Algieri warms up cold New York
Chris Algieri beat Emannuel Taylor on points in a junior welterweight bout in New York on Friday night.
The temperature outside the Paramount Theatre in Huntingdon was around the freezing-point mark but the boxing was pleasantly warm; even hot at times.
Algieri, the local favourite, won by 97-93 on two cards and 98-92 on the third. In a bout televised live on SuperSport, he pressed the action from the opening bell.
He probably won the four rounds, showing good hand speed and movement around the ring as he remained undefeated after 19 professional bouts, of which he won eight inside the distance.
Taylor, whose record now stands at 17-2, with 12 wins inside the distance, struggled to get to terms with Algieri’s slick moves but came into the fight in the middle rounds. However, Algieri finished strongly to earn a unanimous decision.
Algieri, who weighed in at 64.4 kg, had racked up three impressive victories last year, including unanimous points wins over ten rounds against Jose Peralta and Mike Arnaoutis, both more than useful opponents.
A medical student, Algieri had also enjoyed good sparring with top fighters, including recently crowned WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana from Argentina.
Taylor, 64 kg, was coming off shortcut victories over Raymond Serrano and Victor Cayo.
On the undercard junior welterweight Jeremy Bryan improved to 17-3, with 7 knockouts, when he beat Issouf Kinda (16-2; 6) on points in a rather dull bout over eight rounds. The scores were 77-75 on two cards and 78-74.
In a junior middleweight bout Wendy Toussaint (4-0; 0) won by a majority decision over four rounds against Anthony Gangemi (4-2; 3). The scores were 39-37 on two cards and 38-38.