Newly Signed Prospects
Dylan Moran & Junior Almonte
Shine In Their Star Boxing Debuts!
(April 1st) Star Boxing's recently signed undefeated international prospects, #1 rated Irish welterweight, DYLAN "THE REAL DEAL" MORAN (now 10-0 5KO's) and Dominican Republic bantamweight prospect and titlist, JUNIOR "BAMBITO" ALMONTE (now 12-0 9KO's) both fought over the weekend in their first bouts as Star Boxing fighters.
Moran stepped in at the National Stadium in Dublin Ireland against former European champion, Hungarian, GYORGY MIZSEI JR.. Moran maintained a come forward style over the 8-round fight, trading freely at times with his Hungarian foe. Moran forced the action, pinning Mizsei (now 26-26-1 15KO's) against the rope's multiple times, as the former European champion fought back with some sharp counter punches. A counter punch in the 5th round caused a small cut to open on the bridge of the Irishmen's nose, but it did not slow the southpaw as Moran continued his relentless pressure. After the full 8-rounds Moran took home the victory via unanimous decision, remaining undefeated (all three judges scored the fight 79-74).
On Sunday night, Junior Almonte laced up at the Club Plaza Valerio in Santiago, Dominican Republic against ANGELO "EL OLIMPICO" MUNOZ (now 18-16 11KO's). The Dominican and WBC FECARBOX Bantamweight champion quickly displayed his fast and heavy hands, wasting no time, earning a first round TKO victory.
Star Boxing promoter, JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about both victories, "I was happy to have both Dylan and Junior jump right into action after recently signing a promotional agreement with Star Boxing. Dylan has a strong Irish fanbase, and after watching his fight on Saturday night, it is easy to see why. Junior has an impressive amateur background, and it shows in both his comfort and ring generalship. Clearly his power showed Sunday night. I look forward to continuing Star Boxing's relationship with Dylan and Junior and their respective teams, and I am excited for what is in store for these two great prospects."
Bivol Outpoints Hard Hitting Smith Jr. In Title Fight!
(March 11th) Russian, WBA World Light Heavyweight champion, DMITRY BIVOL (now 16-0 11KO's) looked sharp in his fifth title defense against tough, union laborer, and Long Island's own JOE SMITH JR. (24-3 20KO's). Smith Jr. took the champion the full 12-rounds but the champion worked his way to a unanimous decision victory (118-110, 119-109 (x2)).
Bivol, known for his accuracy and multiple punch combos displayed tremendous poise and skill against the hard-punching Smith Jr at the Turning Stone Resort Casino. Bivol fought a measured fight and kept his distance from the devastating right hand and left hook of Smith Jr.. The bout was filled with drama, even though Bivol maintained a strong lead on the scorecards. In the 7th round, Bivol landed a clean shot that wobbled Smith Jr., however Smith Jr. refused to fall as he displayed a granite chin multiple times over the 12-rounds.
In the final seconds of the 10th round, Smith Jr. finally landed a flush overhand right. The punch buckled the knees of Bivol, creating a raucous roar from the Joe Smith Jr. crowd. The bell saved Bivol who gamely held the ropes and wobbled to his corner on unsteady legs. Smith Jr. who was seconds away from a dramatic world championship KO victory, came out looking for the knockout in the 11th round, hoping to replicate the blast in round 10 and erase the scorecards with one more punch. Bivol bravely and smartly weathered the storm, and even went on the attack in the final 20 seconds of round 12, of which Smith Jr. gritted out to remain on his feet.
"It was not an easy fight" said Bivol after the fight. Bivol acknowldeged the heavy hands of Smith Jr., "Smith had a big heart, and a strong hands. I caught a right hand on the right side, and I lost my balance a little."
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about Saturday's fights, "it was a very thrilling night of action highlighted by an exciting main event" (Bivol vs Smith Jr). "I congratulate Bivol and his team and I am proud of Joe, as he showed his heart, determination and shear grit. He is not only the hardest punching light-heavyweight, but perhaps the hardest one punch fighter in the sport today. I know fans will certainly want to see Joe in action again. He is a very pleasing fighter that certainly fascinates boxing fans enamored with his ability to end a fight with one blast."
In a 6-round lightweight bout, amateur standout, and multiple time national champion, OTHA JONES III (now 1-0) took on GIORGI "GOGA" GELASHVILI (now 5-2 3KO's). The two waged war from the opening bell, Jones showing great speed in both his hands and feet, while Gelashvili did not back down, settling in after the first two rounds. After a Jones knockdown in the 3rd round, Gelashvili began finding range, but it was too late as Otha Jones took home the victory in his pro-debut by unanimous decision (59-54, 58-55 (x2)).
Star Boxing Signs Georgian Super Lightweight
Giorgi Gelashvila Who Makes His Pro Debut Against
Otha Jones III March 9th on Bivol vs Smith Jr. Undercard LIVE on DAZN from Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY!
(March 7th) Star Boxing is excited to announce the signing and Star Boxing debut of 24-year-old, Georgian native, GIROGI "GOGA" GELASHVILI (Kutaisi, Georgia, 5-1 3KO'S). Gelashvili began boxing at the age of 14 and had an impressive amateur career of 120 amateur fights, with 110 victories. He is an only child, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Gelashvili came to New York in pursuit of taking the next step in his professional career.
On March 9, at Turning Stone Resort & Casino on the undercard of the DIMTRY BIVOL vs JOE SMITH JR. WBA World Light Heavyweight Title Fight, Gelashvili will be facing heralded prospect, 18-year-old OTHA JONES III (Pro-Debut). Jones, a native of Toledo, had a remarkable amateur pedigree of 283-13, having won many amateur titles while representing Team USA, including gold at the United States National Championships (2x) and the World Championship Qualifier.
Gelashvili is ready for the challenge in facing Jones under the bright lights DAZN. "My opponent is good but not better than me. I am faster and stronger than he is. He grew up like a baby with everyone taking care of him" Gelashvili continued, "I grew up lonely in the street, fending for myself and I began this career lonely, so you see I have always been a fighter. Fighting to survive and now fighting to win. I thank God for giving me this opportunity to fight in the United States. I thank Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and DAZN for giving me the opportunity to showcase my fighting spirit. Finally, I thank my team at Guzman Boxing Academy and Universal Boxing Management. Now it's my time!"
MOISES ROMAN, advisor to Gelashvili, had this to say about the upcoming bout, "Before this fight came about, I signed Giorgi Gelashvili to an advisory contract and started negotiating with Joe DeGuardia, for a chance to have him compete on Star Boxing promoted cards, [but] when this fight was offered by Joe, we jumped right on it. It's a large venue, and a big platform to showcase Giorgi's talents" said Roman. "We are well aware of Otha's talents and many national titles at the amateur level in the US. Just like Otha, Giorgi has also competed in, and won, many national titles back in his home land and has competed in over 100 amateur fights. With that, I want to thank Joe DeGuardia for signing him to an exclusive promotional contract and also Matchroom for the opportunity to compete on DAZN."
Star Boxing head, JOE DEGUARDIA, had this to say about both the signing of Giorgi Gelashvili, and his great opportunity on March 9, "We think highly of Giorgi and he has been impressive in the gym. Most importantly, I respect that he was up for this challenge against one of the top prospects that is turning pro. Both Giorgi and Otha ought to be commended for fighting each other and I expect a very good fight."
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Johnny Hernandez, Joel Djeko and Terrell Bostic
Big Winners Star Boxing "Rockin Fights 34"!
By: Coach K
February 22nd, Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York: In the main event of the 34th edition of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing “Rockin Fights” series Huntington, LI’s own Johnny “Hitman” Hernandez returned to the win column with a hard fought eight round majority decision over Waco, Texas, Marquis “The Hawk” Hawthorne.
The highly competitive, hotly contested back and forth battle saw both the local favorite Hernandez and the Paramount returnee Hawthorne both start well with the bigger stronger looking Texan working for long counters and the perpetually active Hernandez jumping in and out with quick combinations.
The busier Hernandez working short, quick combinations laning from all angles, moving in and out finishing behind an edge grabbing piston jab to capture the close and very competitive early rounds.
“The Hawk” not to be out done began to meet Hernandez work rate breaking through with a big right in round five. Keeping his foot on the gas Hawthorne appearing to have turned the tide rocked “The Hitman” with another heavy right in round six would only reignite Hernandez and the partisan Huntington crowd sparking Hernandez to dig down deep and regroup in round seven.
Neither fighter looking to give any quarter opened up some entertaining two-way trading until Hernandez returning to his jab together with some strategic grappling again began to out manuever and out work “The Hawk” pushing hard through some very close inside action, holding on for a very close 76-76, 77-75 times two majority decision win. Hernandez back in the green moves to 10-4, 1Ko while Hawthorne slipping back into the red falls to 6-10, 1Ko.
In a European flavored ten round cruiserweight affair Brussels, Belgium’s, Joel “Big Joe” Djeko made won a ten round unanimous decision over Roma, Italy’s, Simone “Tyson” Federici.
The 6’6” Djeko unable to break the straight ahead Federici’s tight high guard early on would soften up the tough Italian’s defense with some clean body work driving home with his longer, leaner, meaner jab in the second half opening the avenue for some clean right hands and timley uppercuts leaving the clutching and grabbing “Tyson” on the short side of a 99-91, 97-93 times two unanimous decision win. Djeko on a six-bout victory run since dropping a ten round split decision win to then 14-0, Craig Kennedy moves to 15-2-1, 7Ko’s ahead of a May 4th showdown against Blackpool, UK “Assassin” Matty Askins, while the “Tysonless” Federicci’s eight bout unbeaten streak comes to a close at 14-2-1, 6Ko’s.
Heading the undercard Wyandanch, New York, 27-year-old, super lightweight Terrell “Problem Child” Bostic regained direction burying controversial “Rockin Fights 33” split decision loss with a one sided heavily tilted six round unanimous decision over Laredo, Texas, Javier Martinez.
Bostic held off the body punching Martinez with long, stinging left jabs in round one, taking control of real estate and the action in round two, tagging the aggressive Texan with long hard right hands.
Stirred on by his Contender Series Star Alphonso Gomez led corner it would be Martinez with all the problems. Unable to cope with Bostic’s superior skills the durable Martinez with his gallant effort was thoroughly rebuked by the slick, stance switching, Long Islanders busy and accurate jab, in-close uplifting uppercuts and punishing right hands. To his credit Martinez would remain upright only to hear the judges scores announced 59-55, 60-54 times two making “The Problem Child” the clear six round unanimous winner. Bostic improves to 4-1, 1Ko while Martinez drops to 4-6, 3Ko’s.
