A boxing legend will look to add an exclamation point to end his professional career with the same style, speed and slickness that has defined him in the ring for nearly three decades, as 51-year-old, two-division former world champion and Future Hall of Hamer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) prepares to square off against hard-hitting Light Heavyweight contender Joe Smith, Jr. (21-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round fight from Los Angeles’ iconic Fabulous Forum. The bout will take place Saturday, December 17 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

Tickets for the fight – named, “The Final One” -- will go on sale Monday, October 24th at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Hopkins’ resume reads like a Hall-of-Fame induction ballot. Between holding the record for the record number of title defenses as middleweight champion of the world (20) and moving up to light heavyweight to capture multiple belts in that division, Hopkins fought and defeated a who’s who of boxing world champions throughout his remarkable 28-year career.

Roy Jones, Jr., John David “Action” Jackson, Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson, Felix “Tito” Trinidad, Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, Jean Pascal, Chad “Bad” Dawson, and Golden Boy Promotions business partner Oscar De La Hoya all tasted defeat at the hands of the executioner.

“While ‘The Alien’ may be retired, the ‘Executioner’ has one fight left, and Joe Smith Jr., is going to find out the hard way how well prepared I am for my final fight,” Bernard Hopkins said. “A lot of people will focus on my age, the history of my run in the sport, the titles, etc…but I’m focused on one thing — knocking Joe Smith out."

Joe Smith Jr., who was born in 1989, nearly three years after Hopkins had his first fight, is coming off the victory of his career, delivering a brutal first-round knockout of established contender Andrzej Fonfara in June and earning the WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship. The belt will not be at stake in this fight.

“I’m very excited about fighting on HBO,” said Joe Smith Jr. “I know now all my hard work and dedication has paid off.  I am looking forward to retiring a boxing legend”

"To accomplish what Bernard has over the course of nearly 30 years inside the ring and still competing at the highest level of the sport at the age of 51; what else can you call him but a bona fide legend,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “All of us at Golden Boy Promotions are so proud to work with Bernard each and every day and can’t wait to give him the send-off he deserves with an incredibly, dynamic promotion over the next two months.”

“I’m thrilled that we have put together this exciting fight,” said Joe DeGuardia, President and CEO of Star Boxing. “What a great opportunity for Joe Smith Jr. to follow-up on his sensational victory on national TV with a fight against a legend like Bernard Hopkins on HBO.  “

“For any generation and in any sport, Bernard Hopkins is an athletic marvel who has defied time and the odds as deftly as he has his critics, and he returns to HBO for the 23rd time when he faces Joe Smith in the iconic setting of the Forum in Inglewood, CA,” said Peter Nelson, executive Vice President, HBO Sports.  “Bernard's mark on the sport is already an indelible one, and one day he’ll be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.  Dec. 17 will be a memorable night of boxing for everybody associated with Team Hopkins, and we are excited to telecast his farewell fight.”

"We are proud to welcome our friends at Golden Boy Promotions and HBO back to the 'Fabulous' Forum when we host this highly-anticipated Dec. 17th battle between light heavyweights Bernard Hopkins and Joe Smith Jr.,” said Nick Spampanato, Senior Vice President West Coast and General Manager of The Forum and MSG.

Golden Boy Promotions is currently working on a new co-main event, as an injury to Orlando “Siri” Salido’s back has forced him off the card. Golden Boy will announced the co-main and full card in the coming weeks.


TV MAIN EVENT – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS - 12 ROUNDS

Hopkins vs. Smith is a 12-round light heavyweight battle presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will be televised live on HBO’s flagship series beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets priced at $205, 105, $75, $50, and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of12 per person, go on sale Monday October 24, 2016 at 10:00 am PST.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets also will be available for purchase at Fabulous Forum or TicketMaster.


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Undefeated, former WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) has his eyes on another title. The Providence, Rhode Island product will square off against hard-hitting contender Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York this Saturday night, June 11. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® will broadcast live (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

The winner of the 12-round co-feature will become the mandatory challenger to Jermell Charlo, an emphatic eighth round KO winner over John Jackson on May 21, to take the vacant WBC 154-pound title which aired on SHOWTIME.

The Andrade vs. Nelson slug-fest is the Showtime co-feature, serving as chief support attraction to the main event headlining former junior middleweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov and former world title challenger John Molina Jr.

Andrade vs. Nelson is a co-promotion with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions, A-Team Promotions, and DiBella Entertainment.

"It's very important for me to be champion again," says Andrade. "Every fight is tough. You can't say that you're the best without always facing a tough opponent like Nelson.

"I need to go back to being a champion again, being back in the spotlight," he added. "Unifying (the title) is ideal, having a belt around my waist is important, but all that really matters is fighting the best."

“Demetrius has a bright, bright future,” says promoter Joe DeGuardia. “He is looking to showcase his talents, and ultimately unify the championships. It’s a testament to Demetrius that he is taking on a fighter of Willie Nelson’s caliber after a layoff.‎

“Boo Boo has the rare combination of speed and the ability to punch,” adds DeGuardia. “He has tremendous hand-eye coordination and awareness in the ring.”

Andrade last fought on October 17 of last year, a TKO victory over Dario Fabian Pucheta at Mohegan Sun, showing no apparent ring rust. He was idle since June 14, 2014 when he scored another TKO victory over Brian Rose at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in defense of his WBO World Super Welterweight title.

“Demetrius is one of the best fighters in the world today,” adds co-promoter Art Pelullo. “The idea is always to make the best fight, and this one could unify the title.”

“Andrade is a great fighter, one of the best boxers in the world,” says Lou DiBella, Nelson’s promoter. “Willie’s chance is to go in there and try to score a knockout with his big punch. Boo Boo will try to run circles around him.”

Fighting out of his native Providence, R.I., the 28-year-old Andrade has compiled an unblemished record of 22-0 with 15 knockouts since turning professional in 2008 after representing the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

A crafty southpaw with a piston-like jab and knockout power in each hand, Andrade won the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship with a career-best performance over Vanes Martirosyan on November 9, 2013 and successfully defended the title against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Brian Rose on June 14, 2014. Most recently Andrade, who is a consensus top-5 super welterweight, scored a second-round knockout over Dario Fabian Pucheta on October 17, 2015.

A true road warrior who is extremely tall for a junior middleweight at 6-foot-3, Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KO’s) has faced and defeated numerous top contenders over his 10-year career. Fighting only once in 2015, the Cleveland native upset highly regarded and undefeated junior middleweight prospect Tony Harrison with a ninth-round knockout on July 11 in Tampa, Florida. In his first start of 2016, Nelson stopped Jonathan Batista in the second round on March 25.

Other notable names defeated by the all-action Nelson include John Jackson, Luciano Cuello, Michael Medina and Yudel Jackson.  On October 14, 2014, Nelson came up just short against Martirosyan, losing a hotly contested 10-round decision on SHOWTIME.

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Star Boxing President Joe DeGuardia to be honored as Promoter of the Year by Ring 8 on Sunday, December 13th

Joseph DeGuardia Sr., (AKA DioGuardi) a lifelong resident of the Bronx and resident of Morris Park for over 50 years, died on March 8, 2016. He was 86.

Mr. DeGuardia was born on February 27, 1930 in New York City to the late Dominick and Emilia (Leone) DioGuardi. He was a professional boxer who founded the Morris Park Boxing Club and BATOY (Better America Through Our Youth). Through these organizations he trained and mentored an entire generation of boxers. He was active in the Morris Park community and owned and operated 'Clowntown' on Morris Park Avenue.

Mr. DeGuardia, a Patriarch of the DeGuardia family and Morris Park Community, was a respected figure not just in the Bronx but throughout the country. He was a pillar in the community and hero to thousands of youth that he guided in and out of the ring. While he boxed professionally and came from the historic boxing breeding grounds with trainers such as Angelo Dundee (who trained him) and Cus D'amato, it was his unwavering huge heart to youth and the underdog that endeared him to so many.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy (nee Raven) DioGuardi; his sons, Joseph, Donald, Eric, and Dean; his daughters, Lynne, Denise, and Raven; his grandchildren, Jessica, Salvatore, Jesse, Frank, Dominique, Joseph, Andrew, Louis, Briana, Nicolette, London, Deanna, and Lorenzo; his great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Julius; and his sisters, Angela Maresca and Mary Taccetta. He is pre-deceased by his son Rick Jay DeGuardia, who died on November 25, 2015.

