December will be yet another busy month for Star Boxing president Joe DeGuardia as he closes out 2015 with a flourish. Highlighting the season-ending flurry will be a quartet of powerful pugilists – Chris Algieri, Yunieski Gonzalez, Joshua Clottey and Joe Smith, Jr. – returning to the ring, and Promoter of the Year accolades from Ring 8.
Former world champion and Long Island-native Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) is back at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to take on Ecuador’s Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout on Saturday night, December 5.
”I am very excited to return to Barclays Center, where I have had some of my best showings,” said Algieri. “I am looking forward to having my best performance yet.”
Star Boxing’s Joe Smith, Jr. (19-1, 16 KOs), like Algieri a long Island native, will square off against firefighter Will Rosinsky (19-2, 10 KOs) in a light heavyweight clash.
The Algieri vs. Bone fight is promoted will be part of a stacked undercard featuring top regional talent. The undercard supports the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event headlined by the all-Brooklyn battle between middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) and former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs). In the co-feature, WBA Featherweight World Champion Jesus Cuellar (27-1, 21 KOs) will face exciting Puerto Rican contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs).
Tickets for the live event start at $50, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com,www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.
On December 19, Turning Stone Casino will be the site for an HBO Latino® Boxing event headlined by Star Boxing’s Cuban light heavyweight contender Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) fighting out of Miami, Florida taking on the undefeated power-puncher, Vyacheslav “Lion Heart – Chigonskyy” Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) of Los Angeles in a 10-round light heavyweight main event.
In the co-main event, former world title contender, “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia makes his highly anticipated return to the ring against Star Boxing’s former IBF Welterweight World Champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, in a 10-round junior middleweight contest.
The HBO Latino Boxing event will start at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT (tape delay) or immediately following the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.
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).
On Sunday, December 13, Star Boxing president and founder Joe DeGuardia will be honored as “Promoter of the Year” at Ring 8’s Annual Holiday Awards at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach (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, New York.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.