SAN DIEGO, May 30, 2015 – Sure, Amir “King” Khan got his expected victory against Chris Algieri in Brooklyn Saturday, doing so with speed and with some power at times. But it was not overwhelming. Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) took a majority decision primarily via speed and volume, without really rocking Algieri (20-3, 8 KOs), and without any knockdowns. Judges scored it 117-111 on two scorecards, and a more competitive 115-113 on the third.
Predictably, his post-fight comments were all about getting in the ring with boxing’s top attraction. “Look, I think everybody knows, Amir Khan wants to fight Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather’s the champion, so let’s make it happen,” said Khan.
Following the fight, Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter was characteristically blunt in his assessment of Khan’s chances with Mayweather, saying his boxer’s IQ would never match Mayweather’s. ”He’s going to have to be a young buck and fight over his head.” No argument there.
But don’t look past the effort put in by Khan’s opponent. Algieri showed what a good student he is, putting lessons learned from his new trainer John David Jackson to work with a far better showing than he had six months ago against Manny Pacquiao. This version of Algieri was a lot busier, a lot more aggressive, and connected fairly well. He doesn’t have the KO power to test Khan, but he tagged him more than once. The CompuBox numbers were surprisingly close. Khan landed 218 of 609 punches, to 199 out of 703 punches for Algieri.
With Khan, the jury is still out. Can he be competitive at all against Mayweather? Can he even be competitive against Kell Brook, who fights Saturday night in London? Khan versus Brook in the Battle of Britain is a fight plenty of fans would rather see. It would pack Wembley Stadium. A fight against Floyd? Ho hum stuff.
Algieri put in a fine effort and his stock rose as a result even with the loss. The welterweight division has a lot of active talent at the same level, many of whom fight in the Premier Boxing/Al Haymon stable. Algieri will continue to be competitive and if he continues to learn as much in the next few months as he did since his last fight, fans shouldn’t have anything to complain about.
The co-feature delivered an action packed crowd-pleasing effort from two junior lightweights. Javier Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KOs) took a unanimous decision over Bryan Vasquez (34-2, 18 KOs) of Costa Rica. The pair didn’t let up from the opening seconds to the closing bell. Judges gave it to Fortuna 117-111 twice and 116-112. Fortuna looked like he’d been a fight with a swollen eye thanks to Vasquez the southpaw constantly smacking him, but Fortuna landed the harder blows though he never put Vasquez down on the canvas. Fortuna now holds the previously vacant WBA world super featherweight title as a result of his win.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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