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21 MAY 2018

 

Algieri Back In Win Column, Browne Stops Sierra


By Jason Pribila: In June of 2014, Chris Algieri made the most of his arrival on the national scene when he out-boxed and out-gutted hard hitting Ruslan Provodnikov to a split decision victory. Unfortunately, he chose a profession that often times remembers only your most recent work. He chose a sport that few could afford a three fight losing streak. On Saturday night, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Algieri turned away a tough challenge from Erick Bone and salvaged his career.

 

Algieri entered the ring at Barclays for the third time in his last four fights. A lop-sided loss to Manny Pacquiao was sandwiched in between his victory over Provodnikov and a competitive loss to Amir Khan on May 29, 2015.

 

If Algieri took comfort with his familiar surroundings, he must have been tickled that his opponent was a guy he has sparred with as recently as three months ago.

 

Erick Bone (16-3, 8 KO) also entered the ring with the taste of defeat in his month. In March of this year, Bone took a fight against Shawn Porter on 24 hours notice. A career high payday justified facing such an accomplished fighter on short notice.

 

Many would look at an opponent from Equador and feel that it will be Algieri’s boxing skills against Bone’s power shots. On this evening, we quickly found out that Algieri would do his best work, while Bone preferred to counter from the outside.

 

Many would have also assumed incorrectly that fighters who were recent sparring would take a while to feel out each other. These fighters instead chose to impose their wills on their opponent. Algieri was the aggressor, and Bone was sharp while taking advantages of Algieri’s defensive lapses.

 

The winner of the first half of the fight depended on which style of fighting one prefers. Algieri was the better inside fighter, ripping scoring combinations to Bone’s midsection. Bone mostly landed single punches, however, they were often to the head, and if somehow a judge missed the punch, they would not be able to miss the swelling under Algieri’s left eye.

 

Algieri proved to be the fighter with the extra gear during the second half of the fight. He caught a big break at the end of round eight when he landed a body shot that sent Bone backward onto the canvas. Algieri went to his corner knowing he won the frame 10-8; while replays showed that a clash of knees and tangling of feet had more to do with the extra point scored.

 

Both fighters deserve kudos for going after each other on the next to last round. Too often we see fighters coast thru a round in order to preserve as much energy as they could for the final stanza. The result is often fighters leave the ring disappointed that they didn’t leave it all in the ring.

 

The best round of the fight went in favor of Algieri, and he seemed to be in control of the fight as the last round began. Bone was again spirited with his effort, but he would soon realize that he would come up short in the round and the fight.

 

Ringside judges all favored the busier and more consistent attack of Chris Algieri. Scores of 95-94, 97-92, and 97-92 were all in favor of Algieri.

 

With the victory Algieri improves to 21-2, 8KO. Most importantly his is back in the win column, and for a fighter with only 8 KOs in 23 fights, he has a habit of making TV-friendly fights.

 

Also on the undercard, 2012 US Olympian Marcus Browne (17-0, 13 KOs) continued to climb up the rankings of prospect to contender.

 

Browne, a light heavyweight who fights out of the southpaw stance wasted little time attacking the mid-section of veteran Francisco Sierra (27-10-1, 24 KO). When Sierra lowered his guard, Browne landed upstairs and opened a cut over his eye in the third round.

 

After a long look between rounds, the fight was waved off officially at :01 of Round 4.

 

Browne finished 2015 a perfect 4-0. He appears to be on the fast track in a division that promises to be one of 2016’s most exciting.

 

Jason Pribila is a full voting member of the BWAA. He could be reached for questions or comments at pribs2000@gmail.com. He may also be followed on Twitter.com @PribsBoxing.

 




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