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Yankee Stadium may be the house that Ruth built but The Paramount in Huntington was built by boxer Chris ‘The Pride of Huntington’ Algieri, who will make his triumphant return this Saturday (July 20th) to further his quest for a world title.
“It will be a tremendous night of boxing with ‘The Pride of Huntington’ looking to remain undefeated before his hometown crowd,” said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing at a prefight press conference at The Fox Hollow in Woodbury. “From the top of the ticket down through the undercard, The Paramount will be rocking with outstanding boxing.”
The aptly-named “Rockin Fights 9″ will showcase the undefeated Algieri (16-0, 7 KO) vs. world title challenger “Mighty Mike” Arnaoutis (24-8-2, 11 KOs). Arnaoutis – a former USBA and NABO jr welterweight champ – has more experience than Algieri, but Algieri – himself a former MMA champ – said his ring smarts will give him the edge.
“The operating room will be the ring and Chris Algieri will be the doctor,” DeGuardia said, noting that the “Pride of Huntington” has a Masters Degree in nutrition and has put his medical school studies on hold to pursue a world title. “Don’t let his looks fool you! He’s one tough boxer!”
According to DeGuardia, who has been exhilarating crowds at The Paramount for several years, Algieri is about one year away from a world title match. His last match at The Paramount was in February when he defeated Jersey City prospect Jose Peralta Alejo in a brawl that was broadcast live on NBC’s Fight Night.
“I’ve had a tremendous camp and I am ready to go,” the hometown hero told his fans. “Don’t let my calm demeanor fool you. When I step into the ring, I’ll be a different person.”
Sporting a shiner under one eye at the press conference from an aggressive sparring session was undercard favorite Rich “Kid Brasil” Neves (6-0-1, 3 KOs). He’ll be stepping into the ring against New York City’s Enver “The Great” Halili (3-1, 1 KO) for a junior middleweight bout. “I’ve had a tremendous camp,” Neves said. “I’m ready for battle.”
“I’m coming to fight. I’m coming to win and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” said another undercard star, lightweight Alan Gotay (5-0, 3 KOs), of Huntington, who will go up against Michael Doyle ( 1-2) of Prichard, AL.
Also in action will be jr welterweight Anthony “Showtime” Karperis (4-1, 2 KOs) of Hicksville who will duke it out with Jonathan Cuba (6-5-1, 4 KOs) of Queens.
“Headliner Chris Algieri made his way up through Star Boxing undercards and I fully expect these fighters, thanks to their grit and devotion to the sport, to headline a show of their own someday,” DeGuardia said. “Be prepared for Thunder and Lightning.”
The Saturday night “Rockin Fights 9″ card will also feature the professional debut of super middleweight and Golden Gloves champ Vincenzo D’Angelo of Glen Cove vs. Michael Mitchell (1-1-1) of Paterson, N.J.
Also stepping into the pro ring for the first time will be middleweight Wendy “The Haitian Hurricane” Toussaint of Huntington vs. On’rey Towns (0-1) of Hillside, NJ.
Tickets are available at The Paramount box office (www.Paramountny.com) but call ahead at 631-73-7300 to check availability.
The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue in Huntington, New York. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the first bell at 7:30 p.m.