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Algieri Open to Berto; Wants Pacquiao, Khan Rematches

by David P. Greisman

Chris Algieri was coming off two losses. But even though those defeats came against a pair of very recognizable names in Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, he nevertheless needed a win over Erick Bone on Dec. 5 in order to remain in the running for fights with other recognizable names in the welterweight division.

Algieri got the win, fighting in the trenches for a 10-round unanimous decision over his tough opponent and moving to 21-2 with 8 KOs. One name mentioned afterward by promoter Lou DiBella (who promoted the card while working with boxing adviser Al Haymon) was Andre Berto — DiBella thought “it would be a hell of a fight.”

Algieri was open to the idea of facing Berto, who is coming off a clear loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Mayweather’s last fight. “He’s a big top guy in the welterweight division,” Algieri said. “Why not? It’s a great fight.”

But two people Algieri definitely wants are people he’s already faced.

“I would love to get Manny, I would love to get Khan,” Algieri said. “I feel like I have unfinished business with those guys. I did not perform the way that I know I can against Pacquiao. And with Khan, it was just a great fight. Why not?”

Algieri was dropped several times and blown out on the scorecards by Pacquiao in November 2014. He proceeded to give Khan a much more difficult fight this past May than many anticipated, losing a unanimous decision.

The former 140-pound titleholder sees a number of opportunities available at 147.

“The welterweight division is stacked,” Algieri said. “There’s so many guys. I have never picked an opponent. I didn’t pick Erick tonight. This was the fight that was brought up. I thought I was fighting other guys until weeks ago. I’m a throwback in that way. Who we fight is who we fight.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by churchmouse on 12-12-2015

I'd like to see Algieri vs Ortiz

Comment by 285Kid on 12-12-2015

So will this be part of the WBC tournament?

Comment by Disturbed on 12-12-2015

Although he did way better against Khan that many expected - and I was impressed with him too - I dont really care the idea of rematches of him against Khan or Pacquiao. Berto match on the other hand sounds…

Comment by pretty boy_ on 12-12-2015

This isn't a bad fight at all. These two would put on a great show. I pick Dre by late round stoppage.

Comment by mike1010011 on 12-12-2015

Guess he liked getting knocked down 6 times,and losing 119-103,119-103,and 120-102....

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