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Chris Algieri: Errol Spence Hasn’t Fought Anyone Near My Caliber

By Keith Idec

Chris Algieri has heard all the hype about Errol Spence Jr. becoming the next huge thing in boxing.

Algieri still doesn’t know if it’s justifiable because he isn’t the least bit impressed with the type of opponents Spence has boxed during his three-year pro career. The former WBO 140-pound champion does know that he is by far the best foe Spence has agreed to face.

The welterweights are scheduled to fight April 16 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in the main event of a doubleheader that’ll be televised by NBC in prime time.

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“Everyone talks about what they talk about [related to Spence], but I haven’t seen it in the ring yet,” Algieri told BoxingScene.com following a press conference Wednesday in New York. “He hasn’t fought anyone anywhere near the caliber that I am or anywhere near the caliber of fighter I’ve been fighting the past three years. So it’s kind of hard to make an assessment so far. But I guess we’ll see on fight night.”

The 32-year-old Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs), of Huntington, New York, has boxed Ruslan Provodnikov, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan in three of his past four fights. Though 1-2 in those bouts, Algieri believes those experiences give him a significant advantage over the 26-year-old Spence (19-0, 16 KOs), a southpaw from DeSoto, Texas.

“I think the real difference here is the experience level, the fact that I’ve been in these big fights,” Algieri said. “I’ve been to press conferences, I’ve been interviewed, I’ve been under those lights, I’ve walked towards the ring of a main event, before a sellout crowd. So there’s so something to say about all that. That experience level can really pay dividends on fight night, when at the highest level it’s centimeters that makes the difference.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by deathofaclown on 03-10-2016

[QUOTE=Pound4PoundStud;16527597] Chris has taken quite a bit of punishment in his last 3 fights and in my humble opinion, They were one sided beatings. [/QUOTE] Are you including the Khan fight there? Because Khan v Algieri was very close, much…

Comment by elfag on 03-10-2016

algeri is overrated garbage, and thats saying a lot because he isnt rated very high. pac fighting him was a complete joke

Comment by bojangles1987 on 03-10-2016

[QUOTE=Pound4PoundStud;16528124]I agree with you on the last part of your statement but I don't think Algeri is that fighter that will "expose" or make Errol look overrated, in fact he is the perfect fighter to propel Errol into stardom. Chris…

Comment by MRBOOMER on 03-10-2016

Chris Algeri is the new paulie M

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 03-10-2016

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;16528065]New trailer today for the new Captain America movie.[/QUOTE] will see it

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