As former 140-pound titleholder Chris Algieri will get set to finish a two-year layoff tomorrow night when he takes on Mikkel LesPierre on the MSG Theater, Algieri tells RingTV that he doesn’t think about this struggle a comeback out of retirement, however somewhat his likelihood to regain the stature he as soon as misplaced.
“I believe it’s a fantastic matchup,” Algieri instructed The Ring. “This isn’t a comeback for me, it’s solely a comeback as a result of I’ve been out of the ring, my mindset has not modified. I’m a fighter, a present prime man, and I’m trying to be a world champion once more.”
Though Algieri says he may’ve chosen a better opponent to make his return towards however that he feels recent and sharp as he’s constantly been within the gymnasium coaching and sparring to the purpose the place he doesn’t even really feel like he’s been off for so long as he has. Going towards LesPeirre, Algieri readily admits he’s going through a succesful opponent who’s extra slick together with his higher physique motion than together with his ft.
However as a result of Aligeri believes in his measurement and attain benefit over LesPierre, to not point out his ‘underestimated energy’ at 140, Algieri says he might even shock some folks with the show he’s trying to placed on.
“[LesPierre’s] solely losses are to prime guys, Hooker and Pedraza. I want to win and do it impressively and do it higher than these guys did. [I want to] make a press release that that is the load class I’m going to marketing campaign in and I deserve these greater fights.”
Aligeri (24-3, 9 KOs) made his final look within the ring towards Tommy Coyle in June 2019, forcing a stoppage. LesPierre (22-2-1, 10 KOs) most lately dropped a unanimous choice to Jose Pedraza in July 2020.