Chris Algieri to fight on Jacobs-Quillin card on 12/5
By Dan Ambrose: Former world title challenger Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) will be fighting an opponent still to be determined on the December 5th Daniel Jacobs vs. Peter Quillin card on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. There’s talk of a potential bout against 44-year-old “Sugar” Shane Mosley.
It would be a good fight if it happens on this card. Mosley recently made a comeback after two years out of the ring and fought well in beating Ricardo Mayorga by a 6th round knockout last August at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Mosley is interested in getting a title shot at 147, and taking on some of the big names. A fight against Algieri would be perfect for Mosley.
The 31-year-old Algieri recently moved up to the welterweight division after an impressive narrow loss to Amir Khan. The 5’11” Algieri bulked up for the Khan fight, and he looked really good in the weight class like he belongs there.
Rather than move back down to light welterweight and have to deal with draining weight to make the 140lb weight limit, Algieri will be staying in the 147lb division.
“Also, @ChrisAlgieri is slated to also appear on the Dec. 5 #JacobsQuillin undercard. #boxing,” Dan Rafael said on his Twitter.
Algieri has lost his last two fights to Manny Pacquiao and Khan. However, he wasn’t bulked up against Pacquiao like he was against Khan, and he didn’t come after aggressively like he did Khan. It was a totally different Algieri that fought Pacquiao. It was pretty dramatic transformation Algieri did with his fighting style and his physique in just one fight.
I’ve never seen a fighter change overnight like Algieri did in going from the Pacquiao fight to the Khan fight. If Algieri can continue to fight aggressively like he did against Khan, he’ll give a lot of fighter’s problems at 147.
Also on the Jacobs vs. Quillin fight card is Denis Shafikov facing Rances Barthelemy fighting for the vacant IBF World lightweight title. WBA World featherweight champion Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar will be defending his title against Jonathan Oquendo.
Sullivan Barrera misses out on title eliminator against Artur Beterbiev
Unbeaten Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs) won’t be facing undefeated knockout artist Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) in an IBF light heavyweight title eliminator. The fight could have taken place on the undercard of the Lucian Bute vs. James DeGale card on November 28th in Quebec, City.
Unfortunately for Barrera, 33, he’s unable to get a visa to travel to Canada to fight Beterbiev on that card. DeGale and Bute is fighting in Canada because the fight can make more money there than in the UK or in the United States. Beterbiev will wind up facing someone else for the fight while Barrera winds up with nothing.
Beterbiev still doesn’t have it easy though, because the next available contender below Barrera is Cuban Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs). According to Dan Rafael, Gonzalez has until Thursday to accept the fight against Beterbiev or not. That could be an even more interesting fight than Beterbiev-Barrera, because Gonzalez looked really impressive recently in losing a controversial decision to Jean Pascal.
“We tried to give Barrera’s lawyers a bit more time by calling for the purse bid, but, unfortunately, they were not able to work a miracle,” Main Events promoter Kathy Duva told ESPN.com. “So, once I became convinced that [Beterbiev promoter] GYM’s show is firmly in place for Nov. 28, we decided to call off the purse bid as Sullivan would not be able to travel out of the country just yet.”