Khan Edges Out Algieri in Solid Scrap, in Brooklyn

Chris Algieri showed the world that he belonged on these big stages, as he was right there with Amir Khan in Brooklyn, on Saturday night.

I thought I saw a fight that could have been scored a draw, as Algieri’s hand speed, and reflexes, and ccordination, were on message. He landed power shot at Barclays Center, with both hands, and though Khan did too, the judges liked the Brit’s work much more: he won by scores of 117-111, 117-111, 115-113.

Khan was master of distance early; he used his feet to great advantage. But once Algieri got warmed up, the Long Islander who will not be hearing so many cage jokes in the future put tons of pressure on the winner.

He popped to the body, looked to land a home run right, landed some left hooks, and made Khan work really hard.

There were no knockdowns and yes, Khan did some clinching, but the action was for the most part athletic. John David Jackson asked Algieri to come forward, stay in his face, and he did. He dipped his head, was slippery, though so was Khan.

Khan was sometimes an eel, using his feet smartly and sometimes the octopus, clinching to blunt a charge.

Readers, I could see a draw..and would be happy to see a rematch. How did you score it?

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COMMENTS

-#1 PacFan :

I had it 7-5 for Chris. Gave him the mid rounds and the last two rounds. Chris landed the harder shots and was the aggressor but looked good doing it.


-SouthPawFlo :

115-113 for Khan.. Pretty entertaining fight. This fight was meant as a showcase for Khan but it turned out to be a good scrap. JDJ is definitely an upgrade in trainer for Algeri. Khan was hit with some big shots, but his hand speed won him the fight... Khan throws "pitty-pat" flurries on the way out and he's still susceptible to be countered if someone punches when he punches... Overall good fight!!


-Radam G :

C-Al exposed Amir Khan. And Khan got the edge because he is a pug riding on the balls of tsAH. Amir is easy meat for about five welterweights. I can see why he ignores Kell Brook. Holla!


-the Roast :

I had it I could barely stay awake watching some wild swinging. Both of these fighters get shutout by Floyd if it should happen.


-michaelabii :

Very good fight with not much between these two in my opinion. Could have easily been scored a draw IMHO. Khan certainly has defensive flaws with his head straight up when he backs out. I still find his style rather amateurish with not much steam on those combos. I do think he punches really well to the body just like Hearns did. He gets a lot of leverage into those body shots and his uppercut is a beauty when he throws it. Algieri would have made anyone look bad tonight due to his desire and heart. If he had more pop he may have stopped Khan. Good fight though with non stop action.


-mortcola :

BS. Even here at home, we didn’t think Chris to out-do Khan in any area where Khan was already strong, and that it would probably be a mismatch. But as I watch it , and again, I see C-Al leading on ring generalship, Khan escaping more than boxing, and LOTS of solid, head-snapping head shots landed by C-al, one of which visibly wobbled Khan. Khan had moments, it was’t one sided, but there is no interpretation of what happened in that ring that justifies a 117-111 - 115-113 to Chis, or 116-112, would make more sense - that was THE blueprint at how to both outbox and out punch the speedy Brit. The Mayweather Fix worked? Or did I accidentally swallow some whacky fungus? C-Al took the fight TO Khan, and EARNED that win by being he man in the ring, outfighting a speedy boy who had nothing to do but flurry, hold, and run. Doesn’t sound like me, does it?


-#1 PacFan :

BS. Even here at home, we didn’t think Chris to out-do Khan in any area where Khan was already strong, and that it would probably be a mismatch. But as I watch it , and again, I see C-Al leading on ring generalship, Khan escaping more than boxing, and LOTS of solid, head-snapping head shots landed by C-al, one of which visibly wobbled Khan. Khan had moments, it was’t one sided, but there is no interpretation of what happened in that ring that justifies a 117-111 - 115-113 to Chis, or 116-112, would make more sense - that was THE blueprint at how to both outbox and out punch the speedy Brit. The Mayweather Fix worked? Or did I accidentally swallow some whacky fungus? C-Al took the fight TO Khan, and EARNED that win by being he man in the ring, outfighting a speedy boy who had nothing to do but flurry, hold, and run. Doesn’t sound like me, does it?
Totally agree. I thought Chris wobbled Khan quite a few times but if one of his landed overhand right was couple inches lower then I think Khan would have been out. His glass chin would not hold up against top tier welts IMO.


