Photo: Peter Frutkoff
Unbeaten jr welterweight Chris Algieri (19-0 8 KOs), who challenges WBO world champion Ruslan Provodnikov on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, is as much a scholar as he is a boxer. 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.
Against Provodnikov he plans to fight an intelligent fight. “We’ve got to go out there and be a master boxer,” Algieri told reporters. “This is a boxing match. It’s not a barroom brawl. So, I’ve got to go out there and use my skills.”
Against a big-punching pressure fighter like Provodnikov, Algieri is also prepared to mix it up. “There’s no shot that that I’m not going to have to fight,” he stated. “This is a boxing match. Ruslan’s going to put the pressure and he’s going be in front of me. But, at the same time even though I’m deemed the boxer and he the puncher, once we’re inside, I can still punch. I’m still going be in there, still being able to throw and use my skills on the inside.”