CHICAGO, IL (June, 17 2014) – In what has been dubbed a shocking upset, Junior Welterweight boxer Chris Algieri defeated Ruslan Provodnikov to claim the 140 – pound WBO Junior Welterweight World Title Saturday, June 15th. The 30-year-old former kick boxer, and Long Island, native won the fight with a split decision over reigning title holder Provodnikov in front of a crowd of over 6,000 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.
The fight got off to a rough for the underdog Algieri, who suffered two knock downs and a swollen eye in the first round after vicious hits from the opposing Provodnikov. However, Algieri, whose fighting style helped him gain the upper hand, bounced back to land 288 punches to Provodnikov’s 205. Algieri won the split decision and improved to a perfect 20-0 in front of a home crowd with two score cards that read 114-112 in his favor.
Along with winning the WBO Welterweight Title, Algieri joins a long lineage of Italian American boxing champions. Algieri becomes the 65th Italian American boxer to hold a title, which joins the likes of Rocky Marciano, Ray Mancini, Rocky Graziano and Jake Lamotta, who were all Italian American’s to hold world titles. Incidentally enough, as Algieri, a New York native, is the 65th Italian American boxer to hold a title, the 64th Italian American title holder, Paulie Malignaggi, was also from the Big Apple.
The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame congratulates Chris on his world title, and wishes him the best in his title defense.
The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving honorable values through sport. Founded in 1977 by George Randazzo, the Hall of Fame has 238 inductees. The organization was founded on the values of Family, Friends, Faith, and Community and has been committed to providing support to students and youth of all backgrounds through its charitable programs, Second Wind and A Level Playing Field. The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is located in Chicago’s famed Little Italy neighborhood, at 1431 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607. For more information on the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, please visit www.niashf.org.
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