Algieri Defeats Gonzalez
The bright lights of New York City were on full display
Friday night at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden.
Former WBO Super Lightweight World Champion CHRIS ALGIERI
(now, 23-3 8KO's) and Queens native DANNY "EL GALLO"
GONZALEZ (now 17-2-1 7KO's) stepped in against each other
with not only the WBO International Super Lightweight title
on the line, but each knowing that a victory would put
himself in line for a shot at a 140 lb. title.
Opening the action, Algieri controlled the opening rounds,
showing a dedication to attacking the body, while using his
agility and elite footwork to evade the offensive attempts
of Gonzalez. Sitting on his punches, fighting on the
outside, Algieri displayed his elite level punch rate.
Gonzalez would eventually settle in, pressuring Algieri
through the second half of the scheduled ten-round bout.
Gonzalez continued his aggression in an attempt to get
himself back in the fight and successfully pushed the action
for the remainder of the fight.
An accidental head butt, late in the seventh round, opened a
cut under the left eye of Algieri. Seeing blood, Gonzalez
went on the aggressive, landing a hard left hand while he
pinned Algieri against the ropes. Getting into a grove,
Gonzalez began putting combinations together to both the
body and the head.
At the end of the 10-rounds, Gonzalez's late offensive
effort would prove to fall short, as the judges gave Algieri
the nod by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 96-94. By unanimous
decision, Chris Algieri earned the vacant WBO INTERNATIONAL
SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE.
"I am my biggest critic, my performance wasn't my best, but
we got the W, we got the belt and I'm moving on" said
Algieri. When asked about a possible title fight against
MAURICE HOOKER, Algieri stated, "I can turn it up when I
need it ... I have always been the guy that can pull off the
CEO of Star Boxing JOE DEGUARDIA said this about the fight,
"I am proud of both Chris and Danny. It was one of the most
compelling fights of the night from the perspective of fan
participation and support, with a vocal crowd that was
essentially split between both local fighters. Chris gutted
it though a tough fight and the win puts him in line for
some big matches. I was also very impressed with Danny's
performance, and believe he showed that he can hang with the
elite level of the 140 lb. division. Congratulations to both
men on a great fight. We will be announcing some positive
steps for both of them in the coming months."