel Guzman (2-3, 1 KO), of Lancaster; and debuting female welterweights Olivia Fonseca, Philadelphia, and Melissa St. Val, New York, fought to a four-round draw. *