Chris Algieri believes a win over Tommy Coyle on the undercard of Joshua vs Ruiz on June 1 will bring him a step closer to a shot at the WBO super-lightweight crown, currently held by Maurice Hooker.
Algieri, the current WBO International Champion, will defend his title against Coyle at Madison Square Garden and a win is likely to secure him a shot at the world title he snatched from Ruslan Provodnikov in 2014.
“Winning this fight, which is all that me and my team plan on doing, puts us in a very good position for some of the top guys in the division,” said Algieri. “Potentially a World title fight with the current WBO World Champion Maurice Hooker who holds the title that I never lost in the ring. That’s what I have in my sights.
“I still feel like part of that belt is mine. That’s not to take anything away from the current champion Hooker, he earned it and he fought his ass off to get to the position that he’s in. I feel like I need another crack at that title because essentially part of it is me.”
Coyle is known for his rough, come-forward style, but Algieri says he still has what it takes to venture into deep waters in order to claim victory.
“You know what you’re going to get with Tommy Coyle. He’s going to come over here in great shape and give it his all. He’s a tough guy and he comes to fight. He’s a blood and guts kind of guy, a kind of guy that I can get excited for. This is going to be a fun fight to watch and it’s going to be a fun fight to be in!
“You’ve got a guy like him who’s going to come forward. He’s going to be throwing and he’s going to be fighting and he’s going to be hungry. Then you’ve got a guy like me who’s a master boxer who’s going to go out there and use his skills. At the same time, I’ve shown my ability to be tough, I’ve shown my ability to be gritty, and when I need that I can always tap into it.”