Star Boxing Rewind Series Returns With “Catskills Clash” Set for Friday June 26th, Join Star Boxing’s Fighters
As We Watch Rewind and Discusses Their Fights!
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(June 24th) On Friday June 26, Star Boxing's, Facebook Live Rewind Fight Series returns with "Catskills Clash" Rewind starting at 8:00PM ET, LIVE on the Star Boxing Facebook page.
Tune in at starting at 8PM ET as "ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO (13-0 4KO's) and RICHIE "POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN" RIVERA (17-0 12KO's) interact with fans as we rewind some of their thrilling bouts from Resorts World Catskills.
Undefeated super lightweight Anthony Laureano hails from East Hartford, Connecticut, and emulates his moniker, "Action" every time he steps in the ring. Laureano was recognized as the 2018 Connecticut Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year, and is the current ABO America's Super Lightweight Champion, having defended the title 2 times.
Power punching, undefeated cruiserweight Richie Rivera, hails from Hartford, Connecticut, and is the ABO America's Cruiserweight Champion, having defended the title 2 times. Rivera packs a punch in both hands and is one of the most active fighters in boxing, having fought 7-times in 2019.
Interact with Laureano and Rivera, as they answer questions direct from the YOU, the fans, via Facebook Live. Get an in-depth look into the mind of a fighter, as each breaks down his strategy and adjustments in real time while watching the action with fans.
"ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO
13-0 4KO's & Current ABO AMERICA'S SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION
RICHIE "POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN" RIVERA
17-0 12KO'S & CURRENT ABO AMERICA'S CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION
TYRONE "PRETTY BOY" JAMES (Co-Host)
11-0 8KOS Undefeated Super Welterweight
CEO/President Star Boxing
Star Boxing presents "CATSKILLS CLASH REWIND"
Watch the action while interacting with Star Boxing's fighters and CEO via Facebook Live as each fighter rewinds their fights from Star Boxing's "Catskills Clash" series from Resorts World Catskills, in Monticello, New York.
THIS Friday, June 26, Starting at 8PM ET
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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.
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.
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."
Star Boxing Signs Heavyweight
Title Contender, Carlos Takam!
(August 20th) Star Boxing is excited to officially announce the signing of distinguished heavyweight title contender CARLOS TAKAM (36-5-1 28KO's) of France, by way of Douala, Cameroon. Standing at 6'3", the heavy handed, Takam has taken on some of the best in the business, in the heavyweight division. Star Boxing revealed the signing last week on its social media platforms.
Takam was an amateur standout in Cameroon. In 2003, he competed in the All-African Games in Nigeria, finishing with a bronze medal. In 2004, Takam qualified for the Athens, Greece Summer Olympics by earning Gold at the AIBA African Olympic Qualifying tournament in Morocco. Later that year, representing his native country of Cameroon, Takam fought in the Summer Olympic games in Athens, Greece, making it to the sweet sixteen.
Turning pro in 2005, just one year after the Olympics, Takam was an immediate force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division. After securing a record of 23-1 with 18KO's, Takam defeated GBENGA OLUOKUN (then 18-5 12KO's) by TKO to earn his first professional title, becoming the WBO International African Heavyweight Champion. Since then, Takam has held multiple titles, including the WBC Silver World Championship, the IBF Intercontinental Championship, and the WBF World Championship.
From 2011 on, Takam fought a gruesome list of boxing's best heavyweights which include, heavyweight world title challengers, FRANS BOTHA (then 48-6-3 29KO'S), MICHAEL GRANT (then 48-7 36KO'S), TONY THOMPSON (then 39-4 27KO's), JOSEPH PARKER (Then 18-0 16KO's), DERECK CHISORA (then 28-8 21KO's) as well as former world champion, ALEXANDER POVETKIN (then 27-1 20KO's). In 2017, Takam challenged ANTHONY JOSHUA (19-0 19KO's) in the biggest, bout of his career, for the WBA, IBF and IBO World Heavyweight Titles.
In Takam's last bout in December 2018, he defeated German prospect, SENAD GASHI (then 17-1 17KO's) who was favored in the bout. Gashi was a 5x Saarland Champion, 2x Gold International Boxing champion, 2x Gold German Open champion, amongst many other accolades in the amateurs. The bout took place at the 02 Arena in London, ending in a seventh round TKO victory for Takam.
Takam said this about signing with Star Boxing, "I'm very happy to sign with Joe and Star Boxing. It's almost one year now I'm free agent. I didn't sign with any promoter. I have had several propositions on the table, but with Joe [DeGuardia], the way I see, I have good feeling that we can achieve my potential together. I have big ambition in boxing for these coming years. Because I was taking my time looking around before to make any decision. I am ready to do the job."
Manager of Carlos Takam, DWIGHT YARDE, had this to say about the opportunities that are ahead for Team Takam with Star Boxing, "Exciting times in the heavyweight division! I have known Joe [DeGuardia] for some 20 years and truly believe he is the man to take Team Takam to the heavyweight title. With Carlos' ability as a fighter, nothing can stop us now. Heavyweight division watch out - we are coming."
Star Boxing CEO, JOE DEGUARDIA said this about the signing of Takam, "Carlos is a world class heavyweight who has faced some of the best in the division. Throughout boxing history, the heavyweight division has always cultivated the most buzz, and that buzz is back." DeGuardia continued, "I think highly of Carlos. The hard-core boxing experts know how good he is, but now he will show the casual fans and will surprise many as to how good he can still be. We are really excited to bring some big things to the table for him, and are confident that a heavyweight championship of the world bout is in his future."
“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.'"
International Boxing Hall of Fame Results:
Seldin Gets Career Best Win; Stops Judah in Eleven!
(June 9th) The packed and enthusiastic crowd at the annual International Boxing Hall of Fame, Star Boxing promoted show at Turning Stone Casino, were treated to a throwback main event reminiscent of the 1950's. CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (now 24-1 20KO's)had a career best win over 6-time world champion ZAB "SUPER" JUDAH (now 44-10 30KO's). Over the eleven rounds, Seldin threw, on average, over one hundred punches a round. From the opening bell, in his signature style, Seldin pounced on Judah and did not deviate from this plan until the ref called a stop to the onslaught at 1:40 into the eleventh round. At the time of the stoppage Seldin was pounding the 6-time world champion, Judah, against the ropes. According to Seldin, this was all part of the plan, "I knew I was in control from when the first bell rang . . . I am very awkward to fight, and my plan was to keep him off guard, and try and bring the fight forward," and forward he clearly did, for literally every second of every round. The style was intoxicating to boxing fans and experts watching the fight who were astonished at the pace and pressure of Seldin.
Seldin implemented a crouched, bobbing and weaving, relentless come forward style, reminiscent of the 1950's. Multiple times over the eleven rounds, Seldin turned southpaw, to keep the dangerous upper cut of Zab Judah at bay. In the third round, Seldin left Judah on unsteady legs after a monstrous right hand landed clean. Judah was able to tie up and survive the round. Judah attempted to subdue Seldin's attack but found himself in survival mode for most of the fight as Seldin literally smothered him with continuous punches.
"We wanted [Cletus Seldin] to come out very fast in the first two rounds, like a bullet. Judah is a great fighter, but we knew down the stretch Seldin would have the advantage..." said one of Seldin's trainers, SCOTT LOPECK, at the post fight press-conference. Those instructions and the shear tenancity of Seldin were the key to Cletus Seldin's success and his earning the NABA Super Lightweight Title. Many did not give the Long Island product a chance for victory against the much more experienced Judah, but in the end it was Seldin's consistent attack that broke down the six-time world champion.
What's next for the new NABA Super Lightweight Champion? Star Boxing's JOE DEGUARDIA knows that this was a huge win for Long Island's warrior, but as for what is next, "it's all about timing . . . [Seldin] just fought a six-time world champion, and we won't find another name that big, even with the current champions. We want to keep him busy," DeGuardia then joked, "Cletus has already asked to fight again at our June 28th show."
Seldin concluded, "This was a big opportunity for me. I love 12 rounds. I want to fight those championship rounds. I want to fight those championship fights." This career defining win occurred within those championship rounds, and Cletus Seldin is ready to take the next step in his ultimate goal of becoming a world champion.
Fans that came out to Turning Stone or watched live on FITE.TV saw a fantastic undercard. DAVID PAPOT (now 22-0-1 3KO's) and JAMES MCGIRT JR. (now 23-7-5 14KO's)went to battle over a 12-round Middleweight tilt. Both men attempted to gain the edge, working different angles, attempting to exploit the others' weakness, however the fight went the full distance. The bout was scored to a split decision draw, and the vacant WBO International, and WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Titles remain vacant as a result of the draw. (scores were: 117-111 Papot, 115-113 McGirt Jr., 114-114 Draw)
Italian, "SUPER" MARIO ALFANO (now 14-1-1 3KO's), ran into a buzz saw when he met Rochester's LAVISAS "RED" WILLIAMS (now 9-1-1 3KO's). Alfano attempted to press the action from the opening bell, coming forward for most of the fight, using combinations to the body and the head to score on Williams. However, Williams countered by using his impressive boxing abilities, fighting behind his stinging jab, and great movement. At the final bell, the judges ruled in favor of Williams, by unanimous decision. (78-74, 77-75 (2x))
WENDY "HAITIAN FIRE" TOUSSAINT (now 10-0 4KO's) took on LUCIUS "BULLDOG" JOHNSON (now 4-6-1 3KO's) in a tense battle, that had both fighters extreme boxing skills on display. Toussaint and Johnson began taunting one another in the middle rounds, both looking to mentally edge the other. In the end it was Toussaint, who used his length and incredible stamina to pitch a shutout on the game Johnson, by unanimous decision. (60-54 3x). Toussaint said "it felt really good to be back in there. I haven't fought in while, and I really wanted to put him to sleep tonight, and landed a few punches that I thought would, but he fought hard and stayed on his feet. I am ready to get back into the ring as soon as I can."
BOUBACAR "BOOBY TRAP" SYLLA (now 10-0 7KO's) made his Star Boxing debut on Friday, when he faced off against the incredibly tough MARQUISE "THE HAWK" HAWTHORNE (now 7-11 1KO). Hawthorne, coming off of a unanimous decision win in April, which was his second win in a row against undefeated prospects and he looked to continue his success against Sylla. This was the fifth undefeated opponent for Hawthorne, in his last six fights. Sylla, attempted to rid himself of any ring rust and traded big shots with Hawthorne over the 6-rounds. Hawthorne came on late, but it proved to not be enough as Sylla earned the unanimous decision victory. (58-56 (2X), 59-55). "It felt great to be in the ring again," said Sylla, "I was a little rusty at the beginning, but happy to come out with the win. I plan on speaking with my team and seeing what is next for me."
In a 4-round battle of the undefeated, ROBERT DURAN JR. (now 3-0 2KO's) narrowly outpointed a very tough JONATHAN "THE BOOGIE MAN" PIERRE (now 3-1) in a highly skilled outing from two young fighters. It was a pleasing battle in which Duran, the son of boxing legend Roberto Duran, pressed the action against the skilled boxer Pierre.
Finally, ERIC ABRAHAM (now 6-4-1 3KO's) earned the KO of the night when he went to battle with ALEX "LIGHTS OUT" VANASSE (now 4-1 4KO's) in a cruiserweight bout, that brought the knockout of the night. With Abraham down on the cards, he turned it around with one punch in the third, violently dropping Vanasse, and finished off the fight four punches later, dropping Vanasse a second time, to earn the KO victory.
Chris Algieri Back to Top Form
After Impressive Win Over Tommy Coyle!
(June 3rd) Saturday night, Chris Algieri (now, 24-3 9KO's) was very impressive in winning his first defense of the WBO International Title (140 lbs) against tough Brit, TOMMY COYLE (25-5 12KO's), at the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden.
The fight, which was a supporting fight on the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Heavyweight Championship Bout, was streamed live on DAZN and lived up to its fullest potential. The large British contingent at Madison Square Garden, could be heard backing their fighter, Coyle, while the hometown New York fans were behind Algieri. Even the promoters could be heard ringside, Joe DeGuardia cheering for Algieri and Eddie Hearn backing Coyle.
Coyle fought well early, appearing to hurt Algieri in the second, however in classic Algieri style, he was able to weather the storm, and later returned the favor. Algieri's offensive mindset became apparent early, as he began digging accurate body shot, after body shot on Coyle. In the fourth round a beautifully placed body combination sent Coyle to the canvas. To Coyle's credit, he picked himself off the floor, and continued to fight with pure guts, and will.
Coyle attempted to take back the fight in the sixth round, landing hard shots to the body and head of Algieri, pinning former world champion against the ropes, but it would not be enough. Finding a gap in Coyle's defense, Algieri continued to batter the former Commonwealth champion. Algieri hurt Coyle in the eighth round and Coyle wasn't steady walking back to his corner as the bell rang. Coyle's corner stopped the fight before the start of the ninth saving the tough Brit from further damage. At the time of the stoppage all three judges had Algieri ahead on the cards. (77-74 (2x), and 79-72)
"My whole game plan for this camp was that on June 1, 2019, at Madison Square Garden, I, Chris Algieri, would stop Tommy Coyle," Algieri said "I have been saying that over and over and over throughout camp. That was the game plan and we knew how to do it. I made it tougher than it needed to be, but I got it done."
Algieri's long-time promoter, (Star Boxing CEO) JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about Algieri's victory, "Chris' body work was very impressive and an effective complement to his sharp jab. With those tools and his incredible work ethic and conditioning, he is a dangerous fight for any world champion. I tip my hat to Tommy Coyle, a true warrior and gentleman," DeGuardia continued, "we will work on a world title shot for Chris, and whether that be Maurice Hooker, or another world champ, Chris is anxious to reclaim the championship of the world."
With the impressive win over Tommy Coyle, Chris Algieri is poised for that world title shot. Algieri has won three straight fights since his return in November, with his win on Saturday night being the most complete, and impressive victory.
Newly Signed Prospects
Dylan Moran & Junior Almonte
Shine In Their Star Boxing Debuts!
(April 1st) Star Boxing's recently signed undefeated international prospects, #1 rated Irish welterweight, DYLAN "THE REAL DEAL" MORAN (now 10-0 5KO's) and Dominican Republic bantamweight prospect and titlist, JUNIOR "BAMBITO" ALMONTE (now 12-0 9KO's) both fought over the weekend in their first bouts as Star Boxing fighters.
Moran stepped in at the National Stadium in Dublin Ireland against former European champion, Hungarian, GYORGY MIZSEI JR.. Moran maintained a come forward style over the 8-round fight, trading freely at times with his Hungarian foe. Moran forced the action, pinning Mizsei (now 26-26-1 15KO's) against the rope's multiple times, as the former European champion fought back with some sharp counter punches. A counter punch in the 5th round caused a small cut to open on the bridge of the Irishmen's nose, but it did not slow the southpaw as Moran continued his relentless pressure. After the full 8-rounds Moran took home the victory via unanimous decision, remaining undefeated (all three judges scored the fight 79-74).
On Sunday night, Junior Almonte laced up at the Club Plaza Valerio in Santiago, Dominican Republic against ANGELO "EL OLIMPICO" MUNOZ (now 18-16 11KO's). The Dominican and WBC FECARBOX Bantamweight champion quickly displayed his fast and heavy hands, wasting no time, earning a first round TKO victory.
Star Boxing promoter, JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about both victories, "I was happy to have both Dylan and Junior jump right into action after recently signing a promotional agreement with Star Boxing. Dylan has a strong Irish fanbase, and after watching his fight on Saturday night, it is easy to see why. Junior has an impressive amateur background, and it shows in both his comfort and ring generalship. Clearly his power showed Sunday night. I look forward to continuing Star Boxing's relationship with Dylan and Junior and their respective teams, and I am excited for what is in store for these two great prospects."
Bivol Outpoints Hard Hitting Smith Jr. In Title Fight!
(March 11th) Russian, WBA World Light Heavyweight champion, DMITRY BIVOL (now 16-0 11KO's) looked sharp in his fifth title defense against tough, union laborer, and Long Island's own JOE SMITH JR. (24-3 20KO's). Smith Jr. took the champion the full 12-rounds but the champion worked his way to a unanimous decision victory (118-110, 119-109 (x2)).
Bivol, known for his accuracy and multiple punch combos displayed tremendous poise and skill against the hard-punching Smith Jr at the Turning Stone Resort Casino. Bivol fought a measured fight and kept his distance from the devastating right hand and left hook of Smith Jr.. The bout was filled with drama, even though Bivol maintained a strong lead on the scorecards. In the 7th round, Bivol landed a clean shot that wobbled Smith Jr., however Smith Jr. refused to fall as he displayed a granite chin multiple times over the 12-rounds.
In the final seconds of the 10th round, Smith Jr. finally landed a flush overhand right. The punch buckled the knees of Bivol, creating a raucous roar from the Joe Smith Jr. crowd. The bell saved Bivol who gamely held the ropes and wobbled to his corner on unsteady legs. Smith Jr. who was seconds away from a dramatic world championship KO victory, came out looking for the knockout in the 11th round, hoping to replicate the blast in round 10 and erase the scorecards with one more punch. Bivol bravely and smartly weathered the storm, and even went on the attack in the final 20 seconds of round 12, of which Smith Jr. gritted out to remain on his feet.
"It was not an easy fight" said Bivol after the fight. Bivol acknowldeged the heavy hands of Smith Jr., "Smith had a big heart, and a strong hands. I caught a right hand on the right side, and I lost my balance a little."
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about Saturday's fights, "it was a very thrilling night of action highlighted by an exciting main event" (Bivol vs Smith Jr). "I congratulate Bivol and his team and I am proud of Joe, as he showed his heart, determination and shear grit. He is not only the hardest punching light-heavyweight, but perhaps the hardest one punch fighter in the sport today. I know fans will certainly want to see Joe in action again. He is a very pleasing fighter that certainly fascinates boxing fans enamored with his ability to end a fight with one blast."
In a 6-round lightweight bout, amateur standout, and multiple time national champion, OTHA JONES III (now 1-0) took on GIORGI "GOGA" GELASHVILI (now 5-2 3KO's). The two waged war from the opening bell, Jones showing great speed in both his hands and feet, while Gelashvili did not back down, settling in after the first two rounds. After a Jones knockdown in the 3rd round, Gelashvili began finding range, but it was too late as Otha Jones took home the victory in his pro-debut by unanimous decision (59-54, 58-55 (x2)).
Star Boxing Signs Georgian Super Lightweight
Giorgi Gelashvila Who Makes His Pro Debut Against
Otha Jones III March 9th on Bivol vs Smith Jr. Undercard LIVE on DAZN from Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY!
(March 7th) Star Boxing is excited to announce the signing and Star Boxing debut of 24-year-old, Georgian native, GIROGI "GOGA" GELASHVILI (Kutaisi, Georgia, 5-1 3KO'S). Gelashvili began boxing at the age of 14 and had an impressive amateur career of 120 amateur fights, with 110 victories. He is an only child, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Gelashvili came to New York in pursuit of taking the next step in his professional career.
On March 9, at Turning Stone Resort & Casino on the undercard of the DIMTRY BIVOL vs JOE SMITH JR. WBA World Light Heavyweight Title Fight, Gelashvili will be facing heralded prospect, 18-year-old OTHA JONES III (Pro-Debut). Jones, a native of Toledo, had a remarkable amateur pedigree of 283-13, having won many amateur titles while representing Team USA, including gold at the United States National Championships (2x) and the World Championship Qualifier.
Gelashvili is ready for the challenge in facing Jones under the bright lights DAZN. "My opponent is good but not better than me. I am faster and stronger than he is. He grew up like a baby with everyone taking care of him" Gelashvili continued, "I grew up lonely in the street, fending for myself and I began this career lonely, so you see I have always been a fighter. Fighting to survive and now fighting to win. I thank God for giving me this opportunity to fight in the United States. I thank Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and DAZN for giving me the opportunity to showcase my fighting spirit. Finally, I thank my team at Guzman Boxing Academy and Universal Boxing Management. Now it's my time!"
MOISES ROMAN, advisor to Gelashvili, had this to say about the upcoming bout, "Before this fight came about, I signed Giorgi Gelashvili to an advisory contract and started negotiating with Joe DeGuardia, for a chance to have him compete on Star Boxing promoted cards, [but] when this fight was offered by Joe, we jumped right on it. It's a large venue, and a big platform to showcase Giorgi's talents" said Roman. "We are well aware of Otha's talents and many national titles at the amateur level in the US. Just like Otha, Giorgi has also competed in, and won, many national titles back in his home land and has competed in over 100 amateur fights. With that, I want to thank Joe DeGuardia for signing him to an exclusive promotional contract and also Matchroom for the opportunity to compete on DAZN."
Star Boxing head, JOE DEGUARDIA, had this to say about both the signing of Giorgi Gelashvili, and his great opportunity on March 9, "We think highly of Giorgi and he has been impressive in the gym. Most importantly, I respect that he was up for this challenge against one of the top prospects that is turning pro. Both Giorgi and Otha ought to be commended for fighting each other and I expect a very good fight."
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Johnny Hernandez, Joel Djeko and Terrell Bostic
Big Winners Star Boxing "Rockin Fights 34"!
By: Coach K
February 22nd, Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York: In the main event of the 34th edition of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing “Rockin Fights” series Huntington, LI’s own Johnny “Hitman” Hernandez returned to the win column with a hard fought eight round majority decision over Waco, Texas, Marquis “The Hawk” Hawthorne.
The highly competitive, hotly contested back and forth battle saw both the local favorite Hernandez and the Paramount returnee Hawthorne both start well with the bigger stronger looking Texan working for long counters and the perpetually active Hernandez jumping in and out with quick combinations.
The busier Hernandez working short, quick combinations laning from all angles, moving in and out finishing behind an edge grabbing piston jab to capture the close and very competitive early rounds.
“The Hawk” not to be out done began to meet Hernandez work rate breaking through with a big right in round five. Keeping his foot on the gas Hawthorne appearing to have turned the tide rocked “The Hitman” with another heavy right in round six would only reignite Hernandez and the partisan Huntington crowd sparking Hernandez to dig down deep and regroup in round seven.
Neither fighter looking to give any quarter opened up some entertaining two-way trading until Hernandez returning to his jab together with some strategic grappling again began to out manuever and out work “The Hawk” pushing hard through some very close inside action, holding on for a very close 76-76, 77-75 times two majority decision win. Hernandez back in the green moves to 10-4, 1Ko while Hawthorne slipping back into the red falls to 6-10, 1Ko.
In a European flavored ten round cruiserweight affair Brussels, Belgium’s, Joel “Big Joe” Djeko made won a ten round unanimous decision over Roma, Italy’s, Simone “Tyson” Federici.
The 6’6” Djeko unable to break the straight ahead Federici’s tight high guard early on would soften up the tough Italian’s defense with some clean body work driving home with his longer, leaner, meaner jab in the second half opening the avenue for some clean right hands and timley uppercuts leaving the clutching and grabbing “Tyson” on the short side of a 99-91, 97-93 times two unanimous decision win. Djeko on a six-bout victory run since dropping a ten round split decision win to then 14-0, Craig Kennedy moves to 15-2-1, 7Ko’s ahead of a May 4th showdown against Blackpool, UK “Assassin” Matty Askins, while the “Tysonless” Federicci’s eight bout unbeaten streak comes to a close at 14-2-1, 6Ko’s.
Heading the undercard Wyandanch, New York, 27-year-old, super lightweight Terrell “Problem Child” Bostic regained direction burying controversial “Rockin Fights 33” split decision loss with a one sided heavily tilted six round unanimous decision over Laredo, Texas, Javier Martinez.
Bostic held off the body punching Martinez with long, stinging left jabs in round one, taking control of real estate and the action in round two, tagging the aggressive Texan with long hard right hands.
Stirred on by his Contender Series Star Alphonso Gomez led corner it would be Martinez with all the problems. Unable to cope with Bostic’s superior skills the durable Martinez with his gallant effort was thoroughly rebuked by the slick, stance switching, Long Islanders busy and accurate jab, in-close uplifting uppercuts and punishing right hands. To his credit Martinez would remain upright only to hear the judges scores announced 59-55, 60-54 times two making “The Problem Child” the clear six round unanimous winner. Bostic improves to 4-1, 1Ko while Martinez drops to 4-6, 3Ko’s.
In a four-round battle of super lightweights Bronx, New York’s Dashaun “Too Sweet” Johns rocked by a big shot in round one, held on, regrouped, battled back and boxed his way to a 39-37 times three over Philadelphia’s, way too “Macho” Derron Lawson. Johns improves to 2-0, 1Ko while tougher than his record Lawson falls to 0-3.
In a scheduled four round welterweight bout Bellport, Long Island’s fighting social worker Alex “El Toro” Vargas remained unbeaten scoring a second-round stoppage of Silver Spring, Maryland, veteran Benjamin Borteye.
In just his third pro fight the confident 23-year-old, Vargas went right to work putting the rugged veteran on his back foot and taking command of the center of the ring. “El Toro” in hot pursuit cutting off the ring pounded the more experienced Marylander along the ropes, catching and dropping him in the corner with a thudding southpaw right, left combination.
The game but still shaky Borteye would finish the round only to be met by some of the same rough treatment in round two. "El Toro" never letting up, pressed Borteye with a wide array of shots, landing to the head and body straying a bit low once earning Borteye a referee Al Lobianco ordered reprieve.
Vargas demonstrating the instinct of a consummate finisher remained patient resuming his attack picking his spots, ripping his fading foe up and down sending him to the canvas for a second referee Lobianco eight count. Allowed to continue it wouldn’t be for long as “El Toro” all zeroed in went right back on the attack battering Borteye to the body and head but the battle tested warhorse would again reach the close of the round only this time his corner had seen enough notifying referee Lobianco their charge need take no more punishment recording Vargas as the second round TKO winner. Making his third “Rockin Fights” appearance in as pro many fights “El Toro” improving to 3-0, 1Ko is quickly becoming a Paramount favorite. Borteye on the other hand now stopped in back to back fights sinks below five hundred at 4-5, 4Ko’s.
In the evening opener Bronx, New York pro-debuting super welterweight Jeffrey Gonzalez got off to a sensational start scoring a four-round shutout over Riverview, Florida’s, Earl Henry.
The aggressive free-swinging Henry started well but it didn’t take long for the Arron Davis trained Gonzalez to settle in and begin to land clean sharp combinations. Then turning Henrys jab against him with quick solid counters gonzalez easily pounded his way to a 40-36 times three opening day unanimous decision win. Gonzalez opens up 1-0 while Henry returns south winless at 0-2.
Cletus Seldin Drops “The Hebrew Hammer” On Adam Mate- Anthony Laureno Wages War Against Ronald Rivas -“Slugfest at the Sun” Saturday Night!
(January 27th) A great night of fights took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT last night (Saturday), as JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING presented another exciting SLUGFEST AT THE SUN. The undercard had a distinct New England flavor as the crowd came out early and loud, cheering on their local New England talent.
In the main event, New England fans were treated to feared knockout artist CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (now 23-1 19KO's) as the Hammer-Head fans traveled from Seldin's Long Island hometown to Mohegan Sun. Taking on Hungarian puncher, ADAM MATE (now 28-14 21 KO's), Seldin, as usual, came streaming across the ring from the opening bell. Throwing precise haymakers, and clearly looking for the knockout, Seldin stalked Mate and just twenty seconds into the first round, landed a devastating right hand that sent Mate crumbling to the floor. To Mate's credit, he rose off the canvas attempting to stabilize himself, defeating the referee's ten count. However, Seldin pounced yet again, trapping Mate in the corner, dropping him once again for the final time with precise bombs. Joe DeGuardia promised boxing fans to not blink during this scheduled ten round main event and the Mike Tyson-like Seldin blitzkrieg lived up to the promise, with the Knockout coming at the official time of 0:48 seconds of the first round.
Cletus Seldin said this about his devastating KO victory:
"I am happy to be back. I have now had 2 fights since coming back from the Tommy John surgery I had last year and i feel like it's back to normal. I can't wait to get back in the ring again and want to thank Joe DeGuardia [Star Boxing] for keeping me busy and all of the "Hammer-Heads" who came out to support me. I am ready for the top guys in my division."
"ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO (now 10-0 3KO's) and RONALD RIVAS (5-9-2 3KO's) put on a show for every minute of their 8 round co-feature bout, entertaining the crowd who cheered with an ever-increasing excitement and intensity throughout the bout. Both fighters earned the respect of the fans for their effort, but it was Laureano who showed his superior skills, using an effective jab, left hook, damaging body punching, and unmatched determination, which led him to a unanimous decision victory by scores of, 80-71, 79-72 (x 2).
The fighters engaged each other from the opening bell and by the second round Rivas was cut and bleeding. In the third, Laureano banged the game Rivas on the ropes and across the ring. Laureano's ceaseless attack overwhelmed Rivas in the 5th round sending him to the canvas with a left hook to the body. The slugging continued for the remainder of the fight to the delight of the cheering crowd at Mohegan Sun, concluding with Laureano throwing punches in bunches from all angles. Be sure to tune in for the replay of this one as the hometown hero, Anthony Laureano put on a show for his local fans.
Laureano on returning to Mohegan Sun, and his performance on Saturday night: "I felt good in there and just love to fight in there. Rivas was a tough and determined fighter and I have much respect for him. Thank you Star Boxing for keeping me busy and moving me and thank you Mohegan Sun, NESN and all my fans - I appreciate the support."
In a battle for the Jr. NABF Super Featherweight title, ANGEL "EL GALLO" SUAREZ (now 8-3 3KO's) challenged champion WILLIAM "THE SILENT ASSASIN" FOSTER (9-0 6KO's). Foster got it started early, boxing swiftly, landing by using his quick hands. However, Suarez would not be denied, finding openings in the second round, as blood began to come from the nose of Foster. The two waged war against each other, for the entirety of the 8-round title fight in a fantastic tactical battle reminiscent of yesteryear. Having gone the distance, the judges scored the bout 79-73 (x3) in favor of William Foster, who retained his Jr. NABF Super Featherweight title in an exciting bout.
