Amir Khan To Fight Ex Pacman Foe Algieri on PBC Spike TV Card

Amir Khan has been craving a mega-match, with callouts aimed at Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. He didn’t land one of those big fish, but he did make official his next tangle…The Brit will face off with Long Islander Chris Algieri, on May 29, in Brooklyn.

Algieri was last seen showing heart galore against Manny Pacquiao last November; Pacman touched Algieri’s chin and had him up and down in their scrap. But Algieri maintains a new relationship with ace trainer John David Jackson will pay immense dividends, and show the fight world that outing was a mere fluke.

Khan is figuring this is a stay busy bout, and he will land a fatter fish and payday in the fall.

Kell Brook fans are giving Khan heck for not agreeing to a big-time Brits showdown, but Khan is saying that Brook hasn’t yet build up his rep to deserve such an opportunity.

This is a top-level bout for fight fans used to Friday Night Fights fare on Friday, I think all can agree on that, if not anything else…

Here is the release which went out today announcing the bout:

 

BRITISH BOXING SENSATION AMIR “KING” KHAN TO FACE

FORMER WORLD CHAMPION CHRIS ALGIERI AS

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS RETURNS TO SPIKE TV ON FRIDAY, MAY 29 LIVE FROM BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN

Tickets On Sale Tomorrow!

BROOKLYN (April 15, 2015) – Boxing superstar Amir “King” Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) returns to the ring to take on former world champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) on Friday, May 29, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as the Main Event in an exciting Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on Spike TV.

The televised action begins live on Spike TV at 9 pm ET/6 p.m. PT. Doors at Barclays Center open at 6 p.m. ET.

“I have happy memories of New York having made my successful U.S. debut there against Paulie Malignaggi in 2010,” said Khan. “I’m delighted to now be fighting there once again against another champion in Chris Algieri. Algieri has shared the ring with some tremendous fighters and shown great skills in those fights so I know I will need to be at my very best when we meet. In all my fights I bring excitement, speed and skill and can guarantee more fireworks on May 29 at Barclays Center.”

“I am very excited to get back into the ring and to be fighting here in New York,” said Algieri. “Fighting at Barclays Center, where I won my world title just under a year ago, is an added bonus. Amir Khan is a tested champion and is the matchup that I wanted. I believe this is a fight that will bring the best out of me.”

“I am thrilled to be returning to Barclays Center for another terrific PBC event,” stated Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Amir Khan is hands down one of the biggest names in the sport. Coming off a huge win over Devon Alexander, Khan is on the short list to participate in a future mega fight. He must first get by the hometown fan favorite, Algieri. This is a fight that Chris wanted. He is looking to show the world that he belongs, at the arena where he shocked the world and upset Ruslan Provodnikov for a world title. We expect an electric atmosphere come May 29th.”

“We are excited to bring two outstanding fighters in Amir Kahn and Chris Algieri to Brooklyn,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “Khan is among the most talked about and dynamic fighters in the sport, and Long Island’s own Algieri had his career defining win at Barclays Center last June. Our first PBC event in Brooklyn on April 11 was a huge success and we expect another big night on May 29. After less than three years in existence, Barclays Center is cementing itself as the premier boxing venue in the country.”

“We are thrilled to present this must-see matchup between of one of the sport’s true superstars, Amir Khan, and the tough-as-nails New Yorker, Chris Algieri, fighting in front of his hometown fans,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports, Spike TV.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Star Boxing, are priced at $250, $150, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale tomorrow, Thursday, April 16th at 2 p.m. ET. Tickets are available at www.barclayscenter.com,www.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Friday, April 17 at noon ET. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.

A 28-year-old star who first burst onto the scene with his silver medal-winning performance at the 2004 Olympics, Khan is an exciting fighter who has shown incredible offensive skills and improved defensive technique since moving up to the welterweight division. His last two fights have come against former welterweight world champions Devon Alexander and Luis Collazo. He cruised to victory in those two contests and now looks to defeat another former champion when he battles the tough Algieri on May 29. Fighting out of Bolton, United Kingdom, the former super lightweight world champion is eager to make an impression in his first start at Barclays Center.

Algieri rose to fame in June 2014 at Barclays Center when he upset Ruslan Provodnikov for a super lightweight world title. The 31-year-old returns to the scene of his greatest triumph on May 29 to take on the British superstar Khan. The former kickboxing champion from Huntington, New York, built his undefeated boxing record on the strength of his excellent movement and skill with the jab. His victory over Provodnikov earned him a shot at Manny Pacquiao in Nov. 2014, a bout that Algieri ultimately lost. He had previously defeated strong contenders Mike Arnaoutis and Emanuel Taylor on the way to his world title.

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COMMENTS

-Pazuzu :

I may be alone in this around here, but I think this sounds like an exciting fight, and one that I have been looking forward to since Algieri edged Provodnikov last year.


