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Algieri and DeGuardia expect big things in Huntington

Chris Algieri, left, fights at the Paramount in

Chris Algieri, left, fights at the Paramount in Huntington on Feb. 23, 2013, in a card televised on NBC Sports Network. Credit: Ed Diller

Local favorite Chris Algieri (17-0) will once again look to keep his record unblemished when he takes on Wilfredo Acuna at the Paramount Theater in Huntington.

But there will be a slight twist for the Huntington junior welterweight as former champion Joshua Clottey will also appear on the card. Most remember Clottey from his fights against Zab Judah, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao.

Having a fighter like Clottey on the card can only mean good things for Algieri, who said he is looking to expand his exposure.

“He brings even more attention to me and this card,” Algieri told Newsday. “Clottey is a name that is recognizable throughout the sport and he’s a great fighter.”

Clottey (36-4) will take on Dashon Johnson in a middleweight bout.

Algieri has come a long way since his first bout against Ken Dunham at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn in 2008. He said he is close to being ready for a title shot.

“Right around 20 fights is usually when you begin to look for fights against top 10 guys and title shots,” said Algieri. “What I’m looking for fight now is more TV exposure. That’s how you can move up.”

Algieri’s last two fights against Jose Peralta Alejo and veteran Mike Arnaoutis were certainly the toughest of his career. But that is what he wants out of every bout.

“I want every fight to be my toughest fight,” said Algieri. “You need to be in tough fights to prepare yourself.”

JOE DEGUARDIA LAUDS PARAMOUNT

Star Boxing Promotions boss Joe DeGuardia is expecting big things on Saturday night at the Paramount, and not just because his prize fighter Algieri is headlining the show.

In addition to his recent signing of Clottey to a promotional deal, fans will be able to watch the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez fight on a big screen following Algieri’s bout.

“It’s been 10 successful shows here in a row,” said DeGuardia. “It should be an exciting night…We’re going to top it all off with the Floyd-Canelo fight at no extra charge.”

DeGuardia he never thought he’d be able to take it this far at the Paramount.

“I expected to go there for one show and just see how I do,” said the veteran promoter. “After that first show, I fell in love with the place.”
 

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