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“The Beast” Blasts “The Storm”: Joe Smith Jr.

Ko’s Eleider Alvarez Through the Ropes In 9th Round!

(August 24th) JOE "THE BEAST" SMITH JR.'s (now 26-3 21KO's) WBO Light Heavyweight World Title Eliminator against ELEIDER "STORM" ALVAREZ (now 25-2 13KO's) on ESPN+, ended in absolutely thrilling fashion, last night, as the upset minded Smith Jr. strapped up his boots, clocked in, and went to work. A devastating 9th round knockout sent the former world champion through the bottom two ropes, landing on the ring apron. On this night, the Long Islander known affectionately as the "Common Man," was anything but.

 

After controlling the action from the first round on, with a lethal jab and thudding, powerful shots, Smith Jr. mixed his attack in the middle rounds landing to the body as well.

          

After relentlessly battering Alvarez round after round, Smith threw a  missile, straight right hand down the pipe, followed by a stinging power jab.  The combo obliterated Alvarez, sending him through the ropes and onto the ring apron, reminiscent of Smith Jr.'s incredible 2016 knockout, when he launched legend Bernard Hopkins straight through the ropes and on to the Forum floor.  The knockout last night came 26 seconds into the 9th-round.

 

The game plan from both fighters was clear from the start. Alvarez was looking to counter the aggression of Smith Jr., while Smith Jr. was looking to pressure Alvarez, until he could not take it anymore. 

 

"I stopped a former world champion who's never been stopped before," said Smith after the fight, "And I proved that I can box very well, and still get the knockout. I watched tape of him and I seen if you give him pressure, he starts to lay back a little bit and get a little too comfortable and relaxed. So, I just wanted to keep my jab in his face and stay busy. That was the game plan, and we stuck to it."

 

At the time of the stoppage Smith Jr. was leading on all three cards, 80-72, 79-73 (x2). CompuBox credited Smith with landing 54 more punches and throwing 194 more punches than Alvarez, at the time of the stoppage. Smith will now face the winner of Maksim Vlasov vs Umar Salamov for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight Championship of the World.

 

CEO of Star Boxing JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about Smith Jr.'s impressive performance, "What a spectacular performance and knockout finish by Joe Smith Jr.  It is truly special watching him fight. He is the epitome of hard work, grit and determination, and makes all of us at Star Boxing proud. I have spent my life in boxing, yet I yell and jump from my seat watching him fight, he truly is exciting to watch. Congratulations to him and the entire team on a phenomenal performance."

 

On the undercard, Star Boxing's other Long Island fighter on the card and Smith's stablemate,  WENDY "HATITIAN FIRE" TOUSSAINT, cruised to a wide unanimous decision victory over 'Bubble' veteran ISIAH JONES (9-4 3KO'S). Toussaint had Jones hurt in the 5th round but could not capitalize on getting the knockout.  At the final bell,  Toussaint won by wide victory (80-72, 79-73 (x2)), as he improved to 12-0 5KO's.  New Jerseys, JULIAN "HAMMER HANDS" RODRIGUEZ (20-0 13KO's) lived up to his name, scoring three knockdowns finishing East Hartford prospect "ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO (13-1 4KO's) inside of the first-round.

NY’s Most Prolific Promotional Company

Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing Adapting to Covid-19

Keeps Fighting - 3 Recent Victories and 5 Fights Lined Up!

(August 20th) Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, the longest running and most consistent promoter in New York, entered 2020 with great expectations.   Following a JOE "THE BEAST" SMITH JR. (25-3 20KO's) upset, ESPN main event victory, over then #3 rated light heavyweight JESSE HART (26-3 21KO's) in January and its highly regarded "Rockin' Fights" 38 in February, featuring victories by heavyweight contender, CARLOS TAKAM (39-5-1 28KO's), and Jr. Welterweight punisher CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (25-1 21KO's), Star Boxing had monthly events scheduled throughout the year and major fights on the horizon.  Unfortunately boxing, and the world, came to a screeching halt due to the COVID pandemic.

 

For the first time in Star Boxing's 28-year history, a staggering double digit number of events were postponed due to the global pandemic. With its back against the ropes, and no clarity in sight, Star Boxing has endured and come out swinging.

 

In just over a span of a few weeks, Star Boxing has given its fighters great opportunities to shine across the globe in an otherwise desolate boxing market finding ways to battle back the shutdowns.

 

JULY AND AUGUST VICTORIES:

On July 9, heavyweight contender Carlos Takam appeared in a major heavyweight main event victory on ESPN from the Top Rank bubble in Las Vegas. 

On August 7, "SUPER" MARIO ALFANO (15-1-1 4KO's) won the Italian National Super Featherweight Title with a vicious second-round TKO in Italy, on RaiSport. On August 15, undefeated fan-favorite, cruiserweight, RICHIE "POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN" RIVERA (18-0 13KO's) continued his dominance in Daytona Beach, Florida with a first-round TKO.

UPCOMING 5 BOUTS THIS WEEK:

This Saturday night (8/22) Star Boxing invades the bubble at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, on ESPN+, as Joe Smith Jr faces off against ELEIDER "STORM" ALVAREZ (25-1 13KO's) in 12-round WBO World Championship Eliminator main event.

 

On the undercard, undefeated, 2018 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year, "ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREAO (13-0 4KO's) takes on heralded undefeated prospect, JULIAN "HAMMER HANDS" RODRIGUEZ (19-0 12KO's) in a 10-round super lightweight bout.

 

Also highlighted on the undercard is undefeated Long Island rising star WENDY "HAITIAN FIRE" TOUSSAINT (11-0 5KO's) who takes on Detroit's, ISIAH JONES (9-2 3KO's) in an 8-round super welterweight bout.

 

Also on August 22, but in Florida, undefeated, CURTIS "HARD KNOCKS" JOHNSON (11-0 8KO's), takes his shot at the ABF super featherweight title in Florida against James Early.

 

And from France, a day before the action packed August 22, undefeated super welterweight, DAVID PAPOT (23-0-1 3KO's) is set to fight against Francis Tchoffo on August 21.

STAR BOXING SIGNING NEW TALENT

Not only has Star Boxing been adapting and having its fighters highlighted across the globe this summer, but Hall of Fame Promoter, Joe DeGuardia, has been busy adding talent as well. In just the last three weeks, Star Boxing has added 5 quality prospects to its stable: 

 

First, Star inked The Ukrainian duo, now fighting out of Pittsburgh, undefeated super bantamweight, OLEH "UKRAINIAN PITBULL" DOVHUN (10-0 3KO'S) and heavyweight, LYUBOMYR "DEMOLITION MAN" PINCHUK (12-1-1 7KO'S). Then, Across the Atlantic, Star Boxing added two Irish amateur standouts in 21-year-old undefeated welterweight "THE SILENT ASSASIN" RYAN O'ROURKE (3-0) and super middleweight, "SUPERFLY" TONY BROWNE, a highly regarded amateur who will be making his pro debut in the near future. Rounding out the strong new class of Star Boxing elite is Brazilian, undefeated super bantamweight slugger, MICHEL "BABU" DA SILVA (13-0 12KO'S).

 

JOE DEGUARDIA, President of Star Boxing had this to say about all the activities in July and August:  "I am pleased that we are finding opportunities for our fighters and are fortunate to have such varied and positive working relationships around the world.   We will keep moving forward.  Just like our boxers, we are fighters.  These are rough times and we have certainly been hit hard by this pandemic, as has the rest of the boxing industry and world but we will keep punching.  When the final bell rings, we will be standing. We are looking forward to hearing the roar of crowd at our FAN filled Star Boxing events soon".

