Chris Algieri’s road to Macau to fight Manny Pacquiao

Updated November 1, 2014 4:28 PM
By GREG LOGAN greg.logan@newsday.com
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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.

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