By Gary Mushrow [@gary9690]
Welterweight star Amir “King” Khan improved his record to (31-3, 19KO’s) tonight, scoring a twelve round unanimous decision victory against tough New Yorker Chris Algieri (20-2, 8KO’s) on Premier Boxing Champions on SPIKE TV.
Judges tabled official score cards of 117-111 twice and 115-113 – all in favour of the former super lightweight world champion, as he closes in on a potential shot against pound-for-pound star Floyd “Money” Mayweather, this September.
Boxing off the back foot well, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist used good footwork and angles to evade crude shots thrown by his opponent and spin former champion Algieri before he gained any traction on the inside. Algieri was relentless throughout the contest, pressuring Khan in every minute of every round, much to the delight of the onlooking Brooklyn crowd.
Algieri has no doubt improved under new trainer John David Jackson, but his inability to land hard shots to gain the respect of his opponent and change the course of a fight, will continue to cost him against elite level competition.
Khan was caught on several occasions with the left hook throughout the fight, but his faster hands and more precise shots always had the judges in little denial about the victor during each round. He had particular success whilst throwing straight shots, with the jab a very successful albeit infrequently used weapon.
Khan was cut around the eye due to an accidental clash of heads during round seven, but the issue didn’t seem to phase the 28 year old much; Algieri also started to swell around the eyes during the middle rounds, an issue now becoming customary in each of his recent fights.
Although Algieri finished the fight with a strong workrate, this writer managed to award the American only three rounds during the entire #PBConSPIKE main event.
As for the winner; Amir Khan looks now likely to be designated as the number one contender to WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, whilst Algieri will continue to get big fights after his satisfactory performance.