Chris Algieri: Learning the Tricks of the Trade from Robert Garcia
- Updated: April 1, 2012
In order to become the best at anything you do, you must be willing go the extra mile to ensure success. Undefeated junior welterweight prodigy Chris Algieri (13-0, 6 KO’s) learned this lesson all too well recently when he left his Huntington, New York residence in order to travel across the country to Oxnard, California to progress his skill at Robert Garcia’s boxing academy.
When asked his perspective regarding being fortunate enough to work with one of the hottest trainers in boxing, Algieri said “It was great. The atmosphere there is like nowhere I’ve been before. The gym is packed with talented guys who are in shape and everyone welcomed me with open arms. Although everyone is very serious about their training, at the same time they are very loose. As much as it is a serious place and everyone is getting their job done, it’s a fun place to be.”
While training in Oxnard, Algieri took full advantage of his opportunity by sparring with WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios. When asked his opinion of Rios, Algieri stated “It was great, the kid is a beast. One of the days we were there he sparred 15 rounds and I did about five with him that day. He’s definitely strong and a real bull. He’s a really cool guy.”
Algieri’s time in Oxnard, by all accounts, has been viewed as a rousing success. Algieri’s future seems to be a bright one, and none are more enthusiastic about Algieri’s chances of success than Robert Garcia. When asked about Algieri, Garcia commented, “Chris is a good kid. He had a good camp and got good sparring. He’s one of those fighters that works hard and wants to get better. I see the potential in him and we want him back.”
Algieri is slated to face Winston “The Rochester Reaper” Mathis (7-4-1, 2 KO’s) in the main event of a card billed as “Rockin’ Bouts 3”, which is being presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. The fight will take place in Algieri’s hometown of Huntington, New York, and Algieri’s growing fan base will likely be satisfied by what the rising star has in store for them. Keith Trimble and Tim Lane will be working Algieri’s corner in the Mathis fight, as Robert Garcia has a prior engagement to work with former middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik in San Antonio, Texas the same night.
Regarding his future training plans, Algieri affirmed that he would like to return to train with Garcia against in the future. “Yes absolutely. Robert asked me when I was going to come back. I said I was going to stay home for a couple of weeks after my fight and try to head right back.” And with that, Chris Algieri’s prospects for ascendancy just got a little better.