WITNESS THE GREATNESS: THIS IS STAR BOXING

ABOUT STAR BOXING: Star Boxing, Inc. has been in operation since 1992. Founded by Joe DeGuardia, its President and CEO, Star Boxing has worked to produce some of the most exciting and memorable boxing events in recent history. Star has continued to work with and develop a number of very exciting world champions, world-rated contenders and young prospects. Star has consistently brought credibility, integrity, and exciting fights to the boxing industry. For more information on Star Boxing, visit the official website at starboxing.com.

 

Star Boxing is among the highest regarded and most rapidly expanding boxing organizations in the country. Its premier stature is reinforced by its ability to develop talent and maintain a high profile within the industry and with its broadcast affiliates. Star Boxing regularly stages and televises premium quality boxing matches throughout the world. The swift ascendancy of Star Boxing is largely attributable to the sporting expertise and innovative business vision of the organization’s founder and President, Joe DeGuardia. As the son of a professional prizefighter, DeGuardia can truly boast a lifetime association with the sport of boxing. DeGuardia grew up in the Bronx, learning boxing at his father’s neighborhood boxing gym. He fought his first official bout at the age of nine, and won the Golden Gloves Welterweight crown in 1988, one year before his graduation from law school. Following his admission to the bar, DeGuardia joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor. He then went on to develop a successful, Bronx-based independent law practice. Notwithstanding his work as a lawyer, DeGuardia always remained professionally active in the boxing world. This involvement became a full-time dedication in 1990, when he took over management of the Morris Park Boxing Club from his father. In his new capacity as chief operator of the club, DeGuardia transformed the business into one of the busiest boxing gyms in New York, while also using it as a base from which to launch his larger business as a top boxing entrepreneur. Star Boxing, the organization that evolved out of DeGuardia’s broad experience in the boxing industry, works on a flexible business model which enables DeGuardia to develop and promote both exclusive boxing events and boxers, as well as to put together joint-sponsorship events with other major promoters. Thus, there are many different components to his portfolio of promotional ventures. Recently, Star Boxing events have been among the highest grossing, most successful events in boxing, further solidifying its position as one of the most reputable companies in the sport. Among Star’s promoted fighters and events, the Antonio Tarver vs. Roy Jones Jr. trilogy was one of the most successful trilogies in boxing history, generating over 50 million in revenue. Star Boxing shows have been broadcast on both internationally and nationally on Pay-Per-View, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, HDNet, Telemundo and MSG, as well as on the internet, through collaborative efforts with GoFightLive.TV. Through his leadership of Star Boxing, DeGuardia has secured a reputation as among the youngest and most dynamic first-tier promoters in the business. In addition to the guidance of DeGuardia, Star has several high-level industry executives, including matchmaker Ron Katz who is widely considered one of the best matchmakers of all time. Star Boxing is also a proud member of the Boxing Promoters Association (BPA), which was formed in 2009, and is made up of over thirty of the top US Promoters. The BPA was the brainchild of DeGuardia, and his efforts in forming the organization were recognized by the fellow BPA Members, who elected DeGuardia President of the Association. Star Boxing will continue with groundbreaking shows and concepts in the years ahead, as it continues its role as an innovative leader in the exciting world of boxing.

Star Boxing Adds Irish Amateur Standout Tony Browne!

(August 14th) Standout Irish amateur TONY BROWNE is set to go pro after signing a promotional agreement with Hall of Fame Promoter JOE DEGUARDIA and Star Boxing

          

Star Boxing adds to its talented stable another young Irish prospect after announcing late last week the signing of undefeated Irish super lightweight RYAN O'ROURKE (3-0).

The move ends the decorated amateur chapter of Browne's career who was listed at #4 on Ireland's amateur pound for pound list.  Browne represented Ireland internationally, medaling at The Chemistry Cup (World Cup), the Eindhoven Box Cup and a slew of several Irish National Titles.

 

While Browne who will be campaigning at super middleweight, has had no shortage of professional experience having sparred around the world with some of the best to do it, including Chris Eubank Jr., in his preparation for his bout against James DeGale.

Browne currently trains with Steven O' Rourke in Inchicore alongside his now stablemate, Ryan O'Rourke.  Browne is managed by Conor Slater of Slater Consulting.  Browne will look to make his pro-debut closer to home in the coming months, with a fight date likely to be revealed in the coming weeks.

 

Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing commented, "It is great to welcome Tony to the team. He is one of the most exciting amateurs in world boxing and his pedigree speaks for itself.  We believe he is well suited to the pro game and I look forward to seeing him progress."

 

Tony Browne added, "I'm delighted to have finally turned pro. This has been a dream of mine for a very long time, and this opportunity that has presented itself is one I had to grab with both hands.  People have always said I'm suited for the pro game, so I'm raring to show that I am.  A big thanks to my team Steven and Conor and of course to Joe and everyone at Star Boxing for this amazing opportunity.  I'm looking forward to getting started.  I haven't turned pro just to make up the numbers or to win just a couple of belts, I want to be world champion and leave a legacy.  That's my goal."

Star Boxing Welcomes Undefeated Brazilian

Super Bantamweight Michel “Babu” Da Silva!

(August 13th) JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING continues adding talent to its roster, this time in the form of undefeated Brazilian, super bantamweight, MICHEL "BABU" DA SILVA (13-0 12KO's). Da Silva has no issue bringing the pain as he is currently riding a ten-fight knockout streak.

           

With all 13 of his fights taking place in his native Brazil, signing with Hall of Fame Promoter, Joe DeGuardia, Da Silva hopes to make a splash in the United States in the near future.

The 122 lb slugger began his boxing career at the age of 12, aspiring to be like his father, Aluisio Da Silva, who was a former boxer. At 15, Da Silva had his first amateur bout, and shortly thereafter participated in the World Championship in Liverpool England with the Brazilian boxing team. Finishing with 52 wins in 59 amateur fights, Da Silva turned to the professional ranks at the age of just 18.

 

Da Silva had this to say about signing with Star Boxing, "I want to thank Star Boxing for the amazing opportunity! I will work hard to achieve my biggest dream of becoming a World Champion! You can bet that that the world will witness me in some amazing fights!"

 

"On behalf of Michel Da Silva and the whole Team, I want to thank Star Boxing for the opportunity given," said Da Silva's manager, MARCEL TSHIYOYO. "I really do believe in Michel and I know he will reach his dreams of becoming world champion! We are ready to seize the opportunity!"

 

Star Boxing CEO, JOE DEGUARDIA, believes that "Michel has a fan friendly come forward style with immense power, especially in the super bantamweight division. We are looking forward to working with him."

Star Boxing Signs Undefeated Irish

Super Lightweight Ryan O’Rourke!

(August 7th) Undefeated 21-year-old, super lightweight, RYAN O'ROURKE (3-0) has officially put pen to paper on a promotional agreement with JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING.

 

In signing with Hall of Fame Promoter, Joe DeGuardia, O'Rourke has his sights set on growing his fan base internationally, which is already supported by a strong contingent of fans in Ireland.

          

CEO of Star Boxing, JOE DEGUARDIA, had this to say on the signing, 'Ryan had an impressive amateur career and since making the switch to the paid ranks, it is clear to see he is very suited to the professional game. He is still only 21 years of age and has a lot of potential. It looks as though he will be a very entertaining fighter in the years to come."

 

O'Rourke joins a talented stable of fighters, represented by Star Boxing, including former world title challenger JOE SMITH JR (25-3 20KO's), who makes his return August 22 in a WBO Title Eliminator on ESPN against Eleider Alvarez, former WBO Super Lightweight World Champion CHRIS ALGIERI (24-3 9KO's), former heavyweight world title challenger CARLOS TAKAM (39-5-1 28KO's), amongst many other talented fighters. 

Known as 'The Silent Assassin', Ryan O' Rourke has shown his quality in the ring, notching 3 quick wins in January, February, and March of this year before the world came to a stop due to the global pandemic. 

 

 

However, O' Rourke will look to add to his impressive undefeated resume on September 11th in Spain where he steps up for his first 6-round contest.

 

Ryan O' Rourke had this to say about signing with Star Boxing, "I am delighted to have signed with one of the biggest promoters in the world. I can't thank Joe and Star Boxing enough for the opportunity and I am looking forward to getting started and kicking on in America. My career has been mapped out brilliantly, and I am building up a wealth of experience and fighting regularly. This opportunity is what dreams are made of."

Star Boxing Signs Ukranian Super Bantamweight

Oleh Dovhun & Heavyweight Lyubmyr Pinchuk!

(August 6th) JOE DEGUARIDA'S STAR BOXING is pleased to announce the signing of two Ukrainian standouts in undefeated super bantamweight OLEH "UKRAINIAN PITBULL" DOVHUN (10-0 3KO's) and heavyweight LYUBOMYR "DEMOLITION MAN" PINCHUK (12-1-1 7KO's), who both now live, fight and train out of Pittsburgh, PA.

OLEH "UKRAINIAN PITBULL" DOVHUN

Undefeated 122 lb. southpaw, Oleh Dovhun, began boxing in his hometown of Stebnyk, Ukraine at 10-years-old where he amassed an impressive 347 amateur fights, was a member of the Elite WSB Ottoman Team, which produced greats like Vasyl Lomenchenko, and won 5 Ukrainian National Titles.

           

(photo credit: Valerie Tamburlin) Now, at 26 with an undefeated professional record of 10-0, Dovhun, made the move to Pittsburgh, PA and has been training out of the Conn-Greb Boxing Club under trainer MICHAEL MCSORLEY. "Oleh is the slickest fighter I have ever worked with," said McSorley, "he is hard to hit and punishes you at obscure angles." Through 10 fights, Dovhun's marquee win came in March of 2019 when he defeated then undefeated prospect Daron Williams (then 7-0 4KO's) for the ABF Super Bantamweight Title.

LYUBOMYR "DEMOLITION MAN" PINCHUK Lviv, Ukraine native, Lyubomyr Pinchuk banked over 250 amateur fights before making the move to Pittsburgh, PA.

 

(photo credit: Brett Rothmeyer)    

The 24 year old prospect fought 6 times in 2019, winning the ABF Cruiserweight Title, and defending it three times in the same year. In July of 2019, Pinchuk defeated then undefeated prospect Johnnie Langston (then 7-0 3KO's) by decision for the ABF Continental America's Cruiserweight Title. Trainer Michael McSorley said this about Pinchuk, "Pinchuk is a throwback fighter who is a fearless and relentless terminator. He is a punishing counter puncher." Pinchuk who tries to emulate himself after his favorite fighter, heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, will now be campaigning at heavyweight heading into the second half of 2020.

 

Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about the signing of Dovhun and Pinchuk, "I am very excited to add Oleh and Lyubomyr to the talented stable we have at Star Boxing. Oleh is an exciting fighter in a hot 122 lb. division, and Lyubomyr is a good prospect in a hot heavyweight division. With their skill set, we know with the right opportunities both Oleh and Lyubomyr will prove they belong in the ring with the elite in their respective divisions. I look forward to working with them and for what is to come."

Carlos Takam Starts Fast and Wins

Convincing Unanimous Decision Victory Over Jerry Forrest!

(July 10th) CARLOS TAKAM (now 39-5-1 28KO's) took to the national stage on Thursday night when he faced off with fellow heavyweight contender, JERRY FORREST (now 26-4 20KO's) in a 10-round main event on ESPN. Both men were scheduled to fight different opponents - Oscar Rivas for Takam, and Jarrell Miller for Forrest, but when both fights fell through because of injury and a PED finding respectively, Takam and Forrest took the opportunity to square off.

 

Takam, who took the fight on just 12-days notice, came in at a strong 245 lbs and used every ounce to his advantage. In the first two rounds, Takam bullied Forrest around the ring sticking his jab, and moving extremely well for his frame. Mid-second round, Forrest landed a left hand, which would be one of his better landed shots of the bout. Takam would answer right back with a sweeping right hand that unsteadied Forrest.

 

Rounds three and four were more of the same as Takam kept Forrest on his heels, working from both the inside and outside, giving Forrest no opportunity to find his range, or settle in.

 

A clash of heads caused a cut on Takam's left eye midway through the fight and slowed his momentum in the back half of the fight. Forrest tried to take advantage, looking to land a missile of a left hand, but Takam was able to maintain composure and stave off Forrest's pressure in the late rounds.

 

In the final frame, Forrest's corner urged him on as he needed a knockout to win, but it was Takam that came out and dictated the action, as he did for most of the fight. Takam kept Forrest at bey with his jab, sneaky overhand rights and veteran experience.

 

At the final bell, Carlos Takam earned a well-fought victory, winning by unanimous decision. (96-94, 98-92, 97-93) It was an impressive performance from the 39-year-old title seeking heavyweight.

 

Takam had this to say about the bout, "I was expecting more of a war, but the preparation for this fight was not easy... I was supposed to fight Rivas, but they said he can't fight because of injury. My promoter, Joe DeGuardia, called and said they had a guy, Jerry Forrest, and I searched him up, and said let's go, let's fight."

 

As for what is next for Carlos Takam, he has two names in mind, "Give me Rivas, and then give me Tyson Fury."

 

Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA, had this to say about Takam's performance, "Tonight Carlos Takam showed why there are levels to this sport. Carlos used veteran prowess, balance and overall boxing ability not usually seen in 250 lb. 39 year old heavyweight fighter. Most importantly he showed that he is a consummate professional.  He took this fight on 12 days notice,  and few are aware, but, his father passed away only last month.  That impacted him greatly but nonetheless he went forward with his commitment to boxing and prepared and performed.   We salute his professionalism and look forward to an exciting future for Carlos in a hot heavyweight division."

 

REWATCH:

Catch up on Carlos Takam's last two fights ahead Takam-Forrest

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Cletus Seldin Slugs His Way to a TKO Victory

Over Luis Florez In A Blood Bath Thriller!

(February 29th) Star Boxing's "Rockin' Fights" series was yet again a thriller. Boxing fans around the world were treated to a sensational night of fights from start to finish at the sold-out Paramount, in Huntington, Long Island. If you missed the action, be sure to catch up via FITE.TV, just  (click here).

 

Long Island's, NABA Super Lightweight Champion, CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (now 25-1 21KO's) and LUIS FLOREZ (now 25-16 21KO's) fought an electric battle. Seldin came out swinging, in classic "Hebrew Hammer" fashion.  Florez, a late replacement, was able to weather the early Seldin storm, and settle in for what would be a gritty seven rounds. Seldin continued his come forward attack, controlling the action, while Florez attempted to counter with bombs, using his length and reach advantage to keep Seldin at bay.

