Three reasons why Chris Algieri will beat Errol Spence
By Hector Franco
This Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York fans will witness a crossroads bout. While Chris Algieri is relatively new to the scene as he caught the public’s attention back in 2014, he is a fighter that is in between contender and gatekeeper. His opponent on Saturday night, Errol Spence, has all the makings of a future world champion. Coming into this bout between Algieri and Spence, the bulk of the hype is surrounding Spence. Many fans and media have already crowned Spence as the future of the sport of boxing and see his ascent to the top as only a matter of time. Chris Algieri just happens to be in the way. For Algieri, the fact that he has been counted out in this bout against an unproven prospect must be insulting. This match up is not a mismatch and shouldn’t be treated as such. Algieri not only has a chance to give Spence a run for his money but also has a chance to upset the applecart. Here are three reasons why Chris Algieri will beat Errol Spence.
This is the most obvious advantage that Algieri has over Spence. Algieri has been in the ring with fighters of all levels of the sport. He may not have won all these match ups, but he gave a good account of himself in all but one. The Pacquiao fight was not a good night for Algieri to say the least. It was, however, a night that Algieri can learn from. It gave him the experience of being in the ring with a hall of famer on PPV. Besides Pacquiao, Algieri also faced off against Ruslan Provodnikov and Amir Khan, two fighters that have completely different styles from one another. Algieri was able to get the win over Provodnikov besides being knocked down twice and having his eye close on him. It showed how tough he is and that it would not be easy to stop him. The Khan fight in May of last year was similar to the Spence bout. It was seen as a mismatch for Khan. Algieri did more than hold his own and in the eyes of many fans may have done enough to get the decision. Algieri in this category trumps Spence by leaps and bounds. Even Emmanuel Taylor, a fighter that Algieri defeated before his bout with Provodnikov is better than anyone Spence has faced thus far.
***John David Jackson***
Since leaving trainer Tim Lane and switching to John David Jackson there have been improvements shown in each subsequent bout. In the Khan bout, Algieri was able to come forward and cut off the ring on Khan. In his last bout against Erick Bone, Algieri employed a style where he was able to use his stick and move style and mix it by coming forward. Algieri is a student of boxing and having John David Jackson in his corner has proved beneficial. In a fight against a young fighter like Spence, Jackson could be the difference between winning and losing. Jackson currently trains light heavyweight king, Sergey Kovalev and was a former world champion himself. Jackson will come up with a strategy for Algieri to follow to defeat Spence. At times when a fight is dead even the corners can make a difference. In this bout the corner of Algieri could lead him to victory.
***Styles make fights***
This goes along with experience in a sense, as due to his level of competition, Spence hasn’t stepped in the ring with a wide variety of styles as a professional. Algieri presents something different for Spence. Algieri isn’t a fighter that is going to allow Spence to tee off on him. This will not be target practice for Spence as most of his bouts have been. Spence has looked impressive and done what he was supposed to do against the competition faced, but it will be interesting to see how Spence handles Algieri. Algieri will present something new to Spence just by employing his jab. Fans haven’t seen Spence cut the ring off on a mobile opponent as of yet, and Algieri has shown that even when he’s been cut off he is more than capable of surviving and holding his own.
On Saturday night we will see where both fighters stand in the welterweight landscape. Algieri is more than capable of winning. This fight will show boxing fans that it's premature to anoint someone as the future. And show fans that a former world champion should never be dismissed or counted out.
Featured photo: Paul J. Bereswill