Takam Gives Makhmudov Fits In Montreal!
(September 17th) Montreal fight fans were treated to an excellent heavyweight main event on Friday night when CARLOS TAKAM (now, 39-7-1 28KO’s), traveled to Montreal to face hometown favorite, NABF Champion and #6 world rated heavyweight (WBA, WBC), ARSLANBEK MAKHMUDOV (now 15-0 14KO’s) at the Montreal Casino for the WBC Silver, NABF and NABA heavyweight titles.
The heavy handed Makhmudov expectedly started fast and furious, pushing Takam across the ring and into the corner before attempting to drown him with combinations. As the true veteran Takam is, instead of taking the onslaught or further damage, he took a knee and the remaining time left in the count to regain his composure.
Takam began to find his footing with an overhand right and stiff jabs to the body. Makhmudov continued to try and land a bombs away one-two, but Takam was resilient and would not waver. Both men dished and took some vicious punishment throughout the ten round main event.
As the fight carried on, Takam began to give Makhmudov fits, making him uneasy at times and put him on his heels for arguably the first time in Makhmudov’s career.
Heading into the 7th round, Takam was in control, getting his punches off first and caused much hesitancy for Makhmudov - barreling towards a possible major upset. However, late in the round Takam winged a right hand, throwing himself out of position against the ropes. Makhmudov capitalized when he landed a right hand that dropped Takam. A pivotal moment in the fight turned a Takam round, into a 10-8 Makhmudov round. Raising from the count to the sound of the bell indicating the close of the 7th round, Takam and Makhmudov entered rounds 8-10 where either fighter could turn the tide of the captivating heavyweight battle.
Takam found success with massive overhand rights and sweeping left hands to the body, buzzing Makhmudov on a few different occasions. As the final bell rang, Takam became the first to take the powerful Makhmudov to the judges scorecards, but fell short by decision, with the 7th round knockdown proving to be the pivotal difference. (97-91, 96-92, 96-92).
CEO of Star Boxing, JOE DEGUARDIA, had this to say about the fight, “Carlos once again proved that he belongs at the elite level of the heavyweight division. Makhmudov came into the fight with high praise and Carlos matched him. Carlos constantly thrills fans with fantastic action fights and will test any fighter in the division. Every time out Carlos earns the respect of the crowd and boxing fans across the world. Congratulations to Team Makhmudov on the victory.”
Richie Rivera Denied Victory In Saudi Arabia!
(August 20th) With his corncob pipe and sailors hat in tow, RICHIE “POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN” RIVERA went to battle with two time world champion BADOU JACK “THE RIPPER” on Saturday, in which Rivera was disgracefully denied what would have been a career defining victory.
Rivera, who came up in weight nearly 15 lbs for the opportunity was in control of the first half of the fight, finding a home for his uppercut. However, Rivera would fall victim to an inexcusable time keeper error in the 8th round. For the first and legal three minutes of the 8th round Rivera was in control using his work rate to impress. As the on screen clock counted down to 10 and disappeared, there was a noticeable lack of the 10 second warning. The round unimaginably continued on for an additional and illegal 58 more seconds, to Jack’s benefit, as he forced Rivera into the corner and landed a heavy left hand, followed by a barrage of punches. Rivera made it out of the inexplicable 4 minute round, with judges giving the 8th to Jack, thanks to the additional time. DAZN’s Chris Mannix remarked on the broadcast: “If I'm Richard Rivera, I'm upset. That four-minute round -- a round that Jack did much of his damage in that final minute -- may have cost him the fight.”
When the scores were read, Jack would get the nod by split decision (96-94 Rivera, 96-94 x2 Jack) with the 8th round and illegal additional time swinging the fight in Jack’s favor. A black cloud over an undoubtedly entertaining fight. Rivera’s career defining win was swept out from under him due to a lack of professionalism and complete failure of the time keeper.
“Richie was denied a victory and it’s absolutely inexcusable,” said Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA. “It’s disgraceful that a round could go on for 4 minutes, with the illegal extra minute swinging the outcome of the round and the fight. How does something like that happen on a stage as big as this? We will be requesting a rematch and protesting the fight with the necessary commission. We are all extremely proud of ‘Popeye’ for daring to be great. Separately we nonetheless congratulate Saudi Arabia on a huge showcase boxing event.”
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.
Fists Fly At St. John’s Carneseca Arena
Galdino Upsets Gonzalez In a Razor Thin Split Decision Maureen Shea Poised For Title Run!
(May 8th) With the opening bell, and the first punch thrown, professional boxing officially made its emphatic debut at Carnesecca Arena at St. John’s University Saturday night at Star Boxing's “Borough Boxing.”
The main event saw DANNY “EL GALLO” GONZALEZ (now 20-4-1 7KO’s) go to war with PAULO GALDINO (now 12-5 8KO’s) in the welterweight main event. Gonzalez, stepped on the gas early, dropping Galdino in the first round after a flurry of punches had Galdino on unsteady legs. Gonzalez looked to close the show, but Galdino was able to survive the round. Thrilling action continued the entire bout as the southpaw Galdino began putting punches together. Gonzalez would pick his spots with exciting bursts to return the favor, and both warriors continued to trade at will to the delight of the fans in a back & forth memorable battle that saw impressive and brutal body work by both fighters. At the final bell the scorecard reflected the back-and-forth action in the ring. Galdino was given a razor thin 8 rd. split decision upsetting Gonzalez in his backyard.
