Algieri Ready To Show Improved Version of Boxing Self, Put Cage Jokes To Bed

He is not who they think he is, the guy who went to the mat six times against Manny Pacquiao. That’s what Chris Algieri is planning to show us. He isn’t exactly desperate to prove otherwise, but Algieri is undoubtedly committed to correct the record, to show the world that he belongs on the biggest of stages, that he is the caliber of athlete he knows in his heart he is, the sort that can beat an A grade guy, like Amir Khan.

Proving time will come May 29, in Brooklyn, at Barclays Center, on a PBC card portions of which will run on SPIKE.

I chatted with boxing’s top advocate of avocado consumption on Thursday, and checked in, on his training, on his psyche, on what he thought of that Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, and more.

First, the avocados..Where is he at with those?

“Steady,” the Long Islander said with a chuckle. Any more and he’d maybe be in danger of emitting green excrement, so his intake is right where he wants it, he said.

Inspector Gadget blared in the background as my little one looked awed at the capabilities of the bionic detective. What about Algieri‚Ķis he now in a mode like Gadget, ready to dazzle with majestic pugilistic powers at his disposal? Is this a “new and improved” version of the guy who sounded mightily confident going in to his bout with Pacman last year? Basically, yes, he told me. He didn’t know how much he didn’t know until he hooked up with ace tutor John David Jackson early this year; now, he says, he is learning something new every day in the gym, and he feels fully embracing of the fighting style he’s employing and the game plan against the rock-solid Brit, who under Virgil Hunter is the best version of himself he can be.

Algieri on the down low visited JDJ in Florida, did a couple mini camps, to see how they jelled. They jelled, he reports. They talked fight POV, mindset for the future, goals, they did pad work, they worked on positioning of feet, they sparred in a different manner than he was used to. So, did he find buried treasure, a version of himself that glitters a bit more?

“Something like that,” the 31-year-old hitter, promoted by Joe DeGuardia, told me. “I can’t quantify how much better I will be, but I am the guy that is going to win this fight versus Khan.”

Looking back, he didn’t love the camp he had for Pacman, or the game plan, giving away early rounds with a plan to pour it on later. The style he’s fighting now suits him to a T, he says, and is natural to him. We will see aggression, but smart aggression, and he says he’s having even more fun now.We both agree that Khan is A grade, and Algieri understands why he’s an underdog. I told him he deserves some credit for going in tough, not taking a mental re-building bout. “I want to prove I’m at the elite level. Competition is about beating the best guys out there. I have no doubt I belong. None. I think I’m one of the best in the world.”

Props to the kid for putting that out there. He’s no “hedge fund manager,” leaving space for failure. No, he wants to fight the best and he is risking criticism if he loses, and goes 0 for 2 in his last two scraps. For that, he deserves credit, because he’s not putting it on a manager to plot his course. He’s seeking out the top challenges and will absorb the plaudits or slings and arrows if he wins, or if he loses.

Regarding that MayPac bout, Algieri noted that Manny didn’t seem fully focused coming in.
“I didn’t expect him to win,” he said, but he maybe did expect a slightly better showing. And no, he’s not keen, as I am not, to see a sequel. One and done, thanks; neither of us see how the outcome could look much different. “Anyway, on May 29, people are going to see footwork, range being important, two athletic guys, two reactive guys, and real boxing people will enjoy it. I’m going to fight, turn up the heat. It’s been hot in Florida, and I will be turning up the heat.”

Chris Algieri, seeking to alert all that he belongs on the biggest of stages, and ready to leave the cage jokes in the dust….

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COMMENTS

-Kid Blast :

If this
rabbit was not from the NYC area, he would be unknown. He is the creation of a hype machine. He is absolutely terrible.


-Froggy :

If this
rabbit was not from the NYC area, he would be unknown. He is the creation of a hype machine. He is absolutely terrible.
Rabbit is a very good word to describe him, this should be his last big fight !


-amayseng :

Rabbit is a very good word to describe him, this should be his last big fight !
Would be pretty funny tho if CA beats Khan


-Steve V. :

Personally, I already think he's 0 for his last 2. I still don't see how anyone could give him the Provodnikov fight. Steve V.


-The Shadow :

Well, he did box the **** out of Ruslan, took him to Long Island school. Showed him the difference between a boxer and a brawler. It was the pugilistic equivalent of molestation, a disfiguring of the highest order. Algieri is the new face of boxing, just had a rough day at the office last time out. He will be back claim what is rightfully his, the throne among the top welterweights. I've seen him do things that make you wonder whether avocado is really juice. He's that fit.


