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News: Kinda vs Arnaoutis; Jonathan Gonzalez; Alex Amparo

Having presented many years of world class musical performances, this Saturday night, OCTOBER 13, the NYCB Theatre at Westbury will play host to “WESTBURY WARS”, a sensational evening of action packed professional boxing promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

The ten round main event will see undefeated African native, now based in New York City, Issouf Kinda battling former world title challenger and perennial contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis in a bout contested for Kinda’s New York State Junior Welterweight Title.

With his sensational boxing skills honed through an illustrious amateur career, the 24-year-old Kinda has impressed the knowledgeable boxing fans in the New York City area since turning professional in 2009.

Compiling a record of 14-0-0 (5KO’s), Kinda will be making the first defense of the New York State Title, which he earned with an eight round shutout performance on MAY 2 against Luis Rodriguez at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY.

Born in Athens, Greece, Arnaoutis is among the toughest veterans in the junior welterweight division. Included on his ledger are battles with notable world champions and world ranked contenders including Delvin Rodriguez, Victor Ortiz, Danny Garcia, Kendall Holt, Ricardo Torres, Juan Urango and Demetrius Hopkins.

Most recently, the 33-year-old Arnaoutis has looked very impressive; winning a unanimous decision over Shakha Moore on FEBRUARY 10 at the Mohegan Sun Casino and stopping Broderick Antoine on MAY 2.

Said DeGuardia, ‘There’s been a great buzz about the Kinda/Arnaoutis fight since we announced it. Kinda is a terrific looking prospect with a wealth of potential, however Arnaoutis is a much more experienced veteran who is looking at this as an opportunity to put his name in the mix for bigger fights if he can defeat Kinda. There’s a great deal at stake for both guys.”

In the eight round welterweight co-main event at “WESTBURY WARS”, popular undefeated Long Island knockout artist Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin will look to stay unbeaten against Chicago based spoiler Carl ‘The Assassin” McNickles.

The 26-year-old Seldin, 8-0-0 (5KO’s) has turned heads with his stunning knockouts over the last fifteen months. His last three bouts have ended in the first two rounds, culminating in a brutal first round knockout of heralded Puerto Rican prospect Jonathan Garcia on JULY 28 at the sold out Paramount in Huntington.

Sporting a record of 8-3-0 (6KO’s), the 28-year-old McNickles has faced numerous undefeated prospects across the country. In his last outing at Madison Square Garden on MARCH 17, he battled New Jersey’s Danny McDermott over six rounds winning a hard fought decision in a terrific back-and-forth war.

“Everyone on Long Island knows about Seldin’s power and how exciting he is to watch but McNickles is very confident and fearless about fighting on the road. We expect fireworks in this bout from the opening bell” said DeGuardia.

Also featured in a six round junior welterweight tilt is a clash between Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal and Newburgh, New York native Luis Rodriguez.

Currently residing in Arlington, Virginia and sporting a record of 15-3-3 (10KO’s), Jargal looks to get back on the winning track following a ten round decision loss to undefeated prospect Chris Algieri on NOVEMBER 19 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, a bout which was broadcast internationally on Azteca America.

The 24-year-old Rodriguez, 6-5-1 (1KO), has become well known in Puerto Rico and the New York City area for his aggressive, all-action style of fighting.

Also appearing at “WESTBURY WARS” is popular Huntington, New York based newcomer Alan Gotay. The 22-year-old made his pro debut on the Star Boxing 20th Anniversary Show on JULY 28 knocking out Ian James in the first round at The Paramount.

In a scheduled four junior welterweight bout, Gotay will face off against Alberto Manukyan, 0-1-0, of Jersey City, NJ.

Prior to the pro fights, three amateur bouts will kick off the card.

Advance tickets for this theatre-in-the-round seating event, priced at $150 for Gold Circle VIP, $60 for Ringside Reserved and $30 for Mezzanine Reserved, are available atLive Nation, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, at the Westbury Box Office or through the Star Boxing office by calling (718) 823-2000 or on their website, Star Boxing.

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm. Event, date and time are subject to change. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.

After the fights boxing fans can dine at Marco Polo’s Restaurant in the Viana Hotel and Spa and receive 15% off their meals by presenting a ticket stub from the event. The Viana Hotel and Spa is located at 3998 Brush Hollow Road in Westbury, New York.


Unbeaten prospect Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez will return to the ring next Friday, October 19, at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, as part of the show WBO Night of Champions, headlined by the clash between featherweight contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz and Jorge “El Feroz” Pazos, in an All Star Boxing presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP).

Gonzalez (10-0, 9 KOs), 21, debuted professionally on April 2011, led by PRBBP and Top Rank, fighting nine times in his first year and winning the WBO Flyweight Youth World Title. But his career was stopped after his first two fights in 2012. His last bout was on August 18, when he beat Saul Hernandez in Mexico. Gonzalez has fought just three times in 2012.

“I’ve been rather frustrated with the course of my career has been because I heard people who approached me to advise me, but they didn’t have the best intentions, they lied to me, and my career was stop”, Gonzalez said. “I want to tell to all those young fighters as me, to be alert with these people who approached them. If you are part of a good company (Promoter) that is taking your career, there’s no reason to believe in people coming with other intentions”.

Now, the 2010 Central American and Caribbean and 2008 Youth World Amateur Championship gold medal is happy to back to the ring next Friday, October 19, in Florida.

“I’m very happy right now because I want to fight. I’ve kept training and I hope to continue with my goal of becoming a world champion”, Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez’s foe will be announced soon.

