Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Chris Algieri Outlasts Raul Tovar, Takes Close Decision

By Jake Donovan

Chris Algieri managed to preserve his unbeaten record, but was forced to work every step of the way with a close but clear unanimous decision over Raul Tovar in their eight-round main event Saturday evening.

Scores were 78-74 and 77-75 (twice) in their eight-round bout, which took place at the Paramount Theatre in Algieri's hometown of Huntington, NY.

Speed was the overwhelming difference between the two in the early going. Algieri was constantly beating Tovar to the punch, much to the delight of all of his homeboys in attendance.

Tovar deviated from the script in round three, resorting to counter puncher rather than charging forward. The visiting journeyman managed to disrupt Algieri's rhythm in changing strategies, and also began finding a home for his right hand.

Algieri resumed control midway through the fight, but never had it easy at any point in the evening. Tovar began to surge late in the fight, with his efforts well-rewarded on the scorecards. The close nature of the fight was a refreshing change from the rash of bad judging that has historically plagued the sport, but more so in recent months. 

Such was not the case in Long Island, where Algieri was forced to roll up his sleeves and earn his win on Saturday. The hometown favorite closed the show strong, planting his feet and landing in combination even while taking an occasional right hand in return.

All told, it was an entertaining night for the crowd and eight more rounds in the bank for Algieri, who improves to 15-0 (7KO). The bout marked his fourth straight at the venue, on an evening that also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Bronx-based promoter Star Boxing. 

Tovar has a two-fight win streak snapped as he falls to 10-6-1 (4KO), though his stock going up in defeat.
 
Unbeaten 140 lb. prospect Chris Algieri continues to proudly represent Long Island. The rising local star plays his Huntington (NY) hometown on Saturday night for his fourth straight bout, as he faces Raul Tovar in the main event at the Paramount Theatre.

UNDERCARD

Cletus 'Hebrew Hammer' Seldin continues to mow down the competition, scoring his fifth straight knockout after icing previously unbeaten Jonathan Garcia in one round. A right hand put an end to the night, at 2:18 of round one. Seldin improves to 8-0 (6KO), with all five knockouts in his current streak ending in three rounds or less. Garcia falls to 7-1 (5KO).

Long Island is well-represented on the undercard as well. Anthony Karperis – a newcomer from Hicksville – scored his second knockout in as many fights, this time taking out Travis McEnany in the second round of their 140 lb. swing bout. Karperis (2-0, 2KO) turned pro in May, scoring a 1st round knockout in Franklin Square. 

A battle between Bronx and Yonkers found its way to the Nassau/Suffolk border, but Manny Gonzalez and Chazz McDowell still had plenty of support among the rabid crowd on hand. Eight action-packed rounds saw both fighters have their share of moments in a give-and-take affair, with Gonzalez taking a hard-fought decision in the end. 

Gonzalez heads back to the Boogie Down with his unbeaten record still intact at 11-0 (7KO). McDowell loses for the second time in three fights, as he carries his 6-2 (1KO) back to Yonkers. 

All bouts airing live online at Go Fight Live.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
Tags: Chris Algieri image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by puncyrock on 07-29-2012

I've been to every show at this place. Its gets better each time. This place is a gem and we have the best times there, the fights have been great each show and the atmosphere is electric. Great job by…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Lipinets-Kondo IBF 140-Pound Title Fight on Wilder-Ortiz Card Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Oscar Valdez, Genesis Servania - Face To Face at Presser Photos: Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz - NY Press Conference Roach: I Had Golovkin Win By 2, Tough To Beat Canelo in The U.S. UKAD Responds To Tyson Fury Over Claims on Delaying Ruling News: Ivan Dychko, Nico Hernandez, Ruben Villa, More Wilder: Luis Ortiz is The Boogeyman - He's Getting Knocked Out! Josh Taylor vs. Miguel Vazquez on November 11 in Edinburgh Tony Bellew Tells David Haye on Rematch: I Oblige You! LIVE STREAM: Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz - NY Press Conference Dereck Chisora Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Jake LaMotta, The Raging Bull, Passes Away at 95 Bellew Warns That He May End David Haye in First 10 Seconds Sergey Kovalev: I'm Not Broken Mentally From TKO Loss to Ward Golovkin's Trainer Explains Lack of Body Work Against Canelo Daniel Jacobs: If Canelo Got a Draw - Then I Beat Golovkin! Corcoran: When I beat Jeff Horn, I'll face Bradley Skeete no problem Hughie Fury Vows To Stop Parker After Canelo-Golovkin Scoring Conor Benn Pumped To Return on Crolla vs. Burns Card Ingle Very Pleased With Billy Joe Saunders' Win Over Monroe Lolenga Mock Gets New Foe, Manny Siaca Forced To Withdraw Sanchez on Canelo: I Thought He Don't F*** Around? He Ran! Donaire Had Flashbacks Over Canelo-Golovkin Scoring By Byrd Jesse Hart: I've Been Waiting Patiently To Become a Superstar Mario Barrios Stops Naim Nelson in Seven Rounds Golovkin's Promoter: Dallas Should Be Frontrunner For Rematch Miguel Cotto Exec: Canelo-GGG Outcome Does Not Alter Plans Photos: Oscar Valdez Putting in Work For Genesis Servania Bout Canelo's Manager Not Sure if Golovkin Rematch Happens in May Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Open Workouts Photos: Leo Santa Cruz Putting in Work For Chris Avalos Fight News: Nate Green, Seldin-Garrido Undercard, FightNight Live Nelson: Wilder Can Change Perception With Big Win Over Ortiz Arum: Golovkin Won Easy; What Were Byrd and Trella Watching?! Photos: Rio Ferdinand Holds Presser To Announce Boxing Career Canelo-Golovkin: Golden Boy Prefers To Do Immediate Rematch Gary Corcoran Hopes Jeff Horn Title Fight is Finalized Soon Parker vs. Fury - Terry O'Connor Replaced As Referee WBC Prez: Golovkin Went Forward All Night, Dominated Action!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement