Amir Khan Vs Chris Algieri – Preview and Prediction

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Amir Khan will face Chris Algieri at the Barclays Centre, New York, USA on the new PBC platform, this Friday night. In the UK fans had hoped Khan would sign up to a big Wembley fight with IBF champion Kell Brook, in that sense this is an underwhelming match up for UK fans.

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THE STORY ON – AMIR KHAN 

Khan is coming in off the back of a classy performance against Devon Alexander, Khan put on a 12 round clinic 6 months ago and as he seeks a big fight against a top name he can ill afford any slip ups against the awkward New Yorker this weekend.

Khan has speed and skill in abundance but that has been cancelled out a couple of times along a bumpy career by timing and power, against a light punching Chris Algieri he shouldn’t have to worry about that, but this is boxing and any complacency will be punished.

Khan’s lightning fast hands and combinations should serve him well against Chris Algieri who tends to fight in straight lines, speed may well be the key to victory for the Olympic Silver Medallist, who managed to land over 50% of his power punchers against Alexander.

If Khan is back to his best and puts in a performance like he did against Devon Alexander, he should have too much for Chris Algieri this weekend.

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THE STORY ON – CHRIS ALGIERI 

Algieri will have home town advantage having been born and bred in New York, it was only 11 months ago he won his first world title at the venue, a split decision win against Ruslan Provodnikov.

The rangy boxer is a former kick boxing champion, the first professional defeat of his career in both sports came in his last fight against Manny Pacquiao where Algieri was dropped six times to on the way to a lop sided decision loss.

However Algieri has shown tremendous heart and fitness to get of the canvass in his last two fights to make it to the final bell, his boxing ability is evident and technical he has very good boxing fundamentals, a crisp jab and busy footwork.

Algieri has a good engine and will work hard, but he is very lacking in punching power, one attribute that could really trouble Khan.

PREDICTION – AMIR KHAN UD 

Amir Khan is a heavy favourite this weekend perhaps too heavy, Chris Algieri will be sure to give it everything in New York and has already shown incredible heart, fitness and work rate in the ring.

I don’t believe this is a foregone conclusion for Khan, if he is complacent Algieri will win rounds but going on Khan’s last performance, his confidence looks restored and I believe he now has the momentum, I think he will outclass Algieri for the majority of this fight.

Can Khan force a stoppage? I think its possible but more likely to go the distance, Pacquiao and Provodnikov couldn’t break Algieri’s resilience, I don’t think Khan will.

I think we will see Khan victorious by unanimous decision somewhere around the 117-111 mark.

Chris Algieri is an 8/1 underdog this weekend, that does look generous and I think at those odds it is worthwhile straddling Khan by decision in what could turn out to be a more competitive fight than many expect.

BETTING TIP 

£20 on Khan by decision 6/4 Sky Bet, £5 on Algieri to win 9/1 Betway.