Founder and CEO of Star Boxing, Joe DeGuardia is proud to announce that he has entered into a long term promotional agreement with power punching Light Heavyweight Joe " Irish Bomber" Smith Jr., of Long Island, NY.
Smith, "The Irish Bomber", turned professional in October of 2009 and has blazed a trail that has seen knockout 13 of his opponents on his way to compiling a record of 16-1 (13 KO's). In his last fight on July 23rd, 2014, Smith knocked out Los Angeles California's Tyrell Hendrix, 11-5-2 4KO's, in New York City, NY.
The "Irish Bomber" was elated with the signing and stated: "I'm so excited to be with Star Boxing and fighting on Long Island at the Paramount ".
Smith is known for his tremendous power but has also displayed the ability to box. He has had close to 50 amateur bouts that included titles as a Junior Olympian, NY Metro champion, and in 2008 Joe won the prestigious NY Daily News Golden Gloves Championship. Smith is also a member of Local 66 Laborers Union and has already established a very big following. He is managed and trained by the Jerry Capobianco, who stated: "With the help of Joe DeGuardia's team at Star Boxing I feel Joe Smith Jr will be another World Champion from Long Island ". Joe wants to follow in the tradition of past great Irish/American fighters such as Jack Dempsey, Billy Conn, Mickey Walker, and Gene Tunney to name a few.
Star Boxing head Joe DeGuardia had this to say about his new signing "I've had my eye on signing Joe for a while as he is an exciting fighter who is a perfect fit for our fans at the Paramount. The Light Heavyweight division is a very good one and we have had our share of champions in that division (among other, Star Boxing promoted Light-Heavyweight champs Antonio Tarver and Lou DelValle) and I'm looking forward to Joe Smith becoming another or our World Champion's in the very near future"
Smith will make his Star Boxing debut on December 20th, 2014 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Smith hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Long Islander and current WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri who on November 22nd battles Manny Paquiao, live on HBO Pay Per View from Macau, China. Algieri made The Paramount his home having fought there eight times which eventually led him to the mega fight he is in. The Irish Bomber hopes to do the same and have the same success as Algieri did.
The 'Hebrew Hammer' will get a shot at a title as Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing is proud to present another installment of the popular "Rockin Fights" series on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.
The main event will feature undefeated Jr. Welterweight Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (14-0 11KO's) Shirley, NY. Returning after a spectacular 2nd round knockout of Ramesis Gil at The Paramount on Sept. 19th, 2014, Seldin is scheduled to fight in a grudge return match with Bayan "The Mongolian Mongoose" Jargal, 17-5-3 11KO's, Arlington, VA in a 10 round Jr. welterweight match for Regional Title that will be announced shortly.
Seldin and Jargal hooked up at The Paramount on July 18th of this year in a feature bout televised as part of the popular ESPN "Friday Night Fights" series. From the opening bell these two warriors went right at each other with damaging punches. The bout was stopped after 3 rounds due to a cut over Jargal's eye that also caused severe swelling. The bout was ruled a Technical Draw and this time each combatant promises a more definitive ending in what was shaping up as an all-out thrilling war.
The Semi-Final 8 round bout will feature new Star Boxing acquisition, Light Heavyweight Joe Smith Jr., 16-1 13Ko's, Shirley, NY in his first appearance at The Paramount against an opponent to be named shortly. Smith is known for his devastating power as a professional and was a decorated amateur in the tri state area. In his last fight on July 23rd, 2014, Joe stopped Tyrell Hendrix in 3 rounds in New York City. Smith is also a working member of the Laborers Union (Local 66) and expects to have many Laborers at the fight.
Star Boxing head honcho Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the holiday card: " I am excited to have another exciting show at the Paramount. The fights will once again be very fan-friendly and I'm looking to see Seldin and Jargal trade blows again. Their first encounter was a crowd pleasing battle while it lasted. This should be is a tough test for Cletus as Jargal always gives his all and known for his tremendous ability to withstand punishment and then battle back. I'm also thrilled to showcase Star Boxing's newest signing, Joe Smith Jr. , in the semi-final 8 rounder. He is really an action fighter and I'm excited to see him fight at the The Paramount, a venue that always brings out the best in fighters."
The remainder of the exciting card will be announced in the near future. The first bout is scheduled for 7:30pm with doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, October 17th at 10:00am and start at $50 and are available at The Paramount Box Office, 631 673-7300, as well as all Ticketmaster outlets, 1 (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com, and through Star Boxing, (718 823-2000) or at www.starboxing.com .
Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, junior middleweight dynamo John "Dah Rock" Jackson (18-2, 15 KOs) will return to action on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Quorum Córdoba Hotel in Cordoba, Argentina, against hometown veteran Carlos Adan "El Malevo" Jerez (40-17-3, 18 KOs).
Presented by Sampson Boxing, Maravillabox, Tello-Box and J.E.B. Boxing, Jackson vs. Jerez will serve as one of the main supporting bouts for a night of boxing headlined by Carolina Marcela Gutierrez (22-4-1, 13 KOs) taking on Yulihan Luna Avila (11-2, 1 KO) for the vacant IBF World female super bantamweight title.
25-year-old Jackson says his fight against Jerez will serve two purposes: First, Jerez was the first fighter to pin a loss on his cousin, Samuel Rogers and so some family-style revenge is on the menu.
Secondly, this will be Jackson's first fight since his shock KO loss to Ireland's Andy Lee last June at Madison Square Garden. Fighting on the PPV-broadcast undercard of Martinez vs. Cotto, Jackson dominated every minute of the first four rounds against the highly rated Lee before running into perfectly timed right hand at 1:07 of round five. Jackson had put Lee down in round one and battered him around the ring non-stop, but got careless against the dangerous puncher as he was moving in for the kill.
"John knows he got careless against Lee," said Jackson's promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz. "He knows what he did wrong and paid a heavy price for it. He was beating Andy Lee all over the ring and forgot about his defense. It's something that will never happen again."
Lewkowicz says Jackson is still young and will be able to recover from the surprise loss quickly.
"He's a very strong, good young fighter and he learned a very important lesson against a fighter with a lot more experience. But before the lucky punch, it was apparent that John Jackson is a top fighter who can handle other highly rated contenders in his division very well. Once he gets his revenge for his cousin Samuel against Jerez, he will continue to rebuild by taking on tough foes to regain his position in the rankings. This is far from the last of John Jackson. It was just a learning experience on his way to the championship."
Gutierrez vs. Avila and Jackson vs. Jerez will be televised live on Argentina's TyC Sports.