Result: Galdino wins via split decision (76-75 Gonzalez, 77-74 Galdino, 76-75 Galdino)
In the co-feature, MAUREEN “THE REAL MILLION DOLLAR BABY” SHEA (now 30-2-1 13KO’s) proved she is a force to be reckoned with at super bantamweight as she put on a show with fellow warrior CALISTA “CALI” SILGADO (now 19-14-1 13KO’s). Silgado showed remarkable resolve, willingly trading punches and crisp body shots with the heavy-handed Shea. However, it would be Shea’s superior boxing ability that would prove the difference in the fight. Shea won the fight via an impressive unanimous decision and is poised to make a title run at 118-122 lbs.
Result: Shea wins via unanimous decision (79-73, 79-73, 77-75).
The undercard similarly thrilled fans. Bronx based, “The Nigerian Nightmare” AFUNWA KING (now 4-1 1KO) won the battle of the boroughs besting Brooklyn born and raised, KAMRON HUMPHREY (now 3-1 2KO’s). King took the fight to Humphrey, scoring a knockdown in the second round. King controlled the action for much of the fight, keeping Humphrey on his heels.
Result: King wins via unanimous decision.
Glendale, Queens’ MAT “THE FUTURE” CASTRO (now 3-0 2KO’s) excited his hometown fans, dropping the game ANGELO THOMPSON (now 0-3) in the second round of their 4-round super welterweight fight. Thompson would gut it out, get back to his feet and kept Castro on his toes, but it would not be enough as Castro’s firepower and boxing skills made the difference.
Result: Castro wins via unanimous decision. (39-36, 39-36, 38-37)
In the opening bout of the night, NYPD Officer, EMMANUEL ETIENNE (now 2-0 1KO) defeated Elizabeth, New Jersey’s TUNDE FATIREGUN (now 0-2). The first two rounds had great action as both fighters mixed it up to the body the head. In the third, a tired Fatiregun would be deducted a point on two separate occasions for pressing down on the head of, and holding Etienne. Finally, the referee called the fight off for the same reason.
Result: Etienne wins by DQ in the fourth round.
“What an excellent night of boxing for the first ever show in Carnesecca Arena history,” said CEO of Star Boxing, JOE DEGUARDIA. “The fights emulated the grit and determination of the history and quality of Borough Boxing. Maureen Shea bit down against a tough opponent and got the job done. Paulo Galdino and Danny Gonzalez put on a thrilling fight for the fans, as did all combatants. Thank you to everyone involved in the show and the fans who came out to support their fighters and the show. We look forward to returning to St. John’s University and will announce our future events schedule soon.”
Federici Outpoints Pinchuk
In A Thrilling WBC CA and NABA Gold Cruiserweight
Main Event, Brown and Orourke
Shine In Their USA Debut At Rivers Casino!
(April 11th) Championship boxing was in the limelight in Schenectady at Rivers Casino Saturday night, as SIMONE “TYSON” FEDERICI (now, 19-2-1 8KO’s) unified the WBC CA and NABA Gold Cruiserweight Titles outpointing Pittsburgh’s, LYUBOMYR “DEMOLITION MAN” PINCHUK (now, 14-3-1 8KO’s) in an absolutely thrilling main event.
The opening round had the packed crowd on their feet as Federici and Pinchuk came out swinging, looking to establish their respective game plans. Federici began to find success working on the inside, putting efficient punches together with quality speed forcing Pinchuk to work off the back foot. Pinchuk would respond with combinations to the body, attempting to utilize the jab to keep the Italian tank, Federici, at a distance. As the battle of wills continued an accidental clash of heads with a minute left in the fourth round caused a gash over the eye of Federici. Knowing what was on the line both fighters maintained an impressive work rate over the 10-rounds, however it seemed to be Federici’s ability to bully his way inside that would make the difference. The judges saw it in favor of Federici by unanimous decision, who successfully defended his WBC CA title, and became the new NABA Gold Champion (99-91, 97-93 2x).
In 8 rounds of action, Ireland’s, “SUPERFLY” TONY BROWNE (now, 5-1) was successful in his US debut against the tough LEANDRO “APOLLO” SILVA (now, 3-6 2KO’s). Silva came out of the gate looking to control the action, while Browne effectively countered his aggression. In the 5th round, Silva buzzed Browne with an overhand right, but Browne was able to shake it off and power on. Silva kept coming forward trying to find a way in, but Browne continued to successfully work from the outside. Browne would take home the unanimous decision in his US debut (77-75, 78-76, 79-75)
Also making his US debut, 22 year old Irish product, “THE SILENT ASSASIN” RYAN O’ROURKE (now, 8-1 1KO) defeated Frenchman, FAYCAL REZKALLAH (now, 6-2-1 1KO) over 6 rounds. The Schenectady crowd was “oohing” and “ahing” as O’Rourke was landing from impressive angles. While O’Rourke controlled the pace of the fight, Rezkallah had his moments, waiting for O’Rourke to take a beat, before returning the favor in the form of multi punch combinations. O’Rourke’s early work to the body paid dividends in rounds five and six, hurting Rezkallah. The fight would find the final bell, and Ryan O’Rourke would earn the clean sweep on the cards for the unanimous decision victory (60-54 3x).
