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Hearn: Linares, Algieri Both in Line For Maurice Hooker

Former world super lightweight champion Chris Algieri (22-3 8KOs) made his return from two years out of the ring in November with a ten round win in Huntington, Long Island.

And on January 18th at the Hulu Theater of Madison Square Garden in New York City, the 34 year old faces fellow New Yorker Danny Gonzalez (17-1-1 7KOs) in his second bout back, with the carrot of major fights later in the year dangling in front of Algieri.

Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, the promoter of both Algieri and Gonzalez stated: "Both Algieri and Gonzalez jumped at the chance of fighting each other at the Theater at MSG. Although they know each other well and are Star Boxing stablemates, they both recognize the enormous opportunity this fight provides and I am looking forward to January 18."

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The event will be headlined by WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade, who makes a voluntary defense against Artur Akavov, who failed in a previous world title challenge against Billy Joe Saunders.

“The Middleweight division is on fire right now and Demetrius is a key player,” said Hearn. “He is the one looking to lay down the gauntlet by kicking off 2019 and will be looking to deal with Akavov in style before moving into blockbuster fights.

According to Hearn, both Algieri and former world champion Jorge Linares, who fights on the card as well, are in line to face WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker.
 
“It’s a huge show and we are delighted to welcome Jorge Linares to the card. Jorge has boxed on many of our shows in the UK and is a pound-for-pound quality fighter, I love the Maurice Hooker fight in the summer.
 
“Chris Algieri, who is also in line for Hooker, returns in a local derby and female star Amanda Serrano looks to make history – there’s even more to be announced and fans are going to get plenty of bang for their buck at Madison Square Garden on January 18.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 12-22-2018

Hooker might be the feel good story of 2018. I doubt many thought he would beat Flanagan in his backyard and scumbag Arum thought his fighter would beat him easily which is why he put up that big money lol.…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 12-22-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;19375920]I though he arguably beat Khan but just wasn't suited for Welterweight. I like Algieri he just doesn't have any momentum.[/QUOTE] I guess. It ain't like he ain't fairly decent but I just never really warmed to him as a…

Comment by The3 on 12-22-2018

Chris Algier? How what the hell his done?

Comment by Mammoth on 12-22-2018

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;19375771]Co-sign this ^. Hooker made me a fan when he beat Turbo Terry here in Manchester and I've rooted for him ever since. Not sure he can hang with Taylor or Prograis but I'd love to see those fights too.…

Comment by chepboxingking on 12-22-2018

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;19375642]Hooker is Matchroom/DAZN, was on ESPN last as Top Rank won the purse bid.[/QUOTE] Gotcha. Thanks for the info.

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