Star Boxing’s Australian sensation Zac Dunn was spectacular in his United States debut on Saturday night at The Paramount.


Promoter Joe DeGuardia presented the 21st installment of the popular “Rockin’ Fights” series before an enthusiastic crowd. The undefeated IBO Super Middleweight World Champion Dunn (19-0, 15 KOs Melbourne, Australia) faced veteran tough guy Derrick Findley (22-17-1, 14 KOs Gary, IN), and the duo engaged in a “Fight of the Year” type fight over 10 rounds.  Dunn won the thrilling split decision by two scores of 95-94, while the third judge had the same score in favor of Findley.


From the opening bell, the raucous crowd knew they were in for a barn-burner, as the Australian and Findley went toe-to-toe, throwing bombs in a nonstop fashion. 


Midway through the second round, Findley caught Dunn pulling back after an exchange with a big left, dropping the Aussie on the seat of his pants.  Dunn jumped right up and continued his attack on Findley, dominating the rest of the round. 


The pattern continued for the remainder of the fight with Dunn as the aggressor and throwing at an extremely high volume of punches, while Findley countered with huge shots of his own. 


The final three rounds saw Dunn’s relentless pressure and sustained head and body attack increase as he outpaced the cagey and gutsy veteran.   The crowd sensed Dunn’s quest for another knockout, yet when the bell sounded for round 10, both fighters roared out from their corners and let it all hang out. The crowd rose to its feet and roared its approval.  Dunn, continuing his late fight dominance, captured round 10, which sealed the deal for him.


DeGuardia, who never disappoints the Paramount fight brethren, had this to say about the main event: ”What an incredible fight tonight here at The Paramount. Zac Dunn and Derrick Findley showed unbelievable heart and the desire to win.  This ranks among the most captivating fights I’ve seen all year and Dunn clearly showed what an incredibly TV and fan friendly-style he has.”


The undercard featured hometown favorite Junior Lightweight Anthony Karperis (11-2, 4 KOs), who lost for only the second time when he was shockingly stopped in the second round by Tyrone Luckey (8-4-1 6 KO). Luckey dropped Karperis a total of five times in the two rounds, as Karperis did not seem his usual, energetic self. Making 130 pounds for the first time in his career may have zapped Karperis of his strength.


Cruiserweight Constantin Bejenaru (10-0-1, 3 KOs) remained undefeated, as he outboxed and outfought Joel Shojgreen (8-2, 7 KOs) over the eight-round battle,  winning the unanimous decision. 


Undefeated Junior Welterweight prospect Danny Gonzalez (10-0-1, 4 KOs) looked terrific as he destroyed normally durable Justin Johnson (6-10-4). 
Popular Female boxer Alicia Napoleon (4-0 4 KO) was scheduled to fight for the IWBF Junior Middleweight title. But opponent Kita Watkins was forced to withdraw at the last minute due to a medical emergency with her 10 year old son.  Since she has no opponent to lace up her gloves against, DeGuardia offered Napoleon the opportunity to make her debut as a television personality. Napoleon showed her tremendous versatility, performing as well behind the mic as she does in the ring, handling ring interviews and color commentary with ringside commentators Gerry Cooney and Randy Gordon.

It's unanimous! Saturday night's all right for fighting. In ‎a clean sweep for Joe ‎DeGuardia at Barclays Center,‎ ‎Star Boxing's Long Island contingent - Chris Algieri, Joe Smith, Jr., and Johnny Hernandez - made the LIE trek to Brooklyn and the homegrown fighters delighted their fan base.

Former world champion Chris Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) got back in the win column in his 10-round welterweight bout against a tough-minded Erick Bone (16-3, 8 KOs). Though it was a hotly-contested battle, the Pride of Huntington‎ knocked the Ecuadorian to the canvas in the eighth, and let it all hang out in the ninth to take a unanimous decision in the main event on Showtime Extreme.

The scorecards read 97-92, 97-92 and 95-94.

"I'm back in the win column, and that feels good," said Algieri. "I love fighting at Barclays Center. Bone is a helluva fighter."

Algieri's Star Boxing “Stablemate” Joe Smith, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs), notched a unanimous 10-round decision over Will Rosinsky (19-2, 10 KOs) in their light heavyweight tilt. The "Irish Bomber" effectively worked his left jab and right upper cut to win the contest on all three judges' scorecards, 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. Smith was relentless, and a fifth round upper cut opened up a gash over Rosinsky's left eye.

This contest featured a frenetic pace, a real crowd-pleasurer, with chants of "Jo-ey, Jo-ey" for Smith, and "2-3-4" for Rosinsky's fire company, echoing from their fan sections.

Fighting out of Mastic, Smith is a Union 66 laborer (concrete) in between fights, while Rosinsky is a firefighter from Engine Co. 234 in Lyndbrook.

"I kept the jab going because I saw it was working," said Smith. "Then I started working his body.

"I sparred with him a lot in the past, so it definitely was a little different fighting someone I knew, but I was able to stay focused."


Another Huntington product, ‎Johnny "Hit Man" Hernandez (6-1, 1 KO) completed the DeGuardia trioka, turning back‎‎ Jack Grady‎‎ (0-3-1) in a unanimous decision triumph (40-36 on all three scorecards) in the four-round lightweight affair that kicked off the proceedings Saturday night.

Algieri, Smith and Hernandez were all developed at the hugely-successful Star Boxing Rockin' Fights series at The Paramount in Huntington. The next car‎‎d is slated for Saturday night, February 27, 2016. Tickets make a perfect holiday gift for fight fans, so call 718-823-2000 or visit www.StarBoxing.com before it's sold out!

Exciting Light Heavyweight Star Andrzej Fonfara Takes On Hard-Hitting Joe Smith Jr. In Primetime Main Event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Saturday, June 18 from UIC Pavilion in Chicago

STAR BOXING’S ROCKIN’ FIGHTS HEADLINED BY CLETUS SELDIN; HEBREW HAMMER READY FOR FRIDAY NIGHT MAIN EVENT‎

Star Boxing’s Joe Smith, Jr. Ready to Take Next Step in Light Heavyweight Ranks
Irish Bomber” in Main Event on April 23 @ The Paramount on Joe DeGuardia’s Rockin’ Fights

Fighters featured on the December 19 HBO Boxing After Dark and HBO Latino shows at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York share their final thoughts on training camp as fight week kicks off.  In the main event of the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, former heavyweight world title contender Bryant "Bye - Bye" Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia, will face the heavy-handed Cuban heavyweight Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz  (23-0, 20 KOs) in a 12-round matchup for the WBA Interim Heavyweight World Title. The co-main event of the night features former WBA Featherweight and Super Featherweight World Champion from Montego Bay, Jamaica's Nicolas "Axe Man" Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) taking on Jason Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey in a 10-round super featherweight fight.  The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast will begin at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

In the HBO Latino Boxing (12:15 a.m. ET/PT; tape delayed) main event Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) of Del Rio, Cuba will face Los Angeles' undefeated Vyacheslav "Lion Heart - Chigonsky" Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) in a fight scheduled for 10-rounds. The co-main event will feature an exciting 10-round middleweight slugfest as "King" Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) will fight the dangerous former IBF Welterweight World Champion Joshua "Grand Master" Clottey (39-5, 22 KOs). Opening the HBO Latino telecast will be former WBA and IBF Featherweight World Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) squaring off against Hylon Williams Jr. (16-1-1, 3 KOs) of Houston in a 10-round lightweight bout.

Off camera, rising light heavyweight prospect, D'Mitrius Ballard (10-0, 7 KOs) of Washington, D.C. will take on Brazilian seasoned fighter Fabiano "Pit Bull" Pena (11-3-1, 8 KOs) in a six to eight-round light heavyweight fight and opening the night Manati, Puerto Rico's Jorge "Destroyer" Melendez (28-5-1, 26 KOs) and Steven Martinez (15-2, 12 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will clash in a 10-round middleweight fight.

Below is what the fighters had to say about as their training camp comes to a close this week.  

