Welterweight contender Chris Algieri said he was looking to step up in competition and stature after his most recent bout, an eight-round unanimous-decision win over Raul Tovar at the Paramount in Huntington last July.
He’s going to get that chance on Saturday night February 23 when he squares off against Jose Peralta Alejo (10-1-0, 6 KOs) in a 10-round bout at the Paramount. But here’s the hitch, Algieri (15-0, 7 KOs) be headlining the NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” card.
Since making the switch to boxing from kick boxing five years ago, Algieri has blazed a trail in the ring, winning most of his fights with ease. February will present a different challenge for Algieri, who will have a national audience tuning in to see if he’s the real deal.
"This is the national exposure I've wanted for my career. It's a great opportunity to be in the spotlight. I've seen video of Jose Peralta and I know guys he's trained with. We're two hungry guys and it's a perfect fight for both of us."
The card could also prove to be a showcase event for Algieri’s promoter Star Boxing, as well as Main Events, which promotes Peralta.
"It is refreshing for a fighter like Peralta to gain national exposure on NBC Sports Network Fight Night,” said Main Events boss Kathy Duva. “Peralta was given the opportunity to step up and gladly accepted it. Fighting an undefeated competitor like Algieri in his hometown will add a level of excitement that our Fight Night fans have come to expect."
Star Boxing’s Joe DeGuardia also lauded the card.
"Chris Algieri is a very talented junior welterweight that has improved with each outing and Star Boxing is very proud that sports fans across the country will be able to see him fight against Jose Peralta, a very tough prospect from nearby Jersey City, New Jersey-it's like a throwback to the old cross-town fights.”