Chris Algieri Pursues His Ph.D. In The Boxing Ring
By Jake Donovan
Chris Algieri plans to be a doctor one day. He’s smart enough in the classroom to one day reach that goal. He’s also smart enough to realize that you have to commit 100% of the way in order to succeed on the highest level.
With that in mind, his medical career is on hold as he first pursues another goal.
“I will be a world champion one day,” Algieri vows.
The next step towards pursuing that goal comes Saturday evening in his hometown of Huntington (Long Island), New York. The unbeaten prospect takes on Jose Peralta in a scheduled 10-round bout airing live on NBC Sports Network.
The main event pits Vyachaslev Glazkov against Malik Scott in a matchup of unbeaten heavyweights, also scheduled for 10 rounds.
Algieri’s co-feature bout serves as his toughest test to date, but it’s the type of challenge he’s sought since putting down the textbooks and lacing up the gloves.
Athletics have always come natural to Algieri, who has excelled in kickboxing, karate and wrestling. For a while, it was easy to involve himself in all of those activities while holding his own in the classroom.
Algieri graduated with honors from Stony Brook University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in healthcare science. He received his Master’s degree at NY Institute of Technology in clinical nutrition, which he puts to use as a nutritionist and personal trainer.
When it came time to go all in for his Ph.D, he realized he couldn’t. Rather than do just enough to get a degree while also pursuing a career as a world-class boxer, Algieri instead focuses on one goal at a time.
“It’s definitely tough to come home from sparring sessions to go home and crack open the books,” Algieri quips, before comparing the two worlds. “It’s different pressure. In the classroom, I demand a lot of myself. School is just mental. In the ring, it’s physical and mental. It takes a lot out of you in different ways.”
A week away from his 29th birthday, there is still plenty of time for Algieri to achieve both goals. He can’t box forever, but plans to make the most of his time in the ring. Once he’s hit all of his marks, the next stop is the operating table.
“There is always a window of opportunity. I don’t put too much pressure on myself. I want to have options. I always live that way. I’ll find a way. There’s always a time limit before you’ve done all you can and then move on. For now, I’m just pursuing my Ph.D. in the boxing ring.”
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
Tags: Chris Algieri
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Hunter: If I Had Khan at 9, We Wouldn't Be Talking Mayweather Video: Chisora vs. Pulev Heated Confrontation at Presser Video: Amir Khan on Floyd Mayweather's Comeback, Canelo Photos: Tony Bellew vs. Ilunga Makabu Press Conference Photos: Chisora, Pulev Erupts With Near Brawl at Presser IBF Formally Orders Wake vs. Guzman 122-Pound Title Fight Barroso's Promoter: I'm Supremely Confident Crolla Will Be KO'd DeGale Wants Jack Fight in U.K., But Open to Las Vegas Shannon Briggs To Face Dimitrenko On 'Haye Day' Bill Shawn Porter: 'Wouldn’t Be Surprised' If Khan Upsets Canelo Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto II: Post-Fight Report Card John Fury: Tyson Knocks Wladimir Klitschko Out By Round 10 Canelo vs. Khan - British Trade People Predict The Fight George Foreman Warns: If Canelo Overconfident, Khan Can Win Trainer: Tyson Fury Will NOT Retire, Likely Targets Joshua Next Khan Would Reject Mayweather: I'll Mess With Him Like He Did Me Sanchez: I'm Confident Golovkin KO's 'Diva' Canelo in 8 or 9 Luis Ortiz Back on Track After Greg Cohen Withdraws Lawsuit Flint-born Dirrell Brothers Fighting Through Anger, Frustration Bob Arum: It's Obvious Floyd Mayweather is Coming Back De La Hoya: Golovkin Didn't Want Lara - And Canelo Beat Him! Gilberto Ramirez-Dominik Britsch on Crawford-Postol HBO PPV De La Hoya: I Thought Pacquiao Would Be Easy, Canelo in Tough! Gassiev Warns Povetkin: Wilder Punches Harder Than Klitschko Verdejo Not Worried About Critics, Intends To Fulfill Expectations Freddie Roach Says Frankie Gomez in 'Best Shape' For Herrera Amir Khan Stands To Pocket 13 Million in Canelo Showdown Brown on PBC: We're Giving Fans What They Want and Expect Examining the Badou Jack-Lucian Bute Scorecards Anthony Joshua-Zhang Zhilei Eyed For The Future in China? Glen Tapia Ready For David Lemieux, Feels A lot Stronger at 160 Bute Wants the Winner of DeGale-Jack Unification Fight Photos: Anthony Crolla vs. Ismael Barroso Open Workouts Examining the James DeGale-Porky Medina Scorecards Hearn Wants Joshua to Become Pay-Per-View Star in America ALA Promotions Prez: Magsayo Will Never Be Another Pacquiao De La Hoya Breaks Down Speed vs. Power Fights of The Past Curtis Stevens on The Trainer Switch To John David Jackson Team Verdejo Bring in Nutrionists, Sports Psychologists For 6/11 DeGale: I Showed Medina Levels, He Doesn't Deserve Rematch
Latest Boxing Video Video: Chisora vs. Pulev Heated Confrontation at Presser Video: Amir Khan on Floyd Mayweather's Comeback, Canelo Video: Hearn Talks Judging Issues in Boxing, Crolla vs. Barroso Video: Hearn Excited About Mayweather vs. Matchroom Card Video: Eddie Hearn Talks DeGale vs. Jack, Smith, More Video: James DeGale on Mayweather, Hearn Rift, Jack, More Video: Callum Smith Breaks Down DeGale-Medina, Jack-Bute Video: Badou Jack Feels Robbed, Looks To The Future Video: James DeGale Shakes Head at Rogelio Medina Outing Video: Malignaggi on Mayweather, Canelo-Khan, Ward-Kovalev
Recent Top Stories
Latest Active Forum Threads