U.S. middleweight contender Harry Joe Yorgey will have to wait a bit more to fight for the WBU Word Middleweight title, which was originally slated to take place January 24th, at the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey.
Yorgey pulled himself off the card because he could not settle on an opponent in time. He was slated to take on Eric Mitchell for the same title in October in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, but that bout fell through.
There was talk he would then fight in Atlantic City in mid-January, but that fell through, which opened up the door for Saturday.
“It just fell through, I am very disappointed and I apologize to my fans,” Yorgey said exclusively to Journeymen Boxing Wednesday. “I look forward to getting back in the ring very soon and fighting for the WBU belt. Again, thanks for all those great fans that follow me and I will be back in the ring sooner rather than later.”
Yorgey is coming off a draw against Mitchell, mostly because of the Bridgeport, PA native’s inactivity and ring rust.
It was his first bout in over a year and first since earning a majority decision over Julius Kennedy for the vacant World Boxing Federation North American middleweight title.
Mitchell, who took the bout on short notice then, was in very good condition and might have won the bout if he had more time to prepare.
The 45-year-old Mitchell (23-11-2, 11ko’s) had come into that bout having dropped four straight and seven of eight, but was able to hang tough early on.
Yorgey (27-2-2, 12ko’s) took the bout from the fourth round on, but one judge had it 59-55 for Mitchell, while the other two scored it 57-57, respectively on their cards.