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Two title bouts highlight huge card in Reading

On Saturday night, November 30th at the Santander Arena, King’s Boxing presents at gigantic night of boxing that will feature two title bouts.

In the main event, Harry Joe Yorgey will take on Irishman Lee Mertagh in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds for the WBU Middleweight championship.

In the 10 round co-feature, Travis Kauffman will take on Manuel Quezada for the WBU Intercontinental Heavyweight title.

Yorgey of Bridgeport, PA has a record of 27-2-1. The popular Yorgey started his career by going 22-0-1 and had big wins over Billy Johnson (1-0); Ronnie Warrior Jr. (11-1-1); Jason LeHoullier and a signature 9th round stoppage over Ronald Hearns (21-0).

The Hearns victory set up an HBO Televised fight with Alfredo Angulo for the WBO Jr. Middleweight title. Unfortunately Yorgey came up short. Yorgey then went on to win three in a row which included a 1st round stoppage over undefeated Zain Shah (5-0). Since dropping a bout to undefeated Jermell Charlo, Yorgey has won two in a row over Julius Kennedy with the latest being a 10 round majority decision on June 15th in Valley Forge, PA.

Mertagh of Leeds, England has a record of 33-15-1 with 1 knockout. Mertagh has been a professional for 18 years as he turned pro on June 12, 1995 with a decision over Dave Curtis.

Mertagh has wins over Jason Rushton (13-0); Graham Deleheady (9-2); Darren Cruise (3-0) & Joe Hillerby (7-0). Mertagh made his American debut when he gave away over 12 pounds in dropping a close decision to Hector Camacho Jr. on August 8th.

Kauffman of Reading, PA has a record of 26-1 with 19 knockouts.

He has risen to Number-ten by the WBA.

He won is his first 18 bouts with wins over William Shahan (7-1) and Malachy Farrell (16-1) before his only blemish to Tony Grano.

Kauffman is riding an eight bout winning streak with wins over Chris Koval (24-6) and his last bout when he stopped Stacy Frazier in two rounds on September 21 in Winston-Salem, NC.

Quezada of Wasco, California has a record of 29-7 with 18 knockouts.

The 36 year-old Quezada turned pro in 2001 and has faced top competition.

He holds wins over Rick Dyer (13-1); Galen Brown (29-5-1); Teke Oruh (14-1); Eric Bppse (14-3-1); Travis Walker (31-2).

Quezada is looking to get back in the win column after losing his last three bouts which include efforts against former world title challenger Chris Arreola and his last outing when Quezada was stopped in 7 rounds by Bowie Topou (20-1) on May 14, 2011 in Carson, California.

A terrific seven bout undercard has been assembled.

In a six round Jr. Lightweight bout, Frankie De Alba (9-1-2, 3 KO’s) of Reading, PA will take on Osnel Charles (9-6-1, 1 KO) of Atlantic City, NJ.

In an eight round Middleweight bout, Keenan Collins (15-8-3, 10 KO’s) of Reading, PA battles George Rivera (13-8-1, 4 KO’s) of Charlottesville, VA.

Pro debuting Featherweight Wilfredo Morales of Brooklyn, NY will fight Ronnie Jordan (1-3-1) of Cleveland, OH in a four round bout.

The son of the former Heavyweight champion of the world, Hasim Rahman Jr. of Las Vegas will make his pro debut against Glyn Thomas (1-1) of Stroudsburg, PA in a four round Cruiserweight bout.

In a four round Light Heavyweight bout, Khalib “Big Foot” Whitmore (2-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will square off with Mark Baltimore (1-2) of South Carolina.

In a four round Heavyweight bout, Randy Easton (0-2-1) of Williamsport, PA takes on pro debuting David Vasquez of Stroudsburg, PA.

Rounding out the card will be hard punching Welterweight Rafael Montalvo (3-4, 3 KO’s) of St. Claire, PA will box Irihim Shabazz (1-2-1) of Paterson, NJ in a four round bout.

Tickets range from $100, $75, $50 and $35. Tables of 8 cost $750 and be purchased by logging on to ticketmaser.com or calling 610 587-5950.

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