In the opening bout of the evening MICHELLE COOK (now, 2-3-2) and LIZ TUANI (now, 1-7) impressed in a competitive battle. Tuani came out swinging with force, but Cook was able to weather the storm. Late in the 3rd round, Cook found a home for her right hand knocking Tuani on her heels. At the close of the fight, Cook would get the nod by unanimous decision (39-37 X3)
“The fans came out early and stayed late for a thrilling night of fights at Rivers Casino,” said Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA. “Federici and Pinchuk put on one hell of a show, and left it all in the ring - both should be proud. Congratulations to Simone on the victory, and Tony Browne and Ryan O’Rourke for shining in their US debuts.”
About Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady: Located at the picturesque Mohawk Harbor near the heart of downtown Schenectady, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady features 1,050 slots, 67 live table games and a 16-table poker room and a live, in-casino luxury sportsbook lounge. The casino offers five distinctive restaurants—among them are Dukes Chophouse, Flipt, Johnny’s To-Go and Mian. Rivers features a multipurpose Event Center space, a lively entertainment lounge—Van Slyck’s, live music performances, free parking and daily promotions and giveaways. The Landing Hotel is a 165-room, six-story boutique hotel with riverfront views located adjacent to the Event Center. Rivers, which opened in 2017, employs approximately 1,200 team members and has been voted a great place to work in Schenectady. Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates.
Dovuh Edges Eloyan
In Star Boxing “Rockin Fights” 41 Main Event!
Friday, March 18th, Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York: In the main event of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing St. Patrick’s Day celebrating “Rockin Fights” 41, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based Ukrainian super bantamweight Oleh “Pitbull” Dovhun, out worked Brussels, Belgium based Armenian, Geram Eloyan to retained his NABA title with a hard fought, closely contested 96-94 Eloyan, 96-94, 97-93 Dovhun, ten round split decision points win. The WBA #6 ranked Dovhun stays unbeaten at 14-0, 5Ko’s while Eloyan suffering back-to-back ten round point defeats drops to 7-3, 6Ko’s.
In the eight-round semi-main attraction Elmont, NY, fan-favorite undefeated super welterweight, Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James, made his much-anticipated return to the ring claiming the vacant ABO North America Super Welterweight title shacking off some rust and shacking up New Haven, Connecticut’s, Jimmy “Quiet Storm” Williams with some clean punching prompting the referee to step in and call it over at 2:34 of round four. James remains unbeaten at 12-0, 9Ko’s while Williams who holds an eight-round majority decision win over Brooklyn, New York, former world champion Yuri Foreman falls to 18-7-2, 6Ko’s.
In six rounds of super welterweight action Huntington’s own Wendy “Haitian Fire” Toussaint rebounded from his first pro defeat, an October 7th, 2020, ninth round KO USBA Super Welterweight Title challenge loss to Cleveland, Ohio’s still unbeaten Charles Conwell to torch Revere, Massachusetts, Travis Gambardella with a blazing volley of shots dropping and stopping Gambardella for a first-round referee called TKO victory 1:48 of round one. Toussaint reignites at 13-1, 6Ko’s while Gambardella 2-2 in his lasty four drops to 7-2-2, 3Ko’s.
In a four round preliminary unbeaten Elmont Long Island super welterweight, Isaah Flaherty, remained undefeated with a convincing 39-37, 40-36 times two points win over Newark, New Jersey’s, Angelo Thompson. Flaherty moves to 3-0, 1Ko while Thompson still in search of his first pro win slips to 0-2.
In a four-round light heavyweight, battle of the Burroughs, Brooklyn’s, Kamron “Kam” Humphrey took the fight to Bronx, Louis Maietta putting out the NYC Fireman by way of TKO at 1:32 of round two. Humphrey climbs to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Maietta evens out at 1-1-1.
“Rockin Fights” 41 Results: Sold Out Paramount Thrills
Dovhun Takes Home Split Decision Over Eloyan
In Grueling Main Event, James and Toussaint
Impress With Massive Stoppage Victories!
(March 20th) A sold out Paramount was draped in Ukrainian flags from the rafters to ringside as a prideful OLEH “UKRAINE PITBULL” DOVHUN (now 14-0 5KO’s) made his first defense of his NABA Super Bantamweight title against gritty Belgium bruiser GERAM ELOYAN in an absolutely grueling 10 round main event.
Dovhun garnered the energy of his throngs of Ukraine supporters, starting fast and strong dictating the action. His impressive work rate continued through the first three rounds when a clash of heads caused a cut over his left brow. The fourth round saw the fight turn into a grueling bloody battle of wills. Dovhun’s work rate continued to impress but Eloyan was finding a home for his left hook. In the 6th round, Eloyan buzzed Dovhun with a hard left, but Dovhun returned fire with an eight punch combination. Eloyan (now 7-3 6 KO’s) came on strong in the back half of the battle but it would prove to be too little too late as Dovhun, maintaining an extraordinary work-rate, defended his title and took home a split decision by scores of 96-94 (Dovhun), 97-93 (Eloyan), 97-93 (Dovhun).
In the 8 round co feature, TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES (now 12-0 9KO’s) returned to the Paramount after nearly 3 years out of the ring caused by the COIVD-19 hiatus and Tommy John surgery on his elbow due to a torn UCL. James opposed New Haven’ veteran JIMMY “QUIET STORM” WILLIAMS (now 18-7-2 6KO’s) for the vacant ABO North American Super Welterweight Title.
