Rockin' Fights 44 Fight Week:
Twelve Years Going Strong
Over twelve years ago, way back in 2011, JOE DEGUARDIA
promoted Star Boxing's first “Rockin’ Fights” professional
boxing card at The Paramount. Since then, fight series has
become a critically acclaimed New York club boxing series
staple. Continuing the tradition, on Saturday May 13, Star
Boxing is gearing up for the 44th edition of “Rockin’
Fights” at the now Pollstar #1 club venue in the world, The
The “Rockin’ Fights” series has become hallowed ground for
Long Island fans and for boxing royalty. It has become
perhaps the best fight club series in the country, and
certainly has no rival in NY. Past “Rockin’ Fights”
consistently featured future world champions and current
world level talent. The series was created with the idea of
combining fan friendly, thrilling fights, while
simultaneously developing prospects into future world
champions and contenders.
The first main event of “Rockin’ Fights” in 2011 was
headlined by Star Boxing’s own, CHRIS ALGIERI, who called
the Paramount home before defeating RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV for
the WBO World Super Lightweight Title on HBO. Algieri would
go on to fight boxing’s elite in MANNY PACQUIAO, AMIR KHAN
and ERROL SPENCE JR.
From 2014-2016, Star Boxing showcased Long Island’s working
man, JOE SMITH JR., once again using the Paramount as a
springboard to secure a shocking knockout victory over then
#2 contender ANDREZEJ FONFARA on NBC. Smith would go on be
secure one of the most memorable knockout victories in
boxing history when he blasted boxing legend BERNARD HOPKINS
through the ropes and onto the floor at the famed Forum in
California. Smith would later defeat MAXIM VLASOV to capture
the WBO World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Star Boxing has proudly produced 50% of all the Long Island
born world champions in boxing history, having developed
them through the “Rockin’ Fights” series. The short list of
Long Island born World Champions are Star Boxing’s Chris
Algieri and Joe Smith Jr., as well as boxing legend BUDDY
MCGIRT and the fighting Marine, JAMEL HERRING.
The “Rockin’ Fights” series has featured so many memorable
fights and fighters, including current and former world
champions, JOE SMITH JR., CHRIS ALGIERI, MICHAEL MAGNESI,
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE, JOSHUA CLOTTEY, and, RONICA JEFFREY. The
critically acclaimed fight series has also featured world
title challengers, CARLOS TAKAM, EMMANUEL TAYLOR, CONSTANTIN
BEJENARU, VYACHESLAV GLAZKOV and, MIKE ARNAOUTIS and
perennial fan favorite heavyweight VINNY MADDALONE who
fought TYSON FURY and EVANDER HOLYFIELD.
A new group of fighters continue to root their professional
boxing beginnings in Huntington, Long Island at The
Paramount. Each fighter with his own origin story, creating
his own legacy, all the while chasing the ghosts of past
Paramount world champions.
On Saturday May 13, fans will be treated to a thrilling
show, featuring some of the top boxers in the area including
the return of newly admitted Suffolk County Police Officer,
and undefeated Long Island fan favorite, ALEX “EL TORO”
VARGAS (12-0 4KO’s) in an 8-round welterweight bout against
former multi-time Argentine Boxing Federation Champion MAURO
“EL RAYO” GODOY (37-8-1 18KO’s).
In an 8 round welterweight step up fight, former 2021 Irish
Prospect of the Year, RYAN “THE SILENT ASSASSIN” O’ROURKE
(9-0 4KO’S) will go to battle against skilled southpaw,
DASHAUN “TOO SWEET” JOHNS (4-2 3KO’s).
On the undercard, making his Star Boxing promotional debut
is Irish born, Yonkers based, undefeated, HARLEY “HEAVY
HANDS” BURKE (7-0 6KO’s) in a 6 round light heavyweight bout
vs Brooklyn’s KAM HUMPHREY (3-1 2KO’s) who will make his
second appearance in the fight series.
Rounding out the card is three 4 round bouts that include a
super featherweight clash between Passaic, NJ’s ERICK “EL
CANETE” PEREZ (pro debut) vs Staten Island’s DOM BREEN
(0-1); a 4 round light heavyweight rematch between FDNY’s
LOUIS “IL MARTELLO” MAIETTA (2-3-1) and LEVAN LOUTSOUPITZE
(0-1) of Astoria, NY; and a 4 round cruiserweight bout
between NYPD officer, EMMANUEL ETIENNE (2-1 1KO) against
highly decorated former UFC rostered mixed martial artist,
making his professional boxing debut, OLUWALE “HOLY WAR
ANGEL” BAMGBOSE (pro debut).
"The concept of "Rockin' Fights" was always to bring
thrilling fights to New York, while developing boxing talent
into world level fighters and champions," said Star Boxing
CEO JOE DEGUARDIA. "The success of the concept has built the
likes of World Champions, Joe Smith Jr. and Chris Algieri
and continues to develop a new generation of young prospects
such as Alex Vargas, Ryan O'Rourke and Harley Burke who will
display their talents on May 13. It's amazing to think that
12 years later we are promoting the 44th edition of "Rockin'
Fights" and are pleased to give fans what they have become
accustomed to at The Paramount, another thrilling fight