Boxer Chris Algieri, a Stony Brook graduate, knows what it’s like to be underdog, which is why he was eager to express his support for the Seawolves in their first NCAA Tournament game against Kentucky on Thursday night.
The Greenlawn native previously established a scholarship fund at SBU and sits on the board of Seawolves United, a new fundraising arm of the athletic department.
“The older I get, the less I believe in luck, but I want to wish good luck to my alma mater,” Algieri said in a statement. “The program has come such a long way over the past few years. It is an inspiration to see what hard work and determination can do…I think they can be the latest ‘Cinderella’ story to come out of the tournament.
“I’ve been the underdog numerous times in my life and career, and it’s all about digging deep and having the heart of a champion. I know those guys on the Stony Brook team have that championship mettle.”
Algieri will not attend the game in Des Moines, Iowa, because he’s in training to take on former U.S. Olympian Errol Spence in a Premier Boxing Champions on NBC welterweight battle on April 16 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.