Algieri Predicts 21st Win, More Magic At Barclays

People on the East Coast of the US, from 8 to 80, looked at this as the longest winter of their lives, from Boston to Brooklyn, most of ’em have been pleased as punch to see the sun, and feel that delightful trickle of sweat which runs down from your back to the behind.

So it was within that context that many of the boxers who’ll glove up and rumble Friday night in Brooklyn, at Barclays Center, posed for pics under the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.

Yep, there were game faces on Amir Khan, the Brit star who is in the mix to get a Floyd Mayweather lottery ticket op, and Chris Algieri, the Long Islander tasked with derailing the Khan momentum train. But with the sun blaring down, everyone, really, possessed an extra tick of sunny disposition as they chatted with press about the card, portions of which will run on SPIKE.

Haymon Boxing and DiBella Entertainment, along with Joe DeGuardia, Algieri’s promoter, are putting the event together. Javier Fortuna and Costa Rican star Bryan Vasquez also showed up to hype their title clash, which will support Khan-Algieri. Marcus Browne, the pugilistic pride of Staten Island, along with Teddy Atlas, was present and accounted for, as was Heather Hardy, the first lady of Dibella Entertainment, who scraps Friday night.

Khan, who has a loyal fanbase in England, but also no shortage of bashers, who enjoy seeing him get busted on in the tabloids, has taken some heat for not accepting a challenge from fellow Brit Kell Brook, and instead signing on to meet Algieri. Algieri wants to prove those bashers are just haters and he belongs on the biggest stages…

The NY-based boxer was last seen getting trounced by Manny Pacquiao, but showed not a hint of being gun shy when we chatted Tuesday. He told me that his sessions with new trainer John David Jackson have paid immense dividends. I asked Algieri, boxing’s top avocado advocate, how he beats Khan.

“You put pressure on him, you keep pressure on him, you don’t let him rest,” he told me. “He’s a sprinter, he needs to spring and then rest, and catch his breath, I’m just not going to let him catch his breath.”

The fighter has a new trainer,Sergey Kovalev’s trainer, John David Jackson, who told me that he is bringing out some hidden power in Algieri. Might that be a key to his effort on Friday? “I’ve always had power, we just had to fine-tune it to find it. I’m more comfortable with it, really setting down on my shots, taking my time, moving less…I think that’s going to show up on May 29,” Algieri maintained.

“It’s a fan friendly fight for sure,” he noted, saying that both men throw lots of volume, and now, adding power to the mix, that should make for good watching. “I will get my 21st win and it will be another magical night at the Barclays,” he predicted.

And wait…might the winner get a shot at Floyd Mayweather? “That’s the word on the street!” he said, grinning, that shining sun taking a bit of the edge off the making weight/ticking down to fightnight gameface.

Here is a release which went out following the media session:

Photos From Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

 

BROOKLYN (May 26, 2015) – Fight week for Friday’s Premier Boxing Champions on Spike event kicked off today with Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs)and Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) hosting a photo opportunity at Brooklyn Bridge Park before they square-off at Barclays Center on May 29.

Coverage on Spike begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with an exciting showdown between Javier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) and Bryan Vasquez (35-1, 18 KOs).

Tickets for the live event, 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 now.  Tickets are available at 
www.barclayscenter.comwww.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.

Here is what Khan and Algieri had to say about training camp, each other and more:

AMIR KHAN

“Algieri is a fighter that has a lot of skills and assets. His range and height give him good advantages against opponents but I believe with my speed, movement and style it will be too much for him.

“Each day me and Virgil Hunter are getting stronger and we have built a really good rapport. It takes time to get that but he understands my style even more now and what works for me so we’re only going to keep growing.

“My aim since I was a kid and got into this sport was to be the very best. I fulfilled a dream when I got to the Olympics at 17 and brought back a silver medal. Later I became a world champion and then unified the light-welterweight division. My goal now is to fight the very best at 147 pounds and make my mark on this division too.

“I was away in training camp when my daughter turned one last week. It’s hard to be away from her but as a fighter those are the sacrifices you have to make. Everything I do is for her and I can’t wait to see her and spend time with her after this fight. Her birthday celebrations have been put on hold until after the fight!

“I’m really looking forward to returning to New York and fighting at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I have good memories of this city because it’s the place where I had my first fight on US soil against Paulie Malignaggi in 2010 and also where I got married. I’m out to make it another good time this weekend.”

CHRIS ALGIERI

 “I know that it gets said all the time, but this was truly the best and most intense training camp of my life. Working with John David Jackson has truly been a blessing. He has brought out the best Chris Algieri there is. You are going to see a whole new fighter come Friday night.

“I am excited to be back in New York and excited to show the world what I am really made of on Friday night. We are just a few days away from the fight and I am so anxious to get in there and get to work.

“Amir is a tough fighter there is no doubt about that, but I am very confident in my ability and the game plan that coach has come up with for me.

“You are going to see two proven champions in a high intensity and high level fight, laying everything on the line come Friday night.”

