Chris Algieri (23-3, 8 KOs) vs. Tommy Coyle (25-4, 12 KOs)
Saturday, June 1 at 9:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden, New York
Free Boxing Pick: Chris Algieri ML
Recommended Sportsbook: Heritage
Chris Algieri, a former junior welterweight world titleholder, will put the World Boxing Organization International Super Lightweight Title on the line. The 35-year-old claimed the belt after a hard-fought unanimous decision win against Daniel Gonzalez on January 18 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Algieri returned to the ring at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York and beat Angel Hernandez via unanimous decision on November 30, following over two and a half years out of boxing after Errol Spence Jr. knocked him out in the fifth round of their welterweight bout on April, 16, 2016.
“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.”
Tommy Coyle is coming off an exciting debut in the US with an unanimous decision win against Ryan Kielczweski after 10 back-and-forth rounds on October 20 in Boston. The 29-year-old from England moves up from Lightweight after winning his last three fights.
The winner of this fight could be in line for a potential title shot against World Boxing Organization World Super Lightweight champion Maurice Hooker (26-0-3, 17 KOs), so Algieri and Coyle know how high the stakes are for their respective careers.
“I think we’re both cut from the same cloth. It can only go one way, and I think that’s a war. I honestly believe that this fight has come at the perfect time for me. It’s like I’m having a rebirth in my career and I’m probably performing the best I’ve ever performed in the gym. If I come through this fight successfully there could be a world title shot on the horizon for me.”
Algieri knows that Coyle is in great shape and ready for a war and I don’t see either of them getting stopped. I see the judges having to decide the outcome.
Coyle is rugged and fearless, which make his fights fun to watch and Algieri won’t back down no matter what. Both fighters will be willing to exchange punches but Algieri is the better boxer and I will take him to win via split decision.