New York, August 4 — Junior welterweight standout Anthony Karperis (12-2, 4 KOs, Hicksville, NY), with fresh ink on his new contract with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, graduates to main event status at The Paramount in Huntington, New York on Saturday night, August 13.
“Showtime” will go toe-to-toe in a grudge rematch against Queens native Ariel Duran (9-8-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight affair for Karperis' New York State belt in his first title defense.
“I am very excited to headline,” says Karperis. “We have been talking about it for some time now. It is finally here and I am ready.”
“I never really get nervous before a fight,” reports Karperis on his initial defense of the title and first main event. “I am working hard to put on a great show, and get the win.”
Karperis will try to follow the same path as fellow Star Boxing Long Island standouts Chris Algieri and Joe Smith, Jr., who both used the Paramount as a springboard to major televised main events in prime time. Undefeated Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin is on the same journey.
“I absolutely want to follow in their footsteps, hopefully get that opportunity, and be able to capitalize on it,” Karperis says. “I want to swing it out of the park. Seeing them get those life-changing opportunities shows people that it is not just a dream anymore, it's a reality.”
Karperis captured the vacant belt when he defeated cross town rival Alan Gotay on April 23rd at the Paramount.
A Hicksville product fighting out of The Academy of Boxing in Huntington, Karperis defeated Duran in a razor-thin decision on July 18, 2014, in their first encounter. Karperis has fought 13 of his 15 pro bouts (one no contest) at the Paramount.
“Even though I am originally from Hicksville, I train in Huntington and fight out of Huntington, so it is part of my hometown,” says Karperis. “The Paramount is a great venue for a fight. I always bring a huge crowd for support. It motivates me to be in front of my hometown fans.”
Promoter DeGuardia says this about the main event rematch: “These two fought a heck of a battle once before and I expect nothing less this time around, except the stakes are much higher with Anthony's New York State title on the line.”
Karperis adds: “We are both more experienced now. I have a lot riding on it. I want to prove that the first fight wasn’t a fluke. He (Duran) wants to come in and prove a point. “
“I am training harder than ever for this fight,” continues the junior welterweight. “I try to find the opponent's weakness and exploit them, attack where they are most vulnerable. I believe that I am a versatile fighter, and can adapt.”
On signing with DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Karperis reflects: ‘“We have worked together for some time now. I have been loyal to them, and they have been loyal to me. They have always treated me like I was one of them, and I now look forward to have the promotional team behind me as I take this huge step in my career.”