His pretty face certainly participes to his reputation but he has mainly built this one thanks to his brave Boxing. In the pugilistic world, Chris Algieri is also well-known for his extensive knowledge in diet and nutrition (he mastered in healthcare science in the New York Institute of Technology).
The New-Yorker will now have to fully use his knowledge for himself. After 4 fights in the Welter division (147 lbs), he had decided to move back down to « his » division, the light-welterweight one (140 lbs), where he was World champion (WBO).
In June 2014, at the end of 12 die-hard rounds, he beat Russian Provodnikov by split decision. This fight was his last one in this weight division, that he left undefeated after 18 fights.
In the aftermath, for the honor to boxe the great Manny Pacquiao, Chris Algieri moved up to the welterweight division. The fight occurred in November 2014, WBO blet at stake. The New-Yorker meets his 1st loss. Despite 6 knock-downs, he succeeded in staying up until the end. He finally and logically lost by unanimous decision.
In May 2015, he is opposed to another glory of Worldwide Boxing, Englishman Amir Khan. The fight is tight but Chris Algieri looses by unanimous decision. A defeat which quite looks like a success considering his opponent’s records and the way he fought.
In December 2015, he doesn’t miss the target and wins his fight against Erick Bone by unanimous decision. Unfortunately, he suffered a major setback for his 4th fight in the welterweight division by loosing against Errol Spence in April 2016 (TKO 5th round).
“Some bad ass training with West Coast fighters »
At 32 years old, Chris Algieri is taking up a new challenge. These last months, he’s got prepared with Daniel Jacobs’ Team. He was called by the Californian for his diet and nutrition skills in order to help him in preparation for his fight against Golovkin mid-March. But the New-Yorker took the opportunity to put the gloves on the West Coast strikers. Chris Algieri is in the starts…
What was your schedule lately ?
I was training, working pretty hard and helping out with Daniel Jacobs in his training camp, as a nutritionist and conditioning coach. It has been a pretty great experience. It got me some bad ass training with West Coast fighters…
It was also a great thing to meet different coaches and people out there. I have expanded my knowledge of the people in the sport.
Have you trained for a coming fight ?
I don’t have anything on the box right now. I think we will have an announcement very soon and get back to the ring in a couple months. I am in a fantastic shape ! I trained very hard with great sparrings, so whoever who is uprising, we should know soon.
Are there any fighters that you would like to fight ?
People often aks me who I want to fight but I have never really have an option to choose. I am the kind of guy who fights anybody who is in front of me, so whatever comes up, I prepare to get ready.
“Staying disciplined and focus, a primarily issue”
What would be the key of a preparation for a fight ?
I think the key in boxing, in general, has always been discipline, staying focus, training long and hard. You have to prepare for weeks, for months, just for only one particular night. It’s not like other sports. We don’t have a season. We have one night, one hour to shine and we do all this working for that.
So, staying disciplined and staying focus is a primarily issue to do when you come to professional boxing, especially at the highest level.
What about diet and nutrition, your 2nd job ?
When it comes to nutrition and diet, I think that’s also an important part of a preparation for any fight, for one specific reason : we are restricted athletes. We have to make a specific weight limit.
So, it’s important that we are getting our bodies leaning, and getting our weight down to the weight that is specified in the contract.
But, at the same time, it’s important for us to be properly fuel and, then, to refuel and to recover from a really hard training sessions.
“Boxing is not a part-time job »
Recovery is a main key, isn’t ?
At the highest level, recovery is almost as important, if not more important, than the actual training. Once you are at the World class level, you have been training hard for a long time. You have got good skills, you have got great fitness and you are going to work extremely hard.
But how do you take care of your body in between those sessions and in between your fights, becomes very, very important as your age progresses.
So I think that you have to really, really be on top of taking care of your body, feeding it the right way, recovering the right way, getting your rest.
Boxing is not a part-time job. It’s something you have to do full time. And you should have your body and your mind all set together to be the best.
What did impress you in the Olympic amateur tournament last summer ?
The Kazakhstan and those eastern European countries are putting out a lot of really good fighters. Even in the pros, a lot have been Russians and Eastern Europeans. They are coming up now.
These guys have not the traditional European style. They’ve got a lot more of that Western or American style : not so stiff, more athletic… And they are strong and very agressive. I am curious to see how they will progress in the professional ranks.