In a four-round battle of super lightweights Bronx, New York’s Dashaun “Too Sweet” Johns rocked by a big shot in round one, held on, regrouped, battled back and boxed his way to a 39-37 times three over Philadelphia’s, way too “Macho” Derron Lawson. Johns improves to 2-0, 1Ko while tougher than his record Lawson falls to 0-3.
In a scheduled four round welterweight bout Bellport, Long Island’s fighting social worker Alex “El Toro” Vargas remained unbeaten scoring a second-round stoppage of Silver Spring, Maryland, veteran Benjamin Borteye.
In just his third pro fight the confident 23-year-old, Vargas went right to work putting the rugged veteran on his back foot and taking command of the center of the ring. “El Toro” in hot pursuit cutting off the ring pounded the more experienced Marylander along the ropes, catching and dropping him in the corner with a thudding southpaw right, left combination.
The game but still shaky Borteye would finish the round only to be met by some of the same rough treatment in round two. "El Toro" never letting up, pressed Borteye with a wide array of shots, landing to the head and body straying a bit low once earning Borteye a referee Al Lobianco ordered reprieve.
Vargas demonstrating the instinct of a consummate finisher remained patient resuming his attack picking his spots, ripping his fading foe up and down sending him to the canvas for a second referee Lobianco eight count. Allowed to continue it wouldn’t be for long as “El Toro” all zeroed in went right back on the attack battering Borteye to the body and head but the battle tested warhorse would again reach the close of the round only this time his corner had seen enough notifying referee Lobianco their charge need take no more punishment recording Vargas as the second round TKO winner. Making his third “Rockin Fights” appearance in as pro many fights “El Toro” improving to 3-0, 1Ko is quickly becoming a Paramount favorite. Borteye on the other hand now stopped in back to back fights sinks below five hundred at 4-5, 4Ko’s.
In the evening opener Bronx, New York pro-debuting super welterweight Jeffrey Gonzalez got off to a sensational start scoring a four-round shutout over Riverview, Florida’s, Earl Henry.
The aggressive free-swinging Henry started well but it didn’t take long for the Arron Davis trained Gonzalez to settle in and begin to land clean sharp combinations. Then turning Henrys jab against him with quick solid counters gonzalez easily pounded his way to a 40-36 times three opening day unanimous decision win. Gonzalez opens up 1-0 while Henry returns south winless at 0-2.
Cletus Seldin Drops “The Hebrew Hammer” On Adam Mate- Anthony Laureno Wages War Against Ronald Rivas -“Slugfest at the Sun” Saturday Night!
(January 27th) A great night of fights took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT last night (Saturday), as JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING presented another exciting SLUGFEST AT THE SUN. The undercard had a distinct New England flavor as the crowd came out early and loud, cheering on their local New England talent.
In the main event, New England fans were treated to feared knockout artist CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (now 23-1 19KO's) as the Hammer-Head fans traveled from Seldin's Long Island hometown to Mohegan Sun. Taking on Hungarian puncher, ADAM MATE (now 28-14 21 KO's), Seldin, as usual, came streaming across the ring from the opening bell. Throwing precise haymakers, and clearly looking for the knockout, Seldin stalked Mate and just twenty seconds into the first round, landed a devastating right hand that sent Mate crumbling to the floor. To Mate's credit, he rose off the canvas attempting to stabilize himself, defeating the referee's ten count. However, Seldin pounced yet again, trapping Mate in the corner, dropping him once again for the final time with precise bombs. Joe DeGuardia promised boxing fans to not blink during this scheduled ten round main event and the Mike Tyson-like Seldin blitzkrieg lived up to the promise, with the Knockout coming at the official time of 0:48 seconds of the first round.
Cletus Seldin said this about his devastating KO victory:
"I am happy to be back. I have now had 2 fights since coming back from the Tommy John surgery I had last year and i feel like it's back to normal. I can't wait to get back in the ring again and want to thank Joe DeGuardia [Star Boxing] for keeping me busy and all of the "Hammer-Heads" who came out to support me. I am ready for the top guys in my division."
"ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO (now 10-0 3KO's) and RONALD RIVAS (5-9-2 3KO's) put on a show for every minute of their 8 round co-feature bout, entertaining the crowd who cheered with an ever-increasing excitement and intensity throughout the bout. Both fighters earned the respect of the fans for their effort, but it was Laureano who showed his superior skills, using an effective jab, left hook, damaging body punching, and unmatched determination, which led him to a unanimous decision victory by scores of, 80-71, 79-72 (x 2).
The fighters engaged each other from the opening bell and by the second round Rivas was cut and bleeding. In the third, Laureano banged the game Rivas on the ropes and across the ring. Laureano's ceaseless attack overwhelmed Rivas in the 5th round sending him to the canvas with a left hook to the body. The slugging continued for the remainder of the fight to the delight of the cheering crowd at Mohegan Sun, concluding with Laureano throwing punches in bunches from all angles. Be sure to tune in for the replay of this one as the hometown hero, Anthony Laureano put on a show for his local fans.
Laureano on returning to Mohegan Sun, and his performance on Saturday night: "I felt good in there and just love to fight in there. Rivas was a tough and determined fighter and I have much respect for him. Thank you Star Boxing for keeping me busy and moving me and thank you Mohegan Sun, NESN and all my fans - I appreciate the support."
In a battle for the Jr. NABF Super Featherweight title, ANGEL "EL GALLO" SUAREZ (now 8-3 3KO's) challenged champion WILLIAM "THE SILENT ASSASIN" FOSTER (9-0 6KO's). Foster got it started early, boxing swiftly, landing by using his quick hands. However, Suarez would not be denied, finding openings in the second round, as blood began to come from the nose of Foster. The two waged war against each other, for the entirety of the 8-round title fight in a fantastic tactical battle reminiscent of yesteryear. Having gone the distance, the judges scored the bout 79-73 (x3) in favor of William Foster, who retained his Jr. NABF Super Featherweight title in an exciting bout.
JACOB "LEFTY" MARRERO (now 2-0 1KO) seemingly had all of Bridgeport behind him in his second professional bout, as he took on Hungarian ZSOLT KARVAJ (now 3-3 3KO's) in a scheduled 4-rounder. Marrero wasted no time sending Karvaj to the canvas two times in the opening round. Finally, a straight right hand by Marrero scored purely on the chin of Karvaj, causing referee Danny Schiavone to halt the action with 1:07 expired in the first round.
In a thriller, fan favorite NATHAN MARTINEZ (now 2-0) had his second professional bout against a tough Philadelphian, JERROD MINER (now 1-3-2 1KO). The opening round saw great back and forth action, as Miner scored with two hard rights, while Martinez found a home for his right hand as well. It was a very close first round but the second saw Martinez go on an impressive body attack, landing sharp, devastating shots to the midsection of the Miner. After 4-rounds of great action, the judges saw it, 40-36 (x2), and 39-37, in favor of Nathan Martinez, who improved to 2-0.
In a 6-round welterweight bout between RONNIE "TEFLON RON" AUSTION (now 10-1 7KO's) and Waco, Texas native, MARQUIS "THE HAWK" HAWTHORNE (now 6-9 1KO) both fighters began slow, in a feeling out first round. Austion looking to counter, while Hawthorne pressed, seemed to be the theme throughout the fight. Finally, in the fourth round, the action began to pick up, as Hawthorne was both throwing and landing in high volume. After losing a point for holding in the fifth round, Austion was unable to close the deficit, as Marquis Hawthorne, in a big upset, defeated the previously undefeated and heralded Austion by scores of 57-56, 58-55, 59-54.
DAVID PAPOT (22-0 3KO's) of Saint-Nazaire France was scheduled to make his USA debut agains the tough COURTNEY PENNINGTON (12-3-2 5KO's) on Saturday night, however two days before fight night, Pennington had to pull out of the bout due to back spasms. Star Boxing then brought in RONALD MONTES (18-11 16KO's) of Columbia, on short notice, to take on the tough Frenchmen. Unfortunately Montes failed his physical due to a high pulse rate and the bout was not sanctioned by the Mohegan Tribe Athletic Commission, causing it to be pulled from the card.
Algieri Wins WBO International Title By Unanimous Decision In Tactical Battle of Wills at MSG!
(January 19th) The bright lights of New York City were on full display Friday night at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Former WBO Super Lightweight World Champion CHRIS ALGIERI (now, 23-3 8KO's) and Queens native DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ (now 17-2-1 7KO's) stepped in against each other with not only the WBO International Super Lightweight title on the line, but each knowing that a victory would put himself in line for a shot at a 140 lb. title.
Opening the action, Algieri controlled the opening rounds, showing a dedication to attacking the body, while using his agility and elite footwork to evade the offensive attempts of Gonzalez. Sitting on his punches, fighting on the outside, Algieri displayed his elite level punch rate.
Gonzalez would eventually settle in, pressuring Algieri through the second half of the scheduled ten-round bout. Gonzalez continued his aggression in an attempt to get himself back in the fight and successfully pushed the action for the remainder of the fight.
An accidental head butt, late in the seventh round, opened a cut under the left eye of Algieri. Seeing blood, Gonzalez went on the aggressive, landing a hard left hand while he pinned Algieri against the ropes. Getting into a grove, Gonzalez began putting combinations together to both the body and the head.
At the end of the 10-rounds, Gonzalez's late offensive effort would prove to fall short, as the judges gave Algieri the nod by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 96-94. By unanimous decision, Chris Algieri earned the vacant WBO INTERNATIONAL SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE.
"I am my biggest critic, my performance wasn't my best, but we got the W, we got the belt and I'm moving on" said Algieri. When asked about a possible title fight against MAURICE HOOKER, Algieri stated, "I can turn it up when I need it ... I have always been the guy that can pull off the unexpected."
CEO of Star Boxing JOE DEGUARDIA said this about the fight, "I am proud of both Chris and Danny. It was one of the most compelling fights of the night from the perspective of fan participation and support, with a vocal crowd that was essentially split between both local fighters. Chris gutted it though a tough fight and the win puts him in line for some big matches. I was also very impressed with Danny's performance, and believe he showed that he can hang with the elite level of the 140 lb. division. Congratulations to both men on a great fight. We will be announcing some positive steps for both of them in the coming months."
Algieri vs Gonzalez is a 10-round bout for the WBO International Super Lightweight Title presented by Matchroom USA in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.
The “Pride of Huntington” Chris Algieri Returns
To The Paramount In “Rockin Fights” Main Event With Dominant Ten Round Unanimous Decision Over Hernandez!
