Fight Week Schedule/
Rockin’ Fights at The Paramount
Today: Wednesday, April 20 – Joe Smith, Jr. Workout – Time 3:00 PM – Unique Fitness, 78 McGraw Street, Shirley, NY
Friday, April 22, 2:00 PM – Weigh-in – All Fighters – Modell’s, 350 Walk Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746 (open to the public)
New York, April 20 – It’s another big week for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing with Joe Smith, Jr. hoping to stay on the fast track in his accelerated climb up the light heavyweight ranks as the headliner on Saturday’s Rockin’ Fights 23 at The Paramount. But the Bronx-based promoter also took a look back on last week’s Chris Algieri andConstantin Bejenaru performances and the move forward for the two fighters.
Cruiserweight prospect Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated, winning a unanimous decision over Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs) in an 8-round contest which was the co-featured bout on the SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
“Constantin Bejenaru did a fabulous job in his fight this past Friday on ShoBox against an undefeated Zubov who many picked to beat Constantin,” said DeGuardia. “He is improving with each fight and passed his first big test with flying colors”
The former champion Chris Algieri (21-3, 8 KOs) fell to the highly-touted undefeated former U.S. Olympian Errol Spence, Jr., (20-0, 17 KOs) on the Premier Boxing Champions main event at the Barclays Center, televised on primetime nationally by NBC. Referee Benjy Esteves put a halt to the bout at 48 seconds in the fifth round.
“Chris Algieri stepped in with a guy who has future superstar written all over him,” said DeGuardia. “Errol Spence, Jr. did what no one else was able to do, stop Chris. I expect Chris will take a few weeks off, and we will then gather the team and evaluate his options for future fights”.
Algieri, the former WBO World super lightweight titlist, was coming off a unanimous decision victory over Erick Bone on December 5 at Barclays Center, which was the scene of the his greatest triumph to date when he rose to prominence in June 2014, upsetting Ruslan Provodnikov for the super lightweight world title, thus earning a title shot at Manny Pacquiao in November, 2014.
Back to Joe Smith, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs), who is set to continue his rise up the light heavyweight ladder. The Long Island native faces tough and dangerous Brazilian Fabiano Pena (16-4-1, 12 KOs) in the main event in the 23rd installment of Star Boxing’s Rockin’ Fights series on Saturday night, April 23, at the Paramount in Huntington, New York.
Dubbed the “Irish Bomber” for his knockout power, Smith is highly-regarded among the light heavyweight prospects guided by promoter Joe DeGuardia. The local hero fighting out of Mastic will be making his fourth appearance on his home turf at The Paramount.
Smith, Jr. has reeled off 14 straight triumphs, including nine by way of KO. In his latest win, the Irish Bomber put the 175 lb landscape on notice, scoring a thrilling, unanimous 10-round decision over Will Rosinsky in the Barclays Center ring on December 5.
The native of Mastic is a Union 66 laborer (concrete) in between fights. Smith is trained by Gerard Capobianco, a former light heavyweight contender himself.
“Joe has all of the tools to be a top light heavyweight,” says DeGuardia. “His power and strength, combined with boxing skills and stamina have him earmarked for a big fight.”
The co-featured attraction is a “Long Island Showdown” when two popular Paramount regulars – Alan Gotay (8-2, 4 KOs) and Anthony Karperis (11-2, 4 KOs) – clash for the New York State Junior Welterweight Championship. Gotay hails from Huntington, while Karperis is a product of Hicksville, so it will be a true “Battle for Backyard Bragging Rights.”
Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and New Jersey fighters will enter the ring in four other bouts to complete the action-packed card. In an eight-round junior welterweight contest, Daniel Gonzalez (10-0-1, 4 KOs) of Woodhaven faces Carlos Aguilera (10-16, 4 KOs) of Nicaragua.
Brooklyn’s Courtney Pennington (8-3-1, 4 KOs) will face Patrick Day (11-2-1, 6 KOs) of Freeport, NY in a six-round junior middleweight bout.
Two four-round fights complete the card: Elmont’s Terrell Bostic (1-0, 1 KO) squares off against Abdel Vera (0-2) of Patterson, NJ, in a junior welterweight bout, while Michael Stoute (1-0), fighting out of Coram, New York, takes on Newark, NJ’s Jonel Lorenzo in his pro debut in a junior featherweight contest.
Doors open at 7:00 PM; and first bout at 7:30 PM.
ABOUT THE PARAMOUNT:Opened September 30, 2011 this 1,555-capacity live entertainment venue, located in downtown Huntington, Long Island, New York, features; concerts, comedy, boxing, community and other special events in a club/theater setting. With over 30,000 Facebook fans, The Paramount was recently ranked by Pollstar Magazine as the #24 highest attended club-venue worldwide (January-June 2013). A Ticketmaster venue, booked by Live Nation, TheParamount hosts nearly 200 events per year and in less than two years since its inception, has quickly established itself as the premier music venue onLong Island, NY. Some artists who have recently taken the Paramount stage include; Billy Joel, Pitbull, Don Henley, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Counting Crows, Primus, Matchbox 20, The Blues Brothers, Limp Bizkit, & many, many, more.
ABOUT MODELL’S SPORTING GOODS
Founded in 1889, Modell’s Sporting Goods is the local family sporting goods destination that provides a convenient and compelling shopping experience for the athlete and fan in all of us. Modell’s offers customers an assortment of top brands in sporting goods equipment, footwear and active apparel for every level of play year round. The retailer operates 153 stores located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. In addition to www.Modells.com, which services customers all over the country.
ABOUT THE FOX HOLLOW:
Nestled upon 8 private acres of Long Island’s north shore is the Fox Hollow, which features a state of the art event venue, fine dining restaurant and an all-suite luxury boutique hotel. Owned & operated by the Scotto Brothers, their Above & Beyond philosophy in providing each & every guest with superior services and amenities is paramount. Visit the Fox Hollow online atwww.TheFoxHollow.com & www.TheInnAtFoxHollow.com
Official Sponsor of the Paramount Boxing Series, Camelot Limos is a family owned and operated business located in Nassau County, with over 25 years of professional experience; serving satisfied clientele since 1984. The owners of Camelot Specialty Limos are very active in the business and play a major role in the company’s day-to-day operations. Camelot Specialty Limos, Inc. is an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau. www.camelotlimo.com
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WBAB 102.3 is the home of Long Island’s Classic Rock anchored by their Long Island Rock ‘N’ Roll Morning Show with Roger and JP. For more information or to listen online, visit their website at
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Star Boxing Inc. celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2012. The company has produced some of the most exciting and memorable boxing events in recent history. Star Boxing continues to work with and develop a number of very exciting world champions, world rated contenders and young prospects. Star Boxing is proud that is has consistently brought credibility, integrity, and exciting fights to the boxing industry. For more information on Star Boxing, visit their official website at
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