Chris Algieri

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Chris Algieri
Chris Algieri (right) 2014-06-15 08-21.jpg
Algieri (right) vs. Emmanuel Taylor, 2014
Statistics
Real nameChristopher Mark Algieri
Nickname(s)The Fighting Collegian[1]
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1984-03-02) March 2, 1984 (age 34)
Huntington, New York, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights25
Wins22
Wins by KO8
Losses3

Christopher Mark Algieri (born March 2, 1984) is an American professional boxer and former kickboxer.[2][3] In boxing he held the WBO junior welterweight title in 2014 and challenged for the WBO welterweight title later that year; in kickboxing he was an undefeated ISKA World welterweight and WKA World super welterweight champion.[4] Outside of boxing, Algieri works as a nutritionist.

Early and personal life[edit]

Algieri was born into a middle-class family in Huntington, New York, to an Italian father and an Argentine mother.[5] He has a bachelor's degree in healthcare science from Stony Brook University and a master's degree in clinical nutrition from the New York Institute of Technology.[6]Algieri has expressed his desire to go to medical school and combine his experience as a world-class athlete and his knowledge of nutrition to spearhead a practice designed to treat competitive athletes without the use of unnecessary surgeries, pharmaceuticals or long lay-offs.

Amateur career[edit]

Algieri began his martial arts training in Chinese Kenpo under the tutelage of Robert Mauro at the age of 10. Algieri received his black sash at the age of 15 and began competing in amateur kickboxing at the age of 16. While in high school, Algieri started wrestling and eventually became captain of the St. Anthony’s varsity squad. Algieri won two Catholic League titles and one Catholic State Championship, ultimately making it to the semi-finals of the Public State Tournament. He was also awarded a wild card nomination to compete in the High School National Championships, but a knee injury barred Algieri from participating. After high school, Algieri spent three seasons as assistant coach to the St. Anthony’s Friar Wrestling team. Algieri attended Stony Brook University and concentrated his athletic prowess to Full-Contact Kickboxing. He then began sparring and training with Tim "Bring the Pain" Lane under the watchful eye of Mauro. After completing an undefeated amateur career that culminated with a USKBA Northeast Championship, Algieri decided to turn professional at the age of 19.

Kickboxing career[edit]

As an amateur, Algieri won the USKBA Northeast Championship defeating Kyle Murray.[7] Algieri later turned professional, and won the International Sport Karate Association Welterweight and World Kickboxing Association Super Welterweight Championships, compiling a 20-0 record as a world kickboxing champion before retiring to become a professional boxer.

Nutritionist[edit]

Algieri currently serves as nutritionist to American middleweight Daniel Jacobs.[8][9]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Algieri turned pro in 2008, and put together a record of 18-0 with 8 knockouts. Most fights, he moved between light welterweight and welterweight. On February 14, 2014, Algieri won a unanimous ten-round decision over Emmanuel Taylor, an IBF number four ranked contender, at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island, New York, to enter the world rankings.[10]

Algieri had accumulated wins over the likes of top prospect Jose Alejo, a bout featured on NBC Sports Network and former United States Boxing Association (USBA) Champion Mike Arnaoutis prior to the Taylor fight, and he reached 10-0 when Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing signed him.[11][12]

Light welterweight[edit]

Algieri vs. Provodnikov[edit]

On June 14, 2014 Algieri got the chance of a lifetime as he faced and defeated the newly crowned WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov, headlining on HBO's "Boxing After Dark" card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Algieri was seen as a warm up fight for Provodnikov, which seemed to be the case as early on Algieri was dropped and hurt twice, with his eye swelling grotesquely, essentially blinding him for the rest of the fight, it all seemed to be over. However, Algieri fought back and began to box for the remainder of the fight, using his strong jab to keep his opponent back and moved on the outside, avoiding his Russian counterparts big looping shots. The bout went the full 12 rounds and Algieri won via split decision to become the new WBO junior welterweight champion.[13]

Welterweight[edit]

Algieri vs. Pacquiao[edit]

After proving himself in the Provodnikov fight, Algieri was given a big shot as he fought legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao on November 23, 2014 in Macau, for the latter's WBO Welterweight title, it was Algieri's first fight outside the State of New York.[14] Algieri was stripped of his belt at 140 as WBO rules mandate a fighter of theirs can only hold belts in one division at a time. Algieri was a big underdog coming in, and in a relatively one sided bout, Pacquiao knocked Algieri down six times and made him tumble repeatedly en route to defeating him via one-sided unanimous decision 119–103, 119–103, and 120–102, ending Algieri's undefeated streak.[15][16]

Algieri vs. Khan[edit]

On April 3, 2015, Amir Khan announced via his wife's YouTube channel that he had agreed to a May 30 welterweight bout with Algieri in New York. The fight was later finalized on April 15, and subsequently set for May 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Algieri coming off the Pacquiao loss was seen as an easy touch for Khan by many. But with his new trainer John David Jackson, Algieri hatched a fight plan to be aggressive and apply pressure in the bout, when he usually fights on the outside with a strong jab. He entered the bout weighing more than Khan, and in the fight many commented on how much Algieri had improved since the Pacquiao fight, and that he looked the stronger and fitter of the two. Algieri instantly began cutting down the ring and had Khan backing up fast and unable to land his quick combinations. Algieri, who is not really known as a puncher was able to rock Khan with a big shot early on, and Algieri chased Khan the whole night, landing big punches in every round and finished the night strongly. Khan went on to win the fight via unanimous decision after 12 rounds of boxing, many believing him to win widely on the cards as he was able to steal many of the rounds in the last 10 seconds. Algieri however, believed that he had in fact won the bout.[17][18][19]

As of December 12, 2015, Algieri's career record stood at 21-2 as a professional boxer, with 8 wins coming by way of knockout.

Algieri vs. Bone[edit]

On December 5, 2015, Algieri knocked down Ecuadorian Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) in the 8th round to win via unanimous decision. Bone was coming off a 5th-round knockout loss to Shawn Porter.[20]

Algieri vs. Spence Jr.[edit]

On February 23, 2016 it was announced that Algieri would take on one of welterweights hottest prospects Errol Spence Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) on April 16 at the Barclays Center where he was (2-2) against opponents.[21][22] This fight was important to both Algieri, who had to redeem himself in the division after losing to Khan and Pacquiao, and important to Spence as he wanted to make a statement in the division as a rising star against a former titleholder. Spence dominated the bout with jabs in center ring and won every round. Algieri moved well and tried to both land jabs and counter. Algieri went down once in the fourth round and twice in the fifth round, the first time was on his back. the second time Spence finished him on the ropes. The time of stoppage was 0:48 of round 5. It was the first time Algieri had been stopped inside the distance. Algieri received a purse of $325,000 with which he was unhappy. Spence earned $225,000.[23][24]

Algieri vs. Hernandez[edit]

In October 2018, after nearly two years out of the ring, primarily working as a nutritionist for several boxers, Algieri announced he would be returning to The Paramount in Huntington, New York on November 30, 2018. Algieri was a poster boy for The Paramount Theatre, having eight consecutive fights their between 2011 and 2014. Algieri re-signed with former long-time promoter Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing.[25] It was announced he would fight journeyman Angel Hernandez (14-11-2, 9 KOs), although a catchweight was not confirmed.[26] In front of a sold out crowd, Algieri defeated Hernandez after 10 rounds via unanimous decision. Using high work rate, Algieri took control from the opening bell. Fighting under Andre Rozier for the first time, Algieri displayed tremendous hand speed. For his part, Hernandez tried to move forward, but was unable to keep up with Algieri's boxing skills. After 10 rounds, the fight was scored 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91 for Algieri.[27]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
25 fights 22 wins 3 losses
By knockout 8 1
By decision 14 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
25 Win 22–3 Angel Hernandez UD 10 Nov 30, 2018 The Paramount, Huntington, New York, U.S.
24 Loss 21–3 Errol Spence Jr. TKO 5 (10), 0:48 Apr 16, 2016 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
23 Win 21–2 Erick Bone UD 10 Dec 5, 2015 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
22 Loss 20–2 Amir Khan UD 12 May 29, 2015 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBC Silver welterweight title
21 Loss 20–1 Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Nov 23, 2014 Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR For WBO welterweight title
20 Win 20–0 Ruslan Provodnikov SD 12 Jun 14, 2014 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Won WBO junior welterweight title
19 Win 19–0 Emmanuel Taylor UD 10 Feb 14, 2014 The Paramount, Huntington, New York, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Wilfredo Acuna RTD 7 (8), 3:00 Sep 14, 2013 The Paramount, Huntington, New York, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Mike Arnaoutis UD 10 Jul 20, 2013 The Paramount, Huntington, New York, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Jose Peralta Alejo UD 10 Feb 23, 2013 The Paramount, Huntington, New York, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Raul Tovar UD 8 Jul 28, 2012 The Paramount, Huntington, New York, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Winston Mathis TKO 3 (8), 0:53 Mar 31, 2012 The Paramount, Huntington, New York, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Curtis Smith UD 8 Jan 28, 2012 The Paramount, Huntington, New York, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Bayan Jargal UD 10 Nov 19, 2011 The Paramount, Huntington, New York, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Julias Edmonds TKO 4 (8), 2:24 Mar 17, 2011 Plattduetsche Restaurant, Hempstead, New York, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 James Hope UD 6 Jan 23, 2010 The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Edward Valdez RTD 3 (6), 3:00 Sep 18, 2009 PAL Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
8 Win 8-0 Jose L Guzman UD 6 Jul 18, 2009 Plattduetsche Restaurant, Hempstead, New York, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Henry White Jr. UD 6 Jun 5, 2009 Theatre at Westbury, North Hempstead, New York, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Eric Rodriguez TKO 3 (6) May 8, 2009 Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, Hempstead, New York, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Jason Jordan UD 4 Nov 25, 2008 Hilton Hotel, Huntington, New York, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Clarence Smith TKO 1 (4), 2:07 Sep 26, 2008 Hilton Hotel, Huntington, New York, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Rakeem Carter TKO 4 (4), 1:50 Aug 1, 2008 Aviator Sports & Events Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Jeradiael Figueroa UD 4 May 17, 2008 Aviator Sports & Events Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Ken Dunham TKO 3 (4), 1:54 Apr 3, 2008 Aviator Sports & Events Center, New York City, New York, U.S.

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Ruslan Provodnikov
WBO junior welterweight champion
June 14, 2014 – November 2, 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Terence Crawford
Awards
Previous:
Marcos Maidana
UD12 Adrien Broner
The Ring Upset of the Year
SD12 Ruslan Provodnikov

2014
Next:
Tyson Fury
UD12 Wladimir Klitschko