By: Coach K
Friday November 30th, Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York: In the main event of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing 33rd edition of the popular “Rockin Fights” series “The Pride of Huntington” Chris Algieri made his long-awaited return to boxing and the home of his impressive rise scoring an impressive ten round unanimous decision over McAllen, Texas, “Hitman,” Angel Hernandez.
Seven years and a WBO Light Welterweight Championship after winning his Star Boxing debut and inaugural performance at Huntington’s, Paramount Theater, the transformed undefeated World Kickboxing Champion (20-0) returned from a two-and-a-half-year hiatus to shake off the rust and begin a trek for a second world title.
Having claimed the WBO Light Welterweight title with a hard fought twelve round split decision points win over Ruslan Provodnikov and collecting The Ring Magazine and Sports Illustrated 2014 Upset of the Year award the 34-year-old, Algieri only suffering losses to World Champions Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao and Erroll Spence Jr. the Paramount star returned home adding Havoc’s Andre Rozier and IBF World Middleweight Champion Danny Jacobs to his corner joining long time trainer Keith Trimble started out with a rust removing, feeling out active first round.
The sharp shooting technician quickly settled in putting his superior hand and foot speed on display taking control of the ring circling, angling, turning and backing up the rugged Hernandez with an educated, space controlling jab.
In full control, at times in the middle rounds appearing just to be holding target practice the former champion and hometown favorite would continue be pushed by the determined but ineffective Texan who landing with mostly singular moments of success, would be immediately met a prompt multi-faceted rebuttal for his efforts.
The Ivan Najera, Robert Easter Jr., Jesus Gutierrez, Erick De Leon, Milton Santiago, Andy Vences, Rashad Ganaway, Darwin Price previously tested veteran would continue to push on landing to the body with sporadic accomplishment only to see the well defensed, always superbly conditioned Long Islander never leave the fight in any doubt, digging down firing back with a wide variety of rapid-fire combinations scoring to the body and head easily gaining the sold out crowd and judge’s approval with a striking 99-91, 100-90 times two unanimous decision win.
The fight having served a stiff get out of the blocks test for the high skilled technician, Algieri with one glaring glitch the absence one punch KO power now begins his reprise endeavor towards a second world title at 22-3, 8Ko’s as the very game, battle tested Hernandez, now 1-5-1 in his last seven heads back west at 14-12-2, 9Ko’s.
In the eight round super welterweight co-feature, Elmont, New York’s “Jackpot” Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James picked himself up to score an eighth round TKO stoppage of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico’s, Leo “Russo” Carrizales.
James climbing into the ring donning Mexican colored trunks and sombrero immediately put Carrizales on the end of his jab taking full control of the action with a mixture of sharp straight punching and well disguised uppercuts. “Russo” proving he wasn’t to be taken lightly would mount a second half surge surprising “Pretty Boy” with a counter right hand putting James on the seat of his pants in round six.
turning to the southpaw stance James sitting bon his shots in rounds seven and eight would hit the jack pot with a series of heavy shots backing Carrizales to the ropes where a volley of unanswered heavy punches forced referee Tony Chiarantano to wave it over at 0:46 of round eight. James remains unbeaten at 9-0, 6Ko’s while Carrizales sinks to opponent status at 5-5-1, 2Ko’s.
On the Undercard:
In a battle of unbeaten lightweights Danbury, Connecticut’s Omar “The Beast” Bordoy won a hard fought, closely contested six round split decision over Wyandanch, New York, “Problem Child” Terrel Bostic.
The right hand locked, crafty and resilient Bostic working mostly behind an accurate jab, slipping behind the cleaner, heavier punching “Beast” suffering a flash knockdown in round three would rise and turn the tide of the fight with a southpaw stance changing much too frequent, too little, too late push resulting in a 58-55, Bostic, 58-55, 57-56 Bordoy “some one’s O must go” split decision win.
Gordoy improves to 7-0, 2ko’s while Bostic suffering his first defeat slips to 3-1, 1Ko.
In a crowd-pleasing welterweight preliminary Bellport, Long Island’s, Alex El Toro” Vargas scored a get up off the deck four round points win over Rochester, New York’s pro debuting Jarrill “Birdman” Haadi.
The battle of southpaws saw Vargas just nine weeks off his “Rockin Fights 32” pro debut caught with a feet too close, push punch, sending him to the canvas for a flash knockdown just seconds into round one. “El Toro” responding with the poise of a seasoned veteran stayed in control immediately going to work behind a solid jab, repeatedly tagging Haadi to the body and head putting the “Birdman” in fight or flight mode with the Rochester fighter repeatedly being warned for holding.
With the guidance of former WBA Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo in his corner the all action Vargas continued to force the action turning his first round “slip” into a 39-37 times three unanimous decision win. Vargas looking to return to action on “Rockin Fights 34” February 22nd moves to 2-0 while Haadi looking for his first pro wins starts our 0-1.
In a pairing of debuting super lightweights Bronx, southpaw Dashaun “Too Sweet” Johns scored a breakout first round TKO win over fellow New Yorker Devon Grant.
Johns on the attack at the opening bell quickly closed the distance landing from both sides overwhelming Grant backing him to the corner sending him to the canvas with a series of heavy shots where referee Tony Chiarantano would call the bout at 1:44 of round one. The impressive start moves Johns out at 1-0, 1Ko while on the flip side Grant returns to work at the gym, 0-1.
Algieri Rocks the House in Return to the Paramount!
(December 1st) CHRIS ALGIERI (22-3 8KO's) returned to the Star Boxing's acclaimed venue, The Paramount in Huntington, NY for the first time in over four years as the former WBO Super Lightweight champion looked spectacular in dismantling a game and rugged ANGEL HERNANDEZ (14-12-2 9KO's) from McAllen, TX over the 10 round distance of a Jr Welterweight contest in the main event of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing Rockin Fights 33 before a frenzied sold-out standing room only crowd last night.
Algieri took control from the outset as he displayed the superb boxing skills he is known for but under new head trainer Andre Rozier, Chris has added another dimension to his already potent offense. Chris worked at a very high rate and threw numerous impressive multi punch combinations to both the body and head of Hernandez. Algieri displayed tremendous hand speed and his usual impeccable conditioning. Hernandez for his part tried the best he could and moved forward the entire fast paced fight but was no match in skills of the former world champion and in the end Algieri came away with the unanimous decision, 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91 improving to 22-3 8KO's while Hernandez dropped to 14-12-2 9KO's.
The semi-final 8 round Welterweight bout pitted Elmont's TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES (9-0 6KO's) and LEONARDO CARRIZALES (5-6-1 2KO's), Tampico, MX. They certainly didn't disappoint the sold out crowd as they put on a wild bout which saw James score a sensational 8th round TKO after a series of eye opening uppercuts. James started out boxing beautifully over the first 5 rounds landing vicious shots to the ever charging Carriales who also landed his fair share of blows. In the 6th round the fight took a dramatic turn as Carrizales landed a blistering right hand to the jaw of James dropping "Pretty Boy" for the first time in his career. James arose on very wobbly legs but hung in there to finish the round. The final 2 rounds saw wild action between these two fighters as they stood toe to toe trading bombs with each other, much to the delight of the crowd. The end came as James cornered Carrizales and landed 5 straight vicious uppercuts which had Carrizales' head moving like a Jack N Box and forcing the ref to call a halt to the bout at the 42 second mark of the final frame. James improves to 9-0 6KO's while Carrizales drops to 5-6-1 2KO's.
Undefeated Lightweights OMAR BORDOY (7-0 2KO's) and TERREL BOSTIC (3-1 1KO), put on a fight to remember over the 6 round distance. Danbury, CT's Bordoy took the fight right to the local Wynadanch fighter, Bostic, as they went back and forth in a high paced, skillful match. Bordoy dropped Bostic with a monstrous right hand in the 3rd round and tried his best to finish Bostic but was unable to do so. Bostic came out for round 4 and took the fight right to Bordoy getting the best of the action. The final 2 rounds had the crowd going wild as the 2 young fighters traded freely and in the end Bordoy came away with a split decision winning 58-55 on two card while Bostic prevailed on the 3rd card 57-56.
Star Boxings' Cletus Seldin Lives Up to Nickname
“The Hebrew Hamer” With a First Round KO of Nelson Lara!
(November 17th) They don't give you a nickname like "The Hebrew Hammer" for no reason. Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (now. 22-1 18KO's) seemingly unleashed a years’ worth of pent up aggression in a total of 26 seconds.
The super lightweight bruiser showed no rust in his return last night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, on the undercard of the WBO World Super Lightweight title fight between MAURICE HOOKER and ALEX SAUCEDO. Seldin opened the action with a right hand to the temple of Nelson Lara, that had the Nicaraguan veteran buzzed. Just ten seconds later, Seldin landed a flush overhand right, driving Lara towards the rope, followed by a left uppercut and a fatal liver shot that had Lara down for the ten count. Just 26 seconds into the first round, Seldin earned his 18th career knockout.
Seldin had this to say about his dominating performance, "I want to thank everyone for tuning into my fight on ESPN +. I came to Oklahoma to take care of business and that's exactly what I did. I am ready to take on the best in this division whether that be the winner of tonight's main event, or another title holder at 140 lbs. Thank you again to ESPN, Star Boxing and Top Rank for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to getting back in the ring very soon."
After a mighty return from Tommy John surgery, the Long Island knockout artist Seldin now has his eyes locked on a bid for a crown at the 140 lb. division, and is ready to take on any title holder that is willing to stand against his power.
Promoter JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about Seldin's performance, "'The Hammer' is officially back with a first round liver shot. I am confident that Cletus Seldin is one of the hardest hitting super lightweights in the world, and I believe that he would be a thrilling fight with any title holder in this division. Congratulations again to Cletus Seldin on a phenomenal performance, and to Top Rank and ESPN for a great event."
Danny Gonzalez Wins APO Super Lightweight Title
With “Rockin Fights” Majority Decision Win!
By: Coach K
September 21st, Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York: In the super lightweight main event of the 32nd edition of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing “Rockin Fights” series Woodhaven, Queens, New York’s, Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez claimed the ABO Intercontinental Super Lightweight title winning a hard-fought ten round majority decision over home-based John “Hitman” Hernandez.
Gonzalez fighting before a hugely Hernandez partisan crowd finding himself a step behind the more mobile, quicker hand and foot “Hitman” after two rounds would stick to his straight ahead fight plan turning up the pressure taking away the middle of the ring patiently stalking the counter punching “Hitman” behind an adequate and distance setting jab.
