Khan decisions Algieri, pushes for Mayweather fight in September
Milan Ordoñez on May 30, 2015 02:51 PM
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It may have been a grinding night, but Amir Khan got through another tough test against Chris Algieri, keeping his WBC Silver welterweight title in the process.
The two 147-pounders squared off on Friday night (Saturday morning, PHT) as the main attraction for Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. During the fight’s onset, it was Algieri who was having a slight edge, using a revamped game plan under the tutelage of new trainer John David Jackson.
For this particular bout, the former contender for Manny Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title played more of a more cerebral game using body shots and overhand rights as his main weapons.
As the rounds progressed, however, “King Khan” slowly eked through his opponent’s attacks and began landing shots of his own.
Chris Algieri has been the living proof that boxing will never be a pretty man’s game.
Khan managed to keep the pace throughout the succeeding rounds until the final bell. In the end, he was awarded with a unanimous decision verdict, with a 117-111, 115-113, and 117-111 tally.
For the victorious Englishman, the win was just the perfect statement to position himself to finally face boxing’s reigning pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"I think everybody knows Amir Khan wants to fight Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather is a champion, so let's make it happen,” Khan said during the post-fight interview.
Mayweather is down to the last bout in his lucrative six-fight deal with the Showtime Network. During his interviews after the Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2nd, “Money May” announced that he will be fighting his last fight on September, in a possible non-title contest.
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