-#1 PacFan :

I had it I could barely stay awake watching some wild swinging. Both of these fighters get shutout by Floyd if it should happen.
Had if for who Roasts? Wassup my brother!?


-amayseng :

I had it 7-5 for Chris. Gave him the mid rounds and the last two rounds. Chris landed the harder shots and was the aggressor but looked good doing it.
Agreed my friend. I had it either a draw or 7-5 for Chris as i got so into the fight I stopped keeping exact count. Fun and entertaining fight with Chris controlling the pace using effective aggression and landing the harder shots and more of them. Khan won the rounds he was able to flurry land and keep Chris away but for the most part he was on his bicycle and holding and clinching because he was not in control and was uncomfortable. Floyd would embarrass Khan he shoukd take that fight in Wembley ,easy money.


-DaveB :

That is what he gets for fighting what he thought was a safe fight. Now trying to sell him as an opponent for Mayweather is going to be a tough sell. I wouldn't put it past Haymon though.


-#1 PacFan :

Agreed my friend. I had it either a draw or 7-5 for Chris as i got so into the fight I stopped keeping exact count. Fun and entertaining fight with Chris controlling the pace using effective aggression and landing the harder shots and more of them. Khan won the rounds he was able to flurry land and keep Chris away but for the most part he was on his bicycle and holding and clinching because he was not in control and was uncomfortable. Floyd would embarrass Khan he shoukd take that fight in Wembley ,easy money.
I don't know but Khan just hasn't improved IMO. This is the same guy that has said he had his way with Manny in sparring. GOOT(GetOutOfTown) Manny puts him to sleep no problem without the head gear. I would pay top dollar to see Manny fight Khan for reals.


-DaveB :

I don't know but Khan just hasn't improved IMO. This is the same guy that has said he had his way with Manny in sparring. GOOT(GetOutOfTown) Manny puts him to sleep no problem without the head gear. I would pay top dollar to see Manny fight Khan for reals. That would be great match making. I would love to see that match up - Pacquaio vs. Khan. Let's do it.


-#1 PacFan :

I don't know but Khan just hasn't improved IMO. This is the same guy that has said he had his way with Manny in sparring. GOOT(GetOutOfTown) Manny puts him to sleep no problem without the head gear. I would pay top dollar to see Manny fight Khan for reals. That would be great match making. I would love to see that match up - Pacquaio vs. Khan. Let's do it.
Yes it would Dave. At this point we might as well call Manny the Gatekeeper.


-Radam G :

I don't know but Khan just hasn't improved IMO. This is the same guy that has said he had his way with Manny in sparring. GOOT(GetOutOfTown) Manny puts him to sleep no problem without the head gear. I would pay top dollar to see Manny fight Khan for reals. That would be great match making. I would love to see that match up - Pacquaio vs. Khan. Let's do it.
Amir Khan is a notorious liar. He said that he was giving Andre "SOG" Ward problems in sparring sessions until SOG told the world that he and Khan have not ever sparred. I don't know what type of personality disorder that Khan has that makes him tell tall tales and expect for those in da loop of da poop with da scoop to ride with it. Da Manny dropped dat fool so many times that it was pathetic. Khan has no chin. And will not learn to tuck his chin behind the shoulder and bend his knees. Dude has a hard head that always makes a soft arse. For some reason Khan believes that he is special because he is a Muslim. And that God/Allah is sending him some type of holy beams to toughen him and give him the speed of light. Amir pitty pats like a bytch while his head is straight up and he is bouncing on his toes -- not even the ball of the foot. Dude is flawed as heck. He is about to be in a wreck. And hitting a bottle like a speed bag while it is in the air, is a trick that he stole straight outta P-Islands, Oakland, Diego and Compton. I would not be surprised to see Lil Floyd pass Khan up again. And for Khan to continue to duck Kell Brooks. Khan is haggling with the royal family of Dubai to dance with Da Manny in Abu Dhabi next year. Dude is so bigoted that he and his posse are always talking about he and Da Manny can have a holy war. Why in da puck does it has to be between two religions? Just let it be between two pugs. Holla!


