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Algieri Gears Up For Paramount Bout 

Chris Algieri returns to fight at The Paramount on Saturday, when he will defend his 17-0 record against Wilfredo Acuna.

When it came time for Greenlawn’s Chris Algieri to promote his Sept. 14 bout at The Paramount, inviting Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing to host a press conference at Meehan’s restaurant was a no-brainer.

“A friend of a friend knows DeGuardia, and they were happy to keep it more local,” said Meehan’s co-owner Mike Meehan.

Algieri (17-0, 7 KO), a junior welterweight best known to fight fans as “The Pride of Huntington,” will defend his undefeated record in an eight-round bout against Wilfredo Acuna (14-12, 11 KO) as part of Rockin’ Fights 10 in Huntington.

“It’s nice – it’s the first time we’re doing something like this. It’s good to be involved with anything with The Paramount does,” Meehan said.

Algeiri, whose last Paramount fight was a victory against “Mighty Mike” Arnaoutis in mid-July, said he loves the spotlight at his hometown venue.

“It’s a great experience fighting in my own town and bringing boxing back to Long Island,” he said. “I’m focused on my next fight. Future fights aren’t on my mind right now; I’m making sure we’re 100 percent prepared for Saturday. I’m feeling my best and looking forward to it.”

DeGuardia said the Greenlawn native has been a major factor in establishing The Paramount as a premier boxing venue.

The bout will stream live on the web, but DeGuardia said nothing compares to seeing a fight live in Huntington.

“There’s no experience like seeing a fight live at The Paramount, the best boxing venue in the country,” he said.

Undercard action includes a four-round bout featuring another Huntington fighter, “Haitian Hurricane” Wendy Toussaint, who is looking to bump his junior middleweight record up to 2-0 with a win on Saturday.

Following the live fights, guests are invited to stick around for more action as The Paramount streams in live coverage of the Junior Middleweight World Title championship fight between Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Tickets are $50, $100, $150 and $200 and available through www.ticketmaster.com and www.starboxing.com. Or, call The Paramount box office at 631-673-7300.

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