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Paramount gets high marks from promoters

Cletus Seldin boxes with Jonathan Cuba during their

Cletus Seldin boxes with Jonathan Cuba during their Star Boxing welterweight fight at The Paramount in Huntington. (Feb. 23, 2013) (Credit: Steven Ryan)

Huntington’s Paramount Theater gets high marks for everything. From its atmosphere, to its location to its seating chart, the Paramount is building a reputation as a premier venue for club boxing shows.

Over 1,100 people packed the theater on Saturday night to watch local products Chris Algieri, Cletus Seldin and Alan Gotay emerge victorious. Algieri, a welterweight contender and Gotay, a lightweight prospect, are both Huntington products who earned unanimous-decision victories, while Seldin, a welterweight from Shirley, scored a third-round knockout.

Making the victories even more special for the fighters was that it was done in front of hundreds of local fans. The closed-in seating and raucous crowd has made the Paramount a desired place recently for boxing.

Main Events Promotions boss Kathy Duva, who co-promoted the show with Star Boxing’s Joe DeGuardia, gave the place high marks.

“[DeGuardia] told me a while ago, ‘You should really consider this place. We’ve been coming here a while and it’s so ideal,’” said Duva. “He explained why and so we took his advice. It looks terrific…I wish I had one of these in New Jersey.”

DeGaurdia expects to put on many more shows and hopes to continue attracting the networks.

Hopefully [Duva] will be back with NBC. [NBC] Fight Night is a great show,” said DeGuardia. “Either way we’re going to keep moving forward. We’re coming back here May 11…The fans are great location. And hopefully we’ll be doing more NBC.”
 

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