BROOKLYN — Errol Spence out the welterweight division on notice with a thorough destruction of Chris Algieri tonight on NBC’s edition of Premier Boxing Champions.
The fight was no contest from the opening bell. Spence abused Algieri with body shots and forced exchanges, resulting in Algieri being the receiving end of jarring southpaw left hands. It was that counter shot that produced a discolored bruise under Algieri’s right eye and a knockdown in the fourth.
Unlike the knockdowns suffered against Manny Pacquiao, Spence remained composed and continued working the body and crowding Algieri. Trapped on the ropes, Algieri was baited into throwing counter shots just to survive. This allowed Spence to crash home a vicious left hook that put Algieri on the seat on his pants and forced the referee stoppage.
The win cements Spence’s position as the #1 contender for IBF titlist Kell Brook. Spence made it known he’s looking to make that fight in addition to challenging his stablemates in the PBC.
— PBC (@premierboxing) April 17, 2016
The win is Spence’s third straight knockout and extends his record to 20-0 (17 KOs). Algieri falls to 21-3 (8 KOs) with three losses in his last four fights.
MARCUS BROWNE SD8 RADIVOJE KALAJDZIC: Browne got the victory but failed to impress in the first real test of his career. He was credited a dubious knockdown in the first when Kalajdzic slipped. Browne suffered the first knockdown of his career when Kalajdzic blasted him with a right hand in the sixth. From that moment, Browne spent the rest of the fight doing more holding than punching. The referee failed to give him a hard warning for these tactics and Browne escaped with a split decision victory (76-74, 74-74, 76-75).
KRZYZTOF GLOWACKI UD12 STEVE CUNNINGHAM: The 39 year old Cunningham put on another great display of heart, but didn’t have to durability to handle Glowacki’s power. Cunningham went down twice in the second, and had a big momentum killer when he was dropped in the 10th. Outside the knockdowns, Cunningham was very competitive by being aggressive and using his quick hands to beat Glowacki to the punch. Despite the knockdown, “USS” had his greatest success in the 10th when he briefly stunned Glowacki with a counter right hand.
At 39 years old and multiple wars on his ledger, this would be a good time for Cunningham to consider retirement.