JACOB "LEFTY" MARRERO (now 2-0 1KO) seemingly had all of Bridgeport behind him in his second professional bout, as he took on Hungarian ZSOLT KARVAJ (now 3-3 3KO's) in a scheduled 4-rounder. Marrero wasted no time sending Karvaj to the canvas two times in the opening round. Finally, a straight right hand by Marrero scored purely on the chin of Karvaj, causing referee Danny Schiavone to halt the action with 1:07 expired in the first round.
In a thriller, fan favorite NATHAN MARTINEZ (now 2-0) had his second professional bout against a tough Philadelphian, JERROD MINER (now 1-3-2 1KO). The opening round saw great back and forth action, as Miner scored with two hard rights, while Martinez found a home for his right hand as well. It was a very close first round but the second saw Martinez go on an impressive body attack, landing sharp, devastating shots to the midsection of the Miner. After 4-rounds of great action, the judges saw it, 40-36 (x2), and 39-37, in favor of Nathan Martinez, who improved to 2-0.
In a 6-round welterweight bout between RONNIE "TEFLON RON" AUSTION (now 10-1 7KO's) and Waco, Texas native, MARQUIS "THE HAWK" HAWTHORNE (now 6-9 1KO) both fighters began slow, in a feeling out first round. Austion looking to counter, while Hawthorne pressed, seemed to be the theme throughout the fight. Finally, in the fourth round, the action began to pick up, as Hawthorne was both throwing and landing in high volume. After losing a point for holding in the fifth round, Austion was unable to close the deficit, as Marquis Hawthorne, in a big upset, defeated the previously undefeated and heralded Austion by scores of 57-56, 58-55, 59-54.
DAVID PAPOT (22-0 3KO's) of Saint-Nazaire France was scheduled to make his USA debut agains the tough COURTNEY PENNINGTON (12-3-2 5KO's) on Saturday night, however two days before fight night, Pennington had to pull out of the bout due to back spasms. Star Boxing then brought in RONALD MONTES (18-11 16KO's) of Columbia, on short notice, to take on the tough Frenchmen. Unfortunately Montes failed his physical due to a high pulse rate and the bout was not sanctioned by the Mohegan Tribe Athletic Commission, causing it to be pulled from the card.
Algieri Wins WBO International Title By Unanimous Decision In Tactical Battle of Wills at MSG!
(January 19th) The bright lights of New York City were on full display Friday night at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Former WBO Super Lightweight World Champion CHRIS ALGIERI (now, 23-3 8KO's) and Queens native DANNY "EL GALLO" GONZALEZ (now 17-2-1 7KO's) stepped in against each other with not only the WBO International Super Lightweight title on the line, but each knowing that a victory would put himself in line for a shot at a 140 lb. title.
Opening the action, Algieri controlled the opening rounds, showing a dedication to attacking the body, while using his agility and elite footwork to evade the offensive attempts of Gonzalez. Sitting on his punches, fighting on the outside, Algieri displayed his elite level punch rate.
Gonzalez would eventually settle in, pressuring Algieri through the second half of the scheduled ten-round bout. Gonzalez continued his aggression in an attempt to get himself back in the fight and successfully pushed the action for the remainder of the fight.
An accidental head butt, late in the seventh round, opened a cut under the left eye of Algieri. Seeing blood, Gonzalez went on the aggressive, landing a hard left hand while he pinned Algieri against the ropes. Getting into a grove, Gonzalez began putting combinations together to both the body and the head.
At the end of the 10-rounds, Gonzalez's late offensive effort would prove to fall short, as the judges gave Algieri the nod by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 96-94. By unanimous decision, Chris Algieri earned the vacant WBO INTERNATIONAL SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE.
"I am my biggest critic, my performance wasn't my best, but we got the W, we got the belt and I'm moving on" said Algieri. When asked about a possible title fight against MAURICE HOOKER, Algieri stated, "I can turn it up when I need it ... I have always been the guy that can pull off the unexpected."
CEO of Star Boxing JOE DEGUARDIA said this about the fight, "I am proud of both Chris and Danny. It was one of the most compelling fights of the night from the perspective of fan participation and support, with a vocal crowd that was essentially split between both local fighters. Chris gutted it though a tough fight and the win puts him in line for some big matches. I was also very impressed with Danny's performance, and believe he showed that he can hang with the elite level of the 140 lb. division. Congratulations to both men on a great fight. We will be announcing some positive steps for both of them in the coming months."
Algieri vs Gonzalez is a 10-round bout for the WBO International Super Lightweight Title presented by Matchroom USA in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.