By Andrew Wroblewski
Greenlawn-native Chris Algieri got back in the win column Saturday night with a unanimous decision over Erick Bone in a 10-round welterweight bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The victory was Algieri’s first since June 14, 2014, when he defeated Ruslan Provodnikov to win the WBO world super lightweight title. Algieri lost his last two fights prior to Saturday, first to Manny Pacquiao and then to Amir Khan.
“I felt like the fight was mine the whole way,” Algieri, 31, told reporters after the fight, which was an undercard to a title fight between Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin (Jacobs won in a first-round TKO).
“I wanted to really get the knockout tonight, but, like I said, the guy is in awesome shape.”
Bone tested Algieri early, but the St. Anthony’s High School graduate responded to out-box his opponent down the stretch.
Through the final five rounds, Algieri out-landed Bone in total punches 52-93. Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) also knocked Bone down with a body shot in the eighth round.
In total, Algieri out-landed Bone 247-185, including 206-158 in power punches.
“It was a workman-like performance, one that he needed to get back on the winning track,” Algieri’s trainer John David Jackson told the media.
Algieri next set his sights on the future.
“I’m looking to 2016 and some big fights,” Algieri said. He added that he’d like to fight three times next year and would “love” to fight rematches against Pacquiao and Khan, the only two fighters to defeat him in his professional boxing career.
“I feel like I have unfinished business with those guys.”