Following on from his 12 round split decision win over WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Ruslan Provodnikov in New York last weekend Chris Algieri has had the chance to reflect on his world title triumph and reveal his future plans, which may just a big money clash with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Talking about his career best win Algieri, 20-0-(8), said on Sunday: "Ruslan’s whole plan was to run right through me, after the first round I just boxed smartly and stuck to my game plan. I get the sense he didn’t have a plan B me."
"I took the knee in the first just to check on my eye and although he did crack me in the ribs while I was down I think it was inadvertent. It was never a dirty fight, no low blows or anything."
Despite being knocked down in the first and also taking a knee in the same stanza, Algieri boxed his way to a 12 round split decision win by scores of 114-112 (twice) and 109-117 (Provodnikov).
About giving Ruslan a rematch if requested and his future plans, Algieri added: "He didn’t want to fight me in the first place, I doubt he’d want a second fight. Bob Arum had mentioned he’d like to promote a fight between Manny Pacquiao and myself. I’m ready to go straight into that fight for the fall.
"These last couple of years I’ve move exponentially to the right fights, last night was a continuation of that and going forward that’s the plan I want to keep."
Promoter Joey DeGaurdia understandably delighted with Algieri’s victory: "It was one of the biggest night’s in Star Boxing’s 22 years. We knew Chris was in a very tough fight against Ruslan who is one of the sport’s most aggressive, hard hitting fighters," said DeGuardia. "But Chris and I accepted the fight right when it was offered because we knew Chris had the skill set, as he showed last night to defeat Provodnikov and win the world title."
June 16, 2014