By Connor Beach
For the first time in four years, Huntington native and former WBO junior welterweight title holder Chris Algieri will return to The Paramount for Star Boxing’s “Rockin’ Fights” 33.
Algieri, 34, signed with promoter Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing in 2011 and headlined eight “Rockin’ Fights” bouts at The Paramount from 2011-2014. Algieri featured in fights on NBC Sports and ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.”
In June 2014 Algieri landed a career defining fight against WBO junior welterweight title holder Ruslan Provodnikov. Algieri defeated Provodnikov, of Russia, after being knocked down twice in the first round to score a massive upset and the world title.
Algieri went on to lose a HBO Pay Per View bout against boxing legend Manny Pacquaio five months later.
Now, after a two-year break, Algieri is set to step back in the ring next week at The Paramount for Star Boxing.
“The “Rockin’ Fights” Series has been a tremendous success and it started with Chris Algieri,” DeGuardia said. “When I suggested we have the comeback begin at the Paramount, Chris was on board immediately.”
DeGuardia said he expected an “electric crowd” at The Paramount when Algieri returns to the ring in his hometown, and the prediction should prove accurate as the venue is already nearly sold out.
“Rockin’ Fights” 33 could serve as the launching point for the chance at another fight on the international stage, something both DeGuardia and Algieri were confident could happen.
“It has been a long time coming and it is the perfect time to step back into the sport,” Algieri said. “There are a lot of good fights for me down the line and I can’t wait to be back in the mix on the world stage.”
Algieri is slated to fight in the junior welterweight division in his return.
“I look forward to Chris’ return, especially in the junior welterweight division, where he’s never lost a fight,” DeGuardia said. “I am confident we will get him another world title fight very soon.”
Tickets for the fight on Friday, Nov. 30 range from $60-$150, and are nearly sold out. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the first bell rings at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the fight can be purchased at the box office or online at Paramountny.com.