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Joe DeGuardia’s Rising Star Boxing
Although DeGuardia has not achieved the consistent level of success that rivals Don King, Bob Arum, Cedric Kushner, and recently Lou DiBella has attained for years, DeGuardia has done well for his fighters at Star Boxing.
DeGuardia has staged many shows at Jimmy’s Bronx Cafe, the Paradise Theater in the Bronx and the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. DeGuardia has taken homegrown prospects such as Lou Del Valle and David Telesco from fighting in non-televised fights to fighting Roy Jones, Jr. for world light heavyweight title fights in grand settings such as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.
Three of Roy Jones, Jr’s strongest opponents during his world light heavyweight title reign were promoted by DeGuardia, although Jones beat all three — Telesco, who matched Jones’ strength, Del Valle, the first fighter to knock Jones to the canvas, and Tarver, the only fighter to knock Roy out and defeat him twice.
Nothing lasts forever, as Telesco, Del Valle, and Tarver are at the tail end of their careers and DeGuardia cannot place the future of Star Boxing on aging flagship fighters.
Last Thursday evening, DeGuardia staged a boxing event at the Manhattan Center. DeGuardia hopes to use the Manhattan Center as a forefront to showcase the future of Star Boxing on a monthly basis, while providing fans with exciting fights on a consistent basis.
“You develop a loyal following,” DeGuardia said. “Giving fighters activity and fans get to go to the same venue. You develop consistency the same way basketball and baseball has consistency.”
“Boxing needs to have that same consistency. When and where the shows are in 2008, we will layout a schedule to where people can watch boxing.”
While DeGuardia believes the next step after developing a community amongst fight fans and developing fighters is to “keep those shows coming,” the Star Boxing’s monthly boxing series should help ease the transition of young fighters from competing in small venues in non-televised fights to appearing on ESPN, Showtime, HBO, and maybe even Pay-Per-View.
DeGuardia worked wonders for Tarver, Del Valle, and Telesco. DeGuardia hopes to continue his success with other fighters in his stable.
“We want to give consistently good quality programming,” he added. “We want people to know that when they see Star Boxing, they’re going to get a good show.”
Maddalone Returns With DQ Win
The main event featured the return of local favorite and heavyweight Vinny Maddalone of Queens. Fresh off his third-round TKO loss to Evander Holyfield in March, Maddalone (28-4, 19 KOs) won a seventh-round disqualification against Jason Barnett (9-6, 4 KO).
The bout was stopped at 1:48 when Eddie Cotton simply became fed-up with Barnett’s holding, head-butting, and rabbit punching.
“After the second round [knockdown] I hit him with rights to the body,” said Maddalone, who had cuts above both eyes and underneath his left cheekbone. “After that, he wanted a way out.”
“I had opportunities to fight dirty”, Maddalone added, “But I didn’t want to fight dirty. Fans pay to see a fight, not a DQ.”
Maddalone is another fighter that DeGuardia has showcased throughout the East Coast. Maddalone shares DeGuardia’s vision of giving people what they want — good fights.
“That’s the reason why I came back,” Maddalone said. “This is a haven for me. I love those guys, I can’t disappoint those guys.”
“Hurricane” Ali Impresses DeGuardia
“He’s exciting,” DeGuardia said of his 30-year-old fighter.
Junior welterweight southpaw, “Hurricane” Ali Oubaali (20-3, 17 KOs) of France stopped Victorio Abadia (22-6-2, 8 KOs) in a very entertaining contest. Oubaali knocked Abadia down in round two and was on the verge of stopping him. Oubaali was on the verge of getting the knockout until Abadia finished strong with a barrage of punches to survive the round.
“He’s a good exciting fighter,” DeGuardia added. “He’s the type of fighter people come out to see. He has raw punching ability.”
The bout ended at 1:27 into the fourth round when a fine referee by the name of Sparkle Lee decided that Abadia had taken enough punishment.
Other Undercard Bouts
Irish super welterweight prospect James Moore (13-0, 9 KOs) won a six-round unanimous decision against Chad Greenleaf (10-8-1, 4 KOs).
Lightweight prospect Nicky DeMarco (2-1, 2 KOs) suffered an upset majority decision loss to Jose Guzman (1-2).
Super welterweight Ronny Vargas TKO’d Paul Scianna (3-2, 2 KOs) at 51 seconds into round two.
Super middleweights Rondu Campbell (1-0-1) and Troy Artis (0-0-1) fought to a four-round draw.
In a four-round women’s bantamweight fight, Noriko Kariya (7-2-1, 1 KO) dominated Dawn Reynolds (3-3) through four rounds.