"Rockin Fights" 35 Press Conference Quotes!
(July 17th) Star Boxing held its official press-conference ahead of "Rockin' Fights" 35 at The Paramount, this Friday, July 19th. The press-conference took place at Tutto Pazzo restaurant in Huntington.
Fighters and Star Boxing promoter JOE DEGUARDIA took to the podium to speak on their upcoming bouts and the excitement behind this Friday's, night of fights. This will be the 35thedition of the acclaimed series at The Paramount. Friday nights card features some of The Paramount fan favorites including, DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ, in the main event, as well as, TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES in the co-feature and Brooklyn native and pro-debuter, JUSTICE "LIL NASTY" BLAND on the undercard.
Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia kicked off the event by speaking on the thrilling card that is set to go this Friday, "We have a whole host of fights that should interest fans as always here at The Paramount." DeGuardia continued The Paramount has seen some boxing greats develop through the "Rockin' Fights" series in Joe Smith Jr., Chris Algieri and Cletus Seldin, and I believe we have some of the next stars in boxing on this card."
In the main-event, Danny "El Gallo" Gonzalez is set to make his tenth appearance at The Paramount, and fight in his fourth main event. Danny had this to say about Friday nights WBC FECARBOX Silver Title bout against JEROME "THE CONQUEROR" CONQUEST, "I want to thank Joe for having me on the card. I am excited for Friday. The energy at The Paramount is one of a kind and brings something out in me. I'm looking to make a statement and that's my goal in this fight." Danny continued speaking on his childhood, "I'm looking to make a statement and that's my goal in this fight. Anyone can do anything in life. I was 250 lbs., fat and out of shape with no self-esteem. I used that as fuel, and I am here today, and I am doing pretty good right now."
In the co-feature, undefeated super welterweight, Tyrone James will be making his eighth appearance at The Paramount in a 6-round bout against RAY OLIVEIRA JR.. James is ready to bring the energy Friday night, "Since we are still in July there is going to be fireworks. I'm coming for the knockout and if it happens it happens, but I promise you will see a great show. I want to thank God, Star Boxing and Joe DeGuardia for this opportunity."
Finally, super bantamweight Justice Bland took to the podium. Bland will be making his pro-debut against Bronx native, RAFAEL CASTILLO in a 4-round bout. As an amateur standout, Bland was not shy about the feeling of making his pro-debut, "I have jitters, but they are good jitters. I am ready to show everyone what I have. I am a Brooklyn kid, and I am just happy to be on this card and I am blessed to be here."
In the opening bout of the night, JUAN MANCILLA of East Hampton will be taking on JERMAINE CORLEY of Mount Vernon in a 4-round super welterweight bout that is set to be a brawl from the opening bout. Also on the card, is the return of highly touted prospect, and amateur standout RONNIE AUSTION who will be challenging for the ABO America's Welterweight Championship against DENNIS OKOTH.
Tickets to Rockin' Fights are still available via ticketmaster.com, and can be purchased at The Paramount box office.
STAR BOXING is excited to return to its renown Long Island venue, The Paramount, on July 19th, for another thrilling night of "Rockin' Fights." The 35th edition of the acclaimed fight series yet again brings highly talented New York centric fighters, with an international flair to The Paramount. The main event see's one of The Paramount's favorites, DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ, return for his fourth main event. On the undercard, fan favortie TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES makes his much anticipated 2019 debut, while highly touted undefeated Dominican Republic bantamweight prospect, JUNIOR "BOMBITA" ALMONTE, makes his United States debut.
ROCKIN' FIGHTS 35 is presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. "Rockin Fights" is sponsored by Modell's Sporting Goods, The Inn At Fox Hollow and Camelot Limousine.
"Rockin' Fights" 35 is presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.
Bouts subject to change
Paramount Co-Features Undefeated Rising Long Island Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James
The Man Behind The Character
Returns This Friday at “Rockin Fights 35”!
(July 15th) Undefeated Elmont, Long Island prospect, TYRONE JAMES (9-0 6KO's) has been making a name for himself in the New York boxing scene since 2016. James may well be the 'heir apparent' to the many Star Boxing world contenders and champions developed at the Paramount. James returns to The Paramount next Friday, July 19th against RAY OLIVIERIA JR. (New Bedford, MA 8-2 1KO) in an eight-round co-feature bout. The James-Olivieria bout will precede the main event for the WBC FECARBOX Silver Super Lightweight Championship between fellow Long Islander, DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ (Woodhaven, NY 17-2-1 7KO's) and JEROME "THE CONQUEROR" CONQUEST (Philadelphia, PA 10-4 1KO).
James, standing at 5'10", fighting in the super welterweight division, works behind a stiff jab, using his length to keep his opponents at a distance. While James has a strong ability to box, he has recently found success with his power, leading to a four-fight knockout streak. For all the skill James has in the ring, he doubles in flash outside of it and has steadily built up a big fan base at the "Rockin' Fights" series that has become synonymous with thrilling boxing.