-Radam G :

The Empire State powers that be robbed C-Al because almost two years ago, they gave him a gift against The Siberian Rocky. Boksing is a strange, corrupted sport. First, you will be given a gift. And then when you have really won, you will be even the shaft. Those judges were playa hating C-Al because of da haps of tSR. They didn't wanna look bad and like crooks again. But they ended up being crooks. Remember back in da day when Lennox Lewis beat Holy, but the powers that be called it a draw. And then in the second match when Holy won, the powers that be robbed him. Hehe. The "theatre of the unexpected" and super crooks never crease and desist. Holla!


-#1 PacFan :

Amir Khan is a notorious liar. He said that he was giving Andre "SOG" Ward problems in sparring sessions until SOG told the world that he and Khan have not ever sparred. I don't know what type of personality disorder that Khan has that makes him tell tall tales and expect for those in da loop of da poop with da scoop to ride with it. Da Manny dropped dat fool so many times that it was pathetic. Khan has no chin. And will not learn to tuck his chin behind the shoulder and bend his knees. Dude has a hard head that always makes a soft arse. For some reason Khan believes that he is special because he is a Muslim. And that God/Allah is sending him some type of holy beams to toughen him and give him the speed of light. Amir pitty pats like a bytch while his head is straight up and he is bouncing on his toes -- not even the ball of the foot. Dude is flawed as heck. He is about to be in a wreck. And hitting a bottle like a speed bag while it is in the air, is a trick that he stole straight outta P-Islands, Oakland, Diego and Compton. I would not be surprised to see Lil Floyd pass Khan up again. And for Khan to continue to duck Kell Brooks. Khan is haggling with the royal family of Dubai to dance with Da Manny in Abu Dhabi next year. Dude is so bigoted that he and his posse are always talking about he and Da Manny can have a holy war. Why in da puck does it has to be between two religions? Just let it be between two pugs. Holla!
As always very well said RG. Khan really hasn't learn from the Prescott fight as he still gets hit with that same signature punch.


-amayseng :

As always very well said RG. Khan really hasn't learn from the Prescott fight as he still gets hit with that same signature punch.
It is what it is, Khan is a limited fighter and his biggest flaw is his chin, which continues to eat right hands like they are going out of style. I can see Floyd dazing him numerous times and Pac knocked the beJesus out of him.


-brownsugar :

What a difference a day makes, After Algieri won the eliminator against Provodnikov (fighting exclusively in reverse) fans(including myself) criticised Algieri for being no more than a glorified aerobics instructor. When Chris and his promoter Joe DeGuardia started spouting off about having more than just a hope and a prayer of a chance to dethrone Pacquioa,.... in the same fashion that Marquez did, ....via a savage 10 count knock out, ... Fans across the nation became irate at Algieri for having the audacity to verbally disrespect Pac's HOF'mer name by mouthing such preposterous claims. The resounding internet backlash from the web after his defeat was rife with fight fans calling for Algieri to pack it in and go back to his day job of being a student. Besides, hadn't Algieri already grabbed his 15 minutes of fame,... Along with his hard earned pot of gold? But Algieri is apparently not one to live down to the expectations of his critics. "Fake it till you make it",.... I once heard the internationally acclaimed apostle TD Jakes say. Which simply means, if you aspire to be something in life, at least act the part, dress the part, and walk the part. I thought the matchup was a little odd. A novice like Chris against a seasoned veteran like Khan who is an expert in the subtle nuances of boxing, having been educated in the international amateur system and having fought some of the top pros in the business...while Algieri was still learning on the job? I expected a blood bath and the complete annihilation of Algieri. The general consensus from the other sites, like... Bad left Hook Boxing Scene FightNews EspnBoxing Just to name a few, had the fight scored 115-113 for Khan. Except Algieri is the tough minded sort who obviously believes in himself. This is evident by his near blasphemous claims of wanting Floyd Mayweather after he got past his challenge against Khan. I couldn't believe what I was hearing and I had a slight suspicion that Algiers's association with Kovalev's trainer John David Jackson, the trainer with 3 first names , might yield some unusual benefits. The result being Chris has gained new fans, and his collaboration with JD Jackson was a successful one. In war, some times an inferior force can defeat a superior force with the correct strategy. Algieri's initial blitz, along with his 110% commitment reminded me of Maidana's all out assault against Mayweather. But the cream eventually rises to the top. In the second half of the fight Khan switched to plan B, he simply took a half step back and when Chris Telegraphed his assault like he always does, Khan replied by consistently landing left right, left right combination, ....sometimes it was a double check hook to the body and then a left right combo to the head. Other times Khan led with an uppercut. Eventually Khan was landing steams of combinations continuously like clockwork. Khans footwork and his accuracy was too much for Algieri. I scored the fight 8-4 khan. Algieri said he was going to use his winnings to pay for his masters degree when he retires from boxing. Someday he will be a very successful businessman/professional. When he tells his grandkids that he was once a successful prize fighter.... They are going to be like...."no way grampa"...