 

In the 6-round, a vicious cut opened over the left eye of Florez, turning the already competitive fight into a bloodbath. Pinning the Colombian in the corner, Seldin landed a massive right hand that sent blood gushing. As Seldin continued the onslaught putting together combinations to both the head and the body, Florez's cut worsened and the effect of Seldin's relentless pressure on Florez was evident. Referee Al LoBianco had seen enough, calling a halt to the action at the 1:11 mark in the 7th round. With the victory Seldin defended his NABA title and improves to 25-1 (21KO's).

 

Seldin had this to say about the victory, "I want to thank you all for coming out. This guy was a short notice, tough dude. My trainer said you have to dig deep and stay in his face and that's what I did. That guy [Florez] can take a punch. Let's get to the next one, let's go."

In the co-main event, world rated heavyweight CARLOS TAKAM (now 38-5-1 28KO's) went to battle with Brazilian, FABIO MALDONADO (26-4 25KO'S). Takam established himself as the superior skilled fighter from the opening bell, but Maldonado, to his credit, was a warrior, eating shots, and waving on Takam to bring more. Takam's game plan was clear, attack the body and work his way up. In the 5th, Takam landed three consecutive thudding body shots that even had the sold-out crowd groaning in pain. Takam dominated the fight with a commanding performance, winning by unanimous decision with scores of 100-89 (x2), 100-90. Takam improves to 38-5 1 (28KO's).

 

Takam was direct in speaking about his victory, "Thank you all for the support. We keep on going!"

WENDY "HAITIAN FIRE" TOUSSAINT (now 11-0 5KO's) picked up exactly where he left off, with a devasting knockout victory over the extremely tough, JERMAINE "REAL STEEL" CORLEY (now 3-9-1 1KO). Corley has battled with top prospects, five of his last six being undefeated. Upsetting two of those prospects, Corley entered with same mindset, however Toussaint would have none of it, landing a devastating right hand that sent Corley to the canvas. To Corley's credit he got up ready to fight, however referee LoBianco did not like what he saw, and called a stop to the fight at 1:52 in the 2nd of the scheduled 6-round fight. Toussaint improves to 11-0 (5KO's).

 

ALEX "EL TORO" VARGAS (now 6-0 1KO) took a step up against veteran  ANTONIO SANCHEZ (now 6-9-1 3KO's) in a 6-round welterweight bout. The rowdy crowd were on their feet as El Toro and Sanchez went to war over the full six rounds. The sensational final twenty seconds of round six saw both men trading shots at will, caution thrown to the wind and only the desire of victory left in the ring. See the final twenty seconds of the fight HERE. At the final bell the judges found in favor of Vargas by unanimous decision. (60-54 (x2), 59-55).

 

Union electrician (local 3) BARKIM "BARBELIEVES" LOGAN (now 1-0 1KO) battered JACKSON DE SOUZA (now 0-2) over their 4-round fight, as Logan earns the victory in his pro-debut via 3rd round TKO.

 

PRINCE SLAUGHTER (now 1-0 1KO) impressed in his pro debut, defeating decorated amateur, AHMET "THE TURKISH WOLF" TUNCEL (now 0-1) by a 2nd round TKO. AFUNWA KING (now 2-1 1KO) defeated NADIM SALLOUM (now 1-1) by majority decision. (39-37 (x2) King, 38-38 draw).

 

Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about last nights "Rockin' Fights" 38, "The action definitely lived up to the hype. Cletus Seldin once again showed his relentless determination, pressure and power in a war with Luis Florez.  Carlos Takam dominated, and is on the sure path to a major heavyweight showdown, and Wendy Toussaint was able to display his skill, and show why we we believe he will be a future world champion. Thank you to all of those that came out to The Paramount and tuned in around the world on FITE.TV and FightNetwork. We are looking forward to the next "Rockin' Fights" on May 8th - we hope to see you there!"

 

FACTS: ROCKIN' FIGHTS 38 is presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. "Rockin Fights" is sponsored by Modell's Sporting Goods, The Tudor Advisory Group, 94.3 The Shark and The Inn at Fox Hollow.

The “Common Man” Slays the Odds Again,

Joe Smith Jr. Dominates Jesse Hart In Impressive Fashion NABO Light Heavyweight Title, Seeks World Title In 2020!

(January 14th) When JOE "THE BEAST" SMITH JR. (now 25-3 20KO's) and JESSE "HOLLYWOOD" HART (now 26-3 21KO's) stepped into the ring at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City on Saturday night, more than a victory and the NABO Light heavyweight title was on the line.  With the WBO World Light Heavyweight title having been vacated in December, a potential 2020 world title opportunity also looms.

 

Joe Smith Jr. certainly took advantage of the opportunity, not only dominating Jesse Hart from start to finish, but once again showing why he is such a fan-favorite.  From the opening bell, Smith Jr. made his dangerous intentions known, stalking Hart, ripping him to the body and head.  In the second-round, Smith Jr. landed a short-left hook to the body that visibly unsteadied the Philly native, who immediately clinched to avoid an early night.

 

Hart, who entered the ring wearing an executioner mask in honor of his mentor, Bernard Hopkins - who Smith Jr. famously knocked out of the ring and into retirement in 2016 - was not shy about wanting to fight the Long Islander in honor of Hopkins.  However, as the exciting main event marched on, Hart had no answer for the brute force and will of Smith Jr.

 

It wasn't long before Smith Jr. had Hart in trouble once more, this time in the fourth-round, with a savage uppercut followed by a right hand to the temple that had Hart on edge once again.  Like much of the fight, Hart would manage to clinch to avoid compounded damage.

 

After battering Hart around the ring, Smith Jr.'s effective work began to show, culminating in the seventh-round with a devastating sweeping right hand that landed flush, sending Hart to a knee.  With only eleven seconds left in the round, Hart was able to survive the round.

 

"My career was on the line." Said Smith Jr., "I had to come here and prove I belong."

 

Over the final three-rounds Smith Jr. continued his overwhelming pressure, opening a cut over the left eye of Hart.  It looked like Hart would be stopped in that round as well, but a 45 second doctor examination gave him some time to recuperate and avoid being knocked out, but nonetheless, Joe Smith Jr.'s continued his domination.

 

"I got two Philly guys now and it feels great," Smith said. "It would have been nice to get [Hart] the same way [as Hopkins, via a knockout], but you can't always do that" said Smith Jr. "He's got a lot of heart, he's very tough. He had the will to make it through the fight."

 

Two judges, and the rest of the ringside observers saw the fight properly, 98-91 and 97-92 for Smith Jr., while third judge James Kinney, ridiculously and disgracefully had it 95-94 in favor of Hart.  Smith Jr. earned the clear and complete victory, and the NABO Light Heavyweight Title.

 

What's next for Smith Jr. is yet to be known, however a lot may be riding on the winner of the Eleider "Storm" Alvarez and Michael Seals fight, next Saturday January 18 from Turning Stone Resort Casino. "Light heavyweight is a hot division," said Smith Jr's promoter and CEO of Star Boxing JOE DEGUARDIA, "We will be there next week. Certainly the winner is a potential opponent for Joe. Whatever happens, this determined, all pressure, common-man has clearly re-established himself as a top light-heavyweight, and perhaps one of the most exciting fighters and humbling stories in boxing."

 

As for what Joe Smith Jr. wants next, Smith stated: "Whatever my team thinks is best I will go with it," Smith Jr. said "I never turn down a fight."

Star Boxing’s 2019 Year In Review

Chris Algieri, Carlos Takam, Joe Smith Jr. Cletus Seldin, Eying World Titles in 2020, Danny Gonzalez,

Anthony Laureano, Richie Rivera, Tyrone James,

David Papot, Close the Book on a Stellar Year!

(January 1st) JOE DEGUARDIA and STAR BOXING continued its excellence in 2019, developing and signing top talent, creating opportunities for its established stars, and pushing the boundaries of boxing by working with anyone willing to give the fans the fights they desire.

 

A terrific 2019 saw Star Boxing stretch across the globe from France and Ireland back to the United States to venues in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and all over New England.  Star Boxing fighters were featured around the globe on many networks in 2019, including, ESPN, ESPN+, DAZN, NESN, FITE.TV and FIGHTNIGHT LIVE.  Over 20 promoted and co-promoted shows capped off a busy year for the Connecticut and New York Hall of Fame promoter Joe DeGuardia and his exciting stable of fighters.

 

In January, Star Boxing stablemates, former WBO World Champion, CHRIS ALGIERI (24-3 9KO'S) and, DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ (19-2-1 7KO's) went to battle on DAZN from the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden, where Algieri earned the WBO International Super Lightweight Title in a fantastic scrap. In June, Algieri would go on to stop TOMMY COYLE (25-4 12KO'S) at Madison Square Garden, defending his WBO title, setting himself up for a world title challenge in 2020.

2019 also saw the return of the hardest hitting super lightweight, CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (24-1 20KO's), in a major way. Seldin demolished Hungarian banger, ADAM MATE (28-13 21KO's) in under 1 minute at Mohegan Sun Arena in January.  Later in June, Seldin, yet again, shocked the boxing world with a dominating 11-Round TKO performance against legendary, multi-time world champion ZAB "SUPER" JUDAH (44-9 30KO's) at Turning Stone Resort Casino during International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend.

The "Common Man," JOE "THE BEAST" SMITH JR. (24-3 20KO's), got his first crack at a world title against the undefeated Russian technician, DIMITRY BIVOL (15-0 11KO's), taking the champion 12-rounds, falling short by a tough decision. Looking to bounce back, Smith Jr. will make his 2020 debut on January 11, at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City in the main event on ESPN against JESSE "HOLLYWOOD" HART (26-2 21KO's), in a bout that is sure to set off fireworks.

Star Boxing made a heavyweight sized splash in August, signing heavyweight world title contender, CARLOS TAKAM (37-5-1 28KO's), and just a month later, brought the former WBC International Champion to the USA for the first time, as he headlined "Catskills Clash II" at Resorts World Catskills. After a dominating unanimous decision win, Takam has his eyes locked on a busy 2020 with a world heavyweight title in the near future.

Star Boxing's New England standouts, super lightweight "ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO (13-0 4KO's) and light heavyweight/cruiserweight RICHIE "POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN" RIVERA (16-0 12KO's) continued their rise up the world rankings in 2019. Laureano, who fought four times in 2019, secured the ABO America's super lightweight title and defended it twice.  Rivera, fought an astonishing seven times in 2019, including trips to Florida, New York, North Carolina, Tijuana (MX), and MGM Springfield, Massachusetts. Both New England products anticipate a busy 2020, taking them another step closer to a coveted world title shot.

 

The critically acclaimed "ROCKIN' FIGHTS" series continued its excellence on Long Island in 2019 with four fantastic shows in February, July, September and November. Each show bringing more energy than the last.  "Rockin' Fights" 35 saw the return of Danny Gonzalez, as he dominated his way to a unanimous decision, earning the WBC FECARBOX super lightweight title. At "Rockin' Fights" 36, undefeated Elmont product "THE JACKPOT" TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES (11-0 9KO's) fought in his first main event at The Paramount, earning a TKO stoppage over Dennis Knifechief.  In the co-feature, newly signed Dominican standout JUNIOR "BOMBITA" ALMONTE (13-0 8KO'S) went to war with amateur standout and Michigan native, Ernesto Garza III, in what could have been a fight of the year candidate.  Almonte won by unanimous decision and defended the WBC Fecarbox title. Finally, at "Rockin' Fights" 37, Danny Gonzalez and JOHNNY HERNANDEZ (10-5 1KO) settled bad blood in the main event, in a rematch of their 2018 scrap, with Gonzalez dominating the rematch earning the decision and defending his WBC FECARBOX and ABO Intercontinental titles.  In the co-feature, recently signed Italian National Champion, SIMONE "TYSON" FEDERICI (16-2-1 7KO's) took care of business against STIVENS BUJAJ (17-2-1 11KO's) winning the WBC Continental America's Cruiserweight Title, setting himself up for a big-time fight in 2020.

2019 also saw Star Boxing's rising talent continue its dominance, which included win(s) by WENDY "HAITAIN FIRE" TOUSSAINT (improved to 10-0 4KO's), BOUBACAR SYLLA (improved to 11-0 7KO's), Italy's VALERIO NOCERA (improved to 7-1-1) and France's DAVID PAPOT (improved to 22-0-1 3KO's).

“New England Explosion”

Nutmeg Power Prevails Connecticut Prospects

Richie Rivera & Anthony Laureno Remain Undefeated!

(Richie Rivera (R) improved to 16-0 all pictures courtesy of Star Boxing)

(December 14th) Rising Connecticut stars RICHIE "POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN" RIVERA and "ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO both remained undefeated with impressive performance tonight on a solid "New England Explosion" card in front of an enthusiastic crowd at MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

 

"New England Explosion," presented by JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING, sponsored by MGM Springfield, aired live in a first for New England Sports Network (NESN), and streamed worldwide (excluding N.E.) on www.FITE.TV.

 

Heavy-handed Rivera (now 16-0, 12 KOs) took his power up to the cruiserweight division against "MIGHTY" JOE JONES (now 11-2, 8 KOs), who unexplainably kept his hands very low, as "Popeye" pounded him to the head and body in the main event. Rivera hit Jones with everything but the kitchen sink, in what looked like batting practice at times, although "Popeye" failed to register a stoppage for only the third time in 16 pro fights. 

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It was a rough, physical fight that got chippy early with both fighters exchanging trash talk and showboating. Rivera, who hails from Hartford, pressed the action throughout the fight against a defensive Jones, who switched to a peep-a-boo style in the later rounds. 

 

"I'm strong to the finish because I eat my spinach....toot, toot! My coach kept telling me to relax but, honestly, I was putting on a show. More or less, I was acting," Rivera talked about the roughhousing. "He was tough. My team said to box. The plan wasn't to go for a knockout. I threw some big shots just to let him know.

 

"I'm so happy to have had my seventh fight this year. I've been active and I'm undefeated. I try to put on a show for the fans and be a role model." 

In the co-main event, Anthony Laureano (now 13-0, 4 KOs), a 2016 New England Golden Gloves champion from nearby East Hartford, CT., defeated Texas super lightweight ANGEL "AZTEC WARRIOR" HERNANDEZ (17-14-2, 11 KOs) in a toe-to-toe battle from the opening . This TV-friendly fight could have been fought in a proverbial phone booth. Laureano, as usual, was relentless in his attack, systematically breaking down his opponent with strong body work of his own, as well as seemingly landing uppercuts and left hooks at will. 

 

Laureano (pictured below on the right) took control in the second and never let up against a game Hernandez, who, like Laureano, never stopped throwing punches. Eventually, Laureano won an 8-round unanimous decision in a wildly entertaining, highly competitive clash. 

