Friday night in front of a standing room only crowd at The Paramount and a nationally televised ESPN Friday Night Fights audience, “The Fighting Pride of Huntington”, Chris Algieri won a dominant ten round unanimous decision over world ranked junior welterweight Emanuel Taylor of Baltimore, Maryland by scores of 98-92, and 97-93 twice.
The ESPN Friday Night Fights/Rockin’ Fights 12 event was the 12th consecutive sellout at The Paramount for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
With the win Algieri improved his undefeated record to 19-0 with eight stoppages while Taylor, ranked #4 by the International Boxing Federation moved to 17-2 with twelve knockouts.
Pressing the action from the opening bell, Algieri displayed his full arsenal of skills throughout the fight, a stiff jab, excellent hooks to the body and head, terrific movement and solid defense for the victory in front of his hometown fans, the eighth time he has headlined at the sold out venue.
“This was an outstanding victory for Chris, he truly showed the entire boxing world that he has the skills that compare favorably with any of the top junior welterweights in the world” said DeGuardia, now in his 22nd year of promoting and responsible for the extraordinary boxing renaissance on Long Island.
In the co-featured bout, Paterson, New Jersey’s Jeremy Bryan won an eight round unanimous decision over Bronx, New York resident Issouf Kinda by scores of 78-74 and 77-75 twice.
Getting back in the win column with the big victory, Bryan raised his record to 17-3 with seven stoppages while Kinda headed to 16-2, six knockouts.
Opening the show for ESPN Friday Night Fights, hot junior middleweight local prospect Wendy Toussaint stayed perfect with a four round decision over Anthony Gangemi of Mine Hill, New Jersey by scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38.
Continuing to impress with each appearance at The Paramount, Toussaint improved to 4-0 while Gangemi fell to 4-2 with three stoppages.
In a scheduled six round lightweight clash, Huntington’s Alan Gotay,
8-0-0 (4KO’s) scored a massive first round knockout over Chicago’s Carl McNickles, 8-5-0 (6KO’s). The win was Gotay’s seventh appearance in front of The Paramount crowd.
Hicksville’s Anthony Karperis improved to 6-2-0 (3KO’s) with a six round unanimous decision over Calvin Smith of Prichard, Alabama.