Algieri, Seldon ignite the Paramount

By Francis Walker
Updated: July 30, 2012

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Cletus Seldon preps for a right

Cletus Seldon preps for a right

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—It is apparent that popular Bronx, NY boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia may have something special in unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (15-0, 7 KOs) and welterweight slugger Cletus Seldon (8-0, 6 KOs).

Both Long Island natives delighted their hometown audience at the Paramount Theater in New YHuntington, NY in celebration of De Guardia’s 20th anniversary of Star Boxing. It was also the fourth installment of the “ROCKIN FIGHTS” series

“It was a terrific evening for fight fans in the New York City area,” DeGuardia said. “Chris Algieri continues to improve, Cletus Seldin continues to blaze his trail of sensational knockouts and the undercard provided excellent boxing and more fireworks throughout the evening.”

Chris Algieri plants a right hook

Chris Algieri plants a right hook

In the main event, Algieri won a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Raul Tovar (10-6-1, 4 KOs) after eight rounds. In the co-feature, Seldon destroyed Jonathan Garcia (3-3-1, 1 KO) in the first round.

“It was a great way to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and I’m also very happy that fans across the globe were able to watch these fights on the Internet through the Go Fight Live website,” De Guardia added.

Algieri boxed very well behind his left jab and moved around the ring pretty good on his feet. Algieri landed the cleaner and harder shots, but Tovar was game. Tovar kept pressuring the hometown hero with wild shots looking for a knockout. Algieri didn’t play into Tovar’s hands.

“This is a learning process,” Algieri said afterward. “Stay away from guys that are looking to load-up for big shots. We expected he would come at me, but kept loading up with one shot.

In the final round, Tovar landed a booming left hand that rocked Algieri against the ropes. Tovar applied a lot of pressure, but Algieri remained calm and relaxed. He defended himself and saw Tovar’s punches coming.

Algieri adjusted and managed to regain control of the fight.

“He caught me with a left hook,” Algieri said. “That woke up in that last round. He never hurt me.”

The judges scored the bout 78-74 and 77-75 (twice) for Algieri.

“I contemplated him coming at me, but he bounced around a lot,” Algieri added. “After two rounds, [Tovar] was looking for one big shot. I think [the difference] was my jab,” Algieri said. “I think I landed some pretty good shots.”

Cletus Seldon, having entered the ring to Hulk Hogan’s famous ‘I am a Real American’ theme song, dismantled his opponent at 2:51 seconds of the first round. It was quickly apparent that Garcia wouldn’t be able to withstand the power and impact behind Seldon’s punches. Garcia literally walked straight into a Seldon right hand and was quickly flattened like a pancake. No need to count because. Garcia wasn’t getting up.

“If a guy comes into my hometown, we expect he’s going to be tough,” Seldon said. “He doesn’t expect to lose.”

The undercard: Manny Gonzalez (11-0, 7 KOs) defeated Chazz McDowell (6-2, 1 KO) in an eight-round junior lightweight contest. The judges scored the bout 78-71 (twice) and 77-72. Junior middleweight prospect Raul Nunzio (2-1-1, 1 KO) dropped a shocking majority decision to Enver Halili (2-0, 1 KO). The judges scored: 38-38 (even) and 39-37 (twice).

Junior welterweight prospect Alan Gotay’s professional debut was a success. Gotay KO’d Ian James (2-4, 1 KO) at 1:47 seconds of the first round.

Junior welterweight Anthony Karperis (2-0, 2 KOs) landed a right hand to hard, Travis McElhaney (0-2) left the ring disappointed having felt the effects of getting knocked out in one round. The timesof the stoppage was 2:50 seconds.

Joe DeGuardia injured in car accident

DeGuardia survives injury

DeGuardia survives injury

Following the “ROCKIN’ FIGHTS 4″ event at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY, Joe DeGuardia, a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law and founder of Star Boxing, was injured in a horrible automobile accident. DeGuardia was driving a Mercedes Benz, as his car was hit head-on along the Long Island Expressway by a Honda.

The unidentified gentleman driving the Honda died.

DeGuardia said in a statement: “I wish to express my deepest and most sincere appreciation for the outpouring of true concern I am humbled and honored by the emails, calls, texts, twitter, facebook and all other means of support I have received from all over the country and world from people in all aspects of my life, particularly including those in boxing, fans as well”.

“My thoughts and prayers are also extended to the families of the young man who lost his life and particularly his passenger,” DeGuardia added. “My prayers are with the young woman as she struggles for life.”

DeGuardia is expected to make a full recovery.