(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".
Pennington Shocks Rodriguez
at Mohegun Sun for 3rd Straight Upset Win!
(May 12th) Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing® presented the first ever live stream "FIGHT NIGHT LIVE" last night from The Mohegan Sun Arena seen live and free over Facebook as 40,000 viewers watched in and saw Courtney Pennington (11-3-2, 5KO'S Brooklyn, NY) score his third straight upset win and best of his career taking down perennial contender Delvin Rodriguez (29-9-4, 16KO'S Danbury, CT) over the 10 round distance in the Jr. Middleweight division.
In the main event, the younger and quicker Pennington boxed deftly throughout the contest as Rodriguez tried to apply pressure and be the aggressor. Courtney was in control of the fast paced fight, although Rodriguez had his moments, landing heavy blows. Heading into the 10th round Delvin knew he was behind on the cards and had his best round as he swarmed Pennington landing some very heavy punches, but in the end it was too little, too late as Pennington took the unanimous decision by scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 97-93.
The semi-final 6 round Jr. Welterweight match, Danny Gonzalez (14-0-1, 5KO'S Woodhaven, NY) pounded out a shutout victory of the very experienced Samuel Amoako (21-15, 15KO'S Silver Springs, MD). Gonzalez was in complete control and got in some valuable work over his grizzled veteran opponent.
Recent Star Boxing signee Anthony Laureano (4-0, 2KO'S Hartford, CT) and NYC's Syndey MacCow (4-6, 3KO'S) had the fans on their feet through an unbelievable 6 round war in the Jr. Welterweight division. MacCow started fast winning the first two round against his ever-pressuring opponent but Laureano started to find his mark in the 3rd round with vicious combinations to the head and body. The action was fast and furious! The 6th round turned out to be a frenetic one as the fighters stood toe to toe, trading bombs as the crowd went wild. In the end it was Laureano coming away with a unanimous victory, 58-56 on all cards as the crowd cheered wildly in appreciation of the two warriors.
In a special 6 round Female Jr. Middleweight fight, former world champ, Kali Reis (11-6-1, 5KO'S Providence, RI) had all she could handle from Ashleigh Curry (7-11-4, 1KO St. Joseph, MO). The women put up a thrilling battle but it was Kali squeezing out the razor thin majority decision. Scores were 58-56, 58-56, and 57-57.
Hartford Jr. Middleweight Jose Rivera improved to 3-1, 3KO'S as he took out Roosevelt, LI native Marcus Beckford (3-7-3, 1KO) at the 1:50 mark of round 4. The bout was scheduled for 6 rounds.
Pro debuters Omar Bodoy of nearby Danbury, CT and Jonathan Rojas of Jersey City, NJ fought a crowd pleasing 4 round Jr. Lightweight match which saw Bodoy winning a 40-36 decision on all three judge's cards. Every round was very close as both youngsters fought their hearts out.
The opening bout of the evening pitted Richie "Popeye" Rivera (2-0 2KO'S Hartford, CT) and Marco Parente (0-1 Toronto, CN) in a 4 round Light Heavyweight fight. From the opening bell the two fighters waged a back and forth brawl electrifying the crowd. The end came at the 2:27 mark of the 4th and final round as Rivera landing numerous crushing blows breaking Parente's nose and causing a stop to the fight.
From top to bottom this was an exciting, competitive card and the fans enjoyed every minute of the action packed event. Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these thoughts on the evening's festivities, "What an unbelievable to kick off our new venture on Facebook "FIGHT NIGHT LIVE". The title of the show was Slugfest at The Sun and the fights really lived up to the billing. Our streaming of the show live on Facebook was a smashing success as over 40,000 viewers watched in and the comments left were unbelievably positive. I truly believe this could be a very positive showcase for Boxing and I'm confident it will grow into something unique and special".
For more on "Fight Night LIVE" coverage (click here)
Star Boxing Turns Back the Clock at The Paramount
Results from Sensational Rockin 26 Show!
(March 26th) St. Nick,s Arena, The Hippodrome, Eastern Parkway, Ridgewood Grove, these were the legendary fight clubs that made New York the mecca of Boxing back in the day and last night before a SOLD OUT and wild SRO crowd at The Paramount in Huntington, NY, promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing put on a show that brought back the glory days of boxing.
