Chris Algieri’s road to Macau to fight Manny Pacquiao
The evolution of Huntington’s Chris Algieri from obscure kickboxer into WBO world light welterweight boxing champion and challenger to WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao followed a long and improbable path. Here’s a timeline tracking the arc of Algieri’s career:
1994: Chris Algieri takes up martial arts at age 10 under the direction of Robert Mauro at the U.S. Karate Academy in Huntington.
1999: Earns black belt at age 15.
2000: Begins competing in amateur kickboxing events at age 16.
2001-02: Wrestling for St. Anthony’s High School, Algieri wins two straight Catholic League championships and adds the Catholic state championship in 2002 as a senior captain of the team. He then turns down college wrestling offers to pursue his kickboxing career.
2002: Algieri enters Stony Brook University.
2003: Algieri turns pro as a kickboxer after postponing the move for a year while recovering from an injury.
2005: Algieri wins the WKA world super welterweight title at the age of 21.
2007: After graduating from Stony Brook with a bachelor’s degree in health care sciences, Algieri wins the ISKA welterweight world title in the fall, earning his highest purse of $3,000 and then retiring from kickboxing with a 20-0 record in order to begin his boxing career. Per his mother Adriana’s wishes, he also enters New York Institute of Technology to pursue a master’s degree.
2008: Despite having no amateur boxing experience, Algieri makes his pro boxing debut with a third-round TKO of Kenneth Dunham at 1:54. Tim Lane, a former kickboxing sparring partner, and Keith Trimble, who runs Bellmore Kickboxing Academy and had worked with Algieri for a year in that sport, take over as his boxing trainers.
2010: Algieri earns his masters from NYIT in clinical nutrition, but his boxing career hits a lull with only one fight all year as he suffers from injury and management problems.
2011: Having compiled a 10-0 record, Algieri signs with Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia and fights for the first time at Huntington’s Paramount Theater, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Bayan Jargal to reach 12-0.
2012-13: Algieri racks up six more wins at the Paramount but begins to grow weary of the slow progress of his career. In early 2013, he also works as a sparring partner for Argentine welterweight contender Marcos Rene Maidana.
2014: On Feb. 14, Algieri scores his breakthrough 10-round decision over feared KO puncher Emanuel Taylor on an ESPN-televised card from the Paramount. That victory earned Algieri a June 14 date at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov, who scored two first-round knockdowns but was outboxed the rest of the way by Algieri, who won the world title by a split decision despite a right eye that closed by the end of the eighth round. On July 15, Algieri reached an agreement to fight WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao at a 144-pound catchweight on Nov. 22 in Macau, China.