-stormcentre :

Kahn, once the adjustments where made, won quite handily. Good learning experience for Kahn that may have not been had if he was still with Roach. Chris can learn from it too. But I won't be too bothered if he doesn't. :)


-brownsugar :

Kahn, once the adjustments where made, won quite handily. Good learning experience for Kahn that may have not been had if he was still with Roach. Chris can learn from it too. But I won't be too bothered if he doesn't. :)
Agreed, I don't think Khan has suddenly become vulnerable, he just had a hard day at the he office, Courtesy of a highly motivated and reprogrammed Chris Algieri. Khan adapted and his finely honed skills allowed him to cruise to the finish line on auto-pilot. Algieri looked like a base ball pitcher at times the way he arched his back and cocked his arm whenever he loaded up the right hand. It is so difficult for fighters as inexperienced as Algieri to resist throwing the power punch after finding success early in the fight. But at least he raised his stock by putting together a solid effort.


-#1 PacFan :

Agreed, I don't think Khan has suddenly become vulnerable, he just had a hard day at the he office, Courtesy of a highly motivated and reprogrammed Chris Algieri. Khan adapted and his finely honed skills allowed him to cruise to the finish line on auto-pilot. Algieri looked like a base ball pitcher at times the way he arched his back and cocked his arm whenever he loaded up the right hand. It is so difficult for fighters as inexperienced as Algieri to resist throwing the power punch after finding success early in the fight. But at least he raised his stock by putting together a solid effort.
I think he has been vulnerable since the Prescott loss. His best days were with.Roach and the sparring experience with Manny. I dont know about him cruisimg to the finisn line. To me he looked like a man just trying to survive the late rounds already knowing he has the fight in the bag. Khan onlh landed 20 more punches on Chris who threw more and landed the harder shots. Boxing scoring system really needs to improve to elimanate controversial decisions. We want boxing back on the forefront of sports, well then let's start there. Great post btw B-Sug on previous one.


-#1 PacFan :

Agreed, I don't think Khan has suddenly become vulnerable, he just had a hard day at the he office, Courtesy of a highly motivated and reprogrammed Chris Algieri. Khan adapted and his finely honed skills allowed him to cruise to the finish line on auto-pilot. Algieri looked like a base ball pitcher at times the way he arched his back and cocked his arm whenever he loaded up the right hand. It is so difficult for fighters as inexperienced as Algieri to resist throwing the power punch after finding success early in the fight. But at least he raised his stock by putting together a solid effort.
I think he has been vulnerable since the Prescott loss. His best days were with.Roach and the sparring experience with Manny. I dont know about him cruisimg to the finisn line. To me he looked like a man just trying to survive the late rounds already knowing he has the fight in the bag. Khan onlh landed 20 more punches on Chris who threw more and landed the harder shots. Boxing scoring system really needs to improve to elimanate controversial decisions. We want boxing back on the forefront of sports, well then let's start there. Great post btw B-Sug on previous one.


-stormcentre :


Amir Khan is a notorious liar. He said that he was giving Andre "SOG" Ward problems in sparring sessions until SOG told the world that he and Khan have not ever sparred. I don't know what type of personality disorder that Khan has that makes him tell tall tales and expect for those in da loop of da poop with da scoop to ride with it. Da Manny dropped dat fool so many times that it was pathetic. Khan has no chin. And will not learn to tuck his chin behind the shoulder and bend his knees. Dude has a hard head that always makes a soft arse. For some reason Khan believes that he is special because he is a Muslim. And that God/Allah is sending him some type of holy beams to toughen him and give him the speed of light. Amir pitty pats like a bytch while his head is straight up and he is bouncing on his toes -- not even the ball of the foot. Dude is flawed as heck. He is about to be in a wreck. And hitting a bottle like a speed bag while it is in the air, is a trick that he stole straight outta P-Islands, Oakland, Diego and Compton. I would not be surprised to see Lil Floyd pass Khan up again. And for Khan to continue to duck Kell Brooks. Khan is haggling with the royal family of Dubai to dance with Da Manny in Abu Dhabi next year. Dude is so bigoted that he and his posse are always talking about he and Da Manny can have a holy war. Why in da puck does it has to be between two religions? Just let it be between two pugs. Holla!
Dude, how do
you (of all people) feel making that comment? I am yet to meet anyone with an imagination such as yours; let alone in writing. :) :)


