Boxing Report: Chris Algieri and Cletus Seldin Win in Huntington
Boxing Report: Chris Algieri and Cletus Seldin Win in Huntington By SecondsOut, special to Doghouse Boxing (July 30, 2012) Doghouse Boxing - Tweet
By SecondsOut.com on Doghouse Boxing. By Jerry Glick at ringside: Star Boxing is putting together a pretty good
stable of fighters, and the man of the hour on Saturday night at the
Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY was rising prospect, Chris Algieri.
The Huntington native is the total package, bright, good looking,
personable, and most important, he’s a talented 28 year old Junior
Welterweight on the precipice of the next level. He and his promoter
believe that it is time to find the right opponent to bring Chris to
where he wants to be.
Star Boxing’s promoter Joe DeGuardia and matchmaker Ron Katz did it
right. They put on a show that had the packed house at the Paramount
Theater in Huntington, Long Island, NY screaming for more. The six
fight show, dubbed “Rockin’ Fights 4”, featured three one round
knockouts and three decisions.
Algieri, the centerpiece of DeGuardia’s Long Island shows, had his
hands full with trial horse Raul Tovar of Mission TX, but came out an
easy winner of a unanimous eight round decisions.
Algieri, 15-0 (7 KOs), threw more punches and would counter any
combinations that Tovar tossed his way with a flurry of his own. He
said after the fight that he expected Tovar, 142 pounds, to come to him,
but instead Chris had to chase him and when Tovar, 10-6-1 (4 KOs),
stopped long enough to throw punches, Algieri, also 142 pounds, tried to
take advantage of the opportunity to land some of his punches too.
Algieri worked his jab and threw combinations to establish his game
plan, and things heated up as soon as the second when the undefeated
Algieri began to connect regularly with his jab. Tovar tried to give
Algieri angles and attempted to make him miss. He bobbed and weaved and
at times he was successful causing the Long Islander to hit nothing but
air when he tried to counter Tovar’s aggressive flurries.
Algieri kept up the pressure as he pumped that jab and connected with
enough combinations to convince Judges, John McKaie, Ron McNair, and
Kevin Morgan to score the fight 77-75, 78-74, and 77-75 respectively for
him. Arthur Mercante refereed.
After his hard fought victory the winner said that he was expecting a
more aggressive fight from Tovar, “I anticipated him to come at me and
throw more and be more active,” explained Algieri. “I didn’t expect him
to be bouncing around the ring like that. After the first round, he
was just loading up.”
Chris admitted that he was stunned by a left hook. “In the last
round and it backed me into the ropes. Other than that I didn’t feel
He added that new trainer, the highly respected Roberto Garcia told
him to not take chances, to use the jab and get the rounds in. It
worked. This was their second fight together and the trainer was duly
happy with his charge’s performance. “It’s learning process,” said
Garcia. “This was a difficult opponent. Not what we expected. Chris
has a lot to work on and that’s my job in the gym.” Algieri admitted
that he is learning new things since he and Garcia got together. “The
sparring is great,” said Algieri. “I’m sparring with the likes of
Marcos Maidana and Brandon Rios. There’s nothing like it.”
A joyous Joe DeGuardia acknowledged his Long Island connection; “Long
Island is really becoming a hotbed with Chris Algieri, Cletus Seldin,
now you see Gotay, Karperis, and we’re bringing another guy up. It’s a
real growing place for boxing,” proclaimed DeGuardia. “The fans come
out and support their fighters, and that will only grow.” He added that
he will be back at the Paramount in September and have two or three
more shows there this year alone. He is, he said, trying to put
together a deal with the networks for Algieri when he steps up his
opposition; something that fighter and promoter feel will happen very
Cletus Seldin, 145, Long Island, NY, 8-0 (6 KOs),won by a one round
KO over Johnathan Garcia, 142, San Juan, PR, 3-3 (1 KO), with a chopping
right than knocked Garcia down and out at the 2:18 mark.
Garcia looked good while it lasted and managed to bounce a few
combinations off of the “Hebrew Hammer’s” head, before making a fatal
mistake that left his head available for that right. Murdaugh refereed.
After his big KO Seldin admitted that he was surprised that it ended
so early. “I was expecting a knockout in the third round,” he said.
“But he came out a little harder than most opponents do, and with my
style I landed the overhand right.”
He is the latest in the growing amount of Jewish boxers, but he
claims to be a little different. “It is inspiring to see Jews coming
into the sport where they had nobody for years. My style is different
than Dmitriy’s or Yuri Foreman’s; I’m more of an old school Jewish
fighter from the thirties and the twenties. They box, I’m a puncher.”
Emanuel Gonzalez, 129, Bronx, NY, 11-0 (7 KOs), won via an eight
round unanimous decision over Chazz McDowell, 129, Yonkers, NY,6-2 (1
KO). Gonzalez was taller with a long reach. The good news about him is
that he fought tall and that kept McDowell on his bicycle for most of
the fight. On one of the few occasions that McDowell got aggressive,
referee Randy Neumann deducted a point for what he said later was an
intentional low blow in the second round. The judges tallied 79-72
twice and 77-74 for Gonzalez.
Anthony Karperis, 139, Hicksville, NY, 2-0 (2 KOs), had too much
skill and power for Travis McElhaney, 140, Grand Rapids, MI, 0-2,
crushed him with only one hard right that decked him at 2:50 of round
McElhaney was tall and awkward. Devoid of anything resembling boxing
ability, he bounded around the ring and stopped to engage only to run
into a buzz saw in Karperis who although smaller, was muscular and much
more powerful than his hapless opponent.
Cocky and very confident, debuting Alan Gotay, 136, Huntington,
NY, 1-0 (1 KO), dropped Ian James, 137, Brooklyn, NY, 2-4 (1 KO), twice
before referee Shada Murtaugh stopped it at 1:47 of the first frame.
It was all Gotay who really scored three knockdowns but Murdaugh
missed one when James was knocked into the ropes that held him up.
Two unbeatens battled it out for four hard fought rounds with
Enver Halili, 153, Bronx, NY, 2-0 (1 KO), winning a majority four round
decision over Raul Nuncio, 154, Glen Cove, NY, 2-1-1 (1 KO).
“Nuncio didn’t get the decision,” said DeGuardia. “But it was a war, and that’s what the fans want to see.”
**ONE MORE TIME**
Heavyweight Monte Barrett, KO’d in his last fight by Shane Cameron in
four rounds knows that at 41 then end has arrived, but not just yet.
“Of course I’m fighting again,” exclaimed Barrett. “I can’t go out like
that. One more fight.”