-brownsugar :

I certainly won't fault you Pazuzu, my only concern is why a boxer who is so concerned with securing an elite opponent is taking on such an easy (relatively speaking) opponent. Chris is a nightmare for plodders but Khan does everything Chris does only better... I see a stoppage.


-New York Tony :

And there was much rejoicing.


-Radam G :

I may be alone in this around here, but I think this sounds like an exciting fight, and one that I have been looking forward to since Algieri edged Provodnikov last year.
You are NOT, BABEEE! And I'm pulling for C-Al in an upset. Trainer JDJ is gonna have dat boy bangin' and sangin', not bullsyeting wasting moves, and around letting his opponent be hangin.' It is all about the sweet science. Not rocket science. And definitely, not all this bulljivin,' behind dat keyboard hivin,' and cyberspace high fivin!' Lately this place would make the humbug wizard in the Wizard of Oz look like a bipolar, fake-arse G-O-D -- God of Doom! C-Al is going be straight-up newbie blasting. And arrogrant Amir "King" Khan of bulljive is going to be in TROUBLE. And for his soft jaw, trouble comes double. Holla!


-Radam G :

I wish that Gerry Cooney was a part of the new Team Algieri. Then you will really see how easy the sweet science works. But Trainer JDJ will do just fine. Dude's been in the game longer than most of us have been physically residing on this planet. For the first time in C-Al's boxing career, he is going to learn how easy it is to properly move and jab, hook, uppercut, cross, shift punch, and biting off the Roast, "what have you." I have not a doubt in my mind that C-Al is going make so-alleged miracles look like Jesus Is Up in C-Al's grill. I'm already calling the dude "The Empire State Crusher Chris. Trainer JDJ and Gerry Cooney know what Uncle Roger M says that most people don't know -- "shyt 'bout boksin!' Holla!


-Pazuzu :

I certainly won't fault you Pazuzu, my only concern is why a boxer who is so concerned with securing an elite opponent is taking on such an easy (relatively speaking) opponent. Chris is a nightmare for plodders but Khan does everything Chris does only better... I see a stoppage.
Hmmm, I usually agree with you BS, but not this time. If Chrissy boy had the heart and chin to survive Provodnikov and Pacquaio, Khan won't be able to turn out his lights. That said, I think Chris may find Khan to be as much of a technical challenge as Da Manny, although this time he will be better prepared. Along those same lines, this will be an exciting chess match between Virgil Hunter and JDJ, both of whom possess Pei Mei levels of mastery in the sweet science, and have brought along some dangerous, dangerous pupils of their own. Don't be surprised to see one of these fighters bust out the Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart technique.


-ericfarrell85 :

I think Khan is a nightmare for Algieri and without question the Algieri we saw in the last fight. In fact, I think this fight plays out similar to the Alexander fight, only Khan will be on the receiving end of criticism, rather than praise. The fight begins tactically, until Khan finds his rhythm and repeatedly beats Algieri to the punch. We will again have opportunity to deride Algieri and the cage he refuses to leave.


-mortcola :

One thing I will repeat about Chris Algieri, as opposed to the majority of fighters who hit a ceiling and can?t get any better: He is very, very bright, and a very, very quick study. If JDJ can teach it, C-Al can learn it. And as formidable as Khan?s offense is, he has technical flaws, predictable habits, and a very questionable chin - C-Al is not the favorite in this fight, but he?s not a bad bet to surprise the boxing world again.


-Pazuzu :

Spot on. Well said.


-Carmine Cas :

I favor Khan in this fight. But if Chris learns how to sit down on his punches and move his head, he can catch lunging in and test that China chin of his.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Khan wins this fight fairly easy in a unanimous decision, 8 rounds to 4 or 9 rounds to 3. One, speed kills and Khan has plenty of it. Two, this is the first fight that Chris will have with his new trainer, therefore the chemistry is still being developed. Three, the Virgil Hunter version of Khan fights a lot more intelligently and doesn't take as many unnecessary risk. Khan is a "A-" level talent an d Chris is a "B" level talent. The difference in natural ability and skill will play a big factor in the outcome of this fight. Khan is on another level talent wise and his handlers know this, which is why Chris was chosen as an opponent.


-Radam G :

Khan wins this fight fairly easy in a unanimous decision, 8 rounds to 4 or 9 rounds to 3. One, speed kills and Khan has plenty of it. Two, this is the first fight that Chris will have with his new trainer, therefore the chemistry is still being developed. Three, the Virgil Hunter version of Khan fights a lot more intelligently and doesn't take as many unnecessary risk. Khan is a "A-" level talent an d Chris is a "B" level talent. The difference in natural ability and skill will play a big factor in the outcome of this fight. Khan is on another level talent wise and his handlers know this, which is why Chris was chosen as an opponent.
1-2-3! A-B-C! The kids just needs a lot of sweet science corrections. Not chemistry. That is just talking heads' mumbo-jumbo from you, SRD. I can name umpteen pugs that got straight in two months or so after switching to an "A"-level trainer, and started spanking arses and even putting them to sleep. SRD, you are also blindly political, my friend. Amir Khan's co€ksure jive and feeling entitled is about to end. Even the "Whisperer" VH cannot teach Khan how to protect that beard. Holla!


