The War at the Forge
Courtesy of Corey Quincy & Saddoboxing.com
King's Boxing Promotions, GFL.TV and Marshall Kauffman vowed to provide one of the best Pennsylvania cards of the year. And they did not disappoint. In the co-headlining bouts Bridgeport based contender Harry Joe Yorgey (26-2-1 12 KO's) swung his way past a highly prepared Julius Kennedy (7-4-1 3 KO's) in a world class slugfest and Naim Nelson (10-0-0 1 KO) showed his superior fundamentals in outboxing Georgian born Philadelphian Georgi Kevlishvili (12-4-1 3 KO's).
Harry Joe Yorgey may not have made a statement on an international world title stage, But he did add to his legion of followers from his native Bridgeport and suburban Pennsylvania with a close split decision win over six rounds to the game Julius Kennedy. After some mid-round adversity he managed to work his way off the ropes - literally and figuratively to edge a close win to Kennedy.
A rematch is hoped for. But the world ranked hopeful wants to get his career on the move. Yorgey always provides a brilliant show for the hardcore and casual boxing fans. One thing is certain, We'll see both men in the ring again very soon.
In the second part of this doubleheader Naim Nelson demonstrated the absolute fundamental skills and balance it takes to be an elite fighter in this game. Outworking tough Georgian-American fighter Georgi Kevlishvili over eight rounds.
Kevlishvili, a rugged 31 year old showed glimpses of hope in scattered heavy attacks to Nelson's head and body. But the inconsistency led to him dropping many seemingly close rounds and loosing fairly lopsided margins. This may have been the toughest fight and the best performance of the quick and agile Nelson's career.
Earlier on the bill Tevin Farmer (8-4-1 1 KO) used his wispy right hand and compact movement to break down Esteban Rodriguez (6-6-1 1 KO) over eight rounds. The Puerto Rican born boxer failed to utilize his rather ineffective aggression and his opponents superior movement left him debilitated of landing his heavier shots throughout.
Veterans Travis Thompson (4-9-2 3 KO's) and Joshua Arocho (3-6-3 2 KO's) exceeded expectations in a well anticipated supporting bout. Thompson showed his speed in higher volumes of work while Arocho attempted to work with heavier shots down the middle. They had to settle for an evenly disputed draw.
Sultan Staton (1-0-0 1 KO's) made a successful ring debut frustrating Kenneth Browne (0-2-0 0 KO's) with a stoppage loss on his resume. Staton dominated the fight simultaneously chipping Brown apart physically and mentally to a lopsided stoppage loss in only two rounds. It was a great night of action at War at the Forge from the Valley Forge Resort and Casino in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. You can order the entire event on demand from GFL if you missed it here: