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Boxing card wows Paramount crowd

Chris Algieri will go against Curtis Smith in

Chris Algieri will go against Curtis Smith in a junior welterweight bout at the Paramount in Huntington on January 28, 2012. Credit: Handout

Star Boxing celebrated its 20th anniversary in grand fashion with its 'Rockin Fights 4' at Huntington’s Paramount Theater on Saturday night.

Leading the six-bout card was three Long Island residents, including Huntington’s Chris Algieri (15-0, 7 KOs), who scored a unanimous-decision win over Raul Tovar in an eight-round junior welterweight fight.

Star Boxing boss Joe DeGuardia has made it known that he hopes to make the Paramount Theater a permanent home for boxing on Long Island.

It was almost a packed house at the nearly 2,000-seat Paramount Theater, a fact that wasn’t lost on DeGuardia.

Said DeGuardia: “I’m certainly looking to develop this place into a real attraction for boxing. We’ve done four shows in the past year. I’m going to boost it up to six shows and within the next couple of years I’m expecting to do one a month.”

Algieri, a former kick boxer, also sees the potential and a bright future for boxing on Long Island. But he was quick to deflect credit for the success of DeGuardia’s most recent shows at the Paramount Theater.

“I hope that this means there will be more boxing on Long Island,” said Algieri. “I like to think of these events as a show piece. I’m just the guy right now until I move on so the next crop of guys will come up on LI and LI boxing will be revived.”

Fellow Huntington resident Alan Gotay also impressed the crowd in his pro debut, scoring a first-round knockout over Ian James in a scheduled four-round junior welterweight bout. Hicksville’s Anthony Karperis also put on an impressive display of power with a first-round knockout of Travis McElhaney.

Eastern Long Island welterweight Cletus “Hebrew Hammer” Seldin  continued the power show with a first-round knockout of Jonathan Garcia.

“Chris Algieri, Cletus Seldin, now you see Gotay,” said DeGuardia. “I think it’s a real growing place for boxing. The fans come out and support their fighters and I think it’ll only grow.”

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