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Algieri ready for Arnaoutis

Yankee Stadium may be the house that Ruth built, but The Paramount in Huntington was built by boxer Chris Algieri, who will make his triumphant return July 20 to further his quest for a world title.

“It will be a tremendous Saturday night of boxing with ‘The Pride of Huntington’ looking to remain undefeated before his hometown crowd,” said Star Boxing’s Joe DeGuardia at a pre-fight 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 professional boxing.”

The aptly-named “Rockin Fights 9” will showcase the undefeated Algieri, 16-0 (7 KO), vs. Junior Welterweight “Mighty Mike” Arnaoutis, 24-8-2 (11 KO). The former USBA and NABO Junior Welterweight Champ has more experience than Algieri, but the 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,” who comes to the fight with a Masters Degree in nutrition, 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, whose Star Boxing has been bringing quality boxing to the Paramount and other venues for 20 years, Algieri is about one year away from a world title match and
has been exhilarating crowds, especially at The Paramount, with some amazing fights. 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, a 6-0-1 (3 KO) Junior Middleweight. He’ll be stepping into the ring against New York City’s Enver “The Great” Halili, 3-1 (1 KO). “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 KO), of Huntington, who will go up against Michael Doyle, 1-2, of Prichard, AL.

Also on stage before a throng of reporters, family and friends in Fox Hollow’s Winter Garden Room was Junior Welterweight Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, 4-1 (2 KO), of Hicksville who will duke it out with Jonathan Cuba, 6-5-1 (4 KO), of Queens. “Thank you to Star Boxing and the Paramount for giving us this opportunity to show the world what we got.”

“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.

Starting at $50, advance tickets for “ROCKIN FIGHTS 9” are available through Star Boxing (, 718-823-2000) and Ticketmaster (, 800-745-3000.). Tickets are also available at The Paramount Box Office (, 631-73-7300.).

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


INTERNATIONAL BOXING FEDERATION AFRICA (IBF/AFRICA) – FRIDAY 19, 2013, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – They strode in the room like lions ambling what their preys would look like and when they finally sat down ready for the roll call, the audience had seen enough of their great physique fitness. Accompanied by their jubilant supporters who were signing and praising their names, the two young sluggers were at home with the environment.

This was a roll call at the weigh-in ceremony which would determine if any of the envious opponents would reach the scale limit and make the weight for the rumble. Even at this foreign land, for the Georgian he managed to find several supporters from Eastern Europe. The Chinese were there and so as couple of Russians, Ukrainians and of course Georgians to name but few.

In a sequence to accommodate the foreign boxer and make him feel at home, the Georgian was the first to be called to the weighing machine and hit the 147 lbs. limit for the Welterweight. The Ghanian recollected himself with the shouting and encouragement of the home crowd and him too hit the 143 lbs. Welterweight limit. The dagger was finally forged after the weigh-in session.

As it was left to the photo session, the two gladiators faced each other. Frederick Lawson, the IBF Continental Africa Welterweight King and IBF I/C number 5 rated stood Mano-a-mano with the George Ungiladze for the first time.

The two looked viciously to intimidate one another for their looming rumble tomorrow which many boxing pundits have rated it a 4 stars rumble. This is it and both boxers knows that the time has finally come to show the whole world that they are ready to forge on ahead with their boxing careers and in the pursuit for more titles.

This is the day that Ghanaian boxing fraternity was waiting for and this really has signified that the young Frederick Lawson who represented the country to the 2008 Beijing Olympics has finally “Come of Age”

It is the festive time for Ghana as it will witness yet again one of its beloved son fighting for the honors on behalf of this Gold and Oil producing West African Nation of over 20 million populations.

In their subsequent Press Conference, both boxers promised fireworks come tomorrow and nothing would be left to chances as they put their boxing skills at play. It is the finest day from Ghana and why not?

Frederick Lawson with a record of 20-0-0 against George Ungiladze;s 28-4-0-0 will use their boxing skills to win this anticipated exciting rumble. With the recent ratings as the IBF I/C number #5, Lawson’s demeanor has been quite thorough. He needs to waste no time to finish this one and concentrate on the promising careers in the USA. Many a boxing promoters as well a TV networks are cramming to his already busy schedule to get his attention.

Lawson, a boxer to watch and he would stop at nothing to get what he wants. Under Alhaj Enusa Sally, th managing Director of the Enusa Business Group as the manager and promoter Lawson’s future is secured. Alhaj Enusa has promised to take Lawson to the pinnacles of boxing and he has the means and passion to fulfill his goals.

The USA based Joseph Awinongya is the one trainer which is waiting for Lawson to set foot in the USA so that he can shape him for an odious task awaiting him the lucrative US boxing industry.

Together with the up and coming Alex Ntiamoah-Boakye, CEO/ Promoter of BOX OFFICE SPORTS LIMITED, Lawson’s matriculate rise in the boxing industry is expected to meet no challenge at all.

But, first thing first, tomorrow July 20, 2013 at the Jubilee Pool House, near Club House in Accra, Frederick Lawson will meet his equal in George Ungiladze from the Republic of Georgia for the IBF International Welterweight Title.

The climactic chapter of this story is about to be written. WHO will capture the “IBF vacant International Welterweight Title” up for grab? Will it be the handsomely Lawson or the Georgian Strongman George Ungialdze?

The winner of this biggest and most powerful boxing title in the world would reveal the true colors of boxing fraternity in Africa as the two sluggers right now are stepping across the line that will soon divide the new from the old order.

Come tomorrow July 20, 2013, the whole world would reverberates to the news that between the two young Turks, there is a true “IBF International Welterweight King” to rule the division unchallenged for the next 9 months!

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