Introducing an effective uppercut to his already ample body attack in the middle rounds “El Gallo” never allowing Hernandez a reprieve forced the action limiting the hometown “Hitman” to sporadic counter combinations. Continuing to cut-off the ring with increasing effectiveness, the relentless visitor closed the space in the second half backing the hometown favorite to the ropes on numerous occasions landing clean power shots to the body and head.
Staying on his front foot “El Gallo” continuing to push the battle of attrition tirelessly stalked and walked the game and still resisting Hernandez down through rounds nine and ten pressing his way to an impressive ABO title grabbing 95-95, 97-93, 96-92 majority decision win. (SBB scored it 97-93 Gonzalez)
Gonzalez with his third straight victory since suffering his single defeat, a third round TKO loss to Framingham, Massachusetts southpaw Danny O'Connor last November moves to 17-1-1, 7Ko’s while the popular “Hitman” Hernandez always in close hard-fought fights slips to 9-4, 1Ko.
Together Gonzalez and Hernandez veterans of 20 bouts at Long Islands top boxing venue it would be no surprise if down the line we see veteran matchmaker Ron Katz get us a replay of this well-matched entertaining bout.
ABOUT THE ABO:
The American Boxing Organization is an American company based in Illinois. This grass root boxing organization is the only one in the world with former world champions that sit on the board of directors. The ABO's mission is to be the stepping stone American Championship title for inspiring fighters in the America's. Our vision is to provide our champions with information that will make our champions life after boxing fruitful and inspiring.
In the six round super lightweight semi-main attraction, 23-year-old, East Hartford, Connecticut, “Action” Anthony Laureano remained unbeaten with a potent unanimous decision over Waco, Texas, crafty Marquis “The Hawk” Hawthorne.
After a slower than usual start Laureano picked up the action in round two attacking “The Hawk” to the body. Laureno staying patient took control of the center of the ring forcing Hawthorne into some strategic clinches. Laureano landing the more telling shots would go onto punctuate his authority and superior work with a fifth and sixth round filled body attack drawing a well-deserved 59-55, 60-54 times two unanimous decision win. Laureno improves to 9-0, 3Ko’s while Hawthorne winless in his last three falls to 5-9, 1Ko.
In a four round special attraction 41-year-old, Huntington, Long Island light heavyweight, Shaun Kennedy demonstrated his heavy-handed ways landing an early heavy shot-putting Buffalo, New York’s, pro-debuting Perez Aughtry on his back leg in retreat allowing the all business Kennedy to control the pace and action through out the fight. Meeting Aughtry’s way too little, way too late push head on Kennedy would be rewarded for his effort with a solid first pro victory 40-36 times three unanimous decision win. Kennedy moves to 1-0, 1NC, while Aughtry remains in search of his first pro win at 0-1.
In a four-round, bout pairing pro-debuting super lightweights Hartford, Connecticut’s Jose Maysonet surprised Bellmore, New York’s, Jared Bonilla with a stunning right hand early in round one hurting and flooring the NY Golden Gloves finalist twice in round one forcing the referee to correctly protect the shaky New Yorker from any further punishment and call the bout to a close at 1:07 of the opening frame. Maysonet gets out an impressive pro start at 1-0, 1Ko while Bonilla returns to the gym at 0-1.
In evening opener, a battle of southpaw super lightweights, Bellport, Long Island amateur standout Alex “El Toro” Vargas successfully made his pro-debut scoring a one side points win over Philadelphia’s Derron Lawson.
In his finest Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz imitation, Vargas the aggressor from the opening bell took control of the center of the ring, setting the distance and took the fight straight to Lawson scoring with an effective jab and following a bilateral head body attack.
To the delight of the knowledgeable Paramount fans Vargas a crowd pleaser as an amateur despite being in complete control landing big right hooks and left hands off the jab found himself unable to resist a good mix up throwing caution to the wind taking the fight inside going onto out box and out brawl Lawson through four to a convincing 40-36 times three unanimous decision win. “El Toro” gets out of the blocks at 1-0 while Lawson slips to 0-2.
Gonzalez vs Hernandez ABO Title Fight
Brings Down the House at The Paramount!
(September 22nd) On Friday night, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's Rockin' Fights lived up to every bit of its expectation. Fans at The Paramount witnessed, knockouts, all out brawls, great boxing skills, and a main event for the ages.
The main event last night was a throwback to the glory days of boxing when neighborhood rivalries filled the venerable NY fight clubs as a sold-old crowd engrossed in the thrilling, tooth and nail war between DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ and JOHNNY "HITMAN" HERNANDEZ. The crowd was so loud that you could barley hear yourself think. The incredible back and forth action was amplified by the crowd's alternating and competing shouts of "Johnny" and "Danny".
Hernandez started the fight fast, boxing smartly in the first two rounds landing crisp combinations to the stalking Gonzalez. Gonzalez closed the distance in the third round and from that point on it became a war of attrition in a spectacular fight. Gonzalez finished a bit stronger as the ten-round epic battle came to a close with everyone standing and cheering. When the scores were read to a captivated crowd, the elated new ABO INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION, Danny Gonzalez fell to his knees at the center of the ring with his new title on his shoulder. Gonzalez improves to 17-1-1 (6 KO's) while Hernandez drops to 9-4 (1 KO). The scores were 95-95, 97-93, and 98-92, for DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ (majority decision).
The semi-final Jr. Welterweight fight also had the sold-out crowd on its feet as East Hartford's "ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO and Waco, Texas veteran, MARQUIS "THE HAWK" HAWTHORNE stood toe to toe exchanging hard blows for most of the fight. the Undefeated Laureano came away with the hard earned victory by unanimous scores of 59-55, 60-54(2x). Laureano improves to 9-0 3KO's, while Hawthorne falls to 5-9-1 1KO.
Opening the show was another thrilling battle between Bellport native ALEX VARGAS and tough Philadelphia PA warrior DERRON LAWSON in a 4-round welterweight bout. Vargas was a decorated amateur and had vocal throng of fans in attendance for his pro debut. Both fighters displayed tremendous skill and heart as the two battled for the entire fight, exchanging multiple combinations with no regard. The fight quickly turned into an all out war. It was give and take as Vargas landed vicious head and body shots, then Lawson took his turn doing the same. At the end of the 4-rounds, Vargas took home the unanimous decision victory in his pro-debut. Vargas improves to 1-0, Lawson falls 0-2. Scores were 40-36 on two cards and 39-37 on the third.
A showdown between two pro-debuting prospects, NY Golden Gloves finalist JARED BONILLA (Bellmore) and Western New England Golden Gloves Champion, JOSE MAYSONET (Hartford) also brought the crowd to its feet. After a few back and forth moments, a right hand by Maysonet caused Bonilla's legs to unsteady. Smelling blood in the water, Maysonet pounced, dropping Bonilla just over fifty seconds into the first round. Twenty seconds later, Maysonet landed flush again, dropping Bonilla, causing the ref to call a stop to the action. In a flash, Maysonet earned his first career victory, by TKO. Bonilla falls to 0-1.
Popular Scottish Light-Heavyweight, SHAUN KENNEDY, picked up his first victory as a pro taking a unanimous decision from Buffalo pro-debuting PEREZ AUGHTRY from Buffalo, NY. Both men exchanged blows through-out the crowd-pleasing 4-round bout. The scores were 40-36 across the board. Kennedy goes to 1-0 with 1 no contest.
CEO of Star Boxing, JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about the action, "This was our 32nd 'Rockin' Fights' show at the Paramount. This series brings an ambience that is truly unrivaled. Last night was a prime example. The fights were intense, and the fans' enthusiasm matched and contributed to that energy. It was simply priceless, a pugilistic experience that has become a tradition at the best fight club in America. Hats off to the fans and to Danny and Johnny, they fought their hearts out."
Several well-known local fighters, past and present, were in attendance including #3 World rated Long Island Light Heavweight Joe Smith Jr., popular Long Beach Light Heavy Seanie Monaghan, undefeated prospect Tyrone James, the ever popular Vinny Maddalone, Contender Star Devaun Lee, Curtis Stevens, Larry Barnes and David Telesco.
Star Boxing is pleased to announce the this incredible night of fights will be aired on NESN (New England Sports Network), via tape-delay at a date and time to be announced next week. Commentating the show was NESN's own Jahmai Webster and former middleweight champion, Dana Rosenblatt.
“The Beast” Returns with First Round Stoppage Win!
June 30th, the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT: In the main event of Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing “Slugfest at the Sun” Mastic / Shirley “Beast” Joe Smith Jr. firmly banged his way back into the win column with a first round wipeout of Kentucky, “Romantic Redneck” Melvin Russell.
A laborer for Local 66 by day and partner with his father Joe Sr. in a growing tree service, the 28-year-old Smith known to his growing fan base as “The Common Man” who ejected Philadelphia future Hall of famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins into retirement returned to the ring for the first time in nearly a year shaking off the rust recovering from suffered a jaw injury decking the overmatched and outgunned Russell flooring the “Romantic Redneck” twice in round one.
The first knockdown coming from a heavy combination punctuated by a Smith left hook to the body and big right to the head, Russell would be returned to the canvas just moments later walking the hurt clutching and grabbing Kentuckian down ripping him to the body dropping him to his knees prompting referee Steve Willis to immediately wave the fight over at 1:45 of round one.
Open to a rematch with Sullivan Barrera the win serving as a good shakedown and refocusing for fighting "Common Man", Smith Jr. has his eyes locked on Sergey Kovalev should he get past Eleider Alvarez, August 4th in Atlantic City.
Smith looking to the bigger names at the top of the division improves to 24-2, 20Ko’s while Russell drops to 11-5-2, 7Ko’s.
In the female welterweight eight round co-feature, Providence, Rhode Island’s, Kali “KO Mequinonoag” Reis coming off a hard-fought points loss to Cecilia Braekus in May made her way back into the win column scoring a convincing in your face 80-72 times three unanimous decision over Paty “La Elegante” Ramirez. The always aggressive Reis moves to 14-7-1, 4Ko’s while Ramirez winless in her last four drops to 11-6, 5Ko’s
Leading the undercard East Hartford, Connecticut, 23-year-old, super lightweight Anthony Laureano outclassed, out banged and out pointed Haymarket, Virginia’s, Juan Rodriguez, 59-55, 60-54 times two after six. Laureano improves to 8-0, 3Ko’s as Rodriguez dropping three straight sinks to 8-10-1, 6Ko’s.
