I will be the first to admit that when I first heard the name Chris Algieri I thought he was going to be a scalp to improve Ruslan Provodnikov’s record and boy was I wrong. After being knocked down not once but twice in the first round of his first crack at a world title he picked himself up, bit down on his gum-shield and announced himself to the boxing world as a tough, determined and very skillful fighter as he gave Provodnikov a boxing lesson over the next 11 rounds. So I found my self asking, “Who is Chris Algieri?”.
Chris Algieri is a 30-year-old American WBO Light Welterweight Champion with a record of 20-0 with 8 KOs. He is a former ISKA and WKA World Champion kick-boxer who started his career in combat sports at the age of 10 in Chinese Kenpo and competed in Kenpo and wrestling before switching to compete in amateur kickboxing aged 16 and then professional kickboxing at the age 19. After winning multiple world titles as a kick-boxer he retired undefeated with a record of 20-0 to seek fame and fortune as a professional boxer. He is still trained by his kickboxing coach but is very much a self driven force and not only brags 20 years of experience in combat sports but also a wealth of useful knowledge gained whilst studying for a degree in healthcare science and a masters in nutrition.
Algieri is now set fight Manny Pacquiao in his next fight on Nov 22.
Many people including myself rank Manny in the top 2 or 3 fighters pound for pound in the world and a lot would put up a good argument to say he is number 1!
Should Chris find a way to defeat the odds and pull off a huge upset and win he will be regarded as one of the elite fighters and find himself in a position to fight in some lucrative match-ups.
Should he win he will also pick up Manny’s WBO Welterweight world title making himself a 2 weight world Champion in only his second title fight.
by Lee Russell