BRYANT "BYE BYE" JENNINGS, Former Heavyweight World Title Challenger:
"The weather is warm out here in Florida, and John David Jackson is doing a great job as my new trainer. He's a man that knows the fight game being that he was a fighter himself, a former world champion to be exact. The little things he's showing me are making a big difference. I was happy that my promoter Gary Shaw came out to visit and see the progress I have made.  We're out here doing it. I believe I've become a better fighter, and it will show come fight night.

"This is a big fight for the heavyweight division. The interim WBA World heavyweight title is on the line. The winner will move on to bigger and better things. Everyone says he has a lot of power but his opposition is suspect.  He's a big slugger and I'm a boxer that gives a lot of movement. I believe I'm the one with the better skills and better pro experience. I'm winning this fight.

"I think it's great. The sport needs to keep its integrity.  Ortiz is a good fighter but he's already shown that he has some insecurities. When a fighter gets caught cheating while using steroids to get an edge says a lot about that person. He paid his dues and now it's time to fight.  With VADA testing installed for this fight, everyone will be on an even playing field.

"With Klitschko losing to Fury, the heavyweight division is wide open. There are a lot of hungry fighters out there ready to take charge and I'm one of them. I know I got what it takes to become a world champion. The heavyweight division is mine to be conquered."

LUIS "THE REAL KING KONG" ORTIZ, WBA Interim Heavyweight World Champion:
"I am ready physically and mentally for this fight, and I am going to come out to destroy my opponent. I have not been able to show off my condition and preparation in my last few fights, and this is my opportunity to show the world that I am the best. I have been ready for a world championship fight for three years and am ready for to go 15 rounds if needed.

"This is the new era of the heavyweight division, and I am in the running to become the best in the world. I feel like I have the conditions to become a world champion; I have the power, speed and intelligence in the ring.

"Jennings will be a difficult fighter, but I am also a difficult fighter. I have been physically prepared for this fight for three years."

NICHOLAS "AXE MAN" WALTERS, former WBA Featherweight and Super Featherweight World Champion:
"My focus is to be the smarter fighter in the ring, to focus, to fire off more combinations, to take control of the fight. We know that Sosa is a hard puncher and he comes to fight.

"This is an important fight for me because it is at 130 pounds, which is a step up for me."

"Training the right way is the proper way to prepare for such an important fight like this. I know the difference in this fight is will be my speed in the ring."

JASON SOSA, Super Featherweight Contender:
"I have been working extremely hard on speed and angles because we know that Walters is flat footed and I want to make sure I have an advantage with movement on fight night.

"We know that Walters is a tough fighter with an impressive record. He has beat Donair and Darchinyan which are both strong opponents. But we also believe that we are the bigger fighter being that this is his first fight at 130. He has never felt power like mine and I believe that will be my biggest advantage on Dec. 19.

"Winning this fight would mean everything that we have been working on for the past five years is starting to pay off and will put me in a good position for a World Title next year."

YUNIESKI GONZALEZ, Light Heavyweight Contender:
"Every aspect of my training has been elevated to be able to make a great impression. Shabranskyy applies basic combinations and I am a fighter that is more complex and will bring that advantage with me on fight night.

"A victory on Dec. 19 will keep me on the right track as I climb to the top of the mountain and establish myself as an elite fighter in the light heavyweight division.

"I have focused on turning my punches over to maximize my power. I'm not going to give up too much information, but the world will see on Dec. 19."

VYACHESLAV "LION HEART - CHINGONSKY" SHABRANSKYY, Light Heavyweight Contender:
"The primary focus of this training camp has been to make sure my power and conditioning are the best they can become Dec. 19. I will finish camp knowing that I'm in the best shape ever.

"Gonzales is an aggressive come forward fighter. He's not the typical Cuban boxer, he is more of a 'banger' come forward fighter which isn't typical of Cuban fighters and I have made sure to prepare for that.

"This fight, without question is the biggest fight of my career so far and is step closer to getting a shot at a world title. I'm a smarter fighter now. My team and I have a game plan in place, if I stick to that I believe the fight will be in my favor.

"With every camp there is growth. Everyday I come into the gym the goal is to get better, in every single aspect- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When there is a well-rounded growth it becomes easier to focus and devote myself to training, to be more willing to learn and to be taught."

"KING" GABRIEL ROSADO, Former Middleweight World Title Contender:
"My primary focus is to do everything Fernando tells me to do. I believe in his information and I'm confident that it will make me a better fighter.

"This fight means a new beginning; it's the second chapter of my career, and I believe it's truly my time to shine. I know that Clottey is a defensive-minded fighter and will be looking to counter. But, I believe that I have the advantage.  I'm younger, faster, stronger, and I believe my ring IQ is better.

"I've learned not to rush things, timing is everything. The focus and discipline has to be 100 percent. I believe that will show Dec. 19."

JOSHUA "GRAND MASTER" CLOTTEY, Former IBF Welterweight World Champion:
"This is another that and I approach it like all my other fights: I train hard, eat correctly, get my rest properly and win.

"I know Gabe is very tough and always comes to fight so I expect a hard fight from him. I just will need to stay focused and I do what I need to in order to win.

"I want to be a world champion again, and I believe my experience will help me be one again and know I can do that by winning this fight."

D'MITRUS BALLARD, Light Heavyweight Prospect:
"My primary focus going into this fight has been to become a better fighter, a more complete boxer. I want to make sure that I show all of my talents, experience and growth in the ring. The focus, the intensity of my training has been stepped up, my entire camp has stepped it up and we are ready.

"Winning this fight and advancing my record to 11-0 just means I'm one step closer to the goal a World Championships and putting people on notice that I am a threat in the light heavyweight division."

YURIORKIS GAMBOA, Former WBA and IBF Featherweight World Champion:
"My primary focus for every fight is to get in the ring, get the job done in a way that I perform my best as a fighter, and the people paying for tickets go home happy with what they went to see. However for this fight I added another layer to that. I focus on proving to everyone that I still have what it takes to make it to the top.

"Winning means a lot. But the real pudding in the cake is winning this fight the way I know I can win it. Putting up a show for the people and getting the 'W' would mean the world to me. I am at a stage in my career that I need to fight as often as I can. I have to win but I also have to put on a good show to bring more and more people in to watch me fight.

"I think my experiences as a fighter are the only advantage I bring to this fight. Other than that, we are two hungry men with two arms waiting for this opportunity to shine.

"I learned that boxing is a lot tougher outside of the ring than inside. I learned that we are not meant to be boxing forever and have to take advantage of every opportunity in front of us as if it were the last one. I am about to put that to use."

HYLON "KID COSMO" WILLIAMS, Lightweight Contender:
"This training camp my main focus was to put myself in a great state of mind and grind hard as I could stress free. I know my opponents a veteran fighter that's had a decorated career and he's been on my boxing radar since 2008 when I became a professional fighter.

"Winning this would be the door opener to the title shot I've always dreamed about and of course it'll not only put a sock in people's mouth but it'll open the eyes to all my critics and have them see me in a new light.

"My youth and knowledge of the fight game will carry me through this fight. Having the heart to take on a former world champion shows I have the heart of a lion to protect my record and not duck anyone."

Tickets for the Dec. 19 HBO Boxing After Dark and HBO Latino Boxing event start at $25, $35 and $60 for ringside seats plus applicable fees and are available at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office by calling 315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

Jennings vs. Ortiz is a 12-round heavyweight bout fight for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and is sponsored by Corona, Mexico - Live It to Belive It! and Carmelita Chorizo. Walters vs. Sosa is a 10-round junior lightweight bout presented by Top Rank in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions and Warriors Boxing Promotions. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. ET and first fight begins at 6:05 p.m. ET, and the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins live at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Gonzalez vs. Shabranskyy, is a 10-round light heavyweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing®. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT (tape delay).

Host of the event, the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino continues to distinguish itself as a premier destination for blockbuster boxing matches. The December 19 fight will mark Turning Stone Resort Casino's 16th nationally-televised boxing event in three years, cementing the resort as a mecca for knockout televised fights.  Located in Upstate New York, the destination resort offers world-class entertainment and gaming, award-winning accommodations, a diverse mix of restaurants, two luxury spas and several nightlife options.