In a six round super welterweight bout Huntington, Long Island’s Wendy “Haitian Fire” Toussaint remained unbeaten stopping Worcester, Massachusetts, Andy Gonzales in three. Toussaint fighting with a distinct poise methodically dissected Gonzales flooring him once in rounds two and three forcing referee Steve Willis to stop the action at 1:25 of round three. Toussaint a Star Boxing “Rockin Fights” favorite improves to 9-0, 3Ko’s while Gonzalez stopped for the first time falls to 6-3, 5Ko’s.
New Haven, Connecticut’s, William Foster III and South Bend, Indiana's, Tyrome Jones had their scheduled six round super featherweight affair declared a no contest after Jones suffering a cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads the bout was called at 2:27 0f round two. Foster III moves to 8-0, 6Ko’s, 1NC while Jones slides to 4-3-1, 1Ko with 1NC.
In a six round heavyweight attraction New London, Connecticut, Cassius Chaney ran his unbeaten record to thirteen dropping Morelia, Mexico’s, over matched Elder “Baron” Hernandez twice forcing referee Steve Willis to save the kneeling “Baron” at 2:47 of round one. Chaney improves to 13-0, 7Ko’s while Hernandez stopped in his last three outings dives to 5-3, 3Ko’s.
New York, super lightweight Lawrence Gleeson, alias Larry Fryers, floored Douglasville, Georgia opponent Anthony Woods in round two enroute to a 59-53, 60-52 times two unanimous decision win. Gleeson / Fryers coming off a sixth round TKO loss to Nikolay Buzolinin April rights the ship at 7-1, 2Ko’s while the pay to play Woods drops to 1-7-1.
In a four round welterweight preliminary South Boston, Massachusetts popular Joe Farina picked himself up and battled back from a first round trip to the canvas to edge Orange, New Jersey’s, Steve Moore for a tightly contested 39-37 Moore, 39-37 twice for Farina split decision win. Farina moves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Moore slides to 1-4, 1Ko.
Don’t forget your tickets for Star Boxing’s return of Joe Deguardia’s red hot “Rockin Fights” series to the Paramount September 21st.
Joe Smith Jr. Provided Early Fireworks
With 1st Round KO Win at Mohegun Sun
Targets Sergey Kovalev Title Shot In the Fall
Full “Slugfest at the Sun” Results!!
(July 1st) Returning to the ring after an 11-month layoff due to a broken jaw, Joe "The Beast" Smith, Jr. provided early fireworks last night (Saturday, June 30) in the latest installment in the popular "Slugfest at The Sun" series, presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
"Slugfest at The Sun" was taped live and will air July 19, 8 -10 p.m. ET, on New England Sports Network (NESN). Star Boxing's next event, "Rockin' Fights", September 21 at the Paramount in Huntington, NY, will also air via tape- delay on NESN.
Rated No. 3 and No. 7 in the world, respectively, by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA), Smith (24-2, 20 KOs) hurt Melvin "The Romantic Redneck" Russell (11-5-2, 7 KOs) with the first punch he landed and finished the show, two devastating knockdowns later, in the opening round.
"I hit him with a decent shot when I was walking him down and saw that I hurt him," Joe Smith Jr. explained. "So, I looked to end it. I would have liked to have gotten some rust off, but I'm happy with my performance. My jaw feels great."
"We're looking to go to the top," Smith's promoter Joe DeGuardia stated. "Joe's plan and goal has always been to be world champion. We wanted (Sergey) Kovalev before this fight, but it didn't work out. We're hoping to get him in the fall."
"Kovalev looks great, he motivates me," Smith noted. "I think I can take advantage of his conditioning."
Coming off her historic fight this past May against the undefeated Queen of Boxing Cecelia Breakhus, who won a 10-round decision in the first female fight to air on HBO, three-time world champion Kali "KO Mequinonoag" Reis (14-7-1, 4 KOs) cruised past Mexican welterweight Patty "Las Elegante" Ramirez (11-6, 5 KOs), a former world title challenger, winning all eight rounds.
"She was a survivor," Reis commented. "There was a lot we wanted to work on, body shots, jabs and more ... getting more comfortable. I executed the plan my corner gave me and got the job done.
A Native American from Rhode Island, Reis wants a rematch with Breakhus, "I know I need to stay busy, active and remain fighting at welterweight to get the rematch," Reis added. "I'm going to stay on her tail. I'll be ready when it happens, I really want it to happen."
In the television opener, undefeated junior welterweight "Action" Anthony Laureano (8-0 3KO's) lived up to his nickname, never taking a backwards step, as he pounded Juan Rodriguez (8-10-1 6KO's) in the center of the ring from the opening bell through the end for a dominant six-round unanimous decision. The 2016 New England Golden Gloves champion Laureano, who fights out of East Hartford, CT, put on an entertaining show in front of his large, loud contingent of fans. Laureano effectively used every punch in his vast arsenal to break down a tough, game Rodriguez.
"I thought I did well," Laureano said after the fight, "but I'd like to see more angles. I want to see more power, too. It's there, he felt it; it's coming. I have a long road. Next fight, I'd like to have an eight-rounder. We're adding more people to the team. I hope everyone see that I'm getting better each fight. I have more tools and my discipline is there."
Undefeated junior middleweight Wendy "Haitian Fire" Toussaint (9-0, 3 KOs) lit up an overwhelmed Andy Gonzalez (6-3, 5 KOs), battering him from pillar to post, until referee Steve Willis waved off the fight in the third round. Haiti-native Toussaint, now living in Huntington, NY, used his superior power and speed to make an impressive statement.
Popular South Boston southpaw Joe Farina (3-0, 2 KOs) overcame a flash knockdown during the opening seconds of the fight, using a relentless attack to defeat junior welterweight Steve Moore (1-4, 1 KO), by way of a four-round split decision.
Irish junior welterweight "Lethal" Larry Fryers (formerly known as Gleeson) improved his record to 7-1 (2 KOs) with a six-round unanimous decision over Anthony Woods (1-7-1). Fighting out of Yonkers NY, Fryers floored Woods with a left hook at the end of round two. Woods was penalized a point near the end of the final round for an intentional head butt.
Former U. of New Haven basketball star Cassius Chaney (13-0, 7 KOs), fighting out of New London (CT), kept his undefeated record intact, dropping Mexican heavyweight Elder Hernandez (5-3, 3 KOs) twice before referee Willis halted the match near the end of the opening round.
The opening bout of the evening ended in the second round and ruled a "No Contest" because of an accidental head butt that left both fighters -- William "The Silent Assassin" Foster III (8-0, 6 KOs) and Tyrome Jones (4-3-1, 1 KO) - with serious head cuts and unable to continue.
Gonzalez Stops Savi In “Rockin Fights 31” Main Event!
By: Coach K
June 8th, Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York: Heading an abbreviated but exciting Star Boxing “Rockin Fights” return to the Paramount Woodhaven, New York, super lightweight Daniel “El Gallo” Gonzalez strategically dismantled Silver Spring, Maryland, veteran Justin “The Vodu” Savi in round two.
Gonzalez momentarily putting the evenings energy on hold with a feeling out first round drew the battle experienced veteran to the ropes for some heavy exchanges in round two flipping the script backing Savi to the ropes for a powerful combination drawing a referee Tony Chiarantano eight count.
A solid closer Gonzalez jumped right on the cagey veteran backing him to the corner for a repeat volley of punches forcing referee Tony Chiarantano to jump in and stop the pounding at 2:59 of round two. Gonzalez with back to back TO wins moves to 16-1-1, 7Ko’s while Savi having battled the likes of Malcolm Klassen, Rafael Mensah, Fatiou Fassinou, Jhonny Gonzalez, Rod Salka and Fabian Madiana falls to 31-17-2, 21Ko’s.
In the six round super welterweight co-feature Elmont, Long Island, “Pretty Boy” Tyrone James left no doubt finding, measuring and dropping Aiken, South Carolina’s, Keasen Freeman twice in round one with drilling right hands forcing referee Tony Chiarantano to call it a night at 2:43 of round one. James improves to 8-0, 5Ko’s while Freeman evens up at 4-4, 2Ko’s.
In six round super lightweight action Huntington “Hitman” Johnny Hernandez out hustled, out worked, out maneuvered and outscored Haymarket, Virginia’s, Juan Rodriguez landing with voluminous combinations to the body and head answering Rodriguez basic 1-2 offense with the cleaner, sharper punches for a convincing 58-56 times unanimous decision win. Hernandez improves to 9-3, 1Ko while Rodriguez slips to 8-9-1, 6Ko’s.
In a six-round pairing of unbeaten and contrasting styled featherweights Denver, Colorado’s, Andrew Strode out worked Coram, Long Island’s Michael Stoute to a tighter than scored six round unanimous decision.
Strode mostly working behind a mobile lead right hand quickly established the pace but never could turn the corner on the tight defensed, skilled counter punching Long Islander Stoute who appearing one body shot or check right hook away from turning the fight was a bit too patient and allowed Strode to steal some close rounds and a 57-57, 59-55 times two majority decision win. Strode improves to 5-0, 1Ko while Stoute losing for the first time slips to 3-1.
Kicking off the action in an exciting back and forth four round welterweight affair Brentwood, Long Island’s, Johnathan Arroyo was forced to settle for an uncommon unanimous decision draw over Douglasville, Georgia’s bull rushing Anthony Woods.
The more skilled Arroyo working an accurate southpaw right jab and long straight lefts battling Woods and a seriously cut right eye and swollen eye caused by repeated clash of forced to engage the wild swinging head first Georgian to a 38-38 times three unanimous decision draw. Arroyo improves to 3-0-1, 1Ko as the southern brawler Woods 1-1-1 in his last three slides to 1-6-1.
Don’t forget your tickets for Star Boxing’s June 30th “Slugfest at the Sun” headlining the return of the Long Island “Beast from the East” Joe Smith Jr. and the return of Joe Deguardia’s red hot “Rockin Fights” series to the Paramount September 21st.
Rockin Fights 31 Lights Up Long Island
With Fireworks from Opening Bell,
Danny Gonzalez Impresses In His First Main Event!
MAIN EVENT: DANNY GONZALEZ vs. JUSTIN SAVI
8-ROUND JR. WELTERWEIGHT
DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ did not wait long to show his dominance in Friday nights main event against JUSTIN SAVI. The first round saw exchanges from both men, attempting to find their distances. However in the second, Gonzalez took over, landing hard combinations to the body and the head of Savi, at one point so severe the ref stepped in to give a standing count. With only 1 second left in the 2nd round, Gonzalez unloaded on Savi, who he had pinned in the corner, until the ref stopped the bout as Gonzalez earned the TKO victory. Danny Gonzalez improves to 16-1-1 7KO's.
