Khan vs. Algieri

By Robert Ecksel on April 17, 2015
Khan vs. Algieri
We haven’t seen much of Algieri since he stepped in the ring against Manny Pacquiao.

Khan is improving with age. Since hooking up with Virgil Hunter, he’s not as reckless. He regroups when he gets nailed…

He wants to fight Floyd Mayweather. He wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. He wants to fight the best of the best. But if the best of the best are unavailable, what’s an elite fighter to do?

If that elite fighter is former WBA/IBF super lightweight champion Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs), hailing from Bolton, Lancashire, England, he fights former WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs), from Huntington, New York, on Friday, May 29, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Khan is a good fighter who has flirted with greatness, but flirtation has its limits, and those limits won’t be tested by Algieri, whose aw-shucks demeanor masks the heart of a lion, if not the soul of killer.

“I have happy memories of New York,” said Khan, “having made my successful U.S. debut there against Paulie Malignaggi in 2010. I’m delighted to now be fighting there once again against another champion in Chris Algieri. Algieri has shared the ring with some tremendous fighters and shown great skills in those fights so I know I will need to be at my very best when we meet. In all my fights I bring excitement, speed and skill and can guarantee more fireworks on May 29 at Barclays Center.”

Algieri is also pleased to be returning to Barclays, the site of his victory over Ruslan Provodnikov in June of 2014.

“I am very excited to get back into the ring and to be fighting here in New York,” said Algieri. “Fighting at Barclays Center, where I won my world title just under a year ago, is an added bonus. Amir Khan is a tested champion and is the matchup that I wanted. I believe this is a fight that will bring the best out of me.”

Khan is improving with age. Since hooking up with Virgil Hunter, he’s not as reckless. He’s learned to regroup after getting nailed. He’s a more complete fighter now than he’s ever been.

We haven’t seen much of Algieri since he stepped in the ring against Pacquiao. That was a great payday. Hopefully it was a learning experience as well.

Doors at the Barclays Center open at 6 PM. The televised action begins live on Spike TV at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT.

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  1. Aztec Warrior 03:13pm, 04/19/2015

    Critical Beatdown,
    My sentiments exactly!

  2. Critical Beatdown 07:05am, 04/18/2015

    Shame on Khan AND Cotto both for stepping down in competition. They’re certainly entitled to a payday. This is a free (ish) country. But don’t ask me to get excited about it and don’t try to tell me they’re worthy opponents. That’s just horse-kaka.

  3. Kid Blast 08:50am, 04/17/2015

    What has the Long Island rabbit Algieri done to warrant this payday?

    This will be a snoozer unless Khan can stalk the rabbit down and close him out.

  4. Eric 06:50am, 04/17/2015

    I thought we had seen the last of Algieri. Figured he would have taken the money and went back to school.

  5. NYIrish 04:15am, 04/17/2015

    Khan should do fine with any guy who doesn’t hit hard enough to put him on TILT. Probably a decision here. That should be the most tense part of the evening.

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