Former junior welterweight world champion Chris Algieri (22-3, 8 KOs) snapped his long stint of inactivity, as he returned to the ring at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York.
Algieri, now trained by Andre Rozier, won an easy ten round unanimous decision over Angel Hernandez (14-12-2, 9 KOs). The scores were 99-91, 100-90 and 100-90.
The New York native had been out of the ring since 2016, when he was dominated and stopped in five round by Errol Spence at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Algieri was by far the better boxer and shook off some rust in beating out Hernandez, who had no answers to change the outcome.
Now the overall goal is to capture another world title, in a very loaded welterweight division.
“We had options,” Algieri said to the New York Post. “We didn’t have to fight at Paramount. If you see the landscape of the sport, there are a lot of opportunities for guys coming up. We could have fought for bigger money on a bigger show. But it made sense to have my homecoming, my return to inside the ropes be in my home. So it’s a true homecoming at Paramount Theater with our friends and family on fight night. That’s where it all started and it made sense to come back that way.
“I’m looking forward to making a run. I truly believe if you don’t see yourself at the top of the division, you’re either in the wrong division or the wrong sport. I’m here to be a world champion. I’m not here for a couple of good fights. I’m not here for a couple of paydays or to be on TV. I’m here to be a world champion. That’s the goal. I made my dream come true before and I’m looking forward to doing it again.”