Amparo, Lavin both promise different results in rematch of super middleweight foes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 11, 2012) – Even though he won their first fight in October of 2011, unbeaten super middleweight Alex Amparo didn’t hesitate when asked to face Nick Lavin again next Thursday at the Twin River Event Center.

“We have the kind of style that makes for a great fight,” Amparo said before adding, “This time, I think it’ll end differently. I don’t think it’ll go four rounds.”

Amparo (4-0, 2 KOs), a Providence, R.I., native, won the first fight by majority decision, 39-37, 38-37, 38-38. Lavin (2-3, 2 KOs) thinks he at least earned a draw. They’ll settle the score for good Thursday, October 18th, 2012 on the undercard of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Closing Statement” boxing show in a four-round super middleweight bout.

“He better be the one worrying about surviving, not me,” said a confident Lavin, who lives and trains in Shelton, Conn., under the guidance of local instructor Kasey Coon. “I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve never trained harder for a fight than I have for this one.

“I’ve been talking about this since the last one ended. A win would open some doors for me and breathe some life back into my career.”

Lavin is facing a major crossroad as he prepares for Thursday’s fight. The loss to Amparo in 2011 dropped him to 2-2. Then he got knocked out by Paul Gonsalves in the final seconds of their light heavyweight bout in March.

Since then, he’s switched trainers, leaving former Hartford title contender John Scully for Coon – nothing personal; Scully was out of town from time to time working with light heavyweight world champion Chad Dawson, so Lavin needed someone with deep roots in the area who would be available more often. He and Coon linked up through the Lion’s Den in Middletown, Conn., and have been working together since the end of the Gonsalves fight.

“We just clicked,” Lavin said. “My jab feels a lot sharper, my movement’s better – I’m making people miss a lot more. I’m working angles a lot better. Everything is falling into place.

“In the first fight, I was reckless. I played into his game plan and brawled with him. This time I’m going to try to step back a bit and box him a little more.”

Amparo is equally confident, pointing to his own workout regimen, which has changed in recent months. He’s split up his training between his new conditioning coach, Shane Cronan, and his current boxing coach, Jose Santos.

“With Shane, it’s pure conditioning,” Amparo said. “In the past it was difficult because I’d try to squeeze my boxing and conditioning into my sessions with Jose, but now I’ll meet Shane in the morning and work with Jose at night, or vice-versa – train with Jose in the afternoon and hit the hills with Shane at night.

“Now I’m able to focus more on my boxing strategy when I’m in the gym with Jose. One of the things I noticed in the past was I’d be able to implement the game plan for one or two rounds and then I’d get sloppy toward the end because my conditioning wasn’t there. Having that base now is the most important thing.”

The end result is a leaner, stronger Amparo capable of fighting effectively over the course of four rounds.

“My power has improved a lot since last year,” he said, “and [Lavin] is still going to be there to get hit with those shots. He won’t be able to stand up to it. I faded toward the end of the last fight and it didn’t allow me to exert myself 100 percent in the final round. If I was in the shape I’m in now, I would’ve got him out of there.”

The first bout between Lavin and Amparo last year was fought at 175 pounds. Amparo has since dropped to 168 and has several local fighters on his radar – “I won’t mention any names because I spar with some of them,” he laughed – but the path to the top starts with Lavin next Thursday in a fight both sides need to win, albeit for much different reasons.

“This is kind of the story of my life,” Lavin said. “I’ve been knocked down so many times, not just in boxing but in life in general. You’ve got to put it past you and keep moving forward. That applies to boxing as well. I’m ready this time. I’m coming hard.”

The main event of “Closing Statement” features an eight-round battle interstate rivals Joseph “Chip” Perez (9-1, 3 KOs) of East Hartford, Conn., and Hartford’s Chazz “Magnificent” McDowell (6-2, 1 KO) for the vacant New England Junior Lightweight title. Providence female bantamweight Shelito Vincent (4-0) will face Ivana Coleman (0-1) in a four-round rematch.

Sparks will fly in the heavyweight division when hard-hitting Alexis Santos (6-0, 5 KOs) of Lawrence, Mass., puts his undefeated record on the line against Providence’s Josh Harris (8-6-1, 6 KOs). The show also features two additional regional battles as former The Contender reality television star Rich Gingras (11-3, 7 KOs) of Attleboro, Mass., returns to face Providence’s Richard “Bobo The Bull” Starnino (9-9-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round light heavyweight bout and newcomers Jon Smith of Cranston, R.I., a former three-time New England Golden Gloves champion, and Dinis Paiva Jr. of East Providence, R.I., who has five professional mixed martial arts fights under his belt, square off in a four-round welterweight bout.

“The Vermont Bully” Kevin Cobbs (5-0, 1 KO) of Burlington, Vt., will look to keep his perfect record intact when he faces tough veteran Alexander Mancera (8-4-1, 5 KOs) of Queens, N.Y., in a four-round light heavyweight bout and middleweight Thomas Falowo (7-1, 5 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., will battle Ontario, Canada veteran Michael Walchuk (9-6, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. Woonsocket, R.I., middleweight Joey Gardner (8-5-1, 1 KO) will face Philip Burnette (2-5, 1 KO) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., in a six-round bout. Providence junior lightweight Toka Kahn (2-0, 2 KOs) will also be featured on the undercard in a separate four-round bout.

Tickets for “Closing Statement ” are $40.00, $75.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at or, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.

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