-deepwater2 :

Well, he did box the **** out of Ruslan, took him to Long Island school. Showed him the difference between a boxer and a brawler. It was the pugilistic equivalent of molestation, a disfiguring of the highest order. Algieri is the new face of boxing, just had a rough day at the office last time out. He will be back claim what is rightfully his, the throne among the top welterweights. I've seen him do things that make you wonder whether avocado is really juice. He's that fit.
Jeez are you hitting the Hennessy when posting this?his throne? What did you see him do? Khan should be able to handle Chris but boxing is funny and sometimes the unexpected does happen. I could see khan daydreaming about fighting Floyd and his chin gets checked once again. Khan might be way over confident considering his resume vs Chris's experience. I think CA is 11-1 underdog. I would throw a 20 down on CA with those odds, not really expecting to win but I may get a surprise. I too had rocky beating Chris but it was at Barclays and this fight is at Barclays so ......... Stranger things have happened.


-The Shadow :

Jeez are you hitting the Hennessy when posting this?his throne? What did you see him do? Khan should be able to handle Chris but boxing is funny and sometimes the unexpected does happen. I could see khan daydreaming about fighting Floyd and his chin gets checked once again. Khan might be way over confident considering his resume vs Chris's experience. I think CA is 11-1 underdog. I would throw a 20 down on CA with those odds, not really expecting to win but I may get a surprise. I too had rocky beating Chris but it was at Barclays and this fight is at Barclays so ......... Stranger things have happened.
Are you doubting the fitness of the Fighting Collegian? He has great fitness. 11-1 would be absurd odds in my opinion, in all seriousness. I've seen Khan troubled when he's in with guys he considers himself superior to. And Algieri is a tough hombre, he's not gonna quit. Khan should be favored, but 11-1? That's a lot.


-deepwater2 :

Are you doubting the fitness of the Fighting Collegian? He has great fitness. 11-1 would be absurd odds in my opinion, in all seriousness. I've seen Khan troubled when he's in with guys he considers himself superior to. And Algieri is a tough hombre, he's not gonna quit. Khan should be favored, but 11-1? That's a lot.
It is a lot .3-1 or 4-1 is about right but I guess a lot of money is going on Khan. I know Chris A is fit but he needs to sit down on his punches to have a chance to be at the top.


-oubobcat :

Algieri is a solid fighter. He holds a good win over Emanuel Taylor who just gave Antonio Orozco a tough fight last night. Algeiri dominating Taylor which is something neither Broner or Orozco were able to do. But when handicapping this fight, everything Algieri does Khan does much better. Algieri is athletic and quick. But Khan is much more of a gifted athlete and quicker. Algieiri has decent hand speed. Khan's hand speed though is superior. Algieri has a decent jab but Khan's is sharper and quicker. And Khan's punching power is much superior to Algieri's. This fight reminds me of Khan's fight against Malignaggi. Malignaggi is a good fighter but whatever he did in the ring Khan did better. Khan's fight with Algieiri will be a replay with Khan in complete control of every round and the referee stopping the fight late.


-Skibbz :

Shadow is clearly taking the p**s with his posts. He doesn't believe a word he typed.


-The Shadow :

It is a lot .3-1 or 4-1 is about right but I guess a lot of money is going on Khan. I know Chris A is fit but he needs to sit down on his punches to have a chance to be at the top.
I think John David Jackson might be trying to add that wrinkle to his game. I could see this playing out like Bobcat says, a la Khan-Malignaghi, but I could also see a surprise. All in all, this seems like a clever bit of matchmaking in favor of Khan. A decent name for Khan to look good against. That style doesn't seem to trouble Khan. We'll see, though. 3-1 seems fair, all things considered. 11-1, I still am baffled by that.


-Carmine Cas :

Khan is definitely the favorite in this one, that being said Algieri is a live dog. Yeah I expect Khan to win but all Chris has to do his sit down on his punches when Khan comes rushing in and he could very well check his chin. Chris has big opportunity here, if he knocks off the loud mouth Bolton; Mayweather is going to have look for another opponent. I'm just saying...;)


-Radam G :

Khan is definitely the favorite in this one, that being said Algieri is a live dog. Yeah I expect Khan to win but all Chris has to do his sit down on his punches when Khan comes rushing in and he could very well check his chin. Chris has big opportunity here, if he knocks off the loud mouth Bolton; Mayweather is going to have look for another opponent. I'm just saying...;)
Money May is not planning to fight Khan. And would love an upset. Holla!


-Skibbz :

This fight will be nothing like Khan Malignaggi - can't compare who Khan was as a fighter then to what he is now. Too different kettle of fish.


-Kid Blast :

Algieri is not a live dog; he is just a dog who does not deserve this payday/


-Kid Blast :

Good luck to anyone who can get 4-1 on Khan. More like 10-1