Star Boxing's Huntington, New York show on November 23rd will be headlined by a rematch between Danny Gonzalez (Woodhaven, NY 18-2-1, 7KOs) and Johnny Hernandez (Huntington, NY 10-4, 1 KO). An excellent cruiserweight co-feature has now been added pitting Italy's Simone Federici (15-2-1, 7 KOs) against Albania's Stivens Bujaj (17-2-1, 11 KOs).
The neighborhoods of New York have seen Italians and Albanians side by side, separated by less distance than the Adriatic Sea that joins the two countries. While both fighters seek success in another New York enclave, this fight is for more than neighborhood bragging rights as world-wide opportunities could await the winner, with a possible world ranking at stake.
Federici will be fighting for the second time in the US. The 26 year-old Rome native is an Italian national champion. Growing up tending his family bar in Corcolle, Rome, Federici began boxing with help from his uncle, a former Italian heavyweight, who is still his coach to this day. "An opportunity like this does not come by often for Italian fighters," said Federici, "I want to become world champion, and this fight we must win!"
Opposing Federici is Albanian-born, New York resident, Stivens Bujaj. The 6'1", 29 year-old cruiserweight has not shied from big opportunities in the past, making appearances on ShoBox as well as at major venues such as New Jersey's Prudential Center and the Turning Stone Resort Casino. Making his pro debut in 2010, Bujaj has previoulsy held New York's cruiserweight title.
Bujaj warns fans not to blink during the contest, "I don't expect this fight to go ten rounds, I feel like I'll be able to get my opponent out of there early." Bujaj continued to talk about his opportunity on November 23rd, "I've built a great team of management and trainers around me which will finally allow me to fully prepare and fight at a world class level." Bujaj continued, "this feels like a graduation fight which will put me one step closer to getting to world championship fights."