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Maddalone-Smith final press conference

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The final press conference for Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights 11” was held this afternoon at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. The card is headlined by a heavyweight battle between New York City fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (37-8, 28 KOs) and hard-hitting Houston veteran Maurenzo Smith (12-7-2, 9 KOs). Also featured on the card in separate bouts are Long Island prospects: welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (11-0, 9 KOs) of Brentwood, New York, Huntington lightweight Alan Gotay (6-0, 3 KOs), junior middleweight Wendy Toussaint (2-0) also of Huntington, Hicksville lightweight Anthony Karperis (4-1, 2 KOs) and pro debuting light heavyweight Max Tassey of Nyack, New York.

Below are quotes from the participants

Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing: “The Paramount is an exemplary spot for professional boxing. They are the perfect partner to work with.. We’re very proud to host the Final Press Conference for “Rockin Fights 11” here, at “The Paramount. This will be our eleventh straight, sold out event at the Paramount.”

Vinny Maddalone: “I look at every fight as the biggest. I’ve been training hard for two months for this fight. The ring at The Paramount is electric. Similar to the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, The Paramount is becoming the same type of venue ( albeit much more classy and upscale). I’m looking forward to a great night.”

Maurenzo Smith: “Boxing is theatre and entertainment. Two people in swinging, nothing like it. I have a lot of respect for Vinny Maddalone, feels like a crossroads fight for me. Typically I talk a lot of smack but I can’t find one bad thing to say about Vinny. He knocked out his last two opponents in the third round. Star Boxing matchmaker Ron Katz, did a very good job making this fight, out styles will mesh for a very good fight. I’ve got some speed; power and I can be slick when I want to be. This is like a real-life Rocky move. I’m ready to be Apollo Creed. I have had a lot of time to train for this fight and I am in great shape”

Cletus Seldin: “Everyone knows I’m coming to fight and be aggressive. My rotator cuff is completely healed, from my surgery this past spring and I’m ready to go. Bring whomever you want and I’ll knock them out.”

Alan Gotay: “Thanks to Star Boxing for having me back here. I’ve spent the last six weeks training in Florida. I’m ready to come forward and fight my fight.”

Anthony Karperis: “Thanks to Joe and Star Boxing for this opportunity. My last fight didn’t go as I wanted. However, I’m very excited to fight on Friday night and come away with a victory.”

Advance tickets for “ROCKIN FIGHTS 11” starting at $50, are available online through Ticketmaster (, the Star Boxing website ( and The Paramount Box Office, phone (631) 673-7300.

The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue in Huntington, New York. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:00 p.m. with the first bell at 7:30 p.m.

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