Algieri decisions Jargal; Damon Jones turns pro

HUNTINGTON NY: NOVEMBER 19, 2011 - Undefeated Jr. Welterweight Chris Algieri (12-0 6KO Huntington, NY) kept his perfect record intact with a hard fought 10 round unanimous decision over Bayan Jargal (15-3-1 10KO Arlington, VA) last night at The Paramount in Huntington, NY as Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented the 3rd installment of their new series "Boxeo Azteca" broadcast live on the Azteca America network.

The first 2 rounds saw each guy trying to take command by using their boxing skills. Algieri countered Jargal well and seemed to have the upper hand. The 3rd round saw Algieri dig vicious body shots into Jargal, hurting him badly with a perfectly placed left hook to the liver but Jargal hung on until the end of the round. Jargal bounced back well in the 4th round and started to land crisp shots to the head and body of Algieri. From then on it was a war of attrition as both boxers landed hard shots and traded freely much to the crowds delight. Algieri opened a cut over Jargal's left eye in the 7th round with a perfectly placed left hook. The sold out crowd stood in appreciation as the bell for the final round sounded and both fighters didn't disappoint as they fought hard right to the end much to the crowds delight. In the end, Algieir prevailed on all three scorecards by scores of 97-93 twice, and 98-92.

The semi final saw another undefeated Long Island fighter keep his record perfect as Welterweight Cletus Seldin (5-0 3KO Dix Hills, NY) overcome a nearly closed left eye to stop Rashad Bogar (3-3-1 2KO Newark, NY) over 3 hellish rounds. Bogar and Seldin got right into it trading hard blows in the 1st round with Bogar momentarily stunning Seldin midway through the round and nearly closing his left eye. Seldin came out in the 2nd round like a house on fire as he and Bogar went toe to toe driving the large pro Seldin crowd into a frenzy. Seldin landed numerous body shots on Bogar which were hurting the Newark fighter greatly. Seldin was relentless as the 3rd round opened dropping Bogar with a terrific left hook to the body and then finishing him off with an unrelenting assault at ____ of the 3rd round.

Undercard Results:

Rich Neves TKO2 Hector Rivera Welterweight

Aaron Kinch W4 Jacques Louis Heavyweight

Steven Tyner TKO 1 Mike Ocasio Light Heavyweight

Raul Nuncio TKO 1 Elmer Vera Jr. Middleweight

It was an electric night as Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing put on the first ever show at The Paramount. It was a standing room only crowd and all in attendence had a great night of exciting fights.


Top amateur talent Damon Jones has turned professional with promoter Frank Warren.

The southpaw from Leeds will make his debut on Friday 9th December at the Liverpool Echo Arena - joint-headlined by James DeGale and George Groves - in a four-round welterweight contest, live on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456)

Still only 18, Jones won the Senior ABA Welterweight title this year, outpointing the older and more experienced three-time finalist Steve Turner.

"It's been my dream to turn professional and I'm happy that I've signed with the country's top promoter in Frank Warren," said Jones.

"I feel that I've achieved plenty in the amateurs and now I'm looking forward to making my mark in the pros and ultimately winning a world title,"

"I'm still only 18 and won the ABA title when many thought I couldn't. I'm strong and mature for my age and I know that Frank will guide me correctly as he has done with all the stars' he promotes,"

He added, "I can't wait for my debut at the Liverpool Echo Arena in a few weeks' time on a great card live on BoxNation."

Jones' trainer Danny Thornton said, "You don't win an ABA title at 18 if you haven't got talent. Jones is a special talent and I'm really looking forward to developing him in the pros."

Promoter Frank Warren, who developed Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan and Kevin Mitchell, when they were in their teens as well as current unbeaten prospect Ronnie Heffron, said, "I'm delighted that Damon has signed with me and I'm looking forward to working on his career and developing him into a champion."

Ticket for the Liverpool Echo Arena show are priced at £40, £50, £75 and £100 and are available from:

Liverpool Echo Arena
Box Office: 0844 8000 400

Sunshine set to change to Thunderstorms

The Melbourne suburb known as Sunshine might be aptly named, but come December 2nd, it’s thunderstorms predicted when Western Showcase III brings professional boxing to town and the world class boxers engaged are set to storm!