 

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The Friday, May 29 edition of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike features Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) and Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) squaring off in a 12-round welterweight battle and the 12-round junior lightweight battle between Javier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) and Bryan Vasquez (35-1, 18 KOs).

This event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Star Boxing with live coverage beginning on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

 

Readers, talk to me.. Can Algieri spring the upset, bring it at Barclays, as he did last summer, against Ruslan Provodnikov? Weigh in, in our Forum!

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Nice photo. It should stop that nonsense about Amir Khan being long and rangy and taller than C-Al and will be able to use range and reach on C-Al. If anything, C-Al is going to sit down on his punches and hit Khan with Tommy Hearns-like jabs and crosses. A fight is going to break out in dat squared jungle. And Nobody is going to be let out of a cage. Holla!


-deepwater2 :

Stranger things have happened.is CA a 10-1 underdog? Maybe. But Khan has been knocked out before so if CA sits down on an overconfident Khan than maybe we can see Lil Floyd vs Chris. I am looking forward to some other fights this weekend. Linares over Mitchell. Brook over Gavin. And can Joshua knockout Kingpin? I say yes. Imagine if Brook looks so good Floyd picks him for his Sept. Date? Wow. khan might have a breakdown if that happens.


-Skibbz :

Algieri talking dat syet. Khan will walk through him within 4 rounds. @Deep there are some great fights on the card courtesy of the greatest man in promotion history, Eddie "2good" Hearn. He always puts on a great show and this will be just that. I don't fancy Linares winning more than 4 rounds against Mitchell, in fact I'd put money on a mid to late stoppage by Mitchell. As for Frankie G, he's just there to get paid and bow out - he doesn't belong in the ring with Kell, much the same way that Kingpin (of times gone by) doesn't belong in the ring with Joshua and who too is here for a pay day. I bet he'll be found on his back grinning ear to ear after the first meaningful punch AJ lands. Going to be a fun night of fights!


-deepwater2 :

Algieri talking dat syet. Khan will walk through him within 4 rounds. @Deep there are some great fights on the card courtesy of the greatest man in promotion history, Eddie "2good" Hearn. He always puts on a great show and this will be just that. I don't fancy Linares winning more than 4 rounds against Mitchell, in fact I'd put money on a mid to late stoppage by Mitchell. As for Frankie G, he's just there to get paid and bow out - he doesn't belong in the ring with Kell, much the same way that Kingpin (of times gone by) doesn't belong in the ring with Joshua and who too is here for a pay day. I bet he'll be found on his back grinning ear to ear after the first meaningful punch AJ lands. Going to be a fun night of fights!
Hearn sure is putting on good shows. Also, His guys are beating up the PBC fighters. Brook over Porter ,Degale over Dirrell,and I thought they robbed Burns against Figueroa. I'm glad Degale came through because I picked him but I thought they might have robbed him with hometown cooking like Burns. The best matchups with PBC have including Hearn's men. I wonder if it was because of purse bids? Either way I hope PBC keeps working with Hearn.


-deepwater2 :

Oh also someone is getting knocked out in that Mitchell fight. I'm going with the underdog Linares for the win. I guess it's my long shot of the weekend.


-Chris L :

Hearn sure is putting on good shows. Also, His guys are beating up the PBC fighters. Brook over Porter ,Degale over Dirrell,and I thought they robbed Burns against Figueroa. I'm glad Degale came through because I picked him but I thought they might have robbed him with hometown cooking like Burns. The best matchups with PBC have including Hearn's men. I wonder if it was because of purse bids? Either way I hope PBC keeps working with Hearn.
He does put on some decent cards but also a lot of mismatches sometimes. I heard him say in an interview he had a good relationship with Haymon so should continue to see his guys on PBC. ..on another note - has anyone noticed Algieri is a 9-1 dog? Am definitely going to be sticking some money on with those odds, he's a big guy and hopefully his new trainer has taught him how to maximise his power. Only issue is he was bothered by Pacs speed - and Khan is just as fast as Pac at this point. But either way 9-1 is bargain of the year.


-Radam G :

He does put on some decent cards but also a lot of mismatches sometimes. I heard him say in an interview he had a good relationship with Haymon so should continue to see his guys on PBC. ..on another note - has anyone noticed Algieri is a 9-1 dog? Am definitely going to be sticking some money on with those odds, he's a big guy and hopefully his new trainer has taught him how to maximise his power. Only issue is he was bothered by Pacs speed - and Khan is just as fast as Pac at this point. But either way 9-1 is bargain of the year.
Khan is just as fast with his hands. Not his brain and angles. C-Al was bothered by the weird angles of Da Manny, not his speed. Khan stands straight legged too often. He doesn't always bend his knees. And he pull straight back with his head up. It is going to be an interesting scrap. And if it is close,mKhan gets robbed. Holla!


-deepwater2 :

Cool. All my picks came in. Linares came off the deck to win by ko. Joshua stopped kingpin. Khan looked horrible in his win. Kiss the Floyd fight goodbye.Brook stopped his guy. I can't wait to see that Linares fight. Heard it was a foty candidate