TYRONE JAMES vs. KAESEN FREEMAN
6-ROUND WELTERWEIGHT BOUT
TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES put the fans at The Paramount on their feet against, KAESEN FREEMAN. James used his length to find his distance against Freeman, and once he did, there was no looking back. A beautiful counter right dropped Freeman midway through the first, and with blood in the water, James refused to let it get away, viciously dropping Freeman with a straight right hand a second time, causing the referee to call a stop to the action, earning a KO victory. James improves to 8-0 5KO's.
JOHNNY HERNANDEZ vs. JUAN RODRIGUEZ
6-ROUND WELTERWEIGHT BOUT
JOHNNY "THE HITMAN" HERNANDEZ was in grudge match with Haymarket, Virginia native, JUAN de la cruz RODRIGUEZ. It seemed as the fight went on, Hernandez's combination became more crisp and more damaging. Rodriguez was unafraid to go toe to toe with Hernandez, and many time throughout the fight the two exchanged even blows at the center of the ring. When all was said and done, the judges scored a unanimous decision victory for John Hernandez.
MICHAEL STOUTE vs. ANDREW STRODE
6-ROUND FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
Both MICHAEL STOUTE and ANDREW STRODE entered the ring, on Friday, without a blemish on their record. Both Stoute and Strode went into full tactical warfare, slipping punches, countering, and attempting to command the ring. Both fighters found success in different rounds in a number of ways, including Strode's quick straight right, and Stoute's body work. The fight was a true deadlock most of the way through, however, after the final bell, the judges scored majority decision win, in favor of Andrew Strode. Strode improves to 4-0 1KO.
JOHNATHAN ARROYO vs. ANTHONY WOODS
4-ROUND WELTERWEIGHT BOUT
JOHN ARROYO and ANTHONY WOODS opened the night of action with a four round fight that mainly included blood and bombs in which Arroyo was cut over his eye from a head butt, courtesy of Anthony Woods. The back and forth action from both men led to the scores of 38-38 on all three judges cards, a rare unanimous decision draw.
Joel “Big” Djeko Battles His Way to Earning
The IBO Continental Cruiserweight Title!
(May 14th) On Saturday night, May 12, JOEL "BIG JOE" DJEKO (now 13-2-1 7KO's) took to the bright lights of the Versluys Dome in Ostend, Belgium in search of not only his 13th victory, but the IBO Continental Cruiserweight title. Across from him stood no easy task in undefeated Argentine, MARIANO GUDINO (now, 12-1 7KO's).
Gudino came out of the gate fast, using his quickness to evade the attack of Djeko. Through the first half of the fight, it was an even grudge match as Djeko and Gudino consistently exchanged blows at center ring, bringing the fans to their feet.
By the sixth round, Djeko began to find his mark, advancing on Gudino, landing devastating combinations on the Argentinian. Hurting Gudino in both the seventh and ninth round, with two flush left hands that found a home on his temple, the Argentine showed a relentless will, unwillingly to go to the canvas.
The battle went to the judges, in which all three scored in favor of BIG JOE, 96-93 (3x), earning Djeko the unanimous decision victory over the previously undefeated Gudino, and the title of IBO Continental Cruiserweight Champion.
STAR BOXING CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about Djeko's performance, "Joel put on a great show in Belgium. He deserved to win the title and we are proud to represent the newly crowned IBO Continental Cruiserweight champion. He has put the division on notice, and I believe he will be a force to be reckoned with at the elite level of the Cruiserweight division."
Pennington Edges MartinezIn Star Boxing
“Rockin Fights” St. Patrcick’s Day Showdown!
(March 17th) Friday night, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented the 30th edition of the popular "Rockin Fights" series at the Paramount in Huntington, NY, and number 30 will go down as one of the most memorable events in the recent history of club shows.
From top to bottom every fight had the enthusiastic crowd on their feet and produced fireworks all night. The main event 8 round Jr. Middleweight contest saw the streaking Courtney Pennington of Brooklyn, NY, pull off his 4th consecutive upset as he squeaked out a unanimous decision over the Bronx's Steven Martinez in an absolutely savage fight that could easily be a fight of the year candidate for fights on this level.
The two warriors went at it from the opening to the closing bell bringing the fans to a frenzy as they stood toe to toe for the last 30 seconds of round 8. There was little to separate from the 2 combatants and in the end it was Pennington who won by scores of 77-75 on two cards, and 78-74 on the third. Pennington improves to 12-3-2 5KO's while Martinez drops to 18-4 13 KO's.
Equally as exciting was the 6 round Jr. Lightweight match between Puerto Rico's Angel Suarez (7-2 3KO) and Elmont, NY native Titus Williams (7-2 2KO). The action was fast and furious throughout. Suarez dropped Williams with a straight right hand in round 1 but Williams fought himself back into the round by landing hard shots of his own. The fighters stood toe to toe for almost the entire fight as both took turns landing vicious punches. Suarez pulled off the upset as he walked away with a unanimous decision.
Danny Gonzalez (15-1-1 6KO Woodhaven, NY) bounced back nicely from his last fight, a shocking TKO loss at the hands of Danny O'Connor, stopping the very tough Juan Rodriguez (8-8-1 7KO Haymarket, VA) in the 5th of a scheduled 8 round Jr. Welterweight fight. Keeping with the pattern of the evening the two fighters stood toe to toe for much of the fight with both landing hard shots. The 5th and final round saw Gonzalez hurt Rodriguez with a left right combination and finish him off with a flurry of punches forcing referee Tony Chiarantano to bring a halt to the action against the game Rodriquez.
Valerio Nocera, (4-1-1 Roma, IT) won a hard fought 6 round decision over Alexander Picot ( 2-5-1 Hartford, CT) in a Lightweight fight.
Johnathan Arroyo (3-0 1KO Brentwood, NY) survived a 4th round knockdown to win a majority 4 round decision over debuting Derron Lawson (0-1 Philadelphia, PA) in a Welterweight fight.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these thoughts on the evening "These fights reminded me of the golden age of boxing when club shows flourished throughout the state of NY. These were really great, fan-friendly fights and much respect to all 10 warriors who fought their hearts out and put it all on the line out there tonight". Added Matchmaker Ron Katz "Pennington-Martinez was the closest thing I've seen to the legendary battle I put together many years ago between Merqui Sosa and Prince Charles Williams, and Suarez-Williams wasn't far behind".
The next scheduled date at the Paramount is set for Friday, June 8th.
Star Boxing’s "Showtime" Anthony Karperis
Bounces Back With Impressive Win!
(January 27th) Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented the latest edition of the 'Rockin fights' series last night at the Paramount in Huntington, NY before a completely sold out crowd.
The main event saw Hicksville, NY native Anthony "Showtime" Karperis, improve to 15-3 5KO with an impressive 10 round unanimous win over the ever so tough and game Nicaraguan, Nelson Lara, who falls to 17-10-4 9KO by scores of 100-90, and 99-91 on the other two judge's scorecards. The bout was contested in the jr. welterweight division.
It was a fast-paced action fight as Karperis, displayed great hand speed and impressive combinations throughout the 10 round bout. Lara, to his credit never stopped coming forward as he was more than willing to exchange punches with Karperis. Both fighters gave it their all, but it was Karperis in the end coming away with a hard fought and well-earned victory.
Tyrone "Pretty Boy" James improved to 7-0 3KO as he dispatched Brazilian, Alex Duarte DeJesus at 1:45 in the 3rd round of a scheduled 6 round jr. welterweight match up. Both fighters exchanged freely to the delight of the crowd.
It was close affair after 2 rounds with each fighter scoring significant punches. James was the flashier of the two combatants and put together a beautiful three punch combination that had DeJesus attempting to hold on and survive. James, to his credit, wouldn't allow any time for survival as he closed the show with a vicious onslaught as referee Al LoBianco Jr. stepped in and called a halt to the action.
42 year-old Scottish born cruiserweight Shaun Kennedy made his pro debut against 1-5 Darius Flowers in a scheduled 4 round cruiserweight bout. The Huntington based entrepreneur Kennedy had a huge and loud following cheering him on as entered a professional ring for the first time. Kennedy started out well by dominating the action, until he ran into a straight right hand thrown by Flowers which dropped him. The game Scotsman beat the count, but was then caught by a sharp left uppercut causing referee Tony Chiarantano to put an end to things at the 2:42 mark of the 1st round. Flowers improves to 2-5 2KO while Kennedy goes to 0-1.
Huntington based Jr. Welterweight Wendy Toussaint, 8-0 3KO, continued to impress as he stopped Rochester's Saadiq Muhammad, 4-2, at 1:12 of the 1st round of a scheduled 6 round jr. middleweight fight. Both guys started well engaging each until a beautiful straight right hand by Toussaint caught Muhammad flush on the temple. Muhammad slumped into the ropes and referee Danny Schiavon stepped in and stopped the fight as he was dazed and hurt.
The opening bout of the evening saw Coram, NY featherweight Michael Stoute improve to 3-0 as he won a unanimous 4 round decision over Rochester native Sequan Felton who drops to 2-3. Scores were 40-36 on 2 cards and 39-37 on the third
Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these thoughts on the night's affair "This was our 29th event at the Paramount and once again the fighters performed to a sold out crowd. The atmosphere was electric all night and once again Long Island Boxing fans show why they are among the best. Congratulations to all the fighters who participated on the show and we look forward to our next event here at the Paramount on March 16th".
Cletus "the Hebrew Hammer" Loses for the First Time Against Yves Ulysse Jr. In Quebec, Canada!
(December 17th) Junior welterweight CLETUS "The Hebrew Hammer" SELDIN, (21-1, 17 KO's) of Long Island, New York lost for the first time on Saturday night against Canadian YVES ULYSSE JR., (15-1, 9 KO's) at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada. The ten-round fight was the televised opener on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Joining boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. as the only fighters to appear on HBO in consecutive months, Seldin was neutralized by his opponent, but Seldin still pressed the action from the opening bell against the elusive Ulysse.
Despite being dropped in each of the first three rounds, Seldin valiantly continued throughout the fight in the hopes of hurting and stopping Ulysse.
"I was not expecting him to move so much, I figured in front of his home town fans he would stand and fight more," said Seldin, "I tried my best to make a fight of it and refused to let the knockdowns keep me down. The knockdowns didn't really affect me, I just got up and went to work. I like the combat, it was the chasing that got to me. I just want to brawl."
