Long Island professional boxers Chris “The Pride of Huntington” Algieri, Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. and Cletus “Hebrew Hammer” Seldin will visit the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, September 14 at 11 a.m. where they will be available for interviews and photos for media.
Nassau Coliseum, which will open in spring 2017, is controlled, operated, and programmed by Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which will bring its BROOKLYN BOXING franchise to Long Island.
Algieri (21-3-0, 8 KOs), a native of Huntington, is the former WBO World Super Lightweight champion, a title he won by defeating Ruslan Provodnikov at Barclays Center in 2014. Algieri earned a Bachelor of Science in health care management from Stony Brook University and a master’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology.
Smith (22-1-0, 18 KOs), who lives in his hometown of Mastic, Long Island, is ranked No. 2 in the world in the WBC Light Heavyweight division. He defeated fellow New Yorker Will Rosinsky at Barclays Center in Dec., 2015, and in June 2016 he went on to defeat Andrzej Fonfara to win the WBC International Light Heavyweight title. Smith is a construction worker for Laborers Local 66 and soon is expected to be part of the construction team at Nassau Coliseum on the venue’s extensive renovation project.
Seldin (19-0-0, 16 KOs), who grew up in Shirley, Long Island and still lives on Long Island, is ranked No. 5 in the world in the WBC Super Lightweight division. He currently holds the WBC International Silver Super Lightweight title, which he has defended four times on Long Island.
Algieri, Smith and Seldin are promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.