Khan-Algieri Preview

By Robert Ecksel on May 26, 2015
Khan-Algieri Preview
“Everyone they put to me, I've answered the questions. I've beaten them in good fashion.”

If Algieri lacks the power to put Khan’s chin to the test—all the better for the Bolton Bomber and his dream of fighting Mayweather…

Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, former WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs), from Bolton, Lancashire, United Kingdom, gets it on with former WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs), from Huntington, New York.

The fight, which will be televised live on Spike TV, looks like a mismatch on paper. Although both men are former titleholders and superb boxers, of the two Khan is more seasoned. But Algieri is the hometown kid fighting in front of a hometown crowd, and if he lacks the power to put Khan’s chin to the test all the better for the Bolton Bomber and his dream of fighting Floyd Mayweather.

Everybody wants to fight Floyd Mayweather, which is the same thing as saying everyone is willing to lose to Floyd Mayweather. Khan has been in the running forever, but for reasons that may have less to do with his skills than his personality, he’s always the bridesmaid and never the bride.

With one fight left on his five-fight contract, presumably in September against a fighter yet to be named, and maybe one fight beyond that to pass Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record, Floyd has, at most, two more fights before he calls it a day.

Will one of those two fights involve Amir Khan?

It will if he has anything to say about it.

“They are hoping I have a bad performance,” said Khan, who reads minds as efficiently as he boxes. “They are waiting for a bad fight from me, so they can turn round and say ‘we knew you were not good enough.’”

No one in his weight class is good enough to beat Floyd Mayweather, and that applies to Amir Khan as well.

“Everyone they put to me,” Khan continued, “I’ve answered all the questions. I’ve beaten them in good fashion. They’re thinking Chris Algieri has a style which doesn’t make people look good. Maybe they’re hoping he might cause me a few problems and make the fight look messy.”

Algieri does have a style which doesn’t make some people look good. It worked when he fought Ruslan Provodnikov in June to win the WBO junior welterweight title. It didn’t work when he fought Manny Pacquiao.

“That’s the way they are thinking because deep down they don’t want the fight. I have to take care of Chris Algieri and then it will lead me to a big fight with Floyd Mayweather. That’s what happened when Manny Pacquiao beat Algieri and hopefully it happens with me.”

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  1. NYIrish 04:12am, 05/29/2015

    Never underestimate an Italian who lives in a basement.

  2. Critical Beatdown 07:50pm, 05/28/2015

    Anything to make this fight appear like it’s worth watching, right? This is an insult to boxing fans, one that gets perpetrated on the regular. A top tier fighting stepping down at the wrong time to maneuver for something bigger and better. I personally think it’s a dumb calculation. A bigger risk would mean a bigger reward. Algieri? Man, Amir, come on!! I’m losing some respect these days. Used to love ya!!!

  3. raxman 06:32pm, 05/28/2015

    laurena - now thats the one floyd argument that just doesnt hold up. they said he wouldnt fight mosley when the fight was first talked about. same with canelo. and of course he was never going to fight pac. its only ever after the fight is made that the opponents are then dismissed. and then in pacs case not even - i got floyd at the unheard of odds of 2-1 - that means a whole load of people thought pac could win that fight
    would he fight someone like Thurman? no way, but weighing up risk vs reward is something every fighter does, not just floyd.

  4. Laurena 11:39am, 05/28/2015

    Something beyond earth-shattering has to happen in order for this to be “the fight” to set Amir up for Floyd. Then again, Floyd’s not going to select anyone who could even remotely give him a run for his money.

  5. raxman 01:37am, 05/28/2015

    oh, and also, how about the way khan acts as if he isn’t the one choosing his opponents - “everyone they’ve put to me, I’ve answered all the questions. I’ve beaten them in good fashion. they’re thinking Chris Algieri has a style etc etc” Come on Amir you’re embarrassing yourself now

  6. raxman 01:33am, 05/28/2015

    early days I was a huge khan fan. word was out re his suspect chin even when still an amateur but that only made his aggressive style all the more compelling.
    but following those consecutive losses his move to 147 has turned him to the ultimate cherry picker with his eye only on staying unbeaten so as to get in line for a Maypayday - the biggest fight he’s had at 47 being the fading Devon Alexander - made worse by the fact the welters are probably the deepest division talent wise in the sport. he could’ve matched with Bradley a fight we’ve been waiting for since they were the top two at 140 - porter, broner, Thurman and of course Kell Brook.
    and unlike Floyd who is up to ten years older than all these guys, these are Khan’s peers. hell a maidana rematch would be a huge fight given how amazing their first go around was but no, we get served up chris algieri - who had he not had that single upset win over provodnikov would still be fighting at the paramount theatre
    and I must disagree with my learned friend pete the sneak . Algieri is an ok fighter if in with a Provodnikov type. I’d say he’d give a come forward banger like Rios a tough night with his good jab and lateral movement but he couldn’t handle Manny’s speed so khan will batter him and maybe even do what Manny couldn’t and end the night early

  7. Pete The Sneak 09:43am, 05/26/2015

    Not for nothing, but I think Algieri can and will make Amir look bad at times… Khan may pull of the win, but it’s not going to be easy and Algieri will make this fight much closer than Khan and company would want and/or care for it to be…Peace.

  8. The Tache 08:02am, 05/26/2015

    Yeah, that’s right Amir. Manny got the Mayweather fight because he beat Chris Algieri. He does make my laugh with his delusional talk at times, although he is normally involved in decent fights due to his mix of speed and vulnerability.

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