Targeting the title: Chris Algieri interview

Chris Glover
21/01/2019 2:45pm

Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

In the wake of his latest win on Friday night, super lightweight Chris Algieri and his trainer Andre Rozier speak to Boxing Monthly's Chris Glover about their world title plans...

Huntington, Long Island’s Chris Algieri picked up the WBO International super lightweight title against a very game Daniel Gonzalez on the undercard of Demetrius Andrade’s successful WBO middleweight title defence at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu theatre.

Algieri, who is now trained by esteemed Brooklyn-based trainer Andre Rozier, assessed his unanimous decision victory on the Matchroom Sport promoted event.

Algieri said, “It wasn’t my greatest performance in honesty, but I produced the cleaner work and easily won the first seven rounds and I deserved to win the fight.

“I’ve had two fights back to back after my comeback and that’s taken its toll on me. I didn’t feel my best in there but I still did enough to get the job done.”

The one-time WBO super lightweight champion will now look to regain a 140lbs title belt, one he has won before when defeating the ‘Siberian Rocky’ Ruslan Provodnikov in 2014.

With the Long Island native now likely to hold a lofty position in the WBO rankings, Algieri opened up about what his plans are going forward.

He said, “I want to recapture the world title. I work so hard and that is the goal at the end of it all.

“I’d love to fight Maurice Hooker who holds the WBO title, but for now I’m going to have a break and let my cut heal and then make plans for the future.”

Exciting British super lightweight Tommy Coyle has been looking for a big fight stateside, and when questioned, Algieri was open to the idea of fighting the Hull man.

“I love the British fight scene and I’d love to fight Tommy Coyle,” Algieri stated. “He’s a tough fighter who comes to fight and I think that would be a fight that the fans enjoy.”

Algieri is now trained by the esteemed and experienced Andre Rozier and his team in Brooklyn, New York. Rozier, a legend of New York boxing, also gave his take on Algieri’s victory and what he would like for his 140lbs charge going forward.

Rozier said, “We came here to get the win and we got the win and I felt we did more than enough to get the victory.

“I think Chris can box for the world title again this year and that’s what we want for him. We’ll let him rest up then Chris will be back to work, working towards regaining the world title at super lightweight.”