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Algieri Stays Undefeated with Hometown Win

By Jason Gonzalez at ringside

Huntington, L.I.- Saturday night, July 28, Huntington native Chris Algieri improved his winning streak to 15-0 (7) in front of a packed house at the Paramount Theater. Algieri, though matched tough, earned an eight-round unanimous decision over Raul Tovar of Texas who, after the loss, fell to 10-6-1 (4), by scores of 78-74 and 77-75 (twice) in the main event of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing “Rockin’ Fights 4.”

“He was a tough customer; no doubt about it,” said Algieri, who tipped the scales at a lean and trimmed 142 pounds. “[Tovar] kept coming at me but that’s good. I want to be in there with guys that are coming to take my head off. I was aware that I had to be more active than him since he was loading up on a lot of shots. We made it to the finish line and got the victory, which is what really matters because now we are able to move forward.”
Even though Tovar gave Algieri all he can handle, the contest was determined by the fighter who was able to make the appropriate technical adjustments over the course of eight rounds. Tovar stayed in Algieri’s grill for most of the fight, countering Algieri on the inside with short solid shots. There was a moment in the final stanza in which Tovar loaded up on what appeared to be a right hand that landed on the top of Algieri’s head. Algieri appeared hurt as he fell back against the ropes. However, for most of the bout, Algieri adapted to his Mexican counterpart by utilizing his speed, athleticism and boxing ability as he consistently scored points in the contest. Algieri exhibited composure as he controlled the action the rest of the way in this experience builder.
“This wasn’t anything new to me,” said Algieri. “I have been 10 rounds before. As for the shot [Tovar] landed, it was actually a left hook that he connected with while I was off balance. I wasn’t hurt at all.”
So here is the $64,000 question: What’s next?
“I want to be back in the ring as soon as possible.”
In the co-feature bout of the evening, Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin flattened Jonathan Garcia of Puerto Rico with a devastating right hand that found a home on Garcia’s jaw. Garcia failed to beat the count of 10 at the 2:18 mark of the first round. Garcia personified the term “fell like a ton of bricks.”
Seldin rushed out the gate at the sound of the bell. However, as the round went on, he began to pace himself.
“I was throwing a lot of punches but I began to hold it in as I got closer to [Garcia],” said Seldin who, with the victory, improves to 8-0 (6). “That was the adjustment that I made. I was able to shorten the distance by smothering him. My aggression wore him out. I then loaded up and came crashing down with the hammer and that’s all she wrote.”
With the loss, Garcia falls to 7-1 (5).
Junior welterweight Anthony Karperis of Hicksville, Long Island starched Travis McEnaney of Grand Rapids, Michigan with a master blaster right hand in the first round. Karperis was dodging everything McEnaney threw, then suddenly landed the massive shot to McEnaney’s face. With the victory, Karperis improved to 2-0 (2); meanwhile, McEnaney fell to 0-2.
McEnaney fought as is if he were under the influence of cannabis. His reaction time was extremely slow and he appeared to be sleepy.
In an eight round contest for the New York State super featherweight title, Manny Gonzalez of the “Boogie Down” Bronx snatched the trinket and bragging rights as the best 130-pounder in the N-Y-C after earning a unanimous decision over Yonkers’ own Chazz McDowell by scores of 79-72 (twice) and 77-74. McDowell was deducted a point for an intentional low blow in the second round.
With the victory, Gonzalez, a “Boricua,” improved to 11-0 (7) while McDowell dropped to 6-2 (1).
Gonzalez is a very impressive looking prospect. You can expect to see more of him on cards in the “Big Apple.”
Junior welterweight Alan Gotay, another proud son of Huntington, made quick and easy work of his opponent, Ian James. In what would be Gotay’s professional debut (a scheduled four-rounder), Gotay put James to sleep a little bit after putting James on the seat of his pants for a flash knockdown. The stoppage came at the 1:47 mark of the first round when James failed to beat the count of 10. With the loss, James falls to 2-4 (1).
In the opening bout of the evening, junior middleweights Raul Nuncio and Enver Halili engaged in fistic fireworks. Halili, who resides in the home of the New York Yankees, pulled off an upset as he earned a hard-fought majority decision over the southpaw Nuncio of Glen Cove, Long Island.
The scorecards read 39-37 (twice) and 38-38. With the victory, Halili upped his record to 2-0 (1) while his opponent dropped to 2-1-1 (1).
In an interview with Marc Abrams of, Star Boxing’s President Joe DeGuardia said, “It was a terrific evening for fight fans in the New York City and Long Island area. Chris Algieri continues to improve; Cletus Seldin continues to blaze his trail of sensational knockouts and the undercard provided excellent boxing and more fireworks throughout the evening.”
DeGuardia continued, “It was a great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary and I’m also very happy that fans across the globe were able to watch these fights on the Internet through the Go Fight Live website. Also, I look forward to coming back here to the Paramount. We will be here again. I love this place!”
Jay Gon’s Ringside Tidbits
-  Noted Trainer Robert Garcia was chief second in Algieri’s corner Saturday night.
-  It was revealed to Maxboxing early on by a very credible source from the Boxing Writers Association of America that DeGuardia was involved in a horrific, head-on collision on the Long Island Expressway. According to the source, there was a vehicle heading in the opposite direction of the highway. The driver of that vehicle then crashed into DeGuardia’s car. The driver of the vehicle at fault was killed. Fortunately for DeGuardia, he sustained minor injuries. DeGuardia was released from the hospital on Sunday.
-  HBO’s “unofficial official” Harold Lederman was in the house with his lovely daughter, Julie. Julie is doing great work with an animal shelter in Rockland County. So far they have helped find homes for a lot of dogs and cats, saving them from being euthanized.
-  WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi was in the building. Malignaggi will be fighting in the main event in the first ever boxing card at the Barclays Center.
-  DeGuardia told Maxboxing that he plans on doing a show at the Paramount Theater once a month. He also revealed he will be returning to the Paradise Theater to do a show in November. It will mark Star Boxing’s return for the first time in over a year.
-  On August 17, DeGuardia is putting together a show in which undefeated junior welterweight Karim Mayfield will headline the main event.
-  In late September, DeGuardia has a “ShoBox” card in which junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade will headline.
-  DeGuardia plans to bring back junior middleweight contender Delvin Rodriguez in late September in a card at the Mohegan Sun Casino.
-  DeGuardia has super middleweight Jason Escalera headlining an HBO “Boxing After Dark” tripleheader against Edwin Rodriguez at the Foxwoods Casino.
-  Last but not least, DeGuardia made sure to reiterate that he “loves, loves and loves the Paramount Theater.”
-  I saw “The Dark Knight Rises” a couple of days ago. Director Christopher Nolan ended the trilogy well.
-  I will be in attendance for the grand opening of the Barclays Center on September 28. I am looking forward to helping “Hov” (Jay-Z) christen the building. Tickets weren’t easy to come by; thank heavens for sites like StubHub. However, they weren’t cheap to obtain. I was screwed royally. If I may quote the great Ice Cube, “No Vaseline.” You figure it out...
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