Chris Algeri’s trainer, John David Jackson, has warned that the former WBO 140 lb champion is ready to surprise a lot of people, especially given the good account of himself he gave against Amir Khan back in May in the wake of their hook-up.
The New Yorker (20-2, 8ko) is set to return in his home city on Dec 2 at the Barclays Centre, squaring off against Gabriel Bracero (24-2) in what Jackson predicts will be a bounce-back fight onto (eventual) much bigger and better things.
“He’s gotta fight a couple of guys with good names first that are maybe on their way down but still dangerous,” Jackson said to fighthubtv when speaking of the future. “Then maybe 2 or 3 fights down the road he can fight a bigger name fighter and we’ll see what happens.”
Algieri dropped a decision to Khan that for many didn’t really tell the full story of the fight – with the Brit visibly in trouble at points before pulling away – and given more time together, Jackson feels he can potentially develop the former kickboxer into a world titlist once more.
Algieri enjoyed a brief 5 month tenure as champion last year, rising from the deck to outpoint Ruslan Provodnikov in June, before moving to 147 and being knocked down six times by Manny Pacquiao in their November title clash. It was after that fight he sought out Jackson in order to make changes, and the veteran former world champion trainer is predicting a bright future, with the emphasis for the time being at least, being on learning.
“I love Chris, he’s a student of boxing. Everything I’ve taught him and showed him, he believed in me and most people didn’t think he could fight like that [against Khan] but I knew that he could.”
“He’s a joy to work with and our future together is bright, because if he keeps listening he’s only gonna get better and go out there and win a load of fights people thought that he couldn’t win.”