Chris Algieri has a great opportunity but also a tough challenge against hard-hitting Provodnikov
Jun 10 2014 10:27 PM
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Undefeated Chris Algieri will be have the toughest challenge of his career when he faces hard-hitting WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14 at the Barclays Center.

Algieri (19-0 8 KOs), hails from nearby Huntington, NY. Over the last 18 months Chris has elevated himself to a world-class contender after accumulating significant victories over top prospect Jose Alejo, former USBA champion Mike Arnaoutis, and most recently highly-rated contender Emmanuel Taylor in February.  

He's as much a scholar as he is a brawler.  He graduated from Stony Brook University with Honors in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management and then went on to receive his Masters degree from the New York Institute of Technology in 2010.  

He aspires to attend Medical School.

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The Commish says:

I really give Chris Algieri a solid shot at victory on Saturday night. Hand speed and foot speed will make the difference. Tremendous physical conditioning will also play a huge role in what I see as a unanimous decision for Algieri.

Algieri doesn't run. He moves. He glides. He slides. He steps around and nails opponents from angles. In order for his body to be broken apart, as many of you are predicting, he will have to be hit repeatedly. That is something you see happening. It is something I don't see happening.

I think Algieri would pick Mike Alvarado apart. Provodnikov was in tough with Alvarado.

Saturday night can't get here fast enough!

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

I like Algieri a lot. He has gotten so much better since turning pro. This is a testament to how hard he has worked at this craft and how dedicated he is to being a boxer.

I also agree that he defeats Mike Alvarado (may not be a bad fight to make later this year win or lose).

But I think Provodnikov is just a little too much for him at this point in his career.

Provodnikov is not just a brawler. We all know about the relentless pressure he puts on his opponents. He also has very subtle boxing skills that go unnoticed. He is developing a jab and getting much, much better at cutting off the ring.

I have read some things in the press about the Herrera fight and how Herrera out boxed Provodnikov. That is not true in my opinion. Provodnikov won that fight and not only won but won going away. He was hosed in my opinion and in the opinion of many others.

Contrary to popular belief, Provodnikov is not that easy to out box. His pressure wears on opponents. He is a vicious body puncher and that takes the legs out of fighters that try to move against him.

I see Algieiri maybe having some success early but Provodnikov breaking him down. Algieiri does not possess that big punch that could keep Provodnikov at bay some. I think Provodnikov gets a stoppage and Algieir wins the respect of the boxing fans with a gritty, gutsy effort.