Williams, fresh off his upset over former world champ Yuri Foreman, controlled the pace early forcing James to fight off his back foot. In the second round, a James counter right impressed the crowd even though Williams continued to press the action. James appeared to be shaking off the ring rust while working off the back foot and began to find his timing. Midway through the fourth round James landed a picture perfect counter right over a lingering jab of Williams, blasting Williams into the ropes. Williams was hurt, and James unleashed in the corner, throwing power punches with blazing speed and accuracy in an impressive onslaught. The barrage of punches forced the referee to stop the fight as a wobbling Williams tried to stay upright on very shaky legs. With the TKO victory James was crowned the new ABO North American Champion.
WENDY “HAITIAN FIRE” TOUSSAINT (now 13-1 6KO’s) wasted no time getting back to his winning ways, eating up TRAVIS GAMBARDELLA (now 7-2-2 3KO’s). Toussaint landed a hard right midway through the first round, and then unleashed a vicious seven punch combination while tracking Gambardella into the ropes before landing the final blow causing the referee to step in and stop the action.
Brooklyn’s KAMRON HUMPHREY (now 3-0 2KO’s) bested Bronx native LOUIS MAIETTA (now 1-1-1) via a 2nd round TKO in the scheduled 4 round bout.
ISAAH FLAHERTY (now 3-0 2KO’s) and ANGELO THOMPSON (now 0-1) went to battle over their 4 round super welterweight contest with Flaherty coming out on top by unanimous decision in a fan friendly, entertaining scrap.
“The fans came early and stayed late for another exciting “Rockin’ Fights” at the Paramount” said Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA. “I was humbled and impressed with all the Ukrainian flags and fans. Their unity in traveling to support Oleh Dovhun in his grueling and gutsy title fight defense was truly inspiring. It was also nice to see Tyrone James shine after his surgery with an explosive stoppage in a true step up fight. Thank you to ALL the fighters, their teams, my staff, the Paramount and the fans who continue to impress me every show. Looking forward to be back in June at the Paramount for “Rockin’ Fights” 42!”
Joe Smith Jr. Batters, Drops and Stops Steve Geffrard
In 9th Round Defending His WBO World Championship
Lyubomyr Pinchuk Outclasses Jose Mario Flores
To Win NABA Gold Cruiserweight Title!
(January 16th) On a night that almost didn’t come to fruition, Long Island’s working class hero JOE “THE BEAST” SMITH JR. (now 28-3 22KO’s) did what he always does and got the job done against late replacement, but well conditioned, STEVE GEFFRARD (now 18-3 12KO’s) via KO just 37 seconds into round 9.
While Geffrard took the fight on 8-days’ notice, Smith Jr. was met with the same unknown of a new opponent after his original opposition Callum Johnson tested positive for COVID-19. Smith came out of the gate strong attacking the high guard of Geffrard in every way. In the second round, Geffrard found small success with a short counter left, but would maintain his defensive poise as Smith continued to use his power, wrapping around Geffrard’s high guard.
As the fight found itself in the middle rounds, Smith began to turn up the heat, thrilling the throngs of Smith fans that made the trip to Turning Stone. Attacks to the body from a multitude of angles were landing with force as Smith continued to pounce on the resilient Geffrard. At the end of the fifth round, Smith, throwing with bad intentions, hurt Geffrard, who managed to stay on his feet, saved by the bell ending the round.
By round seven, Smith’s onslaught seemed to take the soul of the Florida based Geffrard, who could do nothing more than attempt to defend the insane volume of punches by the relentless Smith. After getting pinned in the corner early in the ninth round, Geffrard had clearly taken enough punishment – as sixteen unanswered punches were thrown from the workhorse Joe Smith Jr. Geffrard fell to his knee, where he would remain for the count, ending the fight. Smith’s pressure, punching ability and volume was simply too much for Geffrard to withstand.
Joe Smith Jr. is eyeing a major fight next, but first it’s right back to work, “I want to get back in the gym, work on my craft, and get better and better. I believe next time you see me I’ll be ready for anybody” said Smith Jr. As for what’s next for Smith, “If Canelo wants to come to 175 and fight me, I’m ready for him. Everybody would love to see that fight. It would be a big deal. If I got Beterbiev next and beat him, I would want Bivol [after], and unify all the belts, become unified champ and then take out the pound for pound king (Canelo Alvarez).” It is fair to say whomever Smith steps in the ring with next, fans will be in for a treat.
Pittsburgh based Ukrainian Cruiserweight LYUBOMYR “DEMOLOTION MAN” PINCHUK meant business from the opening bell against tough Washington D.C. based JOSE MARIO “BAZOOKA” FLORES. The two men went to battle over their entertaining 8-round NABA Gold Cruiserweight battle. Pinchuk successfully controlled the distance, establishing his jab early and often. However, Flores was game from the start, coming forward with a brawler mentality, digging to the body of Pinchuk in a pleasing bout. In the third-round, an accidental headbutt caused a cut over the left eye of Pinchuk, but it would seemingly not affect him or his work rate.
