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The Paramount concert venue to host ESPN Friday Night Fights boxing event

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According to a Jan. 7 tweet from Star Boxing, The Paramount, Long Island's hottest concert venue, will host "ESPN Friday Night Fights/Rockin' Fights 12" on Feb. 14.

The event features a main event that pits Emanuel "The Tranzformer" Taylor against Chris "The Pride of Huntington" Algieri.

"This is an excellent nationally televised matchup of young, hungry junior welterweights with a lot to gain" said event promoter Joe DeGuardia. "Chris has made The Paramount his home with his electrifying hometown performances. This will be his eighth fight in the venue, all wins and all sellouts. I strongly encourage fans to purchase tickets in advance to ensure entry on fight night.

"Emanuel had two terrific knockout wins earlier this year; over Raymond Serrano at The Paramount and also over top contender Victor Cayo both of which were nationally telecast. These are two of the very best junior welterweights in boxing with almost identical records and we're thrilled that ESPN will broadcast the fight. It's a perfect compliment to our acclaimed "Rockin Fights" series which has sold out each of its previous eleven events."

Algieri won three fights last year, and he's excited to once again have the opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans.

"This is just the kind of fight I've wanted, against another top prospect with national exposure," said Algieri. "I was at Taylor's win over Raymond Serrano last January and I'm very aware of how tough he is. There's already a great buzz about this fight and The Paramount as always will be packed and full of great boxing fans."

Taylor is also psyched for the fight, although he's well-aware that the Long Island crowd will be on Algieri's side.

"I'm ready to continue my path to a world title," said Taylor. "Chris Algieri is a very good fighter but I plan on showing the ESPN audience why I'm the best junior welterweight in the boxing."

Tickets, which range in price from $50 to $200, are available via Ticketmaster or from the Paramount box office. Tickets are also available via


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