Hometown Favorite Electrifies Huntington

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: April 2, 2012

Chris Algieri

Chris Algieri

NEW YORK, NY–Huntington, New York’s Chris Algieri (14-0, 7 KOs) electrified a packed house at the Paramount Theater in his native hometown. Algieri earned a third round TKO over Rochester’s Winston Mathis (7-5-1, 2 KOs) in a junior welterweight showcase on Saturday, March 31.

“Chris looked good tonight,” said Star Boxing promoter Joe De Guardia. “He was in outstanding condition from his training in Southern California and he continues to improve. The terrific fans here at The Paramount continue to show their support of our events by packing the house and we look forward to returning here.”

Algieri-Mathis was the headline attraction of Star Boxing’s ‘Rockin’ At The Paradise 3.’ Algieri has been the main event attraction for all three installments. Algieri has fought all 14 of his professional bouts in New York 9 on Long Island.

The 28 year-old, pre-med student was challenged early by Mathis, who wasn’t necessarily a sitting duck. Mathis tried, but simply couldn’t match Algieri punch-for-punch. Algieri was simply the better, more explosive fighter. Algieri was aggressively jabbing while landing quality body shots.

In round two, however, things became a little sour when Algieri accidentally hit Mathis with a low-blow. Mathis took nearly five minutes to recover, as was rightfully allowed by referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. Moments after the action resumed; Mathis intently belted Algieri below the belt-line. That prompted Mercante to issue a hard warning to both fighters.

In round three, the bout came to a bizarre ending when an aggressive Algieri floored Mathis with a left hook to the body. The old man’s legs quickly gave away. He appeared to be fine, but Mercante quickly waved off the contest. Algieri was robbed of a chance to post an impressive knockout victory. The bout was headed that way folks. Instead, his brilliant performance was halted by a somewhat cheesy stoppage just 53 seconds of the stanza.

Mathis wasn’t going to win away, but he should have been allowed the chance to exit on his shield. That’s boxing – sometimes!

In other bouts: “The Hebrew Hammer” Cletus Seldin (7-0, 5 KOs) entered the ring to Hulk Hogan’s all-time classic “Real American” theme song. Seldin brutally battered Marcus Hall (5-5-1, 2 KOs) into submission off a series of body punches at 1:06 of round two.

Super middleweight Danny Netzer (2-0, 1 KOs) won a four-round unanimous decision against Steven Tyner (2-4-1, 2 KOs). The scores were 39-37 (twice) and 38-38.

Junior middleweight prospect Rich Neves (3-0-1-, 2 KOs) stopped Joe Yerdon (2-4-2) at 2:03 of the first round.

Welterweight Emmanuel Latei Lartey (13-1-1, 8 KOs) stopped Carlos Ramos (4-5, 3 KOs) at 1:29 seconds of the fourth round.

Unbeaten middleweight Raul Nuncio (2-0-1, 1 KO) struggled during a split-decision win over Valadrin Muriqi (2-2) after four rounds. The judges scored the bout in Nuncio’s favor: 37-39 and 39-37 (twice).

Heavyweights Jacques Louis (3-1, 1 KO) spoiled Clyde Daniels’ pro-debut with a second round stoppage.