Team Ellis Promotions are proud to present – Western Showcase III and have brought together a fantastic ensemble of world class talent to the show.

Led by the Top 15 WBO world rated - Omari Kimweri who sights 10 wins to his resume, this show lacks nothing for quality when you have both Australia’s hardest P4P puncher and excitement machine – Ranee ‘KO Kid’ Ganoy (31 wins with 28 by KO!) set to strut his stuff, but also the former brilliant amateur and now Australia’s hottest professional prospect boasting an undefeated 12 wins with 9 of those by KO to his name – Paul ‘Showtime’ Fleming also set to show his wares for the first time live to a Melbourne audience.

Menacing heavyweight Andre 'The Giant' Meunier will make his presence fight, as will the comebacking 'Smasher' Jay Sims.

Rounding out the card is local boy Ashley McDermott in an all-action six-round contest scheduled at welterweight, and as at time of going to release, a number of high-profile appearances are also in the works.

Promoter Jake Ellis, son of the legendary IBF Super-Featherweight champion Lester Ellis is right behind ensuring Western Showcase III is a tremendous success not only for the boxers, but most importantly the fans who he’s encouraging to really get behind professional boxing at the grass roots level, providing opportunities for these world class talents to perform in front of great, appreciative crowds, but improve their records and rankings and position them for higher stage opportunities.

Kimweri with his Top 15 world ranking is knocking on the door of a world-title shot and this fight is the perfect way to stay sharp and be ready to capitalise when it presents.

Ganoy, the big punching Filipino boxer who know proudly calls Australia home is on his 2nd trip down to Melbourne after thrilling the Sunshine crowd back in July with a knockout victory. The ‘KO Kid’ boasts a KO victory over the former IBF Super-Featherweight champion and Melbourne identity Robbie ‘Bomber’ Peden and is being seriously looked at by two of the USA’s leading promotional outfits for USA opportunities early in 2012 and this fight is the perfect way continuation of his preparation for that.

Paul ‘Showtime’ Fleming is the hottest prospect in Australian boxing and is signed to the massive USA promotional firm – Top Rank. Top Rank also promote the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Nonito Donaire, Kelly Pavlik and the like so it’s a real sign of their belief in his ability and potential that they have signed him to exclusive terms. Team Ellis are proud to support Top Rank with the development of Paul and have him perform on Western Showcase III.

With the calibre of talent on show with Western Showcase III, it’s young Jake Ellis the promoter who has taken on board the teachings of his father the world-champion Lester when putting this card together –

“My Dad always strongly believed that the only way boxing will grow boxing and generate genuine interest in this country is if domestic promoters get down to the basics and put on good fights, with genuine fighters who are hungry and aiming for big things. He would always say to me that in his day, there was no fancy cameras and lights it was just two blokes in the ring that wanted to be there.”

“Dad went on to say, that this was the key and the crowds recognise the willingness of fighters who really want to be there and that’s how the following will come. I love promoting, don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work, but I want my shows and the boxers who perform on it to have a real good following and that can only lead to further success for Australian boxing.”

“I certainly hope I’ve achieved Dad’s thoughts with this show and I’m proud to have each fighter on as their hunger is unquestioned and they all want to fight for the crowd and perform.”

“Can I also please thank my sponsors, their support really goes a long way to helping put these shows together and attract the quality fighters we’ve signed to the card so again, big thanks from all at Team Ellis Promotions.” (NB: Sponsors include - Lonsdale / Cafco Services / Civil Pty Ltd / Platinum Earth / Red Wine Shop / M.A.R.C / Moving Pictures Tattoo)

It’s fair to say that Lester’s words have had the telling effect as Jake has really embraced the philosophies and the fans who get to the Sunshine Roller Skating Centre on December 2nd for Western Showcase III are in for a real treat of talent and a great night’s boxing action.

Article posted on 21.11.2011

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