Lose-Lose Situation For Britain’s Amir Khan?

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 29, 2015 19:23

Lose-Lose Situation For Britain’s Amir Khan?

By Traolach Kaye © Traolach Kaye (March 29th 2015)
Nothing to Gain?
With no major titles on the line, Welterweight Amir Khan {146.4lbs} faces native New-Yorker Chris Algieri {146.2lbs} at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City this Friday, May 29th. The goal for either man should he prevail would be to secure a lucrative showdown with undefeated Floyd Mayweather in the Fall.
The 28 year-old Khan insists he has not been distracted by any proposed Mayweather bout, should Mayweather decide not to retire in the near future. Any such bout would be tentatively scheduled for the Autumn, presumably in Las Vegas.
However, Mayweather has avoided Khan previously, despite an internet poll of fans – a poll Mayweather said he would honour – demanding that he fight Khan rather than Maidana. Not only did Mayweather fight Maidana – a man Khan had already beaten – but he went one further by granting the Argentine brawler a rematch in September of 2014.
Decisions
Accordingly Khan finds himself with a decision to make. Does he go at the light-punching Algieri hammer-and-tongs in the hope that he improves on the performances and results of Algieri’s only two other name opponents, thus forcing Mayweather into facing him, or does he calmly and assiduously treat the fight as nothing but a stepping stone, where any win is bound to guarantee him a mega-bucks showdown?
Algieri got off the floor to shock tough Siberian Ruslan Provodnikov over 12 rounds and managed to negotiate the distance with Manny Pacquaio despite being floored six times by the Filipino, in June and November 2014 respectively.
Khan has a history of overlooking opponents but one feels that the feather-fisted Algieri is being brought in to give Khan the chance to eclipse the performances of Provodnikov and Pacquaio thus giving Khan bragging rights of sorts, without assuming any major risk along the way.
Made-to-Order?
Algieri, in keeping with Khan’s recent opposition, is neither a pressure fighter nor does he possess a solid punch. This one has a “Made-to-Order” feel to it and I cannot see Khan doing anything other than dominate from the outside over the 12 rounds.
With Mayweather eyeing Marciano’s undefeated record {49-0, 43 early wins} he probably regards Khan as easy pickings and so the script may well be that Algieri makes Khan looks good – good enough to be deemed worthy of a crack at Mayweather, but not so good as he has any chance of upsetting the notoriously negative, albeit talented, Michiganese.
Algieri for his part is a tall, angular boxer with good movement and solid fundamentals. He is taller than Khan and Khan has not always impressed against taller fighters, like Breidis Prescott for example. His best chance to win will to be draw Khan into a war of attrition.
With such a lucrative payday looming – and a crack at history too – I cannot see Khan make the amateurish mistakes of his past and allow this happen.
Khan by decision. Anything more is a bonus. Anything less would be a major surprise.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 29, 2015 19:23
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