In a night that highlighted loss of 'club shows' in NY, Joe DeGuardia became the first promoter to run a such a professional boxing show in NY since August of last year. DeGuardia did so in spite of the tremendous increase in costs due to the law passed at the end of the summer which crippled NY boxing for the past 7 months. DeGuardia was out to make a point how vital these types of shows are in providing starving New York fighters and local fans with activity. It was like DeGuardia put back on the gloves he used when he became a NY Golden Gloves champion in 1988 as DeGuardia took on the new outrageous Insurance rules and costs that were implemented by the State of New York. DeGuardia scored a knockout by delivering a show to remember.
MAIN EVENT CAPS A SENSATIONAL SHOW
The main event saw Hicksville's NY Anthony "Showtime" Karperis ironically defend his NY Jr. Welterweight title against Brooklyn's Scott "Bang Bang" Burrell in a scheduled 10 round bout. The bout electrified the crowd which had already witnessed a thrilling nigh of undercard action.
Both fighters fought extremely well over the first 3 rounds with Burrell being the aggressor while Karperis moved smartly while landing crisp counter punches. The action was fast and furious and the SRO was so loud you couldn't hear yourself talk.
After 3 rounds the fight was still up for grabs but that all changed at the 2:00 mark of round 4 when Karperis landed a clean right left combination which clearly had Burrell wobbled. Burrell stood his ground and fought back bravely but Karperis seized the moment and went for the knockout pinning Burrell against the ropes. At this point the crowd was in a frenzy as the 2 warriors exchanged fiercely. Then Karperis landed a monstrous right hand followed by a blistering barrage of punches on Burrell which caused referee Pat Sullivan to step in at 2:58 of the 4th round. It was a thrilling finish. Burrell and his corner, to their credit wanted to continue the fight, exhibiting the warrior desire that all fighters had in this thrilling show. Karperis improves to 14-2-1 5KO's while Burrell drops to 12-3 8KO's.
With a sold-out crowd and Karperis' electric performance, DeGuardia is one step closer to developing his next local star as Karperis ticket appeal is rivaling that of other graduates of Star Boxing's famous Rockin' Fights series at the Paramount, including Chris Algieri, Joe Smith Jr. and Cletus Seldin.
The sold out crowd also saw a star-studded audience including conqueror of the legend Bernard Hopkins, Joe Smith Jr. who was there to support his Star Boxing team and home base. Joe Smith Jr., who is becoming a celebrity in NY, even though embracing the 'Common Man' moniker, received a special watch from Star Boxing and Icelink for his tremendous 2016 where he was considered by many to be Fighter of Year. The Hebrew Hammer, Cletus Seldin, another Star Boxing banger and Paramount favorite was also in attendance.
Doing the commentary was former Golden Gloves champion and star of 'the biggest loser' tv show Cara Castronuova and Showtime commentator and former world champion Paulie Malignaggi and Hall of Fame HBO commentator, the lovable Harold Lederman.
UNDERCARD ALSO THRILLS SOLD-OUT SRO CROWD
The semi final 8 round Jr. Welterweight matchup saw Woodhaven's Danny Gonzalez keep his undefeated record intact by defeating a tough Jerome Rodriguez who hails from Allentown, PA. Gonzalez fought his usual non stop action fight and dominated the tough Allentown fighter. Gonzalez swept the scorecards of all 3 judges by margins of 80-72, 79-73, 79-73 and improved to 13-0-1 5KO'S while Rodriguez drops to 7-6-3 2KO's.
Dean "Bad Newz" Burrell, twin brother of Scott, scored a shocking and clean knockout of local favorite Johnny "Hitman" Hernadez in a Lightweight bout that was scheduled for 6 rounds. The southpaw Burrell landed a crushing straight left to the Huntington native dropping him in vicious fashion for the 10 count. Burrell improves to 12-1 9KO's while Hernandez drops to 8-2 1KO.
Welterweight Tyrone James, 4-0 2KO's, Elmont, NY had a tougher than expected time with Alabama's Quincy Brown, 1-5 1KO but prevailed on the judges scorecards over 4 rounds by scores on 40-36, and 39-37 twice.
The opening bout set the tone for the night as Wyandanch, NY Lightweight Terrell Bostic improved to 3-0 with a hard fought victory over Staten Island's Grashino Yancy, 2-2 1KO by scores of 39-37 on two cards and an even 38-38 on the third securing the majority decision for Bostic in the 4 round Lightweight contest.
DEGUARDIA HOPES TO IGNITE FIRE
Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the evening's events: "This was our 26th show at The Paramount and despite the virtually impossible restrictions placed on all of us because of these new laws in NY, we pulled it off. This was a thrilling night of action, with an electric atmosphere and sensational matches. Every single fighter on the show came in tremendous shape and every one of them fought their hearts outs. I applaud every fighter that was on the show and they are all welcome back. I also thank our fans at The Paramount, who are the greatest fans anywhere and turned out in record numbers for this show. I love their enthusiasm. I made my point how important these types of shows are to our great sport and NYS. I am hopeful that Albany has taken notice and does something about this crippling and illogical law so that other promoters throughout New York will be able to also resume doing these types of shows. I am also glad we had the support of many of our fighters, including Paramount stars such as Joe Smith Jr and Cletus Seldin and other boxing luminaries including Paulie and Harold, both of whom contributed their sensational broadcasting skills to our taped show".
Star Boxing’s Marc Pagcaliwangan Wins in Canada,
Zac Dunn Loses in Australia!
(MARC "El Gwapo" PAGCALIWANGAN WINS BY KO in Toronto)
(March 20th) Star Boxing undefeated Super Banatamweight Marc "El Gwapo" Pagcaliwangan improved to 10-0-1 (8 KO's) with an impressive 3rd round KO of Mexico's Emmanuel Villamar, 8-2 (1 KO) at the Powerade Center in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
This was the first fight under the Star Boxing banner for Marc after being off from the ring for almost 2 years. The rust factor was not apparent as Marc roared out from the opening bell landing heavy combinations to his game opponent much to the delight of the large contingent of fans that supported Marc in his comeback fight. Marc continued his assault on Villamar throughout the fight finally forcing the referee to call a halt to the action at the 2:49 mark of round 3.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments after the fight "I am very pleased that Marc returned to action with such a dominant victory over this tough fighter from Mexico. Marc is a very talented fighter who has a huge following in his native Canada and I expect nothing but exciting things from Marc in the future".
Zac Dunn Shocked in Upset in Australia
Previously Undefeated British Empire Commonwealth champion Zac Dunn 23-1 18KO'S Melbourne, AU lost his title fight this weekend against Scotland's Dave Brophy 18-1-1 2KO'S at The Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Victoria. David Brophy claimed the Commonwealth super-middleweight title after a seventh-round stoppage of Zac Dunn in Australia in the scheduled 12 rounder.
ABOUT STAR BOXING ®
For a quarter century, Star Boxing keeps on swinging! Star Boxing has consistently delivered boxing events of the highest caliber and attracts loyal fans from all corners of the globe. From the Antonio Tarver - Roy Jones trilogy to the meteoric rise of Chris Algieri and Joe Smith Jr. from the Rockin' Fights Paramount Series, Star Boxing continues to work with and develop world rated contenders and red hot prospects into future world champions. Star Boxing is revered worldwide throughout the industry for its credibility, integrity, and exciting fights.
Andrade Captures WBA Super Welterweight Crown!
(March 12th) On Saturday night in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Demetrius Andrade became a two-time undefeated World Champion by defeating defending champion Jack Culcay. With the victory Andrade won the WBA Super Welterweight crown.
Andrade won by matching scores of 116-112 on two of the judge's scorecards, but the third judge incredibly had the fight for Culcay by a score of 115-114. Andrade was the superior boxer and controlled the bout with fast combos to Culcay's head and body. While often Andrade used an effective jab to keep his distance, the bout became a spirited battle with Culcay trying to bull his way in and Andrade often answering back with punches in bunches.
Andrade utilized both physical and superior skill advantages throughout the fight as he outfought Culcay for most of the 12 rounds but it was a tough and grueling battle as Culcay (22-2, 11 KO's) and Andrade (24-0, 16 KO's) both showed heart and determination in numerous entertaining exchanges that thrilled the sold-out crowd.
Andrade set a fast pace from the opening bell using his full arsenal throughout the fight, keeping the game Culcay at bay for most of the rounds. Culcay to his credit never stopped trying and even engaged Andrade in a toe-to-toe battle in the 12th and final round, but Andrade stood his ground and usually had an answer for Culcay's advances.
Andrade stated: "I did everything I needed to do. I came to German and took the title. Culcay fought like a champion but I was the better man. It feels great. I never lost my belt in the ring, so it feels like 'and still, and the new, and still undefeated world champion..."