For professional media requesting credentials for the December 19 fight must contact Kelly Abdo, Turning Stone Resort Casino Public Relations Manager at (315) 366.9291 or kelly.abdo@turningstone.com.

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Star Boxing ‎president and founder Joe DeGuardia has shown a unique ability of identifying young, skilled fighters and then guiding them to championship contention…and beyond.

Chris Algieri  (21-2, 8 KOs), who returns to the scene of his greatest triumph when he headlines Saturday’s nationally-televised Premier Boxing Champions card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center against undefeated Olympian Errol Spence, Jr.(19-0, 16 KOs), is a case in point. The Pride of Huntington vaulted from crowd-pleaser on his home turf at The Paramount to champion of the world with an upset victory of Ruslan Provodnikov for the super lightweight world title on June 14, 2014. The monumental triumph earned him a mega-fight against the legendary Manny Pacquiao later that year.

“Joe has a magical formula at The Paramount,” says former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney. “DeGuardia is a former boxer (1988 NY Golden Gloves champion), and I believe that really helps him. He understands the fighters, and watches out for them. He makes these guys fight durable guys.  He and matchmaker Ron Katz are a great combination. They put them in tough fights.”

“He has done a great job with Chris Algieri, and now Joe Smith, Jr. is an up-and-coming light heavyweight. Hats off to Joe. It’s sold out every time at the Paramount, so the fighters have also been able to build the fan base.”

Former NYSAC Randy Gordon, now a boxing commentator and radio host, and a NYS Boxing Hall of Famer, echoes Cooney’s sentiment. “As a former boxer himself on a high level, Joe understands the boxer’s mentality.  Building a fighter’s career is not about one fight, it’s a process. With Algieri, he saw the skill, and was able to grow him. Coupled with a great matchmaker in Ron Katz, they walk the fighters through the process. I actually picked him to beat Provodnikov because I watched the process take place at the Paramount. As for Joe Smith, Jr., he may have Kovalev power.”

Algieri, the former WBO World super lightweight titlist, is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Erik Bone on December 5 at Barclays. Airtime for the PBC broadcast is at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

The belief is that Joe Smith, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) will take a similar path to Algieri. The Mastic, Long Island product looks to continue his climb up the light heavyweight ladder when he faces tough and dangerous Brazilian Fabiano Pena (16-4-1, 13 KOs) in the main event in the 23rd installment of Star Boxing’s Rockin’ Fights series on Saturday night, April 23, at the Paramount in Huntington, New York.

“Joe has all of the tools to be a top light heavyweight,” says DeGuardia. “His power and strength, combined with boxing skills and stamina have him earmarked for a big fight.”

Dubbed the “Irish Bomber” because of his knockout power, Smith is highly-regarded among the light heavyweight prospects during a young career guided by DeGuardia. Smith, Jr. has reeled off 14 straight triumphs, including nine by way of KO, will be making his fourth appearance on his home turf at The Paramount.

In his latest win, the Irish Bomber scored a thrilling, unanimous 10-round decision over Will Rosinsky while showcasing his talents in the Barclays Center ring on December 5. Joe is a Union 66 laborer (concrete) in between fights. Trained by Gerard Capobianco, a former light heavyweight contender himself, Smith fights out of the Heavyhitters Boxing Gym on Long Island.

DeGuardia teamed with Banner Promotions as co-promoters of crafty southpaw Demetrius Andrade on the former U.S. Olympian’s path to the WBO Junior Middleweight Championship. “Boo Boo” will appear on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, June 11 to face hard-hitting perennial contender Willie Nelson in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator.

The winner of the 12-round co-feature will become the mandatory challenger to the winner of the May 21 showdown between Jermell Charlo and John Jackson, who face off for the vacant WBC 154-pound title on SHOWTIME.

Fighting out of his native Providence, R.I., the 28-year-old Andrade has compiled an unblemished record of 22-0 with 15 knockouts since turning professional in 2008 after representing the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Andrade is known for his piston-like jab and knockout power in each hand, Andrade won the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship with a career-best performance over Vanes Martirosyan on November 9, 2013 and successfully defended the title against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Brian Rose on June 14, 2014.  Most recently Andrade, who is a consensus top-5 super welterweight, scored a second-round knockout over Dario Fabian Pucheta on October 17, 2015.

Antonio Tarver, the former WBC, WBA, IBF World Champion, fueled the Star Boxing rise to glory with his KO over Roy Jones Jr. to win the world light heavyweight championship on May 15, 2004.

DeGuardia is enshrined in both the New York State (2016) and Connecticut (2013) Boxing Hall of Fame.

A keen eye for talent, combined with a dedication to promoting future champions have become DeGuardia’s trademark combination.

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Star Boxing‎’s unbeaten Australian sensation Zac Dunn (20-0, 16 KOs) will put his untarnished record and the WBC International Silver Super Middleweight title on the line in his hometown at The Melbourne Pavilion, taking on always-dangerous Les Sherrington (35-8, 19 KOs) this Saturday night, April 30.‎

The “Dynamo” from Down Under won his United States debut last October under Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing banner, and now makes his second straight appearance back on Australian soil in quest of his 21st straight victory. On February 26, Dunn captured the vacant WBC International Silver super middleweight title with a first round knockout over the heavy handed Brazilian Rogerio Damasco, also at the Melbourne Pavilion.‎‎

Dunn previously held the IBO World Super Middleweight championship.‎

Dunn’s United States and Star Boxing debut was a spectacular performance at Rockin’ Fights 21 on October 24 at The Paramount. DeGuardia’s headliner saw Dunn battle grizzled veteran Derrick Findley (22-17-1 14KO Gary, IN) in a “Fight of the Year” candidate over 10 rounds. Dunn won the thrilling split decision by two scores of 95-94, while the third judge had the same score in favor of Findley. From bell-to-bell, the raucous crowd was thrilled by the barn-burner, as the Australian and Findley went toe-to-toe, throwing bombs all night.‎

Ranked #10 by the WBC, the wonder from Down Under has reeled off 20 straight professional victories without defeat, including 16 by way of knockout.‎

“This is a very important fight for Zac," said DeGuardia.  "There are many opportunities available in the Super Middleweight division with elite fighters. I am confident that Zac will once again put on a spectacular performance and be victorious against the dangerous Sherrington.‎"‎

During a storied amateur career, Dunn scored 152 victories in 170 fights, showcasing his talents all over the world. The battle-tested Australian has fought in in Baku, Azerbaijan (bronze at the World Cadets Championship 2007), Guadalajara, Mexico (quarterfinalist in the World Youth Championship as Australian captain), Noginsk, Russia (Silver medalist at Junior Memorial), and Anapa, Russia (Bronze medalist twice at Nikolay Pavlyukov Memorial 2008 and 2009), and Guantanamo, Cuba (silver medalist at the international tournament Giraldo Cordova Cardin 2010).

“I’m very excited about fighting on HBO,” said Joe Smith Jr. “I know now all my hard work and dedication has paid off.  I am looking forward to retiring a boxing legend.”

“I’m thrilled that we have put together this exciting fight,” said Joe DeGuardia, President and CEO of Star Boxing. “What a great opportunity for Joe Smith Jr. to follow-up on his sensational victory on national TV with a fight against a legend like Bernard Hopkins on HBO.“

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Star Boxing president and founder Joe DeGuardia will be honored as "Promoter of the Year" at the Ring 8 Annual Holiday Awards on Sunday, December 13th, at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach, New York (162-45 Cross Bay Blvd).

From New York Golden Gloves champion in the ring as an amateur to the rise of Star Boxing ignited by Antonio Tarver’s victory over Roy Jones, Jr. to guiding Chris Algieri to challenge world champion Manny Pacquiao for the Welterweight title, DeGuardia has done it all.

A product of the Bronx, DeGuardia attended Fordham Prep and earned his undergraduate degree from Fordham University. He then attended Hofstra Law School, where he graduated at the top of his class. DeGuardia now resides in Westchester County.

He has popularized the Rockin' Fights series at The Paramount in Huntington to sellout crowds on a regular basis, and is the promoter of such standouts as world champions Chris Algieri and Demetrius Andrade, as well as Zac Dunn, Cletus Seldin, Joshua Clottey,Yuniesky Gonzalez and Joe Smith, Jr.

Ring 8, the Veteran Boxers Association of New York, is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping former professional boxers in need of financial assistance. Its motto is "Boxers helping boxers.”

Tickets for this event are priced at $125 a person, and include brunch, cocktail hour, and open bar. Checks can be made payable to Ring 8 and sent to P.O. Box 724, Massapequa, NY 11762. For more information, please contact Bob Duffy at 516-313-2304 or at depcomish@aol.com. Tickets may also be purchased directly from Star Boxing by calling 718-823-2000 or visit www.StarBoxing.com and will receive a special momento with each ticket purchased.

About Joe DeGuardia
Star Boxing was formed in 1992 and has been the longest running and most consistent promotional company in New York.  Under the direction of its founder and President,  Joe DeGuardia, this world renowned promotional company continues to promote world champions, top contenders, and highly-regarded local prospects in venues throughout the United States and globally.

For the past four  years, DeGuardia  has brought professional boxing back to Long Island and succeeded in a big way!  He has sold out 21 straight boxing events at "The Paramount."  While doing so, he has brought unprecedented publicity to the region including bringing in major national television networks such as, HBO, MSG, Showtime, ESPN and NBC Sports to broadcast these events live.

This past year, Star Boxing had its best year since Antonio Tarver, former WBC, WBA, IBF World Champion and co-star of Rocky Balboa, fueled the Star Boxing rise to fame with his KO over Roy Jones Jr.  With an 'eye' for talent and dedication to promoting future champions, DeGuardia’s efforts have produced amazing success.

Star Boxing proudly showcased 2 World Champions in one night in June 2014 when Demetrius Andrade, defended his WBO Jr. Middleweight Championship and Long Island’s own, Chris Algieri won the WBO Jr. Welterweight Championship.   Both fights were televised live on HBO.  Then, in November 2014 DeGuardia built on that success and, to the delight of Long Island fans, placed Chris Algieri in a mega match against boxing legend and current WBO Welterweight Champion, Manny Pacquiao.  The fight took place at the Venetian Macao, across the world in China and was telecast on PPV.

DeGuardia’s success in Long Island is typical of the man’s character.  It is said:  ‘Champions are defined as those who reach the pinnacle of their chosen field.’ Joe DeGuardia has exceeded this definition, turning the pursuits of his passions into repeated success stories.

Born and bred in the Bronx, DeGuardia excelled in school and sport.  DeGuardia boxed competitively since the age of five and started competing in organized boxing tournaments at the age of nine.  Through the years, DeGuardia won numerous titles in boxing, including the coveted NY Golden Gloves Championship in 1988. Consistent with his ability to master separate fields simultaneously, DeGuardia won that Golden Gloves Championship while graduating at the top of his class at Hofstra Law School.

After law school, DeGuardia was a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office, and ultimately founded a highly regarded law firm that has been repeatedly recognized for its exemplary service.

Notwithstanding his work as a lawyer, DeGuardia always remained professionally active in the boxing world.   True to his abilities, DeGuardia excelled in boxing while succeeding in his legal endeavors.  In the ring, the courtroom, the office or the classroom, DeGuardia has proven to be a true Champion time and time again.

Though the years, DeGuardia has promoted numerous boxing stars and world champions and has been recognized as a leader among his peers.  In fact, the United States Senate has called upon DeGuardia’s expertise and testimony while formulating landmark legislation pertaining to the boxing industry.

STAR BOXING’S JOE DEGUARDIA COMMENTS ON ALGIERI, BEJENARU FIGHTS, LOOKS AHEAD TO JOE SMITH, JR. AT PARAMOUNT THIS SATURDAY

Star Boxing’s Joe Smith, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) looks to continue his climb up the light heavyweight ladder when he faces tough and dangerous Brazilian Fabiano Pena (16-4-1, 12 KOs) in the main event in the 23rd installment of Star Boxing’s Rockin’ Fights series on Saturday night, April 23, at the Paramount in Huntington, New York.

Dubbed the “Irish Bomber” because of his knockout power, Smith is highly-regarded among the light heavyweight prospects during a young career guided by promoter Joe DeGuardia. The local hero fighting, out of Mastic, will be making his fourth appearance on his home turf at The Paramount.

Smith, Jr. has reeled off 14 straight triumphs, including nine by way of KO. In his latest win, the Irish Bomber scored a thrilling, unanimous 10-round decision over Will Rosinsky, while showcasing his talents in the Barclays Center ring on December 5.

The native of Mastic is a Union 66 laborer (concrete) in between fights. Trained by Gerard Capobianco, a former light heavyweight contender himself, Smith fights out of the Heavyhitters Boxing Gym on Long Island.

“Joe has all of the tools to be a top light heavyweight,” says DeGuardia. “His power and strength, combined with boxing skills and stamina have him earmarked for a big fight.”

The co-featured attraction is a “Long Island Showdown” when two popular Paramount regulars – Alan Gotay (8-2, 4 KOs) and Anthony Karperis (11-2, 4 KOs) – clash for the New York State Junior Welterweight Championship. Gotay hails from Huntington, while Kaperis is a product of Hicksville, so it will be a true “Battle for Backyard Bragging Rights.”

Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Long Island and New Jersey fighters will enter the ring in four other bouts to complete the action-packed card. In an eight-round junior welterweight contest, Daniel Gonzalez (10-0-1, 4 KOs) of Woodhaven faces Carlos Aguiliera (10-16, 4 KOs) of Nicaragua.

The “Battle of the Boroughs” will pit Brooklyn’s Courtney Pennington (8-3-1,

4 KOs) against Shawn Cameron (10-1, 5 KOs) of The Bronx in a six-round junior middleweight bout.

Two four-round fights complete the card: Elmont’s Terrell Bostic (1-0, 1 KO) squares off against Abdel Vera (0-2) of Patterson, NJ, in a junior welterweight bout, while Michael Stoute (1-0), fighting out of Coram, New York, takes on Newark, NJ’s Jonel Lorenzo in his pro debut in a junior featherweight contest.

Doors open at 7:00 PM; and first bout at 7:30 PM.      

For more information visit official website at www.StarBoxing.com and follow on Twitter @ Star Boxing and  Facebook.com/StarBoxing.

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/Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will feature non stop action during a three-week period from April 15 through April 30, including three main events and a pair of nationally televised affairs which will have fight fans on the edge of their seats. The April calendar is a full and impressive one for the quartet of  world class fighters promoted by the president and founder of the Bronx-based promotion.

The flurry of activity starts with the back-to-back televised events on major networks on consecutive nights. The Star Boxing battles begin on Friday night, April 15, when DeGuardia’s undefeated prospect Constantin Bejenaru (10-0, 4 KOs) squares off against fellow unbeaten Alexey Zubov (10-0, 6 KOs) in a 10-round cruiserweight contest, a co-featured bout on the popular SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Undefeated Russian Nikolay Potapov (14-0, 6 KOs) takes on Stephon Young (14-0-2, 6 KOs) in the main event.

Twenty-four hours later, On Saturday night, April 16, DeGuardia heads back down state when his former world champion and Pride of Huntington, Long Island, Chris Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) returns to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, squaring off against the undefeated former U.S. Olympian Errol Spence, Jr., (19-0, 16 KOs) in the Premier Boxing Champions main event televised in primetime nationally by NBC.

Algieri, the former WBO World super lightweight titlist, is coming off a thrilling unanimous decision victory over Erik Bone on December 5 at Barclays. Airtime is at 8:30 p.m. Barclays was the scene of the Algieri’s greatest triumph to date when he rose to prominence in June 2014, upsetting Ruslan Provodnikov for the super lightweight world title, which earned him a title chance at Manny Pacquiao in November, 2014.

“It’s great to be doing another event in Brooklyn at Barclays Center with Chris Algieri headlining on NBC,” says DeGuardia. “This marks the fourth appearance by Chris at the Barclays Center and I expect another exciting performance as he takes on the very dangerous and undefeated former U.S. Olympian, Errol Spence, on April 16.”

