Lost amongst all of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez hype was something going on in our own backyard.
Chris Algieri moved to 18-0 with an seventh-round stoppage of Wilfredo Acuna at the Paramount Theater in Huntington. Algieri moved another step closer to achieving his goal of fighting for a junior welterweight world title.
Also on the Star Boxing “Rockin’ Fights 10” card was former world champion Joshua Clottey, who is trying to climb is way back up the boxing ladder. Clottey (37-4) scored a unanimous-decision victory (100-89 twice, 99-90) over Dashon Johnson.
"Algieri continues to show why he's one of the best junior welterweight prospects in boxing and Clottey looked like the former world champion that he is,” said Star Boxing boss Joe DeGuardia. “We expect big opportunities ahead for both fighters in the near future."
Those big opportunities aren't far off for Algieri, who said before the fight that he is looking for bigger opponents and more notoriety.
“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.”
Fans who attended the Paramount were also granted access to the Mayweather-Canelo pay-per-view card, which was broadcast after the main event.