When asked about future plans, Andrade said: "I just want to fight the best. Line them up, and I will knock all the champions down".
Andrade's Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments after the fight, "It was a very exciting fight that both should be proud of as they both showed the determination and will to win that a world championship inspires. Demetrius has shown he is willing to fight anybody, anywhere, to show the world he is the best. We are looking forward to bringing Demetrius back home and have him fight the very best fighters in the world."
Demetrius Andrade is co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions.
For more on Andrade vs Culcay --- (click here)
Karperis / Burrell to Battle
for NY State Title Despite Insurance Issues!
(February 6th) Star Boxing chief Joe DeGuardia is fighting the unprecedented situation of no boxing club shows in the state of New York by pairing Hicksville, NY native Anthony Karperis (13-2 4KO'S) defending his New York State Jr. Welterweight title against Brooklyn, NY prospect Scott Burrell (12-2 8KO'S) in a 10 round contest at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Saturday, March 24, 2017.
(Karperis / Burrell)
DeGuardia has gone on record with his fellow New York promoters vehemently objecting to the new rules put in place by the state commission on Sept. 1, 2016, which includes a $1,000,000 traumatic brain injury clause for each fighter. The new regulation eliminated all pro boxing in the entire state of NY from September 1, thru December 31. Up until January, the policy didn't even exist, so nobody could promote any boxing events in the entire state. You would have to go back to the 1800's to find a time where there was no pro boxing in NY for the months of September and October, and yet, this new law saw us all with no pro boxing for 4 months! Now, while a policy has been approved, the cost of that policy (as well as other recent NY regulatory added costs) has been so significant that anything other than major international shows are fiscally impossible.
DeGuardia has always been a strong proponent of the club level type of shows which traditionally have been the heartbeat of the sport, and lead to the major international events, both of which have been a part of NY's rich boxing history. DeGuardia knows that these shows are vital to keep the sport alive and provide such outlets for boxers, fans and venues. While DeGuardia is facing a huge financial loss, he is moving forward for his boxers, venue partners and, perhaps most significantly, to bring more attention to this issue, which is crucial to so many.
DeGuardia had this to say about his upcoming event, "for the first time in my career I am promoting a boxing event where there is such a dual focus. This is a fight that will shine the light on new rule changes and havoc that these new rules have caused to boxers, fans, venues, local towns and numerous others. It is the ultimate dichotomy - we are doing a club show and making it a point to show that we can't do them anymore if this new regulation isn't changed. This may well be the last club-type pro boxing show in state of NY. We fully understand the consequences of doing a show like this with the exorbitant proportionate cost of the new insurance and other regulations. We are doing this show under the worst of conditions and it's a damn shame because we have an unbelievable lineup of fights planned. Our main event is what boxing used to be like in New York, two local kids, both fine fighters in their own right, battling it out for the state title. And instead of looking forward to a great night of Boxing we have this dark cloud hanging over all of our heads, as numerous other promotions in various places throughout NY have been completely shut down. Hopefully by doing this event it will bring to light the dire situation in New York, and a call to action to change the regulation".
A sensational undercard, in keeping with tradition, featuring many local fighters doing battle with each other has been lined up and will be announced shortly.
Tickets priced at $50 and up may be purchased by calling Star Boxing 718 823-2000 or at www.starboxing.com, The Paramount box office 631 673-7300, or TICKETMASTER at ticketmaster.com 1 800 745-3000 or just (click here).
Pennington Does It Again,
Captures Road to Victory!
(February 6th) With the recent insurance and medical issues forcing NY fighter to to take travel to other states for boxing matches, Brooklyn's Courtney Pennington is quickly establishing himself as a road warrior. Pennington went into the backyard of well-regarded local favorite Khiary Gray Pitts and pounded out the unanimous decision at the Twin River Casino's Event Center in Lincoln, RI Saturday night. In doing so, Pennington captured Gray's Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and Northeast Titles.
The Star Boxing Jr. Middleweight improved to 10-3-1 5KO'S while opponent Pitts dropped to 14-2 11KO's. Pennington started out slow in bout getting a feel for his opponent and may have dropped two of the first three rounds. However, Pennington picked up the pace in the 4th round, chasing Pitts around the ring and finally was able to corner Pitts against the ropes unleashing a vicious combination which dropped the local fighter.