In the middle rounds, Pinchuk’s length and combination punching began to take over. As Flores’ stamina began to wane, Pinchuk took advantage finding success with a short right upper cut. Flores who had never been knocked out in his professional career, would be buzzed late in the fight, but managed to stay on his feet. As the final bell rang, the fight went to the score cards and Pinchuk was named the new NABA Gold Cruiserweight Champion by unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73 (2x)). With the win, Pinchuk improved to 14-2-1 8KO’s.
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say on the victories, “Joe Smith proved once again why he’s the working-class hero blue collar brawler fans have fallen in love with. No matter who he is in the ring with he gives the fans everything he has. His work rate was on full display against Geffrard; he has a motor that does not stop. We are looking forward to some massive opportunities for Joe in 2022, and can’t wait to bring the fans the best fights available at 175 lbs.” DeGuardia continued “Congratulations to Lybomyr Pinchuk who showed a lot of promise in winning the NABA Gold title in defeating a very game Mario Flores. It was a great night for boxing fans in attendance and those watching on ESPN.
Star Boxing Year In Review
Star Boxing Fights Through A Rough 2021,
Joe Smith Jr. Crowned Light Heavyweight World Champion, Cletus Seldin Back In Top 10 After Statement KO Victory, Michael Magnesi Earns Statement TKO Win In USA Debut and Alex Vargas Continues Unbeaten Streak!
(January 3rd) One year ago, a collective sigh of relief could be heard across the globe as the year changed from 2020 to 2021. At the change of a number, hope began to amass amongst the public that a COVID riddled world would finally be put behind us, and normalcy would be restored. While safety measures were put in place, and fight bubbles continued to serve its purpose, the world finally got back to boxing.
The year was scheduled to start off with a bang, as the “Common Man,” Long Island light heavyweight hero, JOE SMITH JR. (27-3 21KO’s) prepared for his second crack at world title glory, against crafty Russian veteran MAXIM VLASOV in mid-February at the MGM in Las Vegas on ESPN. Unfortunately, a stern reminder of the realties of COVID postponed the fight when Vlasov tested positive just two days before the world title fight. Like the resilient working man that he is, Smith Jr. would not be deterred. A change of date and venue saw the fight moved to Tulsa Oklahoma (April 10), but the goal and result remained the same. In a thrilling 12-round fight, Smith Jr. strapped his boots a bit tighter, bit down hard in the championship rounds, and gutted out the victory by majority decision to win the WBO World Light Heavyweight World Championship.
Joe Smith Jr. will start off Star Boxing’s 2022 in his first world title defense against fellow light heavyweight banger, by way of the United Kingdom, CALLUM JOHNSON (20-1 14KO’s) on January 15 at Turning Stone Resort Casino, LIVE on ESPN.
Through the uncertainty, Hall of Fame promoter Joe DeGuardia remained steadfast, finding high level opportunities for the vast and talented Star Boxing stable after the Joe Smith Jr. World Championship victory, Upset minded heavyweight CARLOS TAKAM (39-6-1 28KO’s) would board a flight in late July and cross the Atlantic Ocean into enemy territory to take on #1 heavyweight contender JOE JOYCE in London. Takam brought the fight to Joyce over the first five-rounds, landing an overhand right that seemed to never miss its target. The uneasy tension of the UK crowd could be felt as Takam barreled on, winning on all judge’s scorecards. In the sixth-round, Joyce landed a stiff combination unsteadying the former Cameroon Olympian, who maintained a defense during the onslaught, deflecting much of the Joyce attack. Controversary ensured as the referee jumped in, stopping the fight, much to the distain of Takam who immediately protested. As a result of the stoppage, Joyce got the TKO-6 victory, but Takam once again validated his reputation in the boxing world.
Star Boxing's critically acclaimed "Rockin' Fights" series came back from a 19-month COVID hiatus to a triumphant return to The Paramount in Huntington New York for two shows in 2021. Rockin’ Fights 39 took place on September 4th and Rockin’ Fights 40 followed on November 11th.
At November’s Rockin’ Fights 40, recently signed Current IBO World Super Featherweight Champion, Italian, MICHAEL “LONE WOLF” MAGNESI (20-0 12KO’s) got right to work making his US debut against EUGENE LAGOS in the main event of “Rockin’ Fights 40”, resiliently getting off of the deck in the first round to clobber Lagos with a perfect right hand to the body, then to the head, reminding fans of former World Champ Arturo Gatti. Magnesi awed the crowd in an inspiring third-round TKO victory, planting his Italian flag in the US as a real force at 130 lbs.
Undefeated super lightweight and Paramount grown ALEX “EL TORO” VARGAS (12-0 4KO’s) appeared on both of Star Boxing’s 2021 Paramount shows, showcasing his talents in front of his hometown fanbase, picking up two unanimous decision victories.
2021 also saw Author, ringside analyst and former WBO World Champion, CHRIS ALGIERI (25-4 9KO’s) return to the ring for the first time after two years of pandemic hiatus in August to co-feature on the TrillerVerz card at the Hulu Theatre at MSG. Algieri took Brooklynite MIKEL LESSPIERRE to school over ten-rounds earning a wide-spread unanimous decision. Parlaying this domination, Algieri took his chances in Liverpool England (December 11) against undefeated rising welterweight prospect, CONOR BENN. After a tense three rounds, with Algieri up against the ropes, Benn connected with a crisp and brutal one two combination in the fourth immediately ending the fight.
