The sport of boxing is one that has a worldwide reach, however the community in boxing is small, and because of that there are times where a friend or mentor can be the roadblock to fame, money, glory, and a world title opportunity. Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing promotional company has built up a few fighters in the past few years that have transcended the realm of local fame and have made an impact on the world stage. Huntington Long Island’s Chris Algieri is still considered to be the star of Star Boxing; as the focus turned to the always hot junior welterweight division, it was Algieri who lead the charge as an undefeated 19-0 contender looking for a title shot. Defining his career by defeating “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov for the WBO title in 2014 at the Barclays Center, Algieri turned out a gutsy come from behind performance to win a split decision after suffering two first round knockdowns and a badly swollen eye. At the same time Queens, NY native Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez was earning his keep as a prospect to watch with a 7-0-1 record, but still without a promoter or the backing needed to springboard his career until he impressed Algieri with his high work rate and never give up attitude. The opportunity came knocking for the young Puerto Rican brawler, a slot against a fellow undefeated fighter named Ken Alvarez on the undercard of a televised ESPN Friday Night Fights card at The Paramount; Star Boxing’s headquarters for action and entertainment. The two fighters entertained the crowd for six rounds, Gonzalez cut by head butts was able to dominate Alvarez, dropping him in the fourth and sixth rounds to seal the deal and earn a unanimous decision; Star Boxing had a new prospect to groom in to a champion.
The success by Chris Algieri in his title shot against Provodnikov gave the New York boxing scene exactly what it needed, finally a cinderella story come true for an honest fighter who needed a breakout fight; and this lead to a big money fight against living legend Manny Pacquiao for the WBO Welterweight title in Macau, China. The fight itself wasn’t entirely successful for Algieri as he visited the canvas numerous times, but he was able to win at many points with his boxing ability and the grit needed to see the final bell after 12 hard rounds. Fighters like Danny Gonzalez saw this as inspirational who sought to pave out his own chance for a big opportunity, although his stablemate lost handedly; it was the heart shown that won many fans over. Parlaying the performance against Pacquiao in to other high profile fights, Algeri stood at 147 lbs and took on superstars Amir Khan and Errol Spence, losing a close decision to Khan and being stopped for the first time against the rising Spence in 5 rounds. Having only earned a decision against the tough Erick Bone in between his two losses, it seemed like the Huntington fighter had peaked and needed a break from competition in the squared circle.
During the two year hiatus by Chris Algieri, Star Boxing’s Cletus Seldin took the helm of top dog at 140 lbs for the company as Danny Gonzalez continued to build up wins going 5-0 at The Paramount. In 2017 “El Gallo’s” big chance came when a shot for the WBC International Silver Junior Welterweight title against Danny O’Connor took place at the Mohegan Sun, the winner would get a boost in the governing body’s ranking and potentially a title shot in the near future. Looking to redeem himself after a shocking knockout lost in 2015, O’Connor had nothing to lose as he faced off with the brooding Gonzalez. In what would be a war while it lasted, Gonzalez took the fight to his older opponent until a well placed counter punch knocked him down; although he rose before the count was over, referee Steve Willis deemed the young prospect unable to continue. Devastated to let victory slip from his hands, Gonzalez was knocked back down the ladder to prove himself worthy once again for a chance at stardom.
For Gonzalez, 2018 started with a bang, he strung together three significant wins, two by stoppage and a dominating effort against stablemate Johnny Hernandez as the main event of Rockin’ Fights 32 for the ABO Intercontinental title. On the other hand, Algieri was making a name for himself in boxing on the strength and conditioning as well as the nutritional aspect of the sport, helping middleweight Danny Jacobs earn a title while being part of his team; the question was: Is Algieri done as a fighter?. It would be only a soul searching and healing hiatus for Algieri who once again teamed up with promoter Joe DeGuardia to stage a comeback at The Paramount against rugged veteran Angel Hernandez. Returning to his old ways, the 34 year old Algieri returned to the 140 lb division successfully outpointing Hernandez while putting himself back in to title contention notching his 22nd victory.
The calls came, Algieri has plans for another comeback bout, and with a victory a chance for the WBO junior welterweight title he once held at nearby Nassau Coliseum if everything pans out. Danny Gonzalez on the other hand has been patiently waiting for a call from his promoter, staying in shape and looking for another chance to reach the goals he has worked so hard for…and it came. On January 18th 2019 at the world renowned Madison Square Garden, Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez (17-1-1 7 KO’s) will take on mentor, friend, and former sparring partner Chris Algieri (22-3 8 KO’s) for the chance to derail his plans and force himself in to the title mixup. The bout will be a fight for as long as it lasts, two men who have shared camps together, know each other well, and have unlimited tanks of stamina. The winner of this bout put himself right where they want to be on the boxing scene and for “El Gallo” his idol has become his rival, nothing stands in his way to greatness but victory over Algieri.
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