Pennington seized the momentum and kept the pressure on Gray utilizing a strong inside attack and seemingly knocked Gray down twice more in the 7th round but both knockdowns were called slips by the referee. Gray was on very wobbly legs as the round ended and the 8th round saw both fighters trade big shots but Pennington's blows were having a much greater effect on Gray as the bell sounded ending the hotly contested bout.
In the end, Pennington prevailed with a unanimous 78-73, 77-74, and 76-75 score earning the well-deserved unanimous decision win.
Star Boxing head Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Pennington's victory "I proud of him. For the second consecutive time he went on the road as the underdog and came away with victories, both quality wins over quality opposition".
The bout took place at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island and was co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Jimmy Burchfield's CES.
Star Boxing Year 2016 in Review
Big 2016 Bigger 2017 in Store As Star Boxing Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary of Promoting!
(Joe "The Beast" Smith Jr. Ko’s Benard Hopkins)
(January 31st) It was a sensational year for Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing in 2016. The year brought many thrills and breakout performances, including the two dramatic knockouts by Light Heavyweight Joe "The Beast" Smith Jr on NBC and HBO respectively. Cruiserweight Constantin Bejenaru had 2 nice upset wins on Showtime and rising Jr. Welterweight Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin continued his winning ways at the Paramount.
(Joe Deguardis Sr.)
Sadly, the year also saw the passing of the legendary Patriarch of the DeGuardia family on March 8, 2016. The Father of our CEO, Joe DeGuardia Sr., was a former professional boxer in the 40's and 50's who fought in many of the famous arenas in the Tri State area and ultimately became a legend and pillar of his native Morris Park area of the Bronx and a treasured throwback of the boxing community.
(Joe Smith Jr. and Joe Deguardia)
The brightest news of 2016 came in the meteoric rise by Joe Smith Jr., "The Beast" burst onto the scene with a spectacular 1st round KO of the #1 rated Light Heavyweight in the world Andrezj Fonfara in Fonfara's back yard of Chicago, IL, on June 18th. The bout was nationally broadcast prime-time as main event on the NBC network. Smith Jr. was a 20-1 underdog.
Smith Jr. followed that victory with another electrifying KO of future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins on December 17th in a fight televised live on HBO Championship Boxing. Smith knocked Hopkins clear out of the ring in the 8th round in Bernard's farewell fight and by doing so placed himself on the ballots of numerous Boxing sites including the highly prestigious ESPN.com and the Boxing Writers Association for Fighter of the Year honors. Smith also won Breakout Fighter of the Year and Knockout of the Year from various highly recognizable boxing publications and websites, as well as numerous other awards in boxing. It was certainly a storybook year for the Long Islander, who is also the WBC International Light Heavyweight champion.
Constantin Bejenaru made the most of his two ShoBox appearances by defeating two highly touted undefeated Cruiserweights in Alexy Zubov and Stivens Bujaj. Constantin earned the WBC International and Continental Americas Cruiserweight Championships with his big wins in 2016.
(Cletus Seldin another Ko Win)
Undefeated and highly rated Jr. Welterweight Cletus "Hebrew Hammer" Seldin, #6 WBC in the World, ran his KO streak to 7 as he defended his WBC International Silver title two times in 2016 and is on the verge of landing a major bout in 2017.
Former WBO Super Welterweight champion Demetrius Andrade returned in 2016 with an impressive KO victory over the tough perineal contender Willie Nelson. The talented undefeated Andrade will be challenging Jack Culcay for the WBA world title early in 2017.
Undefeated Super Middleweight Zac Dunn had a big 2016 winning all 4 of his bouts while capturing the WBC International Silver title and the British Empire Commonwealth title. Zac is currently rated highly in all 4 organizations world rankings and Star Boxing has high hopes for him in 2017.
Talented Jr. Welterweight Emanuel Taylor scored 2 impressive KO victories this year and Star Boxing's younger prospects Anthony Karperis, Johnny Hernandez, Tyrone James, Danny Gonzalez, and Terell Bostic had banner years in 2016, as all going undefeated for the year.
Star Boxing also continued its highly successful "Rockin Fights" series at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The series has produced the likes of Joe Smith Jr., Chris Algieri, and Cletus Seldin as well as many others and have continually sold out while producing exciting, competitive fights.
2016 also saw Star Boxing President and CEO Joe DeGuardia receive the honor of induction into the NY Boxing Hall of Fame and we have learned that his legendary matchmaker Ron Katz will join Joe in the Hall of Fame in 2017.
