Chris Algieri scored the biggest win of his career by some distance when the New Yorker picked himself off the floor twice in the first round to out-score Ruslan Provodnikov via a split decision.
The massive underdog used his superior boxing skills to evade Provodnikov’s power punches sufficiently to remain on his feet and take the WBO light-welterweight crown.
Algieri, 30, cut an emotional figure upon the reading of the scorecards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to secure his first world title and extend his unbeaten record in from of his home crowd.
The now former champion Provodnikov, also 30, has missed out on a lucrative November match-up with Manny Pacquiao as the Russian was named a possible by Bob Arum last week.
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