Boxing Preview – Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri

Boxing Preview – Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri

3am) Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri

A packed weekend of Boxing begins on Friday night in the Big Apple with the WBC Silver welterweight belt on the line. In a bout which likely poses a World title shot to the winner, neither of these fighters can afford to lose this tilt. The hometown Boxer, Chris Algieri, looks to rebound strongly from the first loss of his professional career as he fends off a challenge from the quickly rising and ever controversial, Amir Khan.

We are expecting Amir Khan to win on points over the 12 rounds, which is currently priced at 23/20. If you ‘Treble the Odds’ on this bet, a £10 stake could return £64.50! Just click here or the banner below to get this offer. 

Algieri goes into this bout twelve months after his magical, and first World championship win where he upset the Russian brawler, Ruslan Provodnikov. After the former kickboxer was put on the canvas twice in the first round, he battled back to win a deserved split decision victory. He had previously beat Emmanuel Taylor by a convincing decision in his first real test in his previous fight before Provodnikov. He then lost the belt in December 2014 to Manny Pacquiao by decision, despite getting knocked to the mat six times. Algieri has earned a twenty win, one loss record, eight wins coming by stoppage.

Algieri’s two past fights have been solid displays of his strengths. First of all, his heart, resilience and engine are second to none. After getting knocked down so many times and still fighting your heart out, earning a win in one of them, takes a lot of hard work, and Algieri has proved his worth as a hard worker. He’s also technically drilled and is a very good, pure Boxer, and he has very slick footwork as well. He does however lack in power which is a trait which Khan has shown as a glaring weakness to in the past.

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Khan may have earned the title of being the most controversial man in Boxing, largely down to the things he says without really proving it in the ring. Despite that, his move up to welterweight has been successful and he has shown solid improvement in his game since the move up, probably motivated by his sights being set on a Mayweather superfight. Khan beat Luis Collazo in May 2015 in his first bout at welterweight over twelve rounds. He then marked a dominating performance with a lopsided decision victory over Devon Alexander in December 2014, showing off some very classy skill. Khan is now sitting on a 30 win record, with 19 stoppages, and 3 losses, 2 by stoppage.


Khan has some of the quickest hands in the professional game, second only to Gary Russell Jr. His speed, combined with his combination punching has formed a formidable skill duo which has struck fear in a lot of his opponents, and even won a lot of his fights, proving the truth of the saying that ‘speed kills’. That being said, his timing and reluctance to power punching has really marred him and show a glaring weakness in his game. His chin may be one of the most criticised components in Boxing.

Khan is being considered a really heavy favourite for this tilt, and the reasoning is largely due to both of the Boxer’s performance in their last bout, but I can’t help but think Algieri is being overlooked. Khan, in his last three fights, has beat a largely unheard of Julio Diaz, even after Diaz put him on the canvas twice, an aged Luis Collazo, and a past his best Devon Alexander. Algieri has taken on two of the most dangerous men in Boxing in his last two, gone the distance with both, and even beat one. Algieri is tough, and this is a big step up for Khan. With that being said, Algieri fights without a lot of lateral movement and is very easy to channel. The only thing Algieri could trouble Khan with is power, and Algieri doesn’t boast a lot of that. I think Khan might get frustrated with Algieri’s willingness to stand toe-to-toe with him, but ultimately Khan will use his speed to Box his way to a decision victory. He will be heavily motivated by a World title shot, and winning this will almost certainly put him in the picture for it.

Dan Glozier.

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