The fourth quarter of 2021 proved extremely busy as Star Boxing’s talent was once again on display on Triller. Star Boxing rolled into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with both the main event and co-feature of another boxing/music combined event. The main event featured the return of knockout artist and NABA Super Lightweight Champion, CLETUS “THE HEBREW HAMMER” SELDIN (26-1 22KO’s) against stablemate WILLIAM SILVA (28-4 16KO’s). The North American title fight lived up to the hype as Seldin and Silva went to battle over six fan friendly rounds that had fans on the edge of their seats. Early in the seventh Seldin landed his quintessential missile overhand right that sent Silva to the canvas where he would remain for several minutes, before thankfully getting to his feet. The seventh round KO victory put Seldin back on the map at 140 lbs. and is now currently world rated #8 by the WBA and #14 by the IBF.
In the co-feature bout, Queens native DANNY “EL GALLO” GONZALEZ (20-3-1 7KO’s) would take on PETROS ANANYAN for the vacant WBA Continental America’s Title over ten-rounds. After a slow start Gonzalez came on heavy in the back half of the fight, overcoming a gash on his forehead that left the ring, Danny himself, and everyone involved a bloody mess. The bloody battle was riveting and sensational. The gash would cause Gonzalez to need 25 stitches in his face post fight. Gonzalez fell just short in the fight by a razor thin close majority decision but earned the respect of boxing fans everywhere for his performance.
WBC Continental America’s Cruiserweight Champion, SIMONE “TYSON” FEDERICI (18-2-1 8KO’s) improved with a points decision in his native Italy in March and was set to defend his title against Massachusetts product, Vincenzo Carita, until Carita broke a rib in training and the fight was postponed. Be on the lookout for this fight in early 2022.
Star Boxing was pleased to add alongside its 2021 signings of Vargas and Magnesi, Iraqi born Kurd, BADIEN “BAD MAN” HASSO (19-0 10KO’s) who will be campaigning at Middleweight.
2021 also saw many of Star Boxing’s prospects and contenders continue their rise up the ratings. After picking up a TKO victory in Kentucky earlier in the year, undefeated Ukrainian Super Bantamweight OLEH “UKRAINIAN PITBULL” DOVHUN (13-0 5KO’s) defeated Glenn Dezurn in Pittsburgh this past November, to win the NABA Super Bantamweight Title. With the victory Dovhun is now rated #6 in the world by the WBA.
In May, fellow Pittsburgh based Ukrainian, LYUBOMYR “THE DEMOLITION MAN” PINCHUK (13-2-1 8KO’s) returned to his natural cruiserweight division and dominated Andrew Satterfield for a first round TKO victory.
Undefeated French Super Welterweight DAVID PAPOT defeated Evgeny Terentiev for the IBA World Title, and at the close of the year, is world rated #6 by the WBO, and #10 by the WBA.
Belgium based Bridgerweight, JOEL DJEKO jumped to heavyweight and took his shot at French Olympian TONY YOKA in Yoka’s backyard. Djeko made a great account for himself, getting late into the 12th, but Yoka proved to be too much coming away with the victory. Djeko will be campaigning in the WBC’s Bridgerweight division and is world rated #4 by the WBC’s new weight class.
Undefeated Light Heavyweight prospect RICHIE “POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN” RIVERA (21-0 16KO’s) picked up three wins in 2021, traveling to Orlando, Massachusetts, and Colombia in the process.
Highly touted Irish prospects, “SUPERFLY” TONY BROWNE hit the road 6 times in 2021, finishing the year with a record of 5-1 1KO, and “THE SILENT ASSASIN” RYAN O’ROURKE continued his unbeaten streak with another three victories, improving to 8-0 1KO.
Undefeated Moldovan born, Irish based prospect VICTOR “SLICK VIC” RABEI improved to 11-0 4KO’s before being sidelined by injury and will look to bounce back in 2022.
Danbury super lightweight, OMAR “THE BEAST” BORDOY (11-1 3KO’s) added a victory to his record with a wide unanimous decision in Derry New Hampshire.
23-year-old Dominican banger SANDERSON DIAZ (14-0 11KO’s) notched two additional second-round KO’s to his record in 2021, and looks to make landfall in the US in 2022.
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA stated: “Certainly 2021 has been challenging with continued uncertainties. With that said, I am proud of our team (staff and fighters) who bit down, rolled with the punches, and really came roaring to the finish. I’m happy we were able to get our boxers significant opportunities that have put them in position to have a very successful 2022, and thrilled by the WBO World Championship earned by Joe Smith Jr. The business of boxing is much like boxing itself, and 2021 was certainly a year full of bobbing and weaving, being hit and hitting back. But, at its close, all of us at Star Boxing are proud of our team and excited for what’s to come. On behalf of all of us, I wish you a happy and healthy new year, and we hope to see you in two weeks on January 15th for Joe Smith Jr.’s world title defense against fellow light heavyweight banger, Callum Smith at Turning Stone live on ESPN!”
Star Boxing Represents In New WBA World Ratings Dovhun, Seldin and Papot
Positioned For Major Opportunities In 2022!
(December 4th) As the year is coming to a close, fighters are jockeying for world ratings to attain world title aspirations in the first half of 2022. On December 1st the WBA announced its newest rankings and the Star Boxing stable was well represented.