 

"It was beautiful," Laureano commented. "I like wars, my trainers don't. I let my emotions take over. It was a beautiful fight, though, all action and the people loved it. But I fought his fight. I did adapt and showed some of my boxing ability at some points.

 

"He's experienced and came in confident. He kept coming; he's tough. This will build me into a better fighter. I did a lot of good things. The goal is to learn from every fight, I will, and we'll go back to the drawing board."

 

Danbury, CT super lightweight OMAR "THE BEAST" BORDOY (now 10-1, 3 KOs) opened the NESN broadcast with a masterful display of boxing, winning all eight rounds on each of the three judges' scorecards for an 8-round unanimous decision against late replacement DIEUMERCI "ELEPHANT MAN" NZAU (now 11-11, 8 KOs). 

 

Bordoy effectively and consistently beat Nzau to the punch, moved well inside the ropes, and never put himself in dire straits. "It felt good," Bordoy said after the fight. "The game plan was to out-box him, use my job, and not take any unnecessary chances. I followed the game plan and came out with an easy victory.

 

"I knew he had some power and he caught me with a good punch early. I watched some tape of him and listened to my trainers. I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible."

 

In a battle of welterweight southpaws, hometown favorite DERRICK "BAD BOY" WHITLEY II (6-1-1) suffered a cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt by JERMAINE CORLEY (3-8, 1 KO) during the second round. The ringside physician halted the action after two rounds and the fight, by rule, was a "no decision."

 

In the opening bout of the evening, Hartford welterweight prospect JEFFREY TORRES (now 6-0, 4 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact, pitching a shutout for a 6-round unanimous decision over Brockton, MA journeyman ANTONIO CHAVES FERNANDEZ (now 9-40-4, 3 KOs).   Torres out-boxed Fernandez, who was buzzed several times, from start to finish.

 

Brazilian light heavyweight LEANDRO "BUSCAPE" SILVA (2-3, 1 KO) ruined the homecoming for local fighter ANGEL ' THE BLACK RICAN" VAZQUEZ (0-2) In the walk-out bout, Silva trapped Vazquez on the ropes in the fourth round. Vazquez suffered a standing eight count, but the referee halted the action, and awarded Silva a win by technical knockout.

Results Star Boxing “Rockin Fights” 37!

(November 23rd) Star Boxing's "Rockin' Fights" 37 lived up to expectations on Saturday night in front of a lively, packed house at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.   The action started with the opening bell and continued into the highly anticipated main event rematch between DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ and JOHNNY "HITMAN" HERNANDEZ.

 

Leading up to Saturday's fight, Danny Gonzalez and Johnny Hernandez were clear on their feelings towards one another.   Danny had a simple game plan, "leave no doubt" in his rematch with Hernandez.   Johnny, on the other hand, was set on revenge, proving that the first Gonzalez-Hernandez bout was the incorrect decision.  

 

The first round of the rematch picked up right where the last fight left off.   Johnny (now 10-5 1KO) utilizing his solid footwork, and slick combinations, while Gonzalez (now 19-8-2 7KO's) settled in and finished the round strong.   Hernandez looked very sharp, but the WBC FECARBOX & ABO Intercontinental championship main event turned in the second round at the 1:24 mark, when a perfect right-left Gonzalez combination planted Hernandez on the canvas.   Hernandez returned the favor with a flush counter right, just seconds after standing from the knockdown.   From the third round on the bout was intensive with both Gonzalez and Hernandez exchanging solid combinations, however, Gonzalez seemed to get the better of the clashes.   Over the back half of the fight, Gonzalez established his control and dominance and stalked and banged Hernandez, and while a thoroughly entertaining bout, Gonzalez physical strength and command was evident.   At the end of the rematch, Gonzalez retained his titles via a unanimous decision.   (98-91 (x2), 99-90).  

 

Danny had this to say about his win, "You can tell I have gotten ten times better since our last fight.  He is tough, he is good, but I am on a different level.   I give him credit, but I am top level now and you saw that tonight." As for what Danny wants next, "I want big fights, give me world champions.  I am ready."

 

In the WBC Continental America's Cruiserweight co-feature bout, Italian SIMONE FEDERICI (now 16-2-1 7KO's) and Albanian, STIVENS BUJAJ (now 17-3-1 11KO's) went the distance for the hardware.   From the opening bell Federici took the fight to Bujaj, moving forward relentlessly, like a tank.   Bujaj never backing down from Federici's pressure, attempted to slow the Italian's come forward style with counters and combinations to the body.  Over the loud contingent of Albanian's cheering on Bujaj, Federici, from Rome, Italy, continued to control the action through the closing bell banging Bujaj with multiple barrages.  At the finish, it was clear that Federici would be taking the vacant title belt, and there was jubilant celebration when he was officially announced the winner and new WBC titlist.  The scores were unanimous for Federici.   (97-93 (x2), 98-92)

 

Federici had this to say about his career changing win, "This is a great moment, and a great honor for me.  My goal is to defend this title to the world.  Thank you, Joe DeGuardia, for this opportunity. "

 

There was much hype surrounding the battle of the undefeated between DASHUAN "TOOSWEET" JOHNS (now 2-1 1KO) and ALEX "EL TORO" VARGAS (now 5-0 1KO).  The two southpaws entered the ring as amateur standouts, putting their perfect professional records on the line.   In the opening rounds both men let their hands fly, staying in the pocket, fighting for control.   After a tight first and second round, Vargas began sitting on his punches, establishing himself as the more aggressive fighter.   With momentum on his side, and loud "El Toro" cheers from the electric crowd, Vargas finished the fight strong, earning the unanimous decision victory in an entertaining fight.   (60-55 (x2), 58-56).  

 

Vargas recapped his strong victory, "My plan was to work the jab, stay low and work the body to slow him down.   I am training with the best, so I have to fight like I'm the best.   It is amazing to be a kid, a prospect, who is 5-0, to have that many people come out and support me, I have to keep winning, and make them proud.  " 

 

The opening three fights of the night set the table for the rest of the action.  Featherweights, JUSTICE "LIL NASTY" BLAND (now 2-0) and DAWSHAQUAN "THE DRAGON" THOMAS (now 0-1) went to battle over 4-rounds, as Bland controlled the action for most of the fight earning the unanimous decision victory. (40-36, 39-37 (x2))

 

JAHVEL "SMOKIN JOE" JOSEPH (2-0 1KO) devoured "KING" CURL AITCHESON (now 0-1) with an overhand right, just 30 seconds into the first round, dropping Aitcheson.  Only 40 seconds later, another flurry from Joseph caused the referee to stop the action at the 1:47 mark of the first round, as Joseph secured the TKO victory.

 

SALEEM "BAD DREAM" KELLY (now 3-0 2KO's) wasted no time kicking off the show as he stopped fellow New Jersey native, GEORGE "THE PITBULL" GETHERS (now 0-2) in emphatic fashion with 47 seconds left in the first round of the scheduled 4-round fight. 

 

Star Boxing President and CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about "Rockin' Fights" 37, "Another 'Rockin' Fights' that lived up to expectations. From top to bottom fans were greeted with great action and thrilling fights.  Congratulations to Danny Gonzalez on his decisive title defense and hats off to Johnny Hernandez for leaving it all in the ring.  Simone Federici really impressed, traveling from Italy, battling with a game Stivens Bujaj.  Alex Vargas showed again why he is a crowd pleaser for his local Long Island fans.  We cannot wait to be back at the Paramount on February 28, for another great "Rockin' Fights" card."

Star Boxing Fighters Secure Wins Around the Globe!

