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Chris Algieri-Tommy Coyle set for June 1 at Madison Square Garden

Benn's target... Chris Algieri. Photo by Esther Lin
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Junior welterweight contender Chris Algieri cannot afford a loss at this stage of his career. Neither can Tommy Coyle, who could leapfrog Algieri into contender status with an impressive victory.

Algieri and Coyle will square off in a crossroads bout on June 1, Matchroom Boxing announced.

The 10-round bout will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be included on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz heavyweight title bout, which will stream live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Box Office in the U.K.

The 35-year-old Algieri (23-3, 8 knockouts) is perhaps best-known for being dropped six times before losing a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao in November 2014. That defeat came five months after a WBO world title victory over Ruslan Provodnikov.

Algieri, who resides in Huntington, New York, was stopped by Errol Spence in April 2016. He temporarily retired from the ring two-and-a-half years later after defeating veteran Angel Hernandez by decision.

In his last bout on Jan. 18, Algieri, who is promoted by Joe DeGuardia, won by unanimous decision over once-beaten Daniel Gonzalez.

“I know that Tommy Coyle is another tough test for me and that a victory will bring me one step closer to another world title fight,” said Algieri, who has a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the New York Institute of Technology. “I’d like to thank my entire team for their support of my quest to once again become a world champion.”

Algieri is ranked No. 5 by the WBO.

Coyle (25-4, 12 KOs), who resides in Hull, England, defeated Ryan Kielczweski by unanimous decision in his last bout on Oct. 20. He has won four of his last five bouts.

The 29-year-old Coyle lost to lightweight contender Luke Campbell by knockout in August 2015 but is best known for overcoming four knockdowns to stop Argentina’s Daniel Brizuela in February 2014.

Coyle anticipates an all-action fight against Algieri and is excited to be fighting at Madison Square Garden.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Coyle. “Fighting in America is one thing, but fighting at Madison Square Garden against a former world champion in Chris Algieri is unbelievable and I’m so up for it.”

“I’m expecting a (Arturo) Gatti vs. (Mickey) Ward style fight. I really am. I know how tough Chris is. You’ve only got to watch him in the Provodnikov fight. I’m not sure if he broke his eye socket or not, but he just gritted his teeth and battled on. I think we’re both cut from the same cloth. It can only go one way and I think that’s a war.”

Also on the DAZN telecast, Katie Taylor will face Delfine Person for the undisputed women’s world lightweight championship.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for since October 2013. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing



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