-stormcentre :

That is what he gets for fighting what he thought was a safe fight. Now trying to sell him as an opponent for Mayweather is going to be a tough sell. I wouldn't put it past Haymon though.
With the way Kahn operates that left hand of his, should Floyd ever fight him, Kahn will be eating counter and lead rights all night; if not check hooks to go with it. Kahn had difficulties at the start of the fight timing Algieri and setting up his jab as Chris came forward; mostly due to Chris' head movement and physicality. Once things settled down a little and Chris' first wind was all but gone, Amir's footwork (constantly turning Chris and making him reset and expend energy) and better boxing experience set in; even though Kahn did look as if he was in retreat a little too much for my likings. Chris gave a pretty determined showing.


-stormcentre :

Agreed, I don't think Khan has suddenly become vulnerable, he just had a hard day at the he office, Courtesy of a highly motivated and reprogrammed Chris Algieri. Khan adapted and his finely honed skills allowed him to cruise to the finish line on auto-pilot. Algieri looked like a base ball pitcher at times the way he arched his back and cocked his arm whenever he loaded up the right hand. It is so difficult for fighters as inexperienced as Algieri to resist throwing the power punch after finding success early in the fight. But at least he raised his stock by putting together a solid effort.
Yes I agree. He's not all of a sudden now any more vulnerable than he was or was not before. Kahn has always had issues with boxers that are not only strong and physical fighters - but guys undeterred by his speed advantage and still apply pressure. Whilst Algieri is no Maidana he did - for a while - manage to press Amir Kahn and get his attention with some hard right crosses. Kahns best days are with Virgil Hunter because Hunter, unlike Roach, knows how to infuse different elements into a boxer/fighter's existing arsenal in a complementary fashion, and without completely changing it; too quickly. And that's important when you have a nervous fighter (for top level boxing) like Kahn or Wladimir Klitscho. Kahn's experience sparring Pacquaio was excellent, but only in the sense where/if Amir was going to fight a (lefty) guy like Alexander. Time for Kahn to fight Brook I reckon. Floyd would have a felid day with Kahn. So would Pacquaio - particularly a pre Bradley one.


-DaveB :

Sigh. Kahn just doesn't seem to want any part of Kell Brook. Only God knows who Mayweather will end up fighting next. I really would like to see Kahn fight Brook. That fight would be huge. Brook is really good. He can contend with anyone out there and the welters are a loaded division so I think he should just move on for right now.


-stormcentre :

Yep Kahn ignoring/avoiding Brook reminds me of Hatton doing the same to Jr. Witter; when Witter was dangerous.


-mortcola :

Guys - now, I'm not JDJ, but DIDN"T I SAY that C-Al had the quickest learning curve I ever saw? The guy I saw ONE FIGHT before Provodinikov wouldn't have lasted three rounds against Khan. Watching it again, Khan did good work, but he was ALWAYS on the defensive, and most of the significant punches, and definitely the ring generalship through three-quarters of the fight, belonged to Chris. The decision wasn't quite a scandal, but it sucked. At least Chris will have some more big money fights if he wants them - and he very well may win a title again. Damn fine effort.


-stormcentre :

If you did say that MC (and I'm not saying you didn't) then your claim was not too far off the mark. I too, thought Chris did exceptionally well against Kahn, and I would not have been too surprised with a draw as Kahn didn't exactly dominate. Chris (even though he was still pressing forward) started to unravel a bit in the championship rounds though and that is probably what lost it for him in the judges eyes. There's no doubt he's tough to start traditional boxing in these deep waters as has been his last 3 fights; not many people do that. :) :)