Next up is Joe Smith, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) headlining on Saturday night, April 23, in the 23rd renewal of DeGuardia’s intensely-popular Rockin’ Fights series at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The “Irish Bomber” will look to make a statement for world title contention to the home crowd against Brazilian bomber Fabiano Pena (16-4-1, 12 KOs), a winner of two straight, in a 10-round light heavyweight affair.  Smith has traveled a similar course as Algieri, a Long Island product emerging out of Rockin’ Fights as a top contender in his weight class. Smith was a big winner at Barclays on December 5, notching a 10-round unanimous decision over Will Rosinsky in a light heavyweight contest. Fighting out of Mastic, Smith is a Union 66 laborer (concrete) in between fights.

The April showers wrap up for Star Boxing when unbeaten Aussie standout Zac Dunn (20-0, 16 KOs) puts his untarnished record and WBC International Silver Super Middleweight title on the line on his home turf in Australia at The Melbourne Pavilion, taking on always-dangerous veteran Les Sherrington (35-8, 19 KOs) on Saturday, April 30. The “Dynamo” from Down Under won his U.S. debut last October under the Star Boxing banner, and now makes his second straight appearance on Australian soil in quest of his 21st straight victory.

DeGuardia’s Star Boxing contingent, along with the previously mentioned quartet, includes: former champion Demetrius Andrade, and ring standouts Cletus Seldin, Joshua Clottey, and Yuniesky Gonzalez.

Junior welterweight standout Anthony Karperis (12-2, 4 KOs, Hicksville, NY), with fresh ink on his new contract with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing‎, graduates to main event status at The ‎Paramount in Huntington, New York on Saturday night, August 13.

"Showtime" will go toe-to-toe in a grudge rematch against Queens native Ariel Duran (9-8-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight affair for Karperis' New York State belt in his first title defense.

“I am very excited to headline,” says Karperis. “We have been talking about it for some time now. It is finally here and I am ready.”

“I never really get nervous before a fight,” reports Karperis on his initial defense of the title and first main event. “I am working hard to put on a great show, and get the win.”

Karperis will try to follow the same path as fellow Star Boxing Long Island standouts Chris Algieri and Joe Smith, Jr., who both used the Paramount as a springboard to major televised main events in prime time. Undefeated Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin is on the same journey.

“I absolutely want to follow in their footsteps, hopefully get that opportunity, and be able to capitalize on it,” Karperis says. “I want to swing it out of the park. Seeing them get those life-changing opportunities shows people that it is not just a dream anymore, it's a reality.”

Karperis captured the vacant belt when he defeated cross town rival Alan Gotay on April 23rd at the Paramount.

A Hicksville product fighting out of The Academy of Boxing in Huntington, Karperis defeated Duran in a razor-thin decision on July 18, 2014, in their first encounter. Karperis has fought 13 of his 15 pro bouts (one no contest) at the Paramount.

“Even though I am originally from Hicksville, I train in Huntington and fight out of Huntington, so it is part of my hometown,” says Karperis. “The Paramount is a great venue for a fight. I always bring a huge crowd for support. It motivates me to be in front of my hometown fans.”

Promoter DeGuardia says this about the main event rematch: "These two fought a heck of a battle once before and I expect nothing less this time around, except the stakes are much higher with Anthony's New York State title on the line.”

Karperis adds: “We are both more experienced now. I have a lot riding on it. I want to prove that the first fight wasn’t a fluke. He (Duran) wants to come in and prove a point. “

“I am training harder than ever for this fight,” continues the junior welterweight. “I try to find the opponent's weakness and exploit them, attack where they are most vulnerable. I believe that I am a versatile fighter, and can adapt.”

On signing with DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Karperis reflects: ‘“We have worked together for some time now. I have been loyal to them, and they have been loyal to me. They have always treated me like I was one of them, and I now look forward to have the promotional team behind me as I take this huge step in my career.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling Star Boxing 914-437-7575 or Star Boxing, the Paramount box office 631-673-7300 and at Ticket Master 1-800-745-3000.

Doors open at 7 pm with first fight scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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It’s another big week for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing with Joe Smith, Jr. hoping to stay on the fast track in his accelerated climb up the light heavyweight ranks as the headliner on Saturday’s Rockin’ Fights 23 at The Paramount. But the Bronx-based promoter also took a look back on last week’s Chris Algieri and Constantin Bejenaru performances and the move forward for the two fighters.

Cruiserweight prospect Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated, winning a unanimous decision over Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs) in an 8-round contest which was the co-featured bout on the SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

"Constantin Bejenaru did a fabulous job in his fight this past Friday on ShoBox against an undefeated Zubov who many picked to beat Constantin,” said DeGuardia. “He is improving with each fight and passed his first big test with flying colors"

The former champion Chris Algieri (21-3, 8 KOs) fell to the highly-touted undefeated former U.S. Olympian Errol Spence, Jr., (20-0, 17 KOs) on the Premier Boxing Champions main event at the Barclays Center, televised on primetime nationally by NBC. Referee Benjy Esteves put a halt to the bout at 48 seconds in the fifth round.

"Chris Algieri stepped in with a guy who has future superstar written all over him,” said DeGuardia. “Errol Spence, Jr. did what no one else was able to do, stop Chris. I expect Chris will take a few weeks off, and we will then gather the team and evaluate his options for future fights".

Algieri, the former WBO World super lightweight titlist, was coming off a unanimous decision victory over Erick Bone on December 5 at Barclays Center, which was the scene of the his greatest triumph to date when he rose to prominence in June 2014, upsetting Ruslan Provodnikov for the super lightweight world title, thus earning a title shot at Manny Pacquiao in November, 2014.

Back to Joe Smith, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs), who is set to continue his rise up the light heavyweight ladder. The Long Island native faces tough and dangerous Brazilian Fabiano Pena (16-4-1, 12 KOs) in the main event in the 23rd installment of Star Boxing’s Rockin’ Fights series on Saturday night, April 23, at the Paramount in Huntington, New York.

Dubbed the “Irish Bomber” for his knockout power, Smith is highly-regarded among the light heavyweight prospects guided by promoter Joe DeGuardia. The local hero fighting out of Mastic will be making his fourth appearance on his home turf at The Paramount.

Smith, Jr. has reeled off 14 straight triumphs, including nine by way of KO. In his latest win, the Irish Bomber put the 175 lb landscape on notice, scoring a thrilling, unanimous 10-round decision over Will Rosinsky in the Barclays Center ring on December 5.

The native of Mastic is a Union 66 laborer (concrete) in between fights. Smith is trained by Gerard Capobianco, a former light heavyweight contender himself.

“Joe has all of the tools to be a top light heavyweight,” says DeGuardia. “His power and strength, combined with boxing skills and stamina have him earmarked for a big fight.”

The co-featured attraction is a “Long Island Showdown” when two popular Paramount regulars – Alan Gotay (8-2, 4 KOs) and Anthony Karperis (11-2, 4 KOs) – clash for the New York State Junior Welterweight Championship. Gotay hails from Huntington, while Kaperis is a product of Hicksville, so it will be a true “Battle for Backyard Bragging Rights.

Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and New Jersey fighters will enter the ring in four other bouts to complete the action-packed card. In an eight-round junior welterweight contest, Daniel Gonzalez (10-0-1, 4 KOs) of Woodhaven faces Carlos Aguilera (10-16, 4 KOs) of Nicaragua.

Brooklyn’s Courtney Pennington (8-3-1, 4 KOs) will face Patrick Day (11-2-1, 6 KOs) of Freeport, NY in a six-round junior middleweight bout.

Two four-round fights complete the card: Elmont’s Terrell Bostic (1-0, 1 KO) squares off against Abdel Vera (0-2) of Patterson, NJ, in a junior welterweight bout, while Michael Stoute (1-0), fighting out of Coram, New York, takes on Newark, NJ’s Jonel Lorenzo in his pro debut in a junior featherweight contest.

Doors open at 7:00 PM; and first bout at 7:30 PM.

For more information visit official website at www.StarBoxing.com and follow on Twitter @ Star Boxing and Facebook.com/StarBoxing.

Former USBA Welterweight Champion and world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4 16 KO Danbury, CT) returns to the ring following a year-old hiatus at his stomping grounds, Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on, Saturday night, July 23. The Connecticut favorite son takes on Iraqi war veteran Shawn Cameron (10-1, 5 KOs) of the Bronx, NY in a 10 round Jr. Middleweight contest, the main event of the Star Boxing action-packed fight card presented by promoter Joe DeGuardia. The summer bash, Slugfest at the Sun, will feature an exciting night of action beginning at 7:30 pm.

