By Eric Thomas: Former WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) weighed in at 145.8lbs for his Showtime Extreme fight against Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) in their 10 round fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Bone weighed in at 148.8lbs.
This is a fight that Algieri, 31, is supposed to win, but you just never know with him. He can’t punch his way out if a wet paper bag, so he’s going to be vulnerable against pretty much anyone he faces, even a mediocre guy like Bone.
Algieri needs to stop the hemorrhaging for his career because he’s lost his last two fights and he cannot afford to lose a third straight fight; not against a guy in Bone’s class.
Algieri figures that this fight is just the start of him rebuilding his career to get him some other big title fight opportunities in the near future. We’ll see. I have a suspicion that he could lose to Bone tomorrow night, or at least look so bad that it’ll hurt his career much in the same way a loss would. Bone is the type of guys that can give Algieri problems and maybe even pull off an upset if he can get Algieri locked into a war. Algieri doesn’t have the punching power to win a lot of wars, and that’s the type of game that Bone likes.
At welterweight, I don’t think Algieri belongs in this weight class. He doesn’t have the punching power even for the 140lb division. I can understand why he moved up to welterweight, because the money is obviously better in this division than at light welterweight, but I don’t see him doing well in this weight class.
Other weights on Saturday’s card
Daniel Jacobs 159.5 vs. Peter Quillin 159
Jesus Cuellar 125.25 vs. Jonathan Oquendo 125.25
(WBA regular featherweight title)
Marcus Browne 177.4 vs. Francisco Sierra 183