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In front of a packed house on Saturday night at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, hometown favorite Chris Algieri improved to 15-0-0 (7KO’s), with an excellent performance against tough Texas fighter Raul Tovar in the eight round junior welterweight headliner. Despite being tested by Tovar throughout the bout, Algieri was able to adapt to changes in tactics from the Mission, Texas native and utilize his speed and boxing skills to consistently score points throughout the bout. Tovar came on strong late in the bout but Algieri maintained his composure and continued to control the action. Scores at the end of the eight rounds were 78-74 and 77-75 twice. With the hard fought loss, the game Tovar moves to 10-6-1 (4KO’s).
In the co-main event, welterweight slugger Cletus ‘The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin dropped a massive right hand on Jonathan Garcia of San Juan, Puerto Rico, drilling him to the canvas in the first round causing a halt to the bout at the 2:18 mark of the stanza. With the win, Seldin improved to 8-0-0 with the six stoppages while Garcia fell to 3-3-1 (1KO).
In an eight round New York State Junior Lightweight Title bout, Manny Gonzalez from the Bronx stayed unbeaten with a hard fought performance over Yonkers’ Chazz McDowell. Scores at the end of the bout were 78-71 twice and 77-72 for Gonzalez who improved to 11-0-0 (7KO’s), while McDowell moved to 6-2-0 (1KO).
In a brutal four round slugfest, newcomers Raul Nuncio of Glen Cove, New York and the Bronx’s Enver Halili went to war from the opening bell with a “bombs away”attitude throughout their junior middleweight bout. At the end of the battle Halili was awarded a majority decision upping his record to 2-0-0 (1KO), while Nuncio moved to 2-1-1 (1KO).
Huntington native Alan Gotay made a splash in his pro debut with a first round knockout of Brooklyn’s Ian James, 2-4-0 (1KO) in a scheduled four round junior welterweight bout.
Popular Hicksville, New York native Anthony Karperis dropped Travis McElhaney of Grand Rapids, Michigan with a massive right hand, earning a first round stoppage in their junior welterweight tilt. Karperis improved to 2-0-0 (1KO) while McElhaney fell to 0-2-0.