Chris Algieri

Chris Algieri was born on March 2nd, 1984.  He currently holds a record of 21-3, 8KO's and is the former WBO Jr. Welterweight Champion of the World.  Before focusing solely on boxing, Algieri had an impressive career in martial arts as a Kick Boxing champion. He is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

In professional boxing, the last couple of years have seen a meteoric rise for Chris from world class contender to world champion. After accumulating significant wins over the likes of top prospect Jose Alejo, a bout featured on NBC Sports Network, former USBA Champion Mike Arnaoutis, highly rated Jr. Welterweight world rated contender Emanuel Taylor, which was the main event on the popular ESPN series “Friday Night Fights”, Chris stunned the Boxing world on June 14, 2014 at The Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY claiming the WBO Jr. Welterweight title with a stirring upset victory over title holder Ruslan Provodnikov, a bout telecast live on HBO. Chris electrified fans with his boxing skills and heart and composure after being knocked down twice in the first round and fighting with a closed eye during the fight. The telecast was one of the highest rated fights of the year on HBO’s After Dark series hitting 1.05 million viewers during the Algieri-Provodnikov bout.

This bout catapulted Chris into a mega fight with Manny Pacquiao, November 22nd, 2014, in Macao, China. Chris went the full 12 rounds with the legend Pacquiao dropping a decision and suffering his first defeat as a professional boxer, but capturing the attention of the boxing world with his ‘American Dream’ story. Promoter Joe Deguardia was able to secure yet another high profile bout for Chris against Amir Khan on May 29, 2015, returning to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Chris put forth an outstanding effort in a fight which many ringside thought he won only to lose a controversial decision to Khan. Chris returned to The Barclay’s Center twice more, defeating well regarded prospect Eric Bone and in his last fight Chris was stopped for the first time in his career by former Olympian and highly rated undefeated contender Errol Spence.

Algieri has seen his fan base grow to worldwide acclaim from his title victory, a steady progression from the support he cultivated as the ‘Pride of Huntington’, fighting in his Long Island, NY hometown, (The Paramount). He has sold out The Paramount in each of his appearances there and has been the foundation upon which his promoter, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, has built the Paramount into one of premiere sites in the USA for regular boxing events.

Outside the ring, Chris graduated from Stony Brook University with honors in May 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management and then went on to receive his Master’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology. Chris aspires to go to Medical School and combine his experience as a world-class athlete and his knowledge of nutrition to spearhead a practice designed to treat competitive athletes without the use of unnecessary surgeries, pharmaceuticals or long lay-offs.

Algieri began his martial arts training in Chinese Kenpo under the tutelage of Robert Mauro at the age of 10. Chris received his black belt at the age of 15 and began competing in amateur kickboxing at the age of 16. While in high school, Chris started wrestling and eventually became captain of the St. Anthony’s varsity squad. Chris won 2 Catholic League titles and one Catholic State Championship and ultimately made it to the semi-finals of the Public State Tournament. He was also awarded a wild card nomination to compete in the High School National Championships, but a knee injury barred Chris from participating. After high school, Chris spent 3 seasons as assistant coach to the St. Anthony’s Friar Wrestling team.

Chris attended Stony Brook University and concentrated his athletic prowess to Full-Contact Kickboxing. He then began sparring and training with Tim “Bring the Pain” Lane under the watchful eye of Mauro. After completing an undefeated amateur career that culminated with a USKBA Northeast Championship, Chris decided to turn professional at the age of 19 years old. After just 2 years as a professional, Chris won the WKA Super Welterweight World Championship against tough Canadian National Champion, Brad Fowler via 8th round KO. Chris has fought champions from all over the globe including: Canada, England, Italy, Yugoslavia, Puerto Rico, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, South Africa and Mongolia.

Chris fulfilled a long time goal on October 26th, 2007 when he successfully captured the ISKA World Welterweight Championship from Scott Mukaddam at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. Algieri got up off the canvas from an incorrectly scored knee to the head to sweep the rest of the rounds and win a wide unanimous 10 round decision. Obtaining this title had been a dream of Chris’ since he was a young boy. Algieri finished his kickboxing career undefeated and as the undisputed world champion in two weight divisions and two different organizations.
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