(David Papot Raises His Hand After Victory In France)

(November 12th) From Florida to France, Star Boxing fighters have brought the action to kick off November. In France, DAVID PAPOT (23-0-1 3KO's) improved on his undefeated record in impressive style, while across the Atlantic Ocean in Florida, Connecticut native, RICHIE "POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN" RIVERA (15-0 12KO's) took care of business in his third fight in as many months.

 

Undefeated Frenchman, David Papot, took on Armenian, VAGHINAK TAMRAYZAN (16-5 5KO'S) at the "International Festival of Boxing" in Chapiteau Luna Park, Guerande, France on Friday night. Papot looked stellar in his return to the ring, out-boxing and dominating the tough, Tamrayzan, for eight straight rounds. Papot earned the clear unanimous decision victory, improving to 23-0-1 3KO's. (78-74 (x3)).

 

Papot had this to say about his victory, "Victorious in the return on my land! Thank you all for your support, those close and far, you are huge."

(Richie Rivera Celebrates His Victory In Florida)

Heavy handed slugger, Richie Rivera took on Juan Zapata at the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida on November 1st. Rivera entered the ring for his third fight in as many months, against Zapata, who was taking on his fourth straight undefeated prospect. Wasting no time, Rivera imposed his will and strength on Zapata (6-16-2 4KO's) scoring three knockdowns out of the gate, as the referee stopped the action with 30 seconds left in the first round. Rivera improves to 15-0 12KO's.

 

Rivera had this to say about his victory, "It was such an amazing experience. I just want to thank God for these blessings. I can't wait to get back in the ring."

 

Keep an eye out for both Papot and Rivera moving into the new year, as each fighter looks to make a splash in their respective weight classes, and continue their rise up the world rankings.

 

On November 23, Star Boxing returns with the 37th edition of its critically acclaimed "Rockin' Fights" series at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The main event features a grudge rematch between DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ (Woodhaven, NY 18-2-1 7KO's) against JOHNNY "HITMAN" HERNANDEZ (Huntington, NY 10-4 1KO), as Gonzalez defends his WBC FECARBOX and ABO Intercontinental titles, and the bad blood is settled once and for all.  Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased, just (click here)

Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights”

Electrifies the Paramount Once Again!

(September 21st) Star Boxing's "Rockin' Fights" has been a staple in the New York boxing scene since its inception in 2011.  Eight years later, the acclaimed fight series is continuing to thrive, proven by last night's electric atmosphere, and thrilling fights.    

 

In the main event, TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES (Elmont, NY now 11-0 8KO's) brought the fight to the Oklahoma native, DENNIS "THE PAWNEE EXPRESS" KNIFECHIEF (Shawnee, OK now 12-11-1 5KO's) in the scheduled 8-round super welterweight bout.  James wasted no time in taking control of the fought, as just five punches into the first round, he dropped Knifechief with a three-punch combination.  To Knifechief's credit, he got off the canvas, and continued to fight.  However, the next four rounds would be more of the same, as James lived up to his promise of showing flash, speed and power.  Finally, 28 seconds into the fifth round, referee Tony Chiarantano had seen enough and stopped the action.  

 

James had this to say about his first main event victory, "It was a great fight.  The opponent [Knifechief] was tough as nails.  I'm happy I was able to get rounds in and I hope I made the crowd proud with my 5th KO in the row. "

In the co-feature bout, Dominican Republic rising star, and #24 world rated bantamweight, JUNIOR "BOMBITA" ALMONTE (Dominican Republic, now 13-0 9KO's) defended his WBC FECARBOX Bantamweight title against amateur standout, ERNESTO GARZA III (Saginaw, MI now 10-3 6KO's).  If you missed this fight, we highly suggest you catch up by watching it, HERE.  This fight had fight of the year excitement, written all over it and it lived up to expectations.  Almonte and Garza traded absolute bombs for eight straight rounds.  Both men were sharp and in excellent condition, and took turns demonstrating their power and speed.  Almonte scored a knockdown in the 4th round, but Garza, would not allow it to faze him, jumping right back into the action-packed fight.  Both fighters left every ounce of themselves in the ring.  After the eight heated and crowd-pleasing rounds, the undefeated Almonte retained his title, winning a unanimous decision.  (78-73 (x2), 77-74)

 

Almonte had this to say about his US debut, "I knew it was going to be a tough.  Mexicans are warriors, plus I had never fought a southpaw before.  I'm just glad that I was able to showcase my skill in the USA.  People are going to remember the name 'Bombita' for a long time"

If you thought that you were in a soccer stadium, during the ALEX "EL TORO" VARGAS (Bellport, NY now 4-0 1KO) vs DEO KIZITO (Silver Springs, MD by way of Uganda, now 3-4 2KO's), we understand why.  Chants, songs and cheers broke out from the masses at The Paramount, rooting on Long Island favorite, and New York Golden Glove champion, Alex Vargas.  Vargas displayed great speed in his combinations throughout the four-round fight and Kizito exhibited a great ability to give and take.  At the end of the four rounds, Vargas earned the unanimous decision victory.  (40-36 (x3))

 

Alex Vargas said this about his fourth consecutive win, "It felt great to be back in the ring again after 7 months.  It was exciting to be fighting in my hometown of Long Island and getting a win"

In the opening bout of the evening, New York Police Department (32nd Precinct) officer, EMMAUNEL ETIENNE (Uniondale, NY now 1-0 1KO) took on CHARLES JOHNSON (Upper Marlboro, MD now 1-4 1KO) in his pro-debut over a four-round cruiserweight bout.  Etienne controlled the action for much of the fight showing impressive speed and movement for a Cruiserweight.  Attacking both the head and body, Etienne left Johnson on unsteady legs more than one time during the fight.  In the third-round, Etienne closed in on Johnson, bearing down with flush body to head combinations, causing the referee to stop the action, 35 seconds into the third round, earning the TKO victory in his pro-debut.   

 

Emmanuel said this about his epic night, "It was a surreal experience, jumping on the ropes after the win is something you see in the movies are in your dream but to actually experience it is crazy.  Your hard work will pay off"

 

Star Boxing, CEO JOE DEGUARDIA said this about last night's fights, "What a thrilling night of fights at The Paramount.  This fight series has truly brought fight fans some of the best fights and fighters in New York, and last night, Junior Almonte and Ernesto Garza may have brought the fight of the year.  Tyrone James once again showed his skill, and why he is on the path to becoming the newest bright star of the Paramount. Be sure to get your tickets now for our next Paramount event (November 23) "

Sold Out “Catskill Clash II”

Brings The House Down At Resorts World Casino,

Carlos Takam, Anthony Laureano & Richie Rivera Dominate!

(September 17th) The sold-out crowd piled in to the Resorts World Catskills Epicenter on Saturday night, with much excitement over the US debut of top rated heavyweight CARLOS TAKAM (now 37-5-1 28KO's), and the title defenses of two top-rated New England prospects, ABO America's Super Lightweight champion, "ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO (now 12-0 4KO's), and ABO America's Cruiserweight champion, RICHIE "POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN" RIVERA (now 13-0 10KO's).

 

After signing with JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING, just two weeks ago, heavyweight title contender, Carlos Takam made his much-anticipated United States debut at Resorts World Catskills, against the granite chinned, Detroit native, CRAIG LEWIS (now 14-4 7KO's).  The two went to battle from the opening bell.  Takam wasted no time showing off his impressive agility, especially for a 255 lb. heavyweight.  By round two, Takam took control, landing an overhand right that could be heard echo through the majestic mountains of the New York Catskills.  However, Lewis stood tall, proving his ability to take a monster punch.  Takam continued his attack for the remaining eight rounds of the scheduled ten round fight, earning the unanimous decision victory. (99-91 (x2), 96-94).

