Written by Navjyot Singh Parmar, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
Don’t let the smile fool you, Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, a Hicksville native and Holy Trinity alum, is an up-and-coming junior welterweight in the boxing world.
The 24-year-old and 2008 Golden Glove winner recently took a short break from training to talk with the Hicksville Illustrated News.
Growing up a multi-sport athlete, Anthony was first introduced to boxing at 8 and fell in love with the sport. Karperis chose boxing over other athletic endeavors, noting that with boxing, the outcome rests on each fighter’s shoulders. Boxers are responsible for themselves; there is no backup, no second-string and no one else to blame.
“You win its on you. You lose its on you,” said Karperis, noting he strives to be his “own man in the ring.”
Karperis likened boxing to chess, as fighters must “pick people apart,” albeit without the grueling physicality. The strategy has worked for Karperis, whose speed and strength helped him earn a 3-0 professional record with two first-round knockouts.
Referring to boxing as “pure art,” Anthony “Showtime” Karperis likes to paint “a fresco” in the ring with opponents.
“I like to put on a show,” said Karperis, who cited his goal for those in attendance – for onlookers “to see something they haven’t seen before.”
With his upcoming bout scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Paramount in Huntington, Karperis is already visualizing success.
“If my opponent’s chin happens to find my overhand right, I don’t expect him to be standing,” Karperis said.
And as the nickname suggests, the match on Feb. 23 will be a showing you can’t afford to miss.