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Amir Khan wins 12 round decision over game Chris Algieri

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By John J. Raspanti


With his rumored dream fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the line, former two-time champion Amir Khan did just enough to win a hard fought 12 round unanimous decision over boxer turned brawler Chris Algieri at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Scores were 117-111 (twice) and 115-113.

 

Maxboxing.com and Doghouseboxing had Khan winning the bout by a 115-113 score.


The fight started fast.

 

Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) let his hands go with combinations.  Algieri, a mover most of his career, took it to Khan, but didn’t land much until the final seconds of the stanza when an overhand right wobbled the British contender.


Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs)—making his debut with new trainer John David Jackson continued his aggression in rounds two. A short right landed. