Chris Algieri's promoter arguing to keep fighter's 140-pound title

Chris Algieri's promoter hopes fighter will retain his 140-pound belt win or lose after fight with Pacquiao

The promoter for Chris Algieri will meet later this week with the head of the World Boxing Organization to resolve the possible stripping of Algieri’s 140-pound world-title belt.

Algieri promoter Joe DeGuardia said he’ll urge WBO President Paco Valcarcel to allow New York’s Algieri (20-0) to await the outcome of his Sunday morning [Macao time] welterweight world title fight against Manny Pacquiao before choosing his next bout.

Should Algieri produce a stunning upset, a rematch clause will be exercised and he’d defend a new WBO welterweight belt, DeGuardia said.

Should he lose, Algieri has until mid-March — nine months from the date of his June upset of hard-hitting Ruslan Provodnikov — to defend the 140-pound belt against one of the WBO’s top 15 contenders of his choosing.

The WBO informed Algieri earlier this month that it intended to strip him of the 140-pound belt as soon as the fight against Pacquiao begins.

“Win, lose or draw [Sunday], that [140-pound] title is his,” DeGuardia said. “Chris’ position is he’s here to win the 147-pound title.

“But the WBO has precedent to allow a champion to fight for another belt, and this is their own belt. That’s the way I’m expecting them to rule [this week], and frankly, that’s what’s going to happen — one way or another.

“He shouldn’t lose it out of the ring.”

Algieri, after all, only opted to pursue the fight of a lifetime.

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