Former junior welterweight titleholder Chris Algieri made his return to the boxing ring tonight in Huntington, New York, winning a wide decision over club fighter Angel Hernandez.
Algieri (22-3, 8 KO) hadn’t fought since an April 2016 loss to Errol Spence Jr, who was then on the rise in the welterweight division and is today one of the top fighters in the sport. Algieri looked in good shape for his comeback bout, which he won on scores of 99-91, 100-90, and 100-90, going the 10-round distance at the Paramount Theatre, which is the venue where he first made his name in the sport.
Algieri plans to campaign at 140 pounds again going forward, and promoter Joe DeGuardia said they’re looking to get him a title shot in 2019. Hernandez falls to 14-12-2 (9 KO) with the loss.
“The Paramount was electric and Chris Algieri confirmed that he wants to regain his world championship belt,” he said. “We plan on providing Chris with another world title opportunity in 2019. He is a skilled and dedicated boxer and will give any title holder at 140 lbs. an exciting and tough challenge.”