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Spence: Algieri Has Lost Every Time He Stepped Up In Class!

 By Keith Idec

Errol Spence Jr. doesn’t consider Chris Algieri to be the huge step up in class Algieri considers himself.

Spence acknowledged that Algieri, a former WBO junior welterweight champion, is more accomplished than anyone he has faced in his first 19 professional fights.

But Spence (19-0, 16 KOs), who’ll square off against Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) on April 16 at Barclays Center (NBC), doesn’t place the 32-year-old Algieri in the same category as several of the top welterweights Spence hopes to fight.

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“I don’t think he’s an enormous step up in class because every time he stepped up he lost – to Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao,” Spence told BoxingScene.com. “And the only notable win on his record is [Ruslan] Provodnikov. He’s not a huge step up. I don’t see him like Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, in that class. But he is a step up.”

Winning would show, according to Spence, that the highly touted DeSoto, Texas, native is ready for bigger fights later this year.

“It shows that I belong in the elite class with the rest of the top welterweights,” Spence, 26, said. “He’s not a gatekeeper at all. It’s just a measuring stick to see how good I really am. Every young fighter in their career has to go through a step like this, get through a veteran who’s battle-tested and has a lot of experience.”

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 mathed on 03-13-2016

Spence unknowingly exposing his "big step up" as a cherrypick. Uncle Hymen won't be happy about this at all.

Comment by FrankieClutch on 03-13-2016

[QUOTE=Jsmooth9876;16533877]So if spence wins this fight where do we put him? Top 6-7 at welter? Or still outside top 10? I think realistically he should fight maybe the winner of Berto-Ortiz 2 or Guerrerro... Then on to Garcia,Thurman,Porter,Broner,Brook etc... If…

Comment by FrankieClutch on 03-13-2016

And how do we know you're a step up in class, Spence?

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 03-13-2016

So if spence wins this fight where do we put him? Top 6-7 at welter? Or still outside top 10? I think realistically he should fight maybe the winner of Berto-Ortiz 2 or Guerrerro... Then on to Garcia,Thurman,Porter,Broner,Brook etc... If…

Comment by revelated on 03-13-2016

[QUOTE=285Kid;16531911]Then you should be fighting Lamont Peterson and not him[/QUOTE] Lamont Peterson is far from elite. Not quite a bum doe. Seeing Spence fight reminds me of a prime Chris Eubank Sr. quite frankly. That's not a bad thing specifically…

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