In November, undefeated Ukrainian super bantamweight OLEH "UKRAINIAN PITBULL" DOVHUN (13-0 5KO's) went to battle with Glenn Dezurn in Pittsburgh for the NABA Super Bantamweight Title. Sweeping the cards in dominating fashion, Dovhun secured the NABA championship and as the saying goes, to the victor goes the spoils. Needless to say, Dovhun was not disappointed when the WBA announced him as their #6 world rated super bantamweight on Wednesday morning.
Intently watching the Figueroa-Fulton 122 lb. world title unification bout that took place on November 27, Dovhun is excited for the future "Great news! I am #6 in the world by the WBA," said Dovhun. "Thank you to my team and everyone that supports me. Next I want to fight anyone in the top 5. Let's go fight! God Bless America!"'
In October, explosive knockout artist, CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (26-1 22KO's) successfully defended his NABA Super Lightweight Title for the second time, defeating Brazilian William Silva by vicious seventh round KO via Seldin's classic "hammer" of an overhand right. As of Wednesday's announcement, Seldin is now rated #8 by the WBA and is looking towards a massive 2022. Seldin is also rated #14 by the IBF at 140 lbs.
Undefeated French super welterweight David Papot is now WBA world rated #10 at 154lbs. Papot, a former WBA Continental Middleweight Champion, now campaigning at super welterweight will look to place himself into world title contention with a victory in the onset of 2022. Papot is also world rated #6 by the WBO.
"I was pleased to be able to give our guys the great news of their new ratings with the WBA," said Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA. "I commend the WBA in their effort of consolidating its title and ensuring that fighters who put in the work and take the tough fights are rewarded with opportunities such as being rated in the top 10 and eventually fighting for world titles. I congratulate Oleh, Cletus and David on this great accomplishment and look forward to big fights in 2022 for each of them."
Star Boxing's former WBO World Champion CHRIS ALGIERI is set to face off with rising welterweight prospect CONOR BENN on December 11, in Liverpool England LIVE on DAZN.
Pittsburgh Based Ukrainian Oleh Dovhun
Dominates In NABA Super Bantamweight Title Victory!
(November 17th) Undefeated super bantamweight OLEH "UKRAINIAN PITBULL" DOVHUN (13-0 5KO's) made the most of his opportunity Saturday night in Pittsburgh, thoroughly dominating power punching Baltimore native, GLENN DEZURN (then 14-2-1 10KO's) for the NABA Super Bantamweight Title.
In an important crossroads bout between two fighters on the precipitous of moving into world contender status, Dovhun and Dezurn went to battle in front of the Ukrainian filled crowd at the Cathedral Room at St. Nicholas in Pittsburgh. From the opening bell, Dovhun controlled the action with superior footwork and pinpoint accuracy. Finding success with a straight left and right uppercut, Dovhun continued to keep Dezurn off balance and in retreat.
In the fourth of the scheduled ten round title bout, Dezurn attempted to turn the momentum and launched an aggressive attack on Dovhun. Dezurn's aggression caused a clash of heads leaving a cut under the left eye of Dovhun. Unfazed by the cut with full focus on the NABA Title at stake, Dovhun continued to pick off Dezurn with a slew of combinations that left the power punching Dezurn unable to answer. Dovhun stayed sharp and consistent throughout the fight and won the NABA Super Bantamweight Title by a clean sweep unanimous decision (100-90 3x). With the win, Dovhun is set to move into the top 15 in the WBA rankings and is in line for a massive 2022.
"I want to thank everyone for their support," said Dovhun. "You are all the best. I heard everyone shouting loudly and it was incredible. With such support we will be world champion. God bless America!"
Dovhun vs Dezurn was co-promoted by Integrity Fighter Management and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.
Magnesi Gets Up To Rock The House
Star Boxing "Rockin Fights 40" Full Results!
By: Coach K
November 11th, The Paramount, Huntington, New York: In the main event of Joe DeGuardia’s popular Star Boxing “Rockin Fight” series Cave, Lazio, Italy’s, super featherweight, Michael “Lone Wolf” Magnesi and Bukidnon, Philippines, Eugene "Rambo" Lagos took Star Boxing “Rockin Fights” theme to heart bringing the high boxing IQ Paramount fans to their feet with nearly nine minutes of “rockin fight” action.
The 26-year-old, unbeaten “Lone Wolf” and the “Rambo” tagged Lagos went right to work battling in close quarters, exchanging ill intended punches with Lagos landing the first decisive shot dropping the aggressor Magnesi for a flash knockdown and a referee Al Lobianco eight count with a sharp counter near the close of round one.
Beginning where they left off appearing fully recharged Magnesi returned to his "stochastic terrorism" stalking Lagos forcing the action bringing the solid two-way action to peak landing with cleaner, harder shots through round two flooring “Rambo” and brining the ‘dogfight” to a climatic close landing qwith a series of follow up power shots forcing referee Lobianco to call the action to a close at 2:56 of round three.
Running his current KO streak to seven the still unbeaten Italian sensation Magnesi improves to 20-0, 12Ko’s while the take no quarter Lagos five bout win streak comes to a close at 16-6-3, 11Ko’s.
