Star Boxing heads to Paradise on Friday night!


Star Boxing heads to Paradise on Friday night!

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced the revised card for the Friday, December 8, night of boxing at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York. The new main event will feature a dangerous test for Asbury Park, New Jersey’s up-and-coming Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (12-0-1, 5 KOs), as he takes on former WBC Continental Americas, WBE Heavyweight, WBC Latino and WBE International Super Heavyweight Champion Charles Davis (17-10-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight battle.

Despite having just 13 career professional fights, Johnson has already racked up several impressive wins over world-class competition and is widely regarded as the “next big thing” in the heavyweight division.

Although Davis has 10 career defeats, he has lost only twice in his last 10 fights and beaten world champions, world title challengers and top contenders along the way.

“Kevin has never shied away from a challenge, that’s just the type of fighter he is,” said event promoter Joe DeGuardia. “Charles Davis has some big victories over quality opposition and with all that top-level experience, he’ll push Kevin. We’re excited for the fans in attendance that will get to see this intriguing match-up live at the Paradise Theater.”

Also featured that night will be the return of the “Kosova Kid” Elvir Muriqi (32-3, 19 KOs), as he competes in an eight-round light heavyweight contest against Kansas’s streaking Derek Reid (13-6, 11 KOs).

A proud Bronx resident, Muriqi is a former NY Golden Gloves champion, as well as a national hero in his native Yugoslavia. The exciting boxer/puncher has competed in ESPN “Fight of the Year” candidate fights and deservedly attracts a large and loyal following whenever he appears.

The power-punching Reid is on a seven-fight win streak that dates back to early 2004. Another added bonus is an eight-round junior middleweight battle between Brooklyn’s former world title challenger and top-rated contender Raul Frank (27-5-2, 13 KOs) and dangerous spoiler Thomas Davis (10-3-1, 6 KOs).

Frank is a former USBA and IBF Latino Junior Middleweight Champion. He was last seen losing a close decision for number-one contender in the world status. He will be hoping for a successful return against a man known for ruining people’s parties.

Davis is best known for knocking out top-rated Kendall Holt on national television. In his most recent fight, he took away the undefeated record of North Carolina’s Agustin Velez.

A women’s title fight is also scheduled, as New York’s Suzannah Warner (5-3, 1 KO) will battle Las Vegas native Yvonne Caples over eight bruising rounds for the NABF Atomweight Championship.

Also that night, "The Fighting Marine" Jon Schneider (2-0, 2 KOs), will appear against pro debuting Darryl Holley.

Schneider was honorably discharged from the marines as a Corporal in the 2nd Battalion 4th Marine Division and participated in Operation Desert Fox. He will be accompanied to the ring by Active Sgt. Seth Bie of the same battalion/division.

The rest of the undercard bouts are as follows: Andrew Wallace vs. Vanesh Rungea (6 rounds, middleweight); a double pro debut between the humbly named “Sugar” Ray Robinson and Nigel McKnight (4 rounds, junior welterweight); and a junior middleweight scrap between hard-nosed veterans Pasqual Rouse and Carlos Diaz (4 rounds).

Important Notes:

• The originally scheduled main, featuring NABF Light Middleweight Champion Andrey Tsurkan had to be postponed, when Tsurkan’s eye was injured in sparring.


Ticket Information
Tickets are available at
the Paradise Theater Box Office-Call: 800 353- 8040,
Or Star Boxing (718) 823-2000
Ticketmaster: 212 307-7171
Tickets are reasonably priced at $20, $30, $50, $100 and there are limited VIP Tables at $2000 for tables of ten, which include food and beer and wine. VIP tickets are only available from Star Boxing (718) 823- 2000.

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About Star Boxing
Star Boxing, Inc. is one of the premier boxing promotional companies in the World. Star has been promoting events and boxers for approximately 15 years. For more information of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, call (718) 823-2000 or visit

About the Paradise Theater

The Paradise Theater was originally named the Loews Paradise Theater and was opened in 1929. Meticulously adorned, this majestic venue adds a classic and stately feel to the events it hosts. In the past couple of years, the theater has been completely restored to its original beauty. For more information on The Paradise Theater visit their website.