Post-fight Analysis: Khan goes the distance and wins by
Chris Algieri made what was meant to be a routine win for Khan,
into a challenging night that twisted and turned and never looked
Algieri came out of the corner with a fire in his eyes, and the
passion of someone who believed he could knock out his
Khan used his speed to move and counter in the early rounds, but
the New Yorker managed to land his deadly right hand a few times to
ensue Khan kept on his toes.
Bolton's Khan admitted in the post fight interview that he had
to change his plan, not expecting the pressure he faced, but it
worked for Khan who largely got the better of the boxing. And the
scores reflected this: 115-113, 117-111, 117-111, in favour of
Khan, who moves to 31 wins out of 34 fights.
Pre-fight Analysis: Khan faces make-or-break fight against
30-3 British star Amir Khan finds himself in a crucial bout
against former WBO World Light-Welterweight titlist Chris
Khan knows that a loss against the New Yorker Algieri would end
his prospects of a huge showdown with the pound-for-pound king
Floyd Mayweather, and could call time on any world title ambitions
The Bolton ace is returning to BoxNation after scoring a
stunning and comprehensive unanimous decision against Devon
Alexander in his last outing. On that night, last December, Khan
completely outclassed two-weight world champ Alexander at the MGM
Grand to further raise his stock with the American audience and
push him closer to world title contention.
Khan has successfully rebuilt his career after suffering
back-to-back defeats at light-welterweight in 2011 and 2012, and
will enter the Barclays Center ring coming off a four-fight winning
streak. The 28-year-old started the run with a comeback win against
Carlos Molina before stepping up to welterweight to beat Julio Diaz
on his homecoming fight and BoxNation debut.
A highly impressive win over Luis Collazo on the Mayweather v
Maidana 1 card followed in May 2014 as Khan returned to the US,
before he defeated Alexander last time out.
A win over Algieri would set up the British former Olympic star
for a mouthwatering potential September showdown with box office
superstar Floyd Mayweather.
However, the 28-year-old will first have to overcome the
challenge of former WBO Light-Welterweight Champion Algieri. The
31-year-old shocked the boxing world when he took a split decision
win over Siberian star Ruslan Provodnikov in June last year to win
the WBO crown.
Algieri stepped up to welterweight in his next bout, but was
outgunned by Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and failed in his bid
to become a two-weight world champion.
The New Yorker will bring a 20-1 record into the ring with him
and, at 5ft 10in, will have a two-inch height advantage over