Seldin continued, "I'll be back, I promise you that, I hate to lose and I'll be a much better fighter next time. I'm a fighter who likes to entertain the fans and bang. I'm sorry I couldn't catch him. I promise I am going right back into the gym as soon as they let me and I will fix some things so this never happens again. This fight motivates me even more and I promise I will make 2018 the year of the "Hebrew Hammer."
JOE DEGUARDIA, CEO and President of Star Boxing stated, "Cletus never stopped trying to win and he kept trying to make it a fan friendly fight....Styles make fights. I knew Ulysse was highly skilled boxer but he moved much more effectively than we expected. We congratulate Ulysse and his team."
"Cletus has now fought three times since September 28. Amazingly, Cletus has asked me to get him back into the ring in January. However I've told him to take a couple weeks off and we will bring him back early 2018. Regardless of the result this past Saturday, Cletus has the style and tenacity that fans want to see and he will be back strong in 2018."
Seldin vs. Ulysse served as the TV opener for the main event featuring WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders successfully defending his belt against former IBF World Middleweight Champion David Lemieux.
Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin
Victorious In Star Making HBO Performance
Third Round Knockout of Robert Ortiz!
(November 13th) Long Island's CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN improved to 21-0 with 17 knockouts, with an outstanding third round knockout of ROBERTO "MASSA" ORTIZ, (now 35-2-2, 28 KO's) on Saturday night at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
As soon as the fight started, Seldin pursued Ortiz with his typical relentless style. Seldin dropped Ortiz twice in the opening round. The first knockdown was the result of a thunderous right hand that landed on the temple. Seldin continued attacking Ortiz in his crowd pleasing tenacious style throughout the round and fight.
Opening up a huge cut over Ortiz left eye with a massive right cross in the second round, Seldin earned the stoppage with a barrage of power punches in the third stanza as referee Shada Murdaugh called a halt to the carnage (2:43) of the scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout.
"This is what I do, I'm the Hammer," said Seldin. "I know what I'm capable of in the junior welterweight division and I'm ready to take on all comers, any of the top names. I belong on HBO in big fights."
"My fans have been seeing me do this for the last couple of years at The Paramount on Long Island. I'm thrilled we were able to do this at the Coliseum and on HBO. I can't wait to fight here again where we can fill the place with the 'Hamma Heads'".
"Boxing always needs new stars and tonight in Cletus Seldin the sport has a new one," said JOE DEGUARDIA, President and CEO of STAR BOXING. "We're very thankful to Peter Nelson and HBO for the opportunity, clearly Cletus was ready to take advantage of it."
"We look forward to a big year for Cletus in 2018 with bigger opportunities and working with HBO on bigger fights at Nassau Coliseum."
Cletus Seldin's performance was tremendous and electrified the crowd, many of whom were the "Hamma Head" fans that were seen tailgating in the Nassau Coliseum parking lot before the event. Fans, media and HBO commentators were overwhelmingly impressed with the punching power and refreshing style of Seldin, which is truly unique and pleasing to watch.
STAR BOXING'S TYRONE JAMES REMAINS UNDEFEATED
Undefeated, Long Island welterweight prospect TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES, also performed under the bright lights of the Nassau Coliseum by decisively winning his 6-round bout against veteran DANIEL SOSTRE. After dropping Sostre in the first round, James cruised to a victory as he utilized his height and length to create space, letting his hands do the rest. James improves to 6-0 3KOs.
DANNY JACOBS AND JARRELL MILLER ALSO VICTORIOUS
The fight card at NYCB LIVE brought exciting fights to the Long Island fans all night. In the co-feature heavyweight showdown, JARRELL MILLER earned a TKO in the 9th round, earning a victory over 6'8" MARIUSZ WACH. In the main event, Brooklyn's DANIEL JACOBS decisively took down LUIS ARIAS to earn his 33rd career win.
Andrade Dominates Unbeaten Fox In Middleweight Debut!
(October 22nd) Last night at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, in Verona New York, undefeated two time Jr. Middleweight World Champion, Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (Providence, RI, 25-0 16KO's), made a successful debut in the Middleweight division by dominating previously unbeaten Alantez "Slyaza" Fox (Forestville, MD, 23-1-1 11KO's) over 12 rounds of action. All three judges had Andrade ahead by scores of 118-110, 118-109, and 116-111. Andrade captured the vacant ABO Middleweight title. The bout was seen live on the popular HBO Boxing After Dark series.
Andrade, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, came out strong in the first round and had Fox in serious trouble after landing a beautiful straight left hand to the chin, but to Fox's credit, he was able to hang on and survive the round. Andrade used a balanced attack and maintained an aggressive style throughout the fight. There were many times over the 12-round distance where Andrade seemed to have Fox on his heels, utilizing a powerful body attack, along with quick combinations to the head. Fox had no answer for Andrade's attack as he out landed Fox 158-52. In the end, the decision was never in doubt.
Andrade had these comments after his decisive win, "I did everything I needed to do. It was a great experience to go 12 rounds at this weight. Fox is a tough kid, and after I hurt him early in the first round, he recovered well. He wasn't sloppy and he knew how to survive..."
Promotor Joe DeGuardia had these comments about Andrade's middleweight debut, "I was very impressed with how Demetrius systematically broke down the much taller and bigger Fox. This was not an easy fight as Fox has an unusual height for a fighter in the middleweight division and an awkward style, but Demetrius never wavered throughout the fight and looked very impressive in winning just about every round. I look forward to matching Demetrius with the elite members of the middleweight division, and will look to do so as soon as possible, as we want to keep Demetrius busy and on the rise."
The Andrade - Fox bout was promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and A-Team Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment.
"The Hebrew Hammer" Cletus Seldin
Nails Down Return Win Over French Veteran Garrido
In Star Boxing's"Rockin Fights 28" Main Event!
By: Coach “K”
September 28th, Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York: In the main event of an abbreviated but entertaining Star Boxing “Rockin Fights 28”, Shirley, Long Island’s hard-hitting welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin returned to the ring scoring a hard fought but persuasive ten round unanimous decision over Marseille, France’s, cagey and very durable veteran Renald Garrido.
Making his ring return following an almost fifteen-month extended medical pause Seldin appearing to start a bit dry needed some time to shake off the rust breaking into a well-earned sweat and finding his rhythm in round three.
Finding his usual bob and weave, rock and roll power attack Seldin working his way through several testing rounds including switching stances, employing changing tactics and targets up and down took control bloodying the clever Frenchman’s nose in round six.
The battle tested veteran Garrido, incensed on holding up his end of the escalating war reached deep into his defensively sound war chest battling on behind a frequently tested high guard protected chin offering up an alternating series of counters and tough leads, boxing and trading his way through the gap closing closing rounds.
Enduring the best “The Hebrew Hammer” had to offer Garrido despite proving he was more than worthy of the trans-Atlantic trip, was unable to match the “Hammers” punching power finding himself on the business end of the Long Islander's newly found “nail gun” and the short end of a 98-92 times three unanimous decision. Seldin remains unbeaten at 20-, 16Ko’s while Garrido having battled the likes of Serhiy Fedchenko, Yves Ulysse Jr. and Frankie Gavin falls to 19-16-2, 3Ko’s.
Opening the night Queens, New York southpaw super middleweight Vincenzo D'Angelo remained unbeaten winning a four round unanimous decision over Bronx, New York’s, Brandon Bey.
The more active and accurate punching D'Angelo's speed, power, accuracy and determination convincingly proved Bey had bit off more than he could chew in his pro career opener out boxing and out slugging the former Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Champion to a 40-36, 39-37 times two unanimous decision win. D'Angelo moves to 3-0-1 while Bey stars out 0-1.
In a special demonstration Star Boxing commentator, two-time New York Golden Gloves Champion and NBC’s TV show The Biggest Loser, trainer Cara Castronova gave the Paramount Theaters loyal boxing fans an example of her "Knockout Obesity Foundation" boxing mitts workout with the help of New York’s young and talented Sophia Marquez.
In a scheduled six round super lightweight affair, East Hartford, Connecticut’s, 22-year-old, Anthony Laureano displayed his advanced skills and development methodically breaking down and stopping Detroit, Michigan, 33-year-old, veteran James “Motor City Bad Boy” Lester in four.
Laureano working his long jab early on obliged and matched the more experienced Lester’s body attack matching him shot for shot before taking down the “Motor City” veterans guard and dropping him face first to the canvas with a well-timed left hook in round four prompting the Michiganers corner to call for referee Sullivan to end it at the close of round four. Laureano improves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Lester sinks to 11-13-1, 4Ko’s.
(Rob Smith, John “Iceman” Scully, Joe Smith Sr.
The “Irish Bomber” Joe Smith Jr. Star Boxing promoter Joe Deguardia)
Joining the Pramounts loyal fans for the show was Flushing, Queens, New York, former heavyweight contender Vinnie Maddalone, Star Boxing super lightweight Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, Hartford, Connecticut’s, light heavyweight contender, TV boxing analyst and renowned trainer John “Ice Man” Scully and Star Boxing’s “Irish Bomber" Joe Smith Jr.
Team Won't Allow Second Lightning Strike
To Hold "The Beast" Joe Smith Jr. Back!
(July 29th) Saturday night, July 15th, Mastic/Shirley New York former WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion Joe Smith Jr. boldly faced once beaten Sullivan Barrera on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Amongst all the criticism after the bout it was diagnosed for the second time in his young career with a broken jaw.
With Shenandoah National Park Ranger Roy Cleveland Sullivan holding the Guinness Book of Records for being hit by lightning seven times in boxing the idiom “Lightning Never Strikes Twice” took another hit. The second “lightning strike” came Saturday night July 15th at the Forum, Inglewood, California, when after flooring challenger Sullivan Barrera in round one the 27-year-old power punching Smith Jr. trained and managed by the “Fighting” Capobianco’s was forced to battle on with was later diagnosed as a fractured jaw. First detected at UCLA Medical Center on the west coast, Smith returning home would have his jaw wired at Stony Brook University Hospital near his home. This would be the second time the valiant warrior Smith battled under such conditions.
While broken jaws are uncommon, nothing new to boxing. You can go back to English bare-knuckle champion Tom Cribb’s breaking of former US slave and American’s real first world champion Tom Molineaux’s jaw in their savage contest back in 1811 through Muhammad Ali’s 1973 highly glorified broken jaw battle with Ken Norton and one thing is certain facing such an adversity is not just a sign of courage but gives us a snapshot into the mindset of the fighter and his team.
