Khan outpoints Algieri on PBC
- Updated: May 30, 2015
In the main event of Friday night’s Premier Boxing Champions card on Spike, Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) earned a unanimous decision win over Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Khan, who is trying to earn his way into the Mayweather sweepstakes, was hoping to impress with a solid outing, but Algieri was just as game, and came out aggressively in order to remove the bad taste in his mouth from the lopsided loss to Manny Pacquiao last year.
Khan was clearly the quicker fighter and threw combinations consistently, while Algieri was looking for countering opportunities and power shots.
In the second round, with Khan connecting with the better punches, a hard right from Algieri buckled Khan, though he recovered well.
In the third and fourth rounds, there was plenty of action with both fighter giving as good as they were getting, with Khan landing quick shots on the inside and Algieri mixing it up from the outside.
Algieri had another good round in the fourth as he connected with some big shots that caught Khan by surprise. The middle rounds were more of the same though Algieri appeared to slow down enough to allow Khan to start pulling away.
With Khan in control of the fight, Algieri picked up the pace again in the seventh and eight rounds, landing his overhand left to disrupt Khan’s pace. In the final rounds, Khan worked the body and his counter right hands were landing frequently, while the two fighters traded leather in the final round to close the show strong.
Final scores were 115-113, 117-111 and 117-111 for Amir Khan, while 3MoreRounds scored it 115-113 for Khan.
“Everyone knows I want Floyd (Mayweather) next after all the talk about it, but when you wait and hope for something for this long it can set you back. I don’t want to overlook any other fighters, including Chris.”