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Star Boxing card set for Saturday at Westbury Theater

Joe DeGuardia back at work after serious car

Joe DeGuardia back at work after serious car accident. Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Credit: Star Boxing

A few months ago Joe DeGuardia (pictured) was wondering if he would even be alive to watch his boxing promotional company Star Boxing continue to grow. DeGuardia was involved in a horrific accident on the LIE on July 29 while he was on his way home from his last boxing show at the Paramount Theater in Huntington.

After two-plus months of rehab, DeGuardia is back in the saddle running his company. “I thought I was dead,” DeGuardia told Newsday. “I thought I wasn’t going to make it.”

DeGuardia will be on hand on Saturday night when Star Boxing presents the “Westbury Wars” at the NYCB Theater in Westbury. It’s a big step for DeGuardia, who has put on several successful boxing shows at the Paramount in Huntington. He hopes to eventually put on a Nassau vs. Suffolk event at one of the venues on Long Island.

Headlining Saturday night’s event is New York Sstate junior welterweight champion Issouf Kinda (14-0, 5 KOs), who will take on Mike Arnaoutis (24-7-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round main event.

Also appearing on the card in the co-main event is Huntington’s Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (8-0, 5 KOs), who will fight Carl McNickels (8-3, 6KO’s) in an eight-round welterweight bout.

DeGuardia has built quite a following on Long Island thanks to the emergence of local fighters like Seldin and Huntington’s undefeated welterweight Chris Algieri.

“There's been a great buzz about the Kinda/Arnaoutis fight since we announced it,” said DeGuardia. “Kinda is a terrific looking prospect with a wealth of potential, however Arnaoutis is a much more experienced veteran who is looking at this as an opportunity to put his name in the mix for bigger fights if he can defeat Kinda. There's a great deal at stake for both guys."

As for Seldin, 26, none of his last three bouts have gone past two rounds. He scored a first-round knockout of Jonathan Garcia at the Paramount on July 28.

"Everyone knows about Seldin's power," said DeGuardia.

In other bouts, Bayan Jargal (15-3-3, 10 KOs) will face Louis Rodriquez (6-5-0, 2 KOs) in a six-round junior welterweight bout, while Huntington’s Alan Gotay (1-0, 1 KO) will fight Alberto Manukyan (0-1) in a four-round junior welterweight match.

The event also features several amateur bouts. Doors open at 6:30 and first bell is at 7:30.

Tickets are still available. Contact, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, at the Westbury Box Office or through the Star Boxing office by calling 718 823-3000. You can also go through the Star Boxing website,

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