-brownsugar :

A lot of diverse opinions.... I like it.. Now I'm gonna have to watch the fight so i can say I told ya so... Or else eat 12 piece bucket of crow...


-Radam G :

A lot of diverse opinions.... I like it.. Now I'm gonna have to watch the fight so i can say I told ya so... Or else eat 12 piece bucket of crow...
Eat slow. And put some ant honey on it. Hehe! Holla!


-michigan400 :

Seriously. How many times has C.A. "surprised the boxing world" ?? Once?? Against Siberian Rocky he only won because he got back up and that's what "surprised the boxing world" the most, dude was airborne from a hook!!. Getting up from a KD does not win fights on a regular basis. That was a fluke where Chris, #1 did better than expected after the crushing bomb that landed on his head and #2 S.R. did worse than expected by head hunting and throwing away the fight. It takes two to tango. I got nothing against CA, seems like a good guy and he is a decent fighter, but the best this dude will ever be is an elite fighters punching bag in my "casual fan" opinion. Amir Kahn wins easy UD. More tools in his box and more experience/savvy to use them correctly. Chin means nothing for this fight.


-The Good Doctor :

I think the beauty of this fight is we really don't know what either fighter is. C-Al is a guy who beat a good but limited fighter in Ruslan but got smoked by a great fighter in Manny Khan is a guy who in the last 4+ years has smoked a decent fighter in Alexander, beat Maidana in a savage brawl, tatooed Paulie, but looked average against a very mediocre Julio Diaz and got KO'ed by an okay hitter in Garcia. If the Khan that fought Collazo and Alexander shows up, C-Al is in trouble. If the tough, dancing C-Al that fought Ruslan shows up, it makes for an interesting fight. I think the better versions of both will show up and Khan wins in a tight 7-5 bout. Do not be surprised if their is some canvas touching as well.


-SouthPawFlo :

I am actually intrigued about this fight.... I can see it being a Khan stoppage or Algeri winning a decision in a Long Range Chess Match... Offensively Khan is really good, but I Algeri counters and uses the ring I can see him "stealing" 7 outta 12 rounds... I'll be tuned in that's for sure...


-Skibbz :

All I have to say is that it will be a very one sided fight, and Khan is doing his best to angle for a May/Pac "superfight". The Huntington Nurse has to be amongst the luckiest boxers of the 21st century, what a run of breaks.


-Radam G :

I think the beauty of this fight is we really don't know what either fighter is. C-Al is a guy who beat a good but limited fighter in Ruslan but got smoked by a great fighter in Manny Khan is a guy who in the last 4+ years has smoked a decent fighter in Alexander, beat Maidana in a savage brawl, tatooed Paulie, but looked average against a very mediocre Julio Diaz and got KO'ed by an okay hitter in Garcia. If the Khan that fought Collazo and Alexander shows up, C-Al is in trouble. If the tough, dancing C-Al that fought Ruslan shows up, it makes for an interesting fight. I think the better versions of both will show up and Khan wins in a tight 7-5 bout. Do not be surprised if their is some canvas touching as well.
That what l love about the "theatre of the unexpected." Because many pugs get stuck in the expected, a blindness to new possibilities creeps up on even the brightest minds of da game. Though I have long.time personal dislikes of trainer JDJ, I'm ready to say that the spirit of the late, great GBG Manny Stewards is in all up in JDJ's grill with blazing knowhow to change a mistake-prone pug with an instant overall of whup @$$. C-Al is reminiscent of Lennox Lewis and Doc Wladimir K. He is a long shot in need of a couple of tweaks in his armor and in his positioning. And then it on like a sweet song. "Ain't no stopping us now":
->https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=ANvCkAvG0kY. Holla!


-King Beef :

Hmmm, I usually agree with you BS, but not this time. If Chrissy boy had the heart and chin to survive Provodnikov and Pacquaio, Khan won't be able to turn out his lights. That said, I think Chris may find Khan to be as much of a technical challenge as Da Manny, although this time he will be better prepared. Along those same lines, this will be an exciting chess match between Virgil Hunter and JDJ, both of whom possess Pei Mei levels of mastery in the sweet science, and have brought along some dangerous, dangerous pupils of their own. Don't be surprised to see one of these fighters bust out the Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart technique.
Pazuzu, I see Khan still outboxing Algeiri, Khan might be more of a challenge due to his size, and Algeiri probably doesn't have a "lights out" punch. BTW like what you did wit the Kill Bill ref. lol. It's probably before your time, but check out the inspiration for that....a classic kung fu flick called The Clan of the White Lotus.