In the co-feature, a battle of southpaw, super lightweights, Bellport, Long Island, prospect, Alex “El Toro” Vargas continued his winning ways running unbeaten streak to twelve with a comprehensive display of boxing and banging, walking down, turning and spinning Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Sebastian Gabriel Chaves into a wide variety of punches and combinations and a commanding one sided 60-54, 59x55 times two unanimous decision win. Showing signs of improvement every time out and quickly becoming a Paramount favorite for his all-in style Vargas moves to 12-0, 4Ko’s while the rugged but out gunned Chaves falls to 5-3, 2Ko’s.
In light heavyweight action Moate, Ireland, 2016 Olympian and amateur standout, Joseph Ward put his extensive amateur pedigree on display out boxing Woburn, Massachusetts, Leandro Silva over six rounds scoring with sharp southpaw jabs, clean solid straight lefts and combination capping right hooks out classing and out pointing the 35-year-old Brazilian to heavily slanted 60-54 times three unanimous decision win. Ward moves to 5-1, 2Ko's, the defeat an avenged injury 2nd round TKO loss in his pro debut while Silva 2-2 in his last four drops to 3-5, 2Ko's.
LA based Lebanese super middleweight, Nadim Salloum working behind accurate measuring jab and long purposeful right hands dislodged Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s, Delvecchio Savage mouthpiece four times drawing a referee Al Lobainco warning enroute to a shutout 60-54 times three unanimous decision win. Salloum on a five bout win streak, rises to 6-1, 3Ko’s while single punching Savage, winless in his last six drops to 3-8-1, 3Ko’s.
In a four round light heavyweight pairing, a rematch of their September majority draw, 27-year-old, Bronx, New York, fire fighter, Louis Maietta grabbed his first pro win answering Cheektowaga, New York’s, Perez Aughtry 40-year-old jab with consistent right hands to the body grabbing the judges’ eyes for a 40-36, 39-37, 38-38 let’s do it again majority decision win. Maietta bumps up to 1-0-1 while Aughtry still in search of his first win falls to 0-3-1.
In a special female featherweight match Mississauga, Ontario, Canada’s three-time amateur national champion, Amanda Galle remained unbeaten, out maneuvering, out throwing and out landing New York City based Haitian, Jaica Pavilus, 59x55 times three after six. Galle stays unbeaten at 5-0 while Pavilus winless in her last three falls to 1-4-1, 1Ko.
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“TrillerVerz III Results: Cletus Seldin Ko’s William Silva
With “The Hebrew Hammer” In The 7th Round
Danny Gonzalez Falls Short By Majority Decision
In Bloody Battle With Petros Ananyan!
(October 17th) After 558 days, boxing returned to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn via “Trillerverz III” last night as CLETUS “THE HEBREW HAMMER” SELDIN (now 26-1, 22KO’s) successfully defended his NABA super lightweight title over WILLIAM “BABY FACE” SILVA (now 28-4 16KO’s) by a vicious 7th round KO. The knockout punch may well be the KO of the year.
The opening rounds saw a patient Seldin, stalking down Silva, who wisely did his best not to find himself in front of the man dubbed the “Hebrew Hammer.” Seldin, working behind a ‘changing levels' jab, began to close the distance quickly and landed his first big punch in the 4th round. Silva took it well, but the more Seldin closed the distance the more dangerous he became.
Late in the 5th and 6th round, Seldin would buzz Silva who was on unsteady legs, but the crafty veteran would survive the round. 27 seconds into the 7th, Seldin delivered two picture perfect right hands on the button causing Silva to crumble on the canvas. With no chance of of beating the count, Silva remained on the canvas for a scary two minutes, before he thankfully was able to get up and sit on his stool. The knockout was Seldin’s second NABA title defense since winning the title against 5x former World Champ Zab Judah.
“This was the hardest training in my life” said Seldin. “Just a year ago I was sleeping on the floor, dealing with covid and three fight cancellations. I am 100% giving myself an A+ on this, for all the hard work and mental determination I had to get here.”
In the ten-round super lightweight battle, Brooklyn’s PETROS ANANYAN, (now 16-2-2, 7 KOs), won a majority decision over DANNY “EL GALLO” GONZALEZ, (now 20-3-1, 7 KOs), of Woodhaven, NY in an gritty, back and forth bloody war that thrilled fans. Scores were 95-95 and 96-94 twice for Ananyan.
Gonzalez got off to a slow start as Ananyan took advantage. In the middle rounds, Gonzalez found his footing and began to step on the gas. In the 4th-round Gonzalez was cut badly over the left eye. While managing the first cut, just a round later Gonzalez was cut once more on the right eye and blood began pouring down is face, on the ref and in the ring. Fighting off the blood and gruesome nature of the fight, going into the final two rounds, the fight was hanging in the balance. Ananyan was able to clinch the final round over Gonzalez, who valiantly stayed on his feet in the final minute of the fight after taking a barrage of punches. The performance saw Gonzalez’ stock rise in spite of the narrow loss.
CEO of Star Boxing, JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say, “What an entertaining night of fights in Brooklyn. Cletus Seldin has now positioned himself for some major opportunities at 140 lbs. with a sensational knockout over a crafty veteran in William Silva. Danny Gonzalez left his all in the ring, and all of us at Star Boxing are proud of his effort. Congratulations to Triller, Barclays Center and everyone involved on a great event!”
TrillerVerz III was promoted by Triller Fight Club, DiBella Entertainment and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.