 

Carlos Takam had this to say about his US debut, "I'm very happy to have made my first fight in the United States last Saturday.  It is a beautiful entrance.  It's a dream for me to box in the United States, in the the field of legends like Ali, Holyfield and Mike Tyson. Many thanks to my Promotor Joe [DeGuardia], my team and all my fans around the world. US fans get ready for more exciting moments coming soon."

In the co-feature, "Action" Anthony Laureano lived up to his name once more, as he took on the extremely tough, BRIAN "SWEET" JONES (Clarskville, TX now 15-11 9KO's).  Making his first ABO title defense, Laureano and Jones put on a show that had the entire casino on their feet.  After a feel out round in the first, it was all action for the remainder of the 8-round fight.  Early in the seventh, Laureano pounced on Jones with his signature body attack, but Jones would not back down, pinning Laureano against the ropes, as both men traded freely to close out the round. When the final bell rang, the crowd was on their feet, roaring for the performance that Laureano and Jones put on for Resorts World Catskills.  Laureano defended his ABO title earning a hard fought but clear victory for the East Hartford, Connecticut super lightweight, by unanimous decision. (80-72 (x2), 78-74).

 

Laureano said this about the incredible atmosphere at Resorts World Catskills, "It was Great to be back at Resort World Catskills. To win and defend the ABO title at Catskills was truly amazing. The energy in the crowd was like no other. It has become my home and I can't wait to return."

Richie "Popeye The Sailor Man" Rivera went toe to toe with another slugger in ISRAEL DUFFUS (Los Angeles, CA now 19-6 16KO's).  It was clear from the start that both men were throwing punches with bad intentions.  In the middle rounds of the scheduled 8-round ABO title defense for Rivera, both fighters began to open up, to the pleasure of the Resorts World Catskills crowd.  Richie landed an overhand right in the sixth round that caused "oh's" and "ah's" from the crowd.  However, Duffus, would not go out quiet, attempting to force the action in an effort to find and opening to stop the man they call "Popeye." While the effort was a valiant one, Rivera controlled the action, and defended his ABO America's Title, earning the unanimous decision victory. (80-72 (x2), 78-74).

 

Richie had this to say about his victory, "I really enjoy the opportunity that Star Boxing has been giving me. I was able to show the crowd good boxing skills such as hit and dont get hit. I always like putting on a good show and I want to make my fans proud, but also to be a great representative to Star Boxing and Joe DeGuardia"

In the opening two bouts of the evening, decorated amateur standout, and undefeated professional welterweight BOUBACAR SYLLA (Cincinnati, OH now 11-0 7KO's) took on the rugged JERMAINE CORLEY (Mount Vernon, NY now 3-7 1KO) in a 6-round all-out brawl. Sylla used his boxing skill and IQ to subdue the come forward attack of Corley, while Corley attempted to bring the fight to Sylla for the full 6-rounds.  At the final bell, Sylla would remain undefeated, winning by split decision. (59-55 (x2) Sylla, 58-56 Corley).

Hometown hero, BRYANT "THE PUNISHER" COSTELLO (Liberty, NY now 1-1 1KO) had the crowd rocking from the opening bell of the night as he took on, ANTHONY "ANIMAL" EVERETTE (Lawrence, MA now 1-8). Costello controlled the action, landing over hand rights at will, as well as solid combinations from the body to the head.  At 42 seconds of the third of the scheduled four round super welterweight bout, Costello landed a three-punch combination to the head of Everette, causing the referee to see enough, stopping the bout.

 

The Catskills came alive with boxing once more in no small part to the action and the sold-out crowd that packed Resorts World Catskills. CEO of Star Boxing JOE DEGUARDIA said this on the epic night of fights, "It was a pleasure to be back at the Catskills and have another night of truly impressive fights.  To be able to not only continue the rebirth of boxing in the Catskills but do so with a top heavyweight contender in Carlos Takam, was a perfect match."   DeGuardia continued, "The crowd was electric, and truly showed that the love for our sport is still deeply engrained in Sullivan County and the Catskills, and we hope to be a part of this growth for many years to come."

“Rockin Fights” Delivered Heat to the Paramount

Danny Gonzalez Wins WBC FECARBOX Crown

Tyrone James Impresses In 5th Consecutive KO Win!

(July 22nd) Star Boxing's "Rockin' Fights" on Friday night brought the summer heat to The Paramount.  All five bouts were fan friendly, with thrilling action form start to finish.

 

In the main event DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ (now 18-2-1 7KO's) went to war with JEROME "CONQUEROR" CONQUEST (now 10-5 1KO) in a classic New York vs Philadelphia battle.  From the opening bell both fighters were going for broke, later turning into an all out war for the WBC FECARBOX Silver super lightweight title.  Both Gonzalez and Conquest had impressive moments in the first half of the fight, letting their hands fly and scoring to both the body and the head.  In the second half of the fight Gonzalez showed off his incredible stamina and punch rate by continuously bringing the fight to Conquest.  At the end of the 10th round both fighters emptied the tank and left everything they had in the ring.  Gonzalez's work rate was very impressive, winning a clear, but tough, unanimous decision.  With the win, Gonzalez is the new WBC FECARBOX Silver Champion.

 

In the co-feature bout TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES (now 10-0 7KO's) took on RAY OLIVEIRA JR. (now 9-3 1KO), in a bout between the next developing Star Boxing undefeated prospect and the son of a former world title challenger.  Both men started the bout tactfully, trying to gain an edge over the other, but James started to press the action and exploded with a barrage of punches in the second round.  After James landed a vicious left hand that hurt Oliveira Jr., he pounced on his opponent with a massive flurry of punches forcing the referee to stop the bout as Tyrone James earned his fifth consecutive knockout victory at 1:47 into the second round.

 

On the undercard in an eight round ABO America welterweight championship bout, RONNIE AUSTION (now 10-2 7KO's) and DENNIS OKOTH (now 4-2-1 2KO's), went to battle.  Austion started strong, showing great boxing skill in the first two rounds, but as the fight went on Okoth seemed to have figured out the Detroit native's movement.  Okoth applied consistent pressure and the judges found in favor of the champion, Dennis Okoth, by majority decision.  (76-76 Draw, 78-74 Okoth, 77-75 Okoth) This is Okoth's second major upset in a row after defeating highly regarded prospect Dylan Moran at Star Boxing's Catskills Clash.

 

In the opening two bouts of the evening, Brooklyn native, JUSTICE BLAND (now 1-0) looked great in his pro-debut as he defeated RAFAEL CASTILLO (now 1-3), of the Bronx, by unanimous decision. (39-37 (3x)).  JUAN MANCILLA (now 1-1 1KO) went to battle with JERMAINE CORLEY (now 3-6 2KO's) over a 4-round super welterweight bout that saw both fighters throw caution to the wind, with Corley coming out on top for his second consecutive upset, by majority decision. (38-38 draw, 39-37 Corley, 40-36 Corley).

 

Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA, had this to say about the night of fights, "'

"'Rockin' Fights' brought Paramount fans an exciting night of action once again.  Congratulations to both Danny Gonzalez and Tyrone James on impressive victories.  We will be back at The Paramount on September 20th,  so join us for another night of thrilling 'Rockin' Fights.'"

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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)).

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