Algieri Says Kickboxing Past Benefits Him as a Boxer

by David P. Greisman

Chris Algieri was a professional kickboxer before he decided to enter the realm of those paid to compete under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules.

His first fight as a pro boxer was back in 2008. He was 24 years old then, and he’s 30 now, undefeated at 19-0 with 8 knockouts and set to challenge Ruslan Provodnikov for a 140-pound world title on June 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Algieri sees his kickboxing past “as a benefit,” he said on a May 28 media conference call.

“I’ve been in big fights and have fought fighters from all over the world before,” he said. “I’ve been in very tough fights, physically demanding fights, long fights. I think that really has carried over in my boxing career and has brought me to where I am today.

“A lot of the techniques are very similar, the punch techniques, the fact that I’ve been fighting without headgear for such a long time, I think has really helped my defense in my pro boxing career,” he added later. “But in terms of how the sport is fought, it’s a totally different pace. Boxing is a lot faster. Conditioning is a lot more intensive. Fights are longer. I think I’ve made those changes over the past 19 fights, and conditioning has never really been a problem.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. David on 06-03-2014

[QUOTE=St. Johns Gent;14616655]Good article yet had me confused for about a good minute, the article says the fight will be June 4 and i was a bit confused but it's on the 14th of June, i've never seen algieri fight.......gonna…

Comment by ugly2000 on 06-03-2014

The only way its going to help him is if he's allowed to throw a couple of head kicks at Prod.

Comment by St. Johns Gent on 06-02-2014

Good article yet had me confused for about a good minute, the article says the fight will be June 4 and i was a bit confused but it's on the 14th of June, i've never seen algieri fight.......gonna go to…

Comment by parrish duke on 06-02-2014

Don't sleep on this guy, A well conditioned athlete. If he gets past 5 he will outbox the Russian and maybe even stop him on cuts. The Russian visibly shows damage and Chris has a piston Jab...

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