Brittle bloke Amir Khan won an exciting unanimous decision over ballsy New Yorker Chris Algieri in their welterweight clash on Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Khan (31-3, 19 KOs), a former IBF and WBA light-welterweight titleholder who became one of the most youthful British champs ever at the age of 22, officially outscored the 31-year-old Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) by counts of 115-113, 117-111 and 117-111.
Using deft footwork and an effective jab, the 5-foot-11 Algieri frequently rocked the 5-foot-8 Khan with flush shots.
Fortunately for the 8-1 favorite, Algieri possesses feathery fists and his punches couldn’t even floor the fragile Khan.
“King Khan” ultimately escaped the squared circle by leaning on his elite speed and pinpoint accuracy.
“Styles make fights and Chris Algieri had a style which was very tough for me to beat,” said Khan, 28, a Pakistani-British boxer who captured silver as a 17-year-old lightweight at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. “He was very long, very slick at times. We didn’t expect him to come forward like he did. We thought he was going to be on the back foot so that way we could start putting pressure on him and breaking him down, but he showed a lot of heart in there and took some good shots and just kept coming back.”
Despite struggling versus Algieri, Khan remains obsessed with facing the legendary Floyd Mayweather on September 12 during Mexican Independence Day weekend.
The 38-year-old Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs), who last lost as a 19-year-old to Bulgarian Serafim Todorov in the semifinals of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, is the sport’s pound-for-pound king.
Mayweather is a defensive virtuoso and far more skilled pugilist than Algieri.
Khan, although supremely talented and skilled, is a human chandelier whose glass jaw will prevent him from ever becoming a premier prizefighter.
“Where does Floyd go from here? Floyd said, ‘Amir, prove yourself at 147lb, have some fights at 147lb, then we’ll see if we can get the fight done,’ and I’ve proven myself,” claimed Khan, who would have been rendered unconscious if Algieri owned even adequate power. “Who else is out there for Floyd? Nobody. There’s nowhere to hide.”
Mayweather hasn’t cleanly knocked out an opponent since Ricky Hatton in December 2007.
However, Khan has an insurmountable defect that would allow Mayweather to equal Rocky Marciano’s mark in spectacular fashion.
With “nowhere to hide,” Amir Khan seems destined to get launched onto Queer Street by Floyd Mayweather in roughly three months.