As many of the Monday morning quarterbacks have criticized Smith Jr.’s corner for not stopping the fight, I see it much differently. Let’s look at some of the facts. Smith a distinguished amateur beginning with numerous, junior, novice and open titles going on to win two New York Golden Glove titles turned pro in 2009. Winning his first six bouts all coming by KO Smith would face his first real adversity amateur or pro August 7th, 2010 in just his seventh pro fight facing Lawrence, Massachusetts, Eddie “Thunder” Caminero, the new pro battled four rounds with was post-fight diagnosed as multiple jaw fractures.
Returning to action eleven months later, winning his next fifteen, eleven of those victories coming inside the distance against an increasing level of competition including Otis Griffin, Michael Gbenga, Cory Cummings and Will Rosinsky. The old school fighting Irishman would go onto make the most of of his biggest opportunity June 18th, 2016 stopping former WNC Light Heavyweight challenger Andrzej Fonfara in one round.
Readily excepting his next challenge, four months later Smith would again make the most of an opportunity launching Philadelphia boxing methuselah and future Hall of Hamer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins out of the ring and into retirement in eight rounds. Smith labeled the “Common Man” by Hopkins before their bout, Smith continuing his fight anyone, anywhere attitude unhesitatingly excepted the fight to face once beaten Barrera.
Putting aside the rumors of a bruised jaw in his last sparring session prior to the fight, when you consider that at no time did the young talent ask for or show any open display of wanting the fight stopped.
A throwback fighter in search a world title, Smith understanding his position going into the fight made a personal choice to continue. In fact, after the contest the young “Irishman” immediately went onto praise his team for their judgement and support.
To understand this further if you have to consider the fact the heavy-handed Irishman always armed with a one punch solution thoroughly understood his chances and possible consequences having been in this position before. Whether it was potential for further injury or more important to him the fact that the fight being stopped at this juncture of his career with the potential of a meeting for the winner to face former WBC World Champion Sergey Kovalev in November on the line a stoppage loss would severely handicap the young boxer/puncher in his world championship bid.
Having the advantage of hindsight and no further damage having been sustained and Smith now recovering from the second surgical procedure on his jaw I think it should be perfectly clear to any and all Team Smith doubters fully knowing the consequences and odds the choice they made to fight on was the right one. After all, in today’s hide and seek, protect the zero-boxing mentality who knows when the next opportunity, if any would come. To me Smith and his team not only made the right decision but in my mind made a choice consistent with his let’s fight mentality.
Knowing Smith since he was a young teen and having witnessed his steady progression as a fighter, specifically his skills as a boxer since coming under the tutelage of a pair former fighters Phil and Gerry Capobianco. To me it is clear to see the confidence and self-assurance Smith has not only in his punch but the years of boxing awareness and expertise they bring both in and out of the ring. It is that along with a genuine and almost parental care about their charge that I think allows Smith the fighter to clearly look forward and stay focused on the task at hand.
Now 23-2, 19Ko’s the hard working, union backed 27-year-old boxer / laborer, after commending his opponent Barrera for his performance has not shown any sign of regret and remains entirely focused on his recovery and his return to his quest for a world title.
What might that quest entail? Promoted by Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing, Smith with a five month return prognosis, medically cleared, could return with a potential take the rust off comeback fight around December or early 2018, potentially setting up a financially rewarding long talked about fight against former amateur rival and sparring partner Seanie Monaghan.
Ironically or in the stars Monaghan suffered his first defeat the same night July 15th, to Staten Island 2012 Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne. That quick plan being just one of many options alone justifies Smith’s desire to continue to battle Saturday night, after all he is the one facing the punches. The Monaghan loss most likely calling for a step back return fight of his own sync’s up two very popular Irishman on a collision course perfectly timed for St Paddy’s Day at Long Island’s newly renovated Nassau Coliseum.
One thing is for sure, Smith no stranger to adversity again proved he is NO ordinary Joe. Admitting after fight that there were moments he contemplated giving in to the increasing pain, quickly cited his corners positive input reinforced and re-energized his desire to continue. It is with that in mind if you consider Smiths current position you could easily draw parallels to the great Irish light heavyweight and future heavyweight champion “The Fighting Marine” Gene Tunney.
I’m not making a comparison of skills, talent or power but of a situation similar to the position Smith found himself against Barrera. On May 23rd, 1922, Tunney in his first and only defeat after having had his nose severely smashed, both eyebrows cut and bleeding from the nose and mouth early in his Light Heavyweight Title challenge of reigning champion Harry Greb, “The Fighting Marine” once verbalized his choice to continue stating: "during that fight he rationalized to himself that if Greb couldn’t finish him off, he would be the better man."
Again, not to make a direct comparison of Smith to Tunney but it is with that same mindset that Tunney would turn that mental victory into a Hall of Fame career going on to face the future Hall of Famer, Greb four more times without a loss, later claiming the World Heavyweight title scoring a ten round unanimous decision over one of the sports most popular champions Jack Dempsey.
Tunney was 25 for the first Greb fight. So, before we jump to conclusions when it comes to Smith, as true boxing fan, I just ask that at this stage of Smith’s promising young career we all just take a deep breath, sit back and watch to see what is this old school tradesman’s next move brings.
"Rockin Fights 27" Wild Night of Upsets!
(July 29th) The term "Theatre of the Unexpected" is often used in Boxing, and on Friday night July 28th at the Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, NY, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing certainly provided the capacity crowd with something they won't soon forget.
The main event saw local hero Anthony "Showtime" Karperis of nearby Hicksville take on the Bronx' Louis Cruz. The two waged a fierce battle throughout the fight taking turns battering each other until a vicious uppercut by Cruz in the final seconds of the 9th round dropped Karperis.
Karperis was visibly hurt and Cruz swarmed in with a flurry of punches and closed the show with only one second left in the round as the referee called the fight off. Karperis was dominating the round and had Cruz pinned in the neutral corner when out of nowhere the debilitating punch was delivered. The fight was nip and tuck the whole way with the balance of the fight to be decided in the final two rounds. Karperis drops to 14-3 5KO while Cruz improves to 12-3 6KO's. The bout was scheduled for 10 rounds in the Jr. Welterweight division.
The co-featured 8 round lightweight bout saw Brooklyn's Dean Burrell, 12-1-1 9KO's battle it out with upset minded Carlos Osorio, 13-7 5KO's from El Viejo, Nicaragua. Burrell was looking to capitalize on his last Paramount appearance, a stunning KO of Huntington's own Johnny Hernandez, but ended up in the fight of his life as the two fought each other from the opening to the final bell much to the delight of the capacity crowd. Osorio was the aggressor the entire fight but Burrell stood his ground and traded freely with Osorio. In the end the judges were split, with one judge scoring the bout 77-75 in favor of Burrell, another 77-75 in favor of Osorio, while the third and deciding judge saw the fight even at 76-76, thus resulting in a draw. A rematch would be in order for this terrific fight.
Undefeated Welterweight Tyrone James from Elmont, Long Island, improved to 5-0 3KO's as he destroyed the usually durable and tough Alexander Picot, 2-4-1 Hartford, CT, inside of one round. James wasted no time as he jumped all over Picot unleashing hard shots to the head and body. Picot was left virtually helpless against the ropes forcing the referee to call a halt to the action. The bout was scheduled for 6 rounds.
The opening fight saw Rochester, NY native Sequan Felton score his first win as a pro as he ruined the pro debut of NYC fighter Harrison Barba by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice. The action was thrilling between these two young fighters as the aggressive Barba went right after Felton who threw some eye-catching combinations of his own. After 4 rounds of this fast paced Lightweight fight the unanimous decision was announced in Felton's favor as he improves to 1-2 and Barba falls to 0-1.
Jr. Middleweights Abner Guadalupe of the Bronx and Newark's Simon Saye also went to war for 4 rounds. After the dust cleared the bout was ruled a majority draw. Scores were 39-37 for Guadalupe, which was over ruled by matching scores of 38-38 by the 2 remaining judges. Guadalupe is now 0-0-1 while Saye is 0-1-1.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments at the conclusion of the night's action "This was a very exciting show in which the fans saw evenly matched bouts where 2 resulted in draws and also two upsets. It shows that our fights at the Paramount are predictable in only one way: the fans get to see exciting fights where the outcome is not pre-determined. I'm very proud of Anthony Karperis who fought his heart out, and Cruz who fought a smart fight. I know Anthony will come back stronger and better than ever when he returns and we look forward to his return. One thing for sure, when you fight with heart and determination like Karperis did, you earn a return to our shows whether you win, lose or draw. It is why I can't say enough about the effort all of these warriors put forth in front of another capacity crowd at the Paramount. My hat is off to all of them. I also thank all of our sponsors and our great fans for an evening we won't soon forget".
Joe Smith Jr. Fights Nine Rounds with Broken Jaw!
(July 17th ) Popular Long Island light heavyweight contender JOE SMITH JR. (23-2-0, 19 KO'S), gritted his way through Saturday's ten round battle with SULLIVAN BARRERA (20-1-0, 14 KO's), after suffering a broken jaw early in the 2nd round. Even with a broken jaw, Smith Jr. dug deep to fire away at the skilled Barrera until the final bell, in which he ultimately fell short by scores of 96-93 and 97-92 twice.
In a fight that had the cheering crowd on their feet throughout, Smith and Barrera went to war from the opening bell. Prior to breaking his jaw, Smith wasted no time showing his sheer power as he drilled Barrera with a hard left hook to the forehead in the opening round sending Barrera sprawling to the canvas. Barrera, hurt from the knockdown, showed his proven grit and determination by rising and finishing the round.
Although having his jaw broken in the second round, Smith continued to fight hard throughout the fight which featured excellent two-way action. Smith showed a great chin and tons of heart as he tried his best to fight through a debilitating injury. Smith landed some heavy blows stunning Barrera on occasion but Sullivan outworked him to grab the decision on the judges scorecards.
"Joe knocked down Barrera hard in the first round but in the second round he sustained a broken jaw," said JOE DEGUARDIA, CEO and President of STAR BOXING. "It's a similar injury to the one he suffered five years ago and frankly it's amazing that he continued to valiantly fight over the next eight rounds and finish the fight."
In his only other previous loss, Smith also suffered a broken jaw against Eddie Caminero five years ago.
Continued DeGuardia, "After spending part of Saturday night at the UCLA Medical Center, Joe will have surgery later this week in New York and we'll know more then about a time frame for his full recovery. We congratulate Sullivan Barrera on his victory."
We at Star Boxing are extremely proud of Joe for fighting this fight under such extreme conditions as are all his fans who came to the fight last night from Long Island and those who watched on HBO. Joe Smith is a true warrior and epitomizes what a real fighter is supposed to be.