Chris Algieri Interview “Be Ready to Fight!” By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr, Doghouse Boxing (July 16, 2012) Doghouse Boxing - Tweet
28th in the main event at "ROCKIN FIGHTS 4" at The Paramount in
Huntington, New York, NY, the undefeated junior welterweight, Chris
Algieri 14-0 (7) will take on battle tested Texan Raul Tovar 10-5-1 (4)
in the main event. The former unbeaten kick boxing champion, who is now
trained by Robert Garcia, has his sights set on another victory, on his
march to world title contention. In this exclusive interview, Chris
talks about his upcoming bout, his career and more, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.
What inspired you to want to lace up the gloves?
Chris Algieri I grew up watching fights with my grandfather, he told me told me how
great those guys were and thought so highly of those guys, I wanted to
be a fighter. He told me that I shouldn’t be a fighter, I should be a
doctor, because I was to smart. But I couldn’t get it out of my system,
it is on my blood. I started out kick boxing, became world champion, now
I want to gain a world title as a boxer.
Was the transition from kick boxing to just straight up throwing punches
hard for you? I mean, you are in the ring and see a good opening for a
kick, does instinct kick in?
CA Nah, with boxing the cup and protector is so big it would be hard to
kick someone. Even if I wanted to kick I think it would be difficult.
Even when I kick boxed, I was a good kicker, but I was more of a
puncher. It was an easy transition.
What do you feel is your greatest asset as a young prospect?
CA I think it is my mind, my ability to see and analyze my opponent and
make adjustments during my bout. I have never been beaten as a pro, part
of that is because I have learned how to win in situations. I feel my
ability to find ways to win is my best asset.
What separates you from the other prospects in your division?
CA For one, I am probably one of the biggest 140-pounders in the world. I
am 5‘10“, I have long arms, long legs, and I am athletic on top of that.
Do you know anything about your upcoming opponent Raul Tovar?
CA I know he is a real tough guy from Texas, he has been in with some real
good opposition. He has never been stopped, he comes forward and throws
punches, he will come to win.
It has to be a high to fight in front of your hometown friends, fans and
family, but, with it being in front of all of your people, does it put
pressure on you to want to perform well, maybe go above and beyond?
CA At this point, I don’t think it has affected me, I could fight in front
of my fans, or just be my opponent and myself, it really doesn’t matter.
Every fight is important.
Why should a fight fan come and watch you fight?
CA For one, my fights are exciting, two, it is my craft, a lot of guys go
out there and just get hit, that is not my style, I figure people out,
and people want to see a fighter master their craft and look good doing
If you could send a message out to your opponent, what would that message be?
Get in the best shape that you can, don’t get hurt before the fight, and be ready to fight.
Anything in closing?
CA Thanks to all of my fans, we are going to the top.
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