Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Undefeated Chris Algieri, 143.5, the pride of Huntington, Long Island, made his move. In a step up bout against former world title challenger, “Mighty Mike” Mike Arnaoutis, 143.5, a former USBA Light-Welterweight Champion, Algieri used his educated left jab to keep the veteran busy as he piled up the points, taking down a bloody ten round decision over the 33 year old veteran.
The show was the latest in Star Boxing’s Rocking Fights series at the Paramount in Huntington, LI. It looked like another sellout and in spite of having only five fights, the fans left feeling very satisfied.
Both competitors appeared to be in great shape, and they both started the fight very tentatively, feeling each other out in the opening frame. The second was a different story, Algieri came out with added power on his jab, and used it effectively for the first half of the round, but Arnaoutis took the round by driving his 26 year old foe into the ropes.
It appeared to this reporter, if not the Judges, that Arnaoutis, 24-9-1 (11 KOs), used his experience to take the second to the fifth round by outboxing Algieri, 17-0 (7 KOs), but the Huntington contender battled back to sweep the sixth through the tenth rounds, bloodying Arnaoutis’ nose in the seventh, and opening a big gash over the right eye in the eighth. As Arnaoutis, from Astoria, NY, went back to his corner at the end of the round he seemed to say that he could not see to his team. Regardless he fought on, often hampered by all the blood. At that point it was all Chris’ fight. He jabbed and circled his opponent in a dominant performance in the last half of the fight. The Judges had the right winner, but the wrong scores; 98-92 twice, and 99-91, all for the hometown hero. Secondsout scored it 96-94 for Algieri. Randy Neumann refereed.
Alan Gotay, 134, won over Michael Doyle, 133, by adding something to his repertoire, a left jab and lateral movement. After going head to head for the first couple of rounds, he then began to box in the third stanza and that kept Doyle chasing without landing foe the final four rounds of that they fought. By the fifth Doyle, 1-3 (0 KOs), was running out of gas, and was unable to solve his foe’s style Instead of finding a way to fight back he mostly watched Gotay,6-0 (3 KOs), move and jab while not letting his hands go. The Judges scored it 58-56 twice and 60-54 all for Gotay who is fast becoming a popular performer on these Star Boxing shows. Arthur Mercante refereed.
It was a good start by Anthony Karperis, 137, that saw him take the first two rounds over journeyman Jonathan Cuba, 138, but that was all he had to offer as Cuba stepped up the pace in round three to slowly wear Karperis down until he had nothing left at 1:55 of the fifth frame of a scheduled six. At that point referee Chiarantano decided that he had seen enough and stepped in when Karperis was absorbing heavy shots and returning nothing.
Cuba suffered a bloody nose in round two but it did not hamper his attack as he raised his record to 7-5-1 (5 KOs). Karperis saw his record fall to 4-2 (2 KOs).
Popular Vincenzo D’Angelo, 167, and Michael Mitchell, 164, went at it for every second of every round of the four they fought. D’Angelo, 1-0 (0 KOs), was the more aggressive man landing more clean punches than Mitchell, 1-2-1 (0 KOs), who was in it all the way. A great fight between two willing battlers who gave the fans what they paid for. Arthur Mercante refereed.
Wendy Toussaint, 159, dominated On’Rey Towns, 162.5, for the entire four rounds they fought, Towns, it appeared, was unwilling to engage at all. He absorbed big rights to the head throughout and hard body shots in the last half of the fight that hurt him. The Judges all tallied 40-36 for Toussaint who is now 1-0, while Town falls to 0-2. Tony Chiarantano refereed.
**CHRIS ALGIERI: “THEY BRING THEIR “A” GAME TO THE PARAMOUNT”**
“A lot of his punches missed,” said a very happy and still unbeaten Algieri. “They landed on my shoulder, my gloves, I can count on one hand the clean punches he landed. I gave him maybe one or two rounds. I controlled the pace with my jab.”
The place was packed with fans, and sprinkled among them were boxing celebs Harold Lederman, Monte Barrett, Tommy Rainone, Luis Collazo, and Vinny Maddalone, to name a few.