Ronald Hearns KOed by Harry Joe Yorgey; Dirrell Halts Findley on ShoBox
By Thomas Gerbasi, (Mar 29, 2009)  
Note to Lou DiBella – don’t send your prospects to Miami, Oklahoma.

After Jaidon Codrington and Gary Stark Jr. were both handed their first pro defeats at the Buffalo Run Casino in recent years, Ronald Hearns was the latest DiBella Entertainment prospect to be issued his first setback in the same venue, as Harry Joe Yorgey sent him down three times Saturday night en route to a ninth round knockout win.

With the win, Yorgey improves to 22-0-1 with 10 KOs; Hearns falls to 21-1 with 17 KOs.

The pace was solid from the start, with Hearns sticking the jab as Yorgey tried to get his shots in on the inside. Hearns complained of a headbutt in between rounds two and three, and Yorgey made sure to jump on his foe in the third, jarring him with an uppercut to the jaw as Hearns pawed at his right eye. Hearns got his composure back quickly though, and went back to controlling the space between the two with his jab and the occasional right hand as Yorgey pursued.

In the fourth, Yorgey rocked Hearns with a right hand, and after a follow-up barrage, the Detroit native hit the deck for the first time in his career. Yorgey moved in, but tentatively, and with less than a minute remaining in the round, a left to the head put Yorgey down. Yorgey complained that the trip to the canvas was a slip, but to no avail, as a punch landed, turning a 10-8 round into an even one.

In the fifth though, Yorgey made sure to prove that he was the fresher fighter, and a blistering right hand put Hearns on the mat for the second time, this time face first. Hearns again rose, and this time Yorgey went for broke to finish matters. Hearns looked to have his legs back soon after, and he began firing back as Yorgey looked to land the right hand over his opponent’s low left hand yet again.

The sixth and seventh rounds were contested at a more measured pace, with Hearns controlling matters from long range until the closing seconds of the seventh, when Yorgey again staggered Hearns.

Hearns got back to business in round eight as he kept Yorgey from getting his shots off with any consistency as his own right hand kept the Bridgeport, Pennsylvania fighter honest. But after a slow 2:50 of round nine, Yorgey attacked and sent Hearns down for the third time. This time, with Hearns unable to be saved by the bell, he was counted out by referee Steve Smoger at 2:59 of the round.

At the time of the knockout, Yorgey led on two of the three scorecards.

In the ShoBox main event, super middleweight prospect Andre Dirrell looked like he was going to make it a short night against Derrick Findley, but instead settled for a sixth round TKO victory to keep his perfect record intact.

The opening round was slow for the first 2:30 until Dirrell drilled Findley with a left hook that hurt him badly. Findley was able to survive until the end of the round, but not without taking a series of brutal shots to the head.

Dirrell kept his cool in the second round, but each punch he did throw was sent with the intention of ending the bout. Findley was staggered with practically every shot as Findley didn’t even throw back at the 2004 US Olympian until the final seconds of the round.

Rounds three through five were more target practice for Dirrell, who was obviously content with just getting in some rounds.

In the sixth, Findley made a gallant run at Dirrell, but it was to no avail, and Findley’s corner did the right thing between rounds, halting the bout at the end of the frame to save their man from another 12 minutes of punishment.

With the win, Dirrell improves to 18-0 with 13 KOs. Findley falls to 13-3 with 8 KOs.

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