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LI’s Chris Algieri to fight Errol Spence at Barclays Center on April 16

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Chris Algieri

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Chris Algieri celebrates defeating Erick Bone of Ecuador during their Welterweight bout on December 5, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Images/ Al Bello

Greenlawn’s Chris Algieri is a local favorite, but he will be regarded by most as a decided underdog when he faces fast-rising prospect and former 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence in a 10-round welterweight bout headlining a Premier Boxing Champions card on NBC announced Tuesday and scheduled for April 16 at Barclays Center.

Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) rebounded from losses to Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan with a solid win over Erick Bone in his last fight, but Spence (19-0, 16 KOs) is on the fast track to a title shot in the 147-pound division and is seeking the signature win that can serve as a stepping stone to that level.

“Errol Spence may be the premier prospect in all of boxing,” promoter Lou DiBella said in a statement. “Algieri . . . nearly upset the applecart for Amir Khan. He looks to stop the rise of a young star and achieve a mega fight.”

The card also features cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0, 16 KOs) of Poland against American former champ Steve Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) and Staten Island’s Marcus Browne (17-0, 13 KOs) in a light-heavyweight match against Radivoje Kaladjdzic (21-0, 14 KOs) of Bosnia.

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