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Harry Joe Yorgey Blasts Zain Shah At Patriot Center

Photos by Trey Pollard for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

FAIRFAX, Va.—Pennsylvania junior middleweight contender Harry Joe Yorgey (above right) made short work of Virginia’s Zain “Tiger” Shah at the Patriot Center on October 27th, dominating Shah from the start and stopping him in the first round.

Shah, who entered the bout unbeaten with a record of 5-0-1 (3 KOs), was clearly in over his head against the vastly more experienced Yorgey. Harry went straight after Shah and appeared to ahve him shaken up early, especially after a body shot that the referee deemed low. Shah took his time recovering, but it made little difference. Yorgey came straight after him and struck him down, forcing Shah to take a seat and not rise.

Tony Jeter Edges Jimmy Lange In An Upset

Photos by Trey Pollard for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

FAIRFAX, Va.—Jimmy Lange (below) has done more for boxing in the D.C. area than just about anyone since Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson hung up his gloves.

Lange may not have the  accomplishments of Tony Thompson or the Peterson Brothers, but he has almost single-handedly kept professional boxing relevant in the DMV over the past few years. His Patriot Center cards are an anomaly, suburban boxing shows that regularly draw thousands to watch local fighters. Those shows have given many fans their first chance to attend a fight, dozens of local pros a place to ply their trade, and have even provided a few boxing writers with their first chance to sit on press row

Most importantly, Jimmy Lange shows are a lot of fun. Lange’s brief stint on The Contender might have made him a name, but it’s his entertaining give-and-take style that keeps the fans coming back for more. Unfortunately, Lange’s taste for slugfests has taken a toll. The results have been on display at the Patriot Center, where shrinking crowds have watched Lange struggle recently with opponents he would have once dismissed.

That worrying trend saw its inflection point on Saturday night, as Stevensville, Md. middleweight Tony “Mo Better” Jeter managed to beat Lange by split decision despite having four points deducted for infractions. Worse than the result for Lange is how Jeter dominated the fight, aside from the fouls and a 2nd-round flash knockdown. Lange’s inability to pull the trigger was on full display, and his trademark late-round rally went missing at the most inopportune time.