James says his nickname, "Pretty Boy," was given to him because, "I always matched in the gym. People would say "he thinks he's a 'Pretty Boy,' he never comes to the gym without matching from head to toe.'" Always seen wearing his signature, "The Jackpot," sparkled headband, James says that moniker, "The Jackpot," stems from his "initials, TJ, and a jackpot is three 7's. Since my birthday is 3/7/91, I thought it was a perfect match." From that point on, the growing legend of "The Jackpot" Tyrone "Pretty Boy" James was born.
Fighting a lot as a kid in the streets, James says his "father figured [he] could fight and get rewarded for it," in hopes that, "it would stop [James] from fighting in the street." The transition to the ring came naturally for James, who comes from a family of athletes. "My uncle was a professional boxer," said James, "and my dad was a professional football player for the USFL Oklahoma Outlaws."
After rising the amateur ranks with a record of 95-16, becoming a five-time Junior Olympic champion, and a Nebraska Golden Glove Champion, James turned pro in 2015. Fighting seven of his nine professional bouts at The Paramount, James says, "The Paramount is like a home to me. Every time the fans give me a standing ovation, and even when I have fought at other venues, you can never get The Paramount feel." Interestingly, Nebraska's other star, World Champion, and pound for pound great, Terrence Crawford enjoys coming and watching Tyrone James' fights at the Paramount, to see his friend and fellow amateur standout at the exciting Long Island venue.
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA said: "we have high hopes for Tyrone James. He has charisma outside the ring and tenacity inside the ring and we think he has a bright future".
As for what fans can expect from him on July 19th, in typical fashion, Tyrone James did not hold back, "an action-packed fight, and a KO. I fight for my fans and always give 110% each and every time."
Dennis “Billabong” Okoth to Defend His
ABO Americas’s Title at Paramount
July 19th Against Ronnie “Teflon Ron” Austion!
(July 10th) Star Boxing "Rockin' Fights" has added a regional undercard title fight to the July 19th event at the Paramount. Heralded amateur Detroit, Michigan native, RONNIE "TEFLON RON" AUSTION will fight ABO America's Welterweight Champ, DENNIS "BILLABONG" OKOTH for Okoth's title.
Both fighters have had an interesting path leading up to this welterweight tilt at The Paramount on July 19th. Ronnie Austion (10-1 6KO's), a highly touted prospect, now fighting out of Las Vegas, was an amateur standout. Boasting a record of 95-20, a Ringside National Champion, Junior Olympic Champion and Olympic qualifier, Austion was primed to make a run at the professional ranks. After starting 10-0, Austion hit the first roadblock of his young career, losing a decision to MARQUISE "THE HAWK" HAWTHORNE (then 5-9 1KO) in an uncharacteristic showing from the Detroit product. However, Austion promises to use the experience to come back better than ever and prove that the loss was a fluke. He will step into the ring, fighting for the first time in New York, in front of an anticipated electric crowd at The Paramount, with his future and the ABO America's title on the line.
Across the ring, Dennis Okoth (Silver Springs MD, by way of Kenya 3-2-1 2KO's), has also taken an unlikely path to The Paramount on July 19th. Okoth, a Junior Olympian himself, has fought four undefeated opponents in six bouts, with a total combined record of 32-5-1. Okoth shocked the boxing world in June, when he defeated #2 rated Irish welterweight sensation, DYLAN "THE REAL DEAL" MORAN (then 10-0 5KO's) at Resorts World Catskills, in Star Boxing's "Catskills Clash." In emphatic fashion, the Kenyan native landed a clean shot to the temple of Moran, sending Moran to the canvas for the first time in Moran's career. Smelling blood in the water, Okoth did not take his foot off the gas, dropping the Irishman two more times in the third round to earn the ABO title. This regional title fight will be 8 rounds.
While both men come from vastly different parts of the world and have very different stories, their path's will officially cross at The Paramount on July 19th. One thing is for certain - each plan on returning home with the ABO America's Title. For Austion, this is an opportunity to right his ship, showcasing the talent the boxing world knows he has, while on the other hand, Okoth has the opportunity to show that his recent upset victory was no fluke. A star prospect coming off a massive upset loss against a newly crowned champ coming off a huge upset victory - boxing has compelling human drama and this drama show will play itself out in the ring at the Paramount on Friday July 19, 2019.
Another undefeated rising star is also on the card and will be making his United States debut. Highly touted Dominican Republic bantamweight prospect, JUNIOR "BOMBITA" ALMONTE (Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic 12-0 9KO's) will throw his first punch in the US at "Rockin' Fights". At just 118 pounds, Almonte packs a punch, with a 75% knockout rate. Almonte has fought all twelve of his professional bouts in his home country of the Dominican Republic, earning the Dominican Republic Bantamweight and WBC FECARBOX Bantamweight titles over this span. Almonte is highly rated in the Caribbean. Almonte's opponent will be announced soon.
