Chris Algieri Hits NBC Sports Network Feb. 23rd

January 28, 2013 – Undefeated Jr. Welterweight, Chris Algieri (15-0 7 KOs), is preparing to face off against Jose Peralta (10-1 6 KOs) in a junior welterweight showdown on February 23rd live from The Paramount Theater in Algieri’s hometown of Huntington, NY. The bout, scheduled for 10 rounds, will be the televised main event on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night.
This will mark Algieri’s 5th consecutive performance in front of his hometown crowd at The Paramount Theater, where he enjoys a tremendous reception. Successful ticket sales aren’t the only benefactor from being a draw for Algieri, who admits his confidence level receives a boost when he is in front of his family, friends, and fans.
“I’m always excited to fight in front of my hometown crowd because it’s a sense of familiarity and it helps me stay in my comfort zone, which in turn adds to my performance in the ring. I think it really is a win-win situation because I get their support and they get the performance that comes from their support. I always want and look to impress, but in front of my people I get a heightened sense of awareness that usually translates into something special,” Algieri said.
Peralta as an opponent will bring the confidence of an 8 fight win streak into the ring and the experience of upsetting a highly touted prospect in one of his previous outings. This is a tough test for Algieri, but he insists that he relishes in the challenge and knows a win could put him in the driver seat for even more lucrative opportunities.
“I want this. I want to fight good fighters. It will make me perform up to my potential.  It is time for me to step up and this is the kind of step up that will make me shine!”
NBC Sports Network has put on some of the best televised cards since their premier in 2012 and the reputation has only grown since then. Algieri can benefit from being on a network known for action fights and competitive bouts.
“I’m looking to capitalize on this television appearance. I’m excited about the opportunity to be on TV and a win under the spotlight could really open doors. People have a thing for compelling TV and boxing as a sport is as compelling as any. With boxing, there are situations that entice you to watch even if you aren’t familiar with the sport. You don’t have to know the fighters when the fight starts, but it’s up to the fighters to make them remember when it’s over. They’ll remember me after February 23rd.”
Humberto Romero, who co-manages Algieri with Damian Ramirez added, “Chris has worked very hard to get into the position he’s in.  The fact that he’s fighting on national television is exactly what he needs to take his career to the next level.  He’s got all the ingredients to become a star in this sport and his golden opportunity has arrived.”
Chris Algieri is promoted by Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing.   For more information please visit

Eric Hunter to Step in Against Jerry Belmontes on Dec. 8th NBC Sports Network Fight Night

PHILADELPHIA – When word came this weekend that an injury was forcing Teon Kennedy to pull out of the December 8th nationally televised NBC Sports NetworkFight Night co-feature bout with undefeated Jerry Belmontes, another hungry Philly fighter jumped at the chance to take his place. West Philly’s Eric “Outlaw” Hunter, 16-2, 9 KOs, has signed to face the rising Belmontes, 17-0, 5 KOs, in an extremely attractive matchup of up and coming prospects. The Fight Night telecast will begin at 9PM ET.

Hunter is a fighter with a big reputation in the tough boxing gyms of Philly. He’s been touted by many since his amateur days as one of the most talented boxers on the local scene.

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In July, Hunter returned from a lengthy layoff with a flashy stoppage of Jason Rorie in Philadelphia. It was a fight that Hunter vowed would be the launching pad for the rest of his career, and the first step in reaching his potential. He promised to stay active and look for the key fights that would move him up the ranks. Clearly a nationally televised 10-rounder against the talented Jerry Belmontes was exactly what he was looking for.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Eric Hunter,” said Hall of Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, matchmaker for the Fight Night series. “Here is a young fighter with a lot of ability but his career was in limbo and all of a sudden he gets a chance to fight on the hottest boxing series on television and it’s in his hometown. Most fighters would give their eye teeth for this kind of opportunity and Eric jumped at it. Good for him!”

Eric Hunter appears ready to keep his word and fight his way to the top of his division.

However, Jerry Belmontes has his own plans and high expectations to meet. As an amateur, Belmontes, was a superstar, and the “Corpus Christi Kid”, as he is known, has knocked off every professional fighter put in his path. In his last start, Belmontes made his East Coast debut with a solid 8-round unanimous decision over Joselito Collado in Newark, NJ.

Peltz sums it up by saying this match up is ” a crossroads fight between two very good junior lightweights, the winner of which should be rated in the top 15 when the fight is over.”


Pearson/McGonigle Halls, a 4,500-seat venue at Temple University located at 1800 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121. It has hosted both professional and amateur boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its Fight Night series on Dec. 8, it will be the first professional boxing event held at Pearson/McGonigle Halls in over 19 years.