Rodriguez, who last fought in June 2015, challenged Erislandy Lara for the WBA World Jr. Middleweight title that night, dropping a 12-round decision to the champion.

“At this point in my career I wanted to figure out the details on how to finish career,” said the Danbury native. “But I stayed in training because it’s great exercise and part of my life. I want to try to get a couple of wins and get back into the ratings.

“I’m back with my original trainer, Lou Fusco, who gave me a great foundation to start me off, with an aggressive style and strong foundation.”

Rodriguez has fought a who's who over the course of his long career including such elite boxers as Miguel Cotto, the aforementioned Lara, and Austin Trout, but may be best remembered for his scintillating battle with Pawel Wolak on July 15, 2011, which garnered “Fight of the Year" award.

Rodriguez has challenged for the world championship on three different occasions and feels he still has something left to prove taking on the hungry and tough, Shawn Cameron.

Cameron, who has just 11 fights under his belt, sees this as the opportunity he has been waiting for. Cameron served two tours of duty in Iraq and knows a win over a well-known contender like Delvin Rodriguez will do wonders for his career.

"Once again Delvin Rodriguez returns to familiar settings, The Mohegan Sun, where he has fought many times,” says DeGuardia. “Delvin knows at this point of his career he cannot afford any slip ups and is taking on a dangerous, younger opponent in Shawn Cameron who knows a win over a name like Delvin will land him bigger fights. I expect another exciting fight which is the norm for Delvin and I'm very happy to be back at The Sun".

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Joe DeGuardia, Sr. Obituary

On Friday night (June 17), the undefeated, WBC Silver International Champion and WBC World #4-ranked Junior Welterweight contender Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (18-0, 15 KO’s Long Island, NY), squares off against Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KO’s Douglas, Arizona) at The Paramount in Huntington, New York in the 10-round Junior Welterweight affair. The main event headlines the 24th edition DeGuardia's popular “Rockin Fights" series.
  
Seldin, the Patchogue product fighting out of Shirley, Long Island, has been superb in compiling an unblemished 18-0 mark, with 15 of his triumphs coming via highlight reel knockouts. Seldin has won 10 straight and 15 out of 16 at the popular Long Island venue.
 
More on Seldin vs. Selig: Seldin, who has continually climbed the ranks of the Junior Welterweight division, will be appearing for the 15th time at the Paramount. Seldin has become a must-see attraction for his all action fights and tremendous punching power. The Hebrew Hammer captured the WBC title on December 20, 2014, stopping the very tough Bayan Jargal in nine rounds, and has successfully defended the championship three times. In his last outing at The Paramount on March 5, Seldin returned from shoulder surgery and picked right up where he left off by destroying Orlando Vasquez in the opening round.
Selig is coming off two straight knockout wins and has crossed gloves with world rated fighters Sadam Ali and John Jackson as well as top prospect Jose Ramirez.
 
Says DeGuardia: "Cletus Seldin is becoming a major force in the already loaded Junior Welterweight division. His ferocious style has attracted droves of fans and on June 17th we expect the same as he faces a tough task when he battles Jesus Selig, who hopes to upset the applecart. I expect another exciting night of fights at The Paramount, as has become the tradition with the Rockin Fights series".
 
The undercard features a bevy of top local prospects. In another junior welterweight clash, Woodhaven’s undefeated Danny Gonzalez (11-0-1, 5 KO’s) squares off against Curtis Morton (4-5-4) of Myrtle Beach in an eight-rounder. Sweden’s Naim Terbunja (7-1) takes on Lanny Dardar (3-5-2, 1 KO) of Louisiana in a six round contest. Two Elmont, Long Island fighters will showcase their talents on the home turf in four-round bouts. Terell Bostic (1-0, 1 KO) comes off an outstanding first round KO debut to face Miguel Gloria (1-2) of Albuquerque; and unbeaten Tyrone James (2-0, 1 KO) battles New York City’s Kasif Muhammad (0-2). Brooklyn’s Laurend Stewart (2-0, 1 KO) takes on another Albuquerque import in Daniel Flores (0-2).
 
Tickets are on sale now by calling Star Boxing (718 823-2000) or visiting www.starboxing.com, The Paramount Box Office (631 673-7300), or Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com (1 800 745-3000).
 
Experts comment on The Paramount
“Joe has a magical formula at The Paramount,” says former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney. “As a former boxer, I believe that really helps him. He understands the fighters, and watches out for them. He makes these guys fight durable guys. He and matchmaker Ron Katz are a great combination. They put them in tough fights. The Paramount is sold out every time at the Paramount, so the fighters have also been able to build the fan base.”
Former NYSAC RandyGordon, now a boxing commentator and radio host, echoes Cooney’s sentiment. “As a former boxer himself on a high level, Joe understands the boxer’s mentality.  Building a fighter’s career is not about one fight, it’s a process."

Star Boxing founder and president Joe DeGuardia is among the 18-member “Class of 2016” selected to the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, it was announced today. The fifth annual induction dinner will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

DeGuardia, the Bronx-born Golden Gloves champion, has promoted such world champions as Antonio Tarver, Lou Del Valle, Joshua Clottey, Aaron Davis, Chris Algieri, Zac Dunn and Demetrius Andrade, as well as standouts Cletus Seldin, Yunieski Gonzalez and Joe Smith, Jr.

Ring 8, the Veteran Boxers Association of New York, is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping former professional boxers in need of financial assistance. Its motto is "Boxers helping boxers.”

"This is another very strong class of inductees," said Ring 8 & NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy, who was inducted into the NYSBHOF last year.  "We are honoring New York's finest in our sport. This is all about recognizing great fighters, as well as others involved in boxing, from the state of New York."

Joining DeGuardia in the “Class of 2016” are living boxers including former world welterweight champion ('90-91) and 1986 New York Golden Gloves winner, Bronx fighter Aaron "Superman" Davis (49-6, 31 KOs), Rochester's world junior welterweight champion ('93-94) Charles "The Natural" Murray (44-9, 26 KOs), Bronx two-time world lightweight title challenger and 1970 New York Golden Gloves co-champion Vilomar Fernandez (30-11-2, 9 KOs), and New York City's world lightweight title challenger Edwin Viruet.

Posthumous participants being inducted are Spanish Harlem's 4-time, 3-division world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho (79-6-3, 45 KOs), Brooklyn's world middleweight champion (1952) Rocky Graziano (67-10-6, 52 KOs),  Buffalo's world lightweight ('25-26) titlist Rocky Kansas (62-11-6, 38 KOs), Brooklyn's 2-time world bantamweight titleholder Joe Lynch (99-36-19 2 NC, 37 KOs) and Brooklyn's "uncrowned welterweight champion" Joe Miceli (60-42-8, 28 KOs).

Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are Canastota's International Boxing Hall of Fame executive director Ed Brophy, Melville's commissioner/media personality Randy Gordon and Queens promoter/manager Dennis Rappaport.

Posthumous non-participant inductees are Bronx manager Howie Albert, Manhattan's East Side trainer/cutman Freddie Brown, New York City television commentator Howard Cosell, Manhattan's Lower East Side boxer/referee Ruby Goldstein and New York City manager Jimmy Jacobs.

Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF.  Plaques are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission.

The 2016 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair, Angelo Prospero and Neil Terens.

All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years in order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers or during the prime of their respective career.

From New York Golden Gloves champion in the ring to the rise of Star Boxing ignited by Antonio Tarver’s victory over Roy Jones, Jr. to guiding Chris Algieri to challenge world champion Manny Pacquiao for the Welterweight title, DeGuardia has done it all.

DeGuardia attended Fordham Prep and earned his undergraduate degree from Fordham University. He then attended Hofstra Law School, where he graduated at the top of his class. DeGuardia now resides in Westchester County, New York.

Here are the previous NYSBHOF inductees:

CLASS of 2012: Carmen Basilio, Mike McCallum, Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, Emile Griffith, "Sugar" Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard, Tony Canzoneri, Harold Lederman, Steve Acunto, Jimmy Glenn, Gil Clancy, Ray Arcel, Nat Fleischer, Bill Gallo and Arthur Mercante, Sr.

