Khan survives tough test from Algieri
Amir Khan survived a solid onslaught from Chris Algieri to potentially place himself next for Floyd Mayweather. Khan who decisioned Algieri with the scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 114-113 in front of a packed Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, showed off his good and bad habits. The good, Khan was able to flurry and let off punches, the bad well Chris Algieri for the majority of the fight was walking him down.
In the first two rounds Amir Khan controlled distance and appeared on his way to an easy one way decision. That was until Algieri for the first time in his career on the big stage became a stalker in the ring stalking Khan, who seemed unsettled by the punches of Algieri.
The second adjustment of the fight was made by Khan who kept the fight at mid-range and looked to exploit his hand speed at distance and clinch when the two got close to one and another Khan would clinch. Midway through the fight, ITRBoxing.com had the fight dead even with three rounds a piece.
Khan used flurries and clinches when in close to thwart and discourage Algieri as the fight progressed as Algieri become something he has never been touted as, a power puncher. Algieri continued to push the pace and look to land a game changing punch.
In between rounds, Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter expressed his frustration with Khan as he faulted Khan for moving away with in the air not engaging Algieri who was bringing pressure without a jab. Khan responded with his best punch of the fight, an uppercut, that seemed to daze Algieri for a moment. By the end of the tenth round, Algieri had two abrasions over his eyes and looked the worse for wear.
The last two rounds saw Khan surviving a series of hard punches from Algieri which seemed to unsettle him, but was able to withstand. After the fight Khan expressed surprise in the manner Algieri was fighting and expressed gratitude to Virgil Hunter who made an audible during the fight that Khan accredited for the win.
On the undercard 130 lbs. standout Javier Fortuna decisioned Bryan Vasquez with the scores 117-111, 117-111 and 116-112 that should see Fortuna in title contention. In the Spike TV opener, Marcus Browne decisioned Cornelius White 99-91 x 2 and 98-92.