NEW YORK, (February 5, 2013, 2013) "The Fighting Pride of Huntington, New York", undefeated junior welterweight prospect Chris Algieri, 15-0-0 (7KO's) will face the biggest fight of his career, challenging Jersey City, New Jersey's Jose "Mangu" Peralta, 10-1-0 (6KO's) in the televised co-main event of the acclaimed and nationally televised NBC Sports Network, FIGHT NIGHT card on Saturday, FEBRUARY 23, LIVE from The Paramount in Huntington. The telecast will begin at 10:30PM ET.
Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events and Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to showcase the Algieri/Peralta battle along with the sensational, sold out crowds that have become common on Long Island's premier boxing venue.
"We're very excited to bring NBC Sports Network to the boxing hotbed of Long Island, New York and The Paramount in Huntington where we've sold out five straight shows and have a received a tremendous amount of fan and media support," said Joe DeGuardia.
DeGuardia spoke of the welterweight match up, "Chris Algieri is a very talented junior welterweight that has improved with each outing and Star Boxing is very proud that sports fans across the country will be able to see him fight against Jose Peralta, a very tough prospect from nearby Jersey City, New Jersey-it's like a throwback to the old cross-town fights. "
Born and raised in Huntington, New York, Algieri is looking forward to his nationally televised debut against Peralta.
"This is the national exposure I've wanted for my career. It's a great opportunity to be in the spotlight. I've seen video of Jose Peralta and I know guys he's trained with. We're two hungry guys and it's a perfect fight for both of us."
About fighting at The Paramount, Algieri stated, "Although I've headlined four times at The Paramount in my hometown of Huntington, I don't see it as an advantage. When the bell rings it's just us in the ring and I need to stick to my game plan. That said, the fan support I've always received has been terrific and is greatly appreciated."
Algieri vs. Mathis
Photo Credits to Ed Diller/Star Boxing
Kathy Duva spoke of Peralta's opportunity, "It is refreshing for a fighter like Peralta to gain national exposure on NBC Sports Network Fight Night. Peralta was given the opportunity to step up and gladly accepted it. Fighting an undefeated competitor like Algieri in his hometown will add a level of excitement that our Fight Night fans have come to expect."
Peralta is thrilled about fighting on NBC Sports Network, "Fighting on NBC Sports Network is a great way for me to showcase my skills. I am grateful to Main Events for giving me this opportunity. I will not let my fans down."
Peralta expressed his thoughts about fighting in his opponent's backyard, "I have no reservations about fighting in Algieri's hometown. I will be totally prepared for him no matter where we fight. I intend to give it my all and hope to make some new fans in Huntington myself!"
The sport of boxing is alive and well and doing great as the success of the NBC Sports Network FIGHT NIGHT has illustrated.
Peralta KO's Steele
Photo Credits to Kamil Krzaczynski
The February 23rd card is promoted by Main Events, Star Boxing and Goossen Tutor.
ABOUT FEBRUARY 23 FIGHTS
Tickets priced at $200, $150, $125 $100 and $50 (standing room) can be purchased through Star Boxing 718-823-200, www.starboxing.com, Paramount Box office 631-673-7300, Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 or www.Ticketmaster.com .
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