The end of the calendar year wasn't that great for New York boxing as there was no boxing in the entire state of New York from Sept 1, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016 due to a change in the law that set new insurance requirements that no insurance company was authorized to underwrite. While the policy exists in 2017, it is a major issue for the sport that has all but crippled New York boxing. In 2017, Star Boxing intends to take an active role in amending to this ill-conceived legislation.
To sum it up 2016 will be a year to remember for Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. Joe's late Dad Joe Sr., surely is looking down from above with pride in his eyes and heart as his son's Star Boxing company continues to be one of the industry leaders, in it's 25th year of promoting boxing!
Smith Jr. Becomes the First Man
To Stop the Legendary Hopkins!
(December 19th) Joe "The Beast" Smith Jr. became the first fighter to knock out the legend Bernard Hopkins as he knocked Hopkins completely out of the ring with a vicious 4 punch combination in the 8th round. Hopkins was unable to beat the 20 count administered by referee Jack Reiss constituting a knockout win by Smith Jr. (the bout was officially declared a TKO victory). The fight was the main event on HBO Championship Boxing.
Smith Jr., stalked Hopkins from the opening bell putting pressure on Bernard and landed a telling right hand in round 1 that seemed to wobble Hopkins. Joe was relentless throughout the next 2 rounds and outworked Hopkins easily while Hopkins was limited to landing sneaky pop shots here and there.
Bernard was more competitive in the 4th round landing some nice counter punches to the ever-charging Smith Jr. and captured that round (the only round awarded to Hopkins by HBO analyst Harold Lederman and most ringside observers). Joe Smith Jr. regained control in the 5th and 6th rounds and to most viewers looked on his way to a dominating victory, as he imposed his will on the boxing legend.
Joe Smith Jr. turned up the attack in the 8th round. At 0:53 of the 8th round the career of Bernard Hopkins would come to a brutal end as Smith Jr. unleashed a vicious 4 punch combination sending Hopkins flying through the ropes and onto the floor. Hopkins who appeared dazed and hurt from the blows, was unable to beat the 20 count cementing the sensational knockout victory for Smith Jr.(The traditional 10 seconds to get to your feet after a knockdown is extended to 20 seconds for the fighter to get back into the ring after being knocked out of the ring).
Joe Smith Jr., who proudly embraced the label of a "common man" leading up to the fight improves to 23-1 (19KO'S).The fight thrilled fans in the arena, nation-wide on HBO and Joe's fellow Local 66 Laborers Union co-workers back home. Joe retained his WBC International Light Heavyweight title in ending Hopkins illustrious career at 55-8-2 32KO'S and becomes the only person to ever stop Hopkins in his long career.
"It feels great, it's the best feeling in the world to accomplish something I set out for and wanted to do," said Joe Smith, Jr. "I had seen every time I threw the right hand, he was throwing the left so I set up the punch. I had seen him fall, and I kept hitting him until I saw him go down and out, and that left that I landed was a hard left hook. I hit him with four or five clean shots and they were good shots on the button. I came here to do my job, and while I may have ruined his farewell party, this is my coming out party too. I had to finish him, it was either my career was going to end and his was going to end, but I needed mine to continue. I'm going to get back in the gym and train hard for my next opponent. I'm up for anything. I have lots of respect for Bernard. He is a true champion. Lots of people love Bernard and still will because he's a true champion."
Bernard Hopkins said: " I might have gotten glazed with a left hook. I knew of the twenty seconds, but couldn't stand up on my feet. This is my last fight, I promised it would be and you come to that point in life where it is final and I'm happy with my retirement. I know the fans will know I went out as a solider, fighting the toughest, baddest opponents. I'm not saying I agree, I'm not in denial-Joe was a tough, heavy hitting fighter."
Smith Jr. Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing had this to say at the fight's conclusion "I am so happy for Joe Smith Jr. This was an emphatic victory and he has a tremendous future ahead of him. Joe is turning out to be the American dream, a humble, hard working kid who has now made a name for himself in the Light Heavyweight division with consecutive sensational knockout wins. This was a great victory for all of us. I think with these two back to back upset KO wins, Joe Smith Jr. should be "fighter of the year". Finally I congratulate and want to express my respect to Bernard Hopkins for a truly amazing illustrious career".
Hopkins vs. Smith, Jr. was a 12-round WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. The event was sponsored by "Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD" and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event was televised live on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from Inglewood, California's "Fabulous" Forum on HBO's flagship series HBO CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.