Amir Khan didn't have it easy tonight, and that isn't because he didn't fight well. Khan was on his game, but he ran into a hungry, aggressive version of Chris Algieri who fought his heart out, losing a highly competitive fight at the Barclays Center by unanimous decision. Khan won on scores of 115-113, 117-111, and 117-111. BLH had it 115-113 for Khan.
Khan (31-3, 19 KO) started pretty well, but it was clear right away that Algieri (20-2, 8 KO) wasn't the Chris Algieri we saw last November against Manny Pacquiao. Working with new trainer John David Jackson, Algieri became the stalker in this fight, looking for power shots and relentlessly moving forward on Khan, who admitted that he and trainer Virgil Hunter did not expect that from Algieri, and had to adjust. "We had to change it up and go to plan B, and it worked for me," he said.
And Khan did adjust, doing enough to score some good shots upstairs while Algieri doggedly marched forward, whacking away at Khan's body when he could, and landing a good amount of overhand rights, which Khan seemed a sucker for all night long.
The fight was interesting, entertaining, and not the one-way traffic some predicted. In that sense, it may or may not bode well for what Amir Khan wants to do in September.
"Look, I think everybody knows Amir Khan wants to fight Floyd Mayweather," he told Spike's Jimmy Smith after the fight. "I'm the No. 1 WBC contender, Mayweather's the champion, let's make it happen."
Whether or not Khan was impressive enough to get the fight with Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO) is anyone's guess, because it doesn't always work a certain way. Mayweather may have seen enough holes in Khan that he'd be happy to take that fight, and with a dearth of qualified and realistic potential opponents, Khan may be the biggest fight that Floyd can make, regardless of the chatter right now that after this performance, Khan may not "deserve" a fight with Mayweather.
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