In a 4-round super bantamweight bout, JUSTICE BLAND (Brooklyn, NY) will be making his pro-debut against RAFAEL CASTILLO (Bronx, NY 1-2). Bland enters the pro-ranks with a solid amateur background including a record of 30-5, a 2018 New York Metro's finalist and the 2018 Ring Masters Golden Glove Champion. While this is not the first time that the Brooklyn-Bronx rivalry has battled in the ring at The Paramount, this bout is sure to have the crowd on their feet.
In the opening bout of the evening, JUAN MANCILLA (East Hampton, NY 1-0) will face JERMAINE CORLEY (Mount Vernon, NY 2-6 1KO) in a 4-round super welterweight clash. The undefeated Mancilla is coming off of a three-year layoff, while Corley just recently upset Roberto Duran Jr. on June 28th at Resorts World Catskills in an epic bout that left all of the fans in attendance, in awe.
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA said this about the July 19th "Rockin' Fights": "There is no place like home, and that is what The Paramount has become - our home base. Fans will get a true New York boxing card on July 19th, headlined by Danny Gonzalez and fellow Paramount favorite Tyrone James. We are also thrilled to bring exciting Dominican Republic bantamweight prospect Junior Almonte to the States for the first time. "Rockin' Fights" 35 will be another night to remember at The Paramount. Get your tickets now!"
Star Boxing Returns to The Paramount for Rockin Fights Danny Gonzalez vs Jerome Conquest for WBC Fearbox Silver Super Lightweight Title Heads Rockin Fights 35!
(July 4th) Star Boxing is pleased to announce its return to Long Island, New York, after three months on the road, for another edition of the critically acclaimed "Rockin' Fights" series on July 19th. Bringing a thrilling, New York centric professional boxing card, with an international flair, has become common place at Star Boxing's "Rockin' Fights" series, and July 19th will be no exception.
Returning for his fourth main event and tenth appearance at The Paramount, local favorite, DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ (Woodhaven, NY 17-2-1 7KO's) will take on JEROME "THE CONQUEROR" CONQUEST (10-4 1KO) from the fighting city of Philadelphia. Gonzalez returns after impressing boxing experts this past January, when he took former world champion, current title contender and Star Boxing stablemate, CHRIS ALGIERI (Huntington, NY 24-3 9KO's) the distance in an extremely competitive fight at the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden, for the WBO International Super Lightweight Title. The bout solidified Gonzalez as a true prospect. The July 19th bout will be a 10-round super lightweight contest for the WBC FECARBOX Silver Super Lightweight Championship.
Danny Gonzalez had this to say about his return to The Paramount, "I'm extremely excited to be making my well needed ring return. It has been a roller coaster year for me but at the same time I have been blessed to have the right people behind me pushing my career to new heights. I have been training hard as always and have been trying new things in camp to make me a complete fighter and athlete. I feel I'm getting close to finding that perfect recipe for success. It's always thrilling to return to The Paramount where I remain undefeated. I love the crowd, the energy and the atmosphere is always electric." Gonzalez continued, "I'm just eager to return to the ring and perform for the fans and give them an all-out action fight from start to finish. It will be a thrilling night. I expect to destroy my opponent and move on in the rankings to bigger and better fights."
On the undercard, fans will be excited for the return of undefeated super welterweight, "The Jackpot", TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES (Elmont, NY 9-0 6KO's) as he takes on RAY OLIVEIRA JR. (New Bedford, MA 8-2 1KO). James has been out of the ring due to an ankle injury, but emphatically returns for his eighth bout at The Paramount, coming off of one of the most difficult victories of his young career. Facing Leo Carrizzales at "Rockin' Fights" 33, James peeled himself off the canvas for the first time in his career, to later stop the tough Mexican brawler. This fight will be a 6-round super welterweight bout.
Making his return to the ring is Detroit product, RONNIE "TEFLON RON" AUSTION (Detroit, MI 10-1 6KO's) as he faces off with DENNIS OKOTH (Silver Spring, MD 3-2-1 2KO's). Austion, a highly touted prospect fighting out of Las Vegas, took his first loss at Star Boxing's "Slugfest at the Sun" at Mohegan Sun in January. Austion hopes a win at The Paramount will put him back on track, to continue rising the welterweight rankings. Opposing Austion is Kenyan, Dennis Okoth, who recently earned a massive upset when he knocked out highly rated Irish welterweight Dyaln Moran at Star Boxing's "Catskills Clash" in Resorts World Catskills. This will be a scheduled 8-round welterweight bout.