CLASS of 2013: Jack Dempsey, Johnny Dundee, Sandy Saddler, Maxie Rosenbloom, Joey Archer, Iran Barkley, Mark Breland, Bobby Cassidy, Doug Jones, Junior Jones, James "Buddy" McGirt, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Bob Arum,  Shelly Finkel, Tony Graziano,  Larry Merchant, Teddy Brenner, Mike Jacobs, Tex Rickard and Don Dunphy.

CLASS OF 2014:  Floyd Patterson, Tracy Harris Patterson, Billy Backus, Kevin Kelley, Juan LaPorte, Gerry Cooney, Mustafa Hamsho, Howard Davis, Jr., Lou Ambers, Jack Britton, Terry McGovern, Teddy Atlas, Lou DiBella, Steve Farhood, Gene Moore, Angelo Prospero, Whitey Bimstein, Cus D'Amato, William Muldoon and Tom O'Rourke.

CLASS OF 2015: Saoul Mamby, Joey Giambra, Johnny Persol, Harold Weston, Lonnie Bradley, Paul Berlenbach, Billy Graham, Frankie Genaro, Bob Miller, Tommy Ryan, Jimmy Slattery, Bob Duffy, Mike Katz, Tommy Gallagher, Bruce Silverglade, Charley Goldman, Jimmy Johnston, Cedric Kushner, Harry Markson, Damon Runyon and Al Weill.


Tickets are priced at $125.00 per adult and $50.00 for children (under 16), and include a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30 PM/ET, as well as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar throughout the evening.  Tickets are available to purchase by calling NYSBHOF/Ring 8 president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304.  Ads for the NYSBHOF program are available, ranging from $50.00 to $250.00, by contacting Duffy. Go on line at www.Ring8ny.com for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

ABOUT RING 8: Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association - hence, RING 8 - and today the organization's motto still remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.

RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.

Visit www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $30.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, excluding July and August.  All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.  Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.

Power-punching fan favorite Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) will enter the ring against no nonsense New Yorker Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday, June 18 in a 10-round primetime battle that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and will feature a bantamweight world title rematch that sees current champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) take on three-time U.S. Olympian Rau'shee "Nuke" Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) as they rehash their rivalry that began in August 2015 when Payano won a narrow split-decision to retain his title. Also featured on the telecast is rising star Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) who faces powerful Mexican Daniel Sandoval (37-3, 34 KOs) in a super welterweight contest.

"I think that this fight Smith is a great challenge for me and I do not underestimate him," said Fonfara. "He is young and hungry and he wants to use this fight and my name to show the world his skills. He's coming to Chicago for victory and glory. I have to show him that I am stronger, more experienced and most importantly, a smarter fighter. I have to win this fight because it will open the door for me to rematch Adonis Stevenson."

"I've been working very hard and for many years towards an opportunity like this," said Smith Jr. "I am grateful to Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing for helping to get me here. This fight is going to change my life and no one is going to keep me from winning."

Payano and Warren first fought in Florida where Payano retained his title via split decision with scores of 113-111 twice for him and 115-109 for Warren. The fight featured consistent action and some controversy. Payano was deducted a point in round three while Warren lost two points in round nine for an intentional foul. At the end of the fight, both men raised their hands believing they had won and now they look to settle the score in Chicago.

"I knew this rematch would be offered and it's been a waiting game since I beat him the first time," said Payano. "I feel like I won convincingly, but some people feel otherwise. I'm very excited about fighting him again and this time I'll beat him even more easily. Fighting on NBC is a great privilege and it's a great place to showcase my talents. I am coming in humbled by this opportunity."

"I've been waiting for this rematch since the moment we got out of the ring the first time," said Warren. "I'm happy it's finally coming up on June 18. Until that day is here, there is nothing else on my mind. I'm real sharp right now. I'm going for the knockout. It didn't go my way last time, but I'm bringing home the belt this time.

"Every fight is big for me, whether I'm televised or not, because I always give it my all," said Lubin. "But fighting in primetime on NBC is a big opportunity for me and I know it will bring something out of me. I have to perform. It's up to me to go out and showcase my talent so I can keep moving up the ladder. Daniel Sandoval is a veteran who can prepare me for a world title shot. I'm more than ready and this fight will put me one step closer."

"This is a very good fight for me and I'm excited," said Sandoval. "I know if I come to the U.S. and beat Lubin, my name will be big and there will be another great Mexican fighter on the map. I know Lubin is the top prospect in the U.S. right now and a very fast southpaw. He is all the things you wouldn't want to go up against, but it's boxing and I'm Mexican. I'll fight anybody, anytime, anywhere."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Star Boxing, are priced at $201, $101, $61 and $41, not including applicable service charges, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or UIC Pavilion Box Office at(312) 413-5740. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

"Warriors Boxing is excited to bring PBC on NBC to the Windy City," said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. "Chicago's favorite son, Andrzej Fonfara, always thrills fans with his non-stop fighting style. Joe Smith Jr. has been destroying his competition in New York and also brings a fan friendly 'seek-and-destroy' style to the fight. The main event should be explosive. When you add up-and-coming superstar Erickson Lubin and if Payano vs. Warren II live up to their prior Fight of the Year candidate, it will be a can't miss night of boxing."

"I am truly looking forward to this main event," said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. "Smith and Fonfara are both very exciting fighters and I expect a thrilling war. Their styles will have Chicago rocking with enthusiastic Irish fans for Smith and Polish fans for Fonfara. The electric atmosphere will be a treat to everyone watching on NBC and I expect big things from Joe Smith Jr."

Fonfara returns to the ring after defeating Nathan Cleverly in October at UIC Pavilion in a fight that garnered Fight of the Year consideration and saw a record number of punches landed (936) and thrown (2524) for a light heavyweight fight in CompuBox history. Prior to that, the 28-year-old became the first person to stop Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and lost a decision to world champion Adonis Stevenson in a fight that saw both men hit the canvas. From Warsaw, Poland but training out of Chicago, Fonfara will fight in the Windy City for the 20th time when he enters the ring in primetime on June 18.

Representing Long Island, New York, Smith Jr. will bring his heavy hands to primetime as he looks for his 16th straight victory on June 18. The 26-year-old was a highly decorated amateur who won the 2008 New York Golden Gloves with a victory over Seanie Monaghan. A member of the Local 66 Laborers Union between fights and the oldest of eight siblings, Smith Jr. picked up his most impressive victory of his career so far when he defeated veteran Will Rosinsky in a hotly contested battle in Brooklyn. He followed it up with a second round stoppage of Fabiano Pena in April and is set for his toughest challenge in June.

The two-time Dominican Olympian Payano will defend his title for the second time since winning a technical decision over Anselmo Moreno in September 2014. The accomplished amateur won gold at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean games with victories over McJoe Arroyo and Yoandris Salinas. The unbeaten 32-year-old defeated Jundy Maraon, Jose Silveria and Luis Maldonado on the way to his title shot.

A three-time U.S. Olympian from Cincinnati, Warren is determined to make the most of his second shot at a world title. The 29-year-old turned pro in 2012 and picked up victories over veterans Jose Luis Araiza, Javier Gallo, German Meraz and Jhon Alberto Molina leading up to the first world title shot. Another fighter in veteran trainer Mike Stafford's stable, Warren was the first member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team to earn a world title shot and will look again to become the first member of that team to capture a world title.

A highly-regarded prospect with an exciting style, the 20-year-old Lubin has burst onto the scene looking to engage and finish opponents early. Fighting out of Orlando, he has already taken down experienced veterans including Orlando Lora, Ayi Bruce, Michael Finney and Norberto Gonzalez. He was sensational in November 2015 when he knocked out Alexis Camacho on NBC and in January he headlined his first card and dominated Jose De Jesus Macias in his first 10-round bout.

A winner of 18 of his last 19 fights, Sandoval enters this fight coming off of stoppage victories over Grady Brewer and Francisco Villanueva. The 25-year-old has won his previous two starts in the U.S. with decision victories over Richard Gutierrez in 2014 and Larry Smith in 2012 and will look to take down the undefeated Lubin on June 18.

For more information visit www.premierboxingchampions.com, www.nbcsports.com/boxing.

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