There is an upside for a New Yorker to stick around the city and climb the professional prizefighting ladder. But truth be told, there are many downsides to that choice as well.
The high cost of living here makes it that much harder to concentrate fully on boxing, and it is easier to find top tier sparring on the West Coast.
Chris Algieri, who co-headlines the NBC Sports Network "Fight Night" card at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, on Saturday night, has progressed, to be honest, quicker than he might have because in the last year, he's been going to training camp in California. Still, the fighter has been able to stick close to family and friends in his hometown, so he's enjoying the best of both worlds.
"I'm living in Huntington," said the 15-0 junior welter, who will meet 10-1 Dominican Jose Peralta. "But I've had a couple training camps [in the last year] in Oxnard, California, training and sparring with Brandon Rios and Marcos Maidana. It's great experience that has made me a better fighter."
A shot against a Top 20 type isn't far off, but for now the 28-year-old Algieri wisely isn't getting ahead of himself. He wants to go to 16-0 on the Main Events-Star Boxing card, and by the end of the year, I suspect, he will be tossed into deeper waters.
A heavyweight clash between 14-0 Ukrainian Czar Glazkov and 35-0 Malik Scott shares top billing with the Algieri-Peralta tussle.
Seven bouts are planned for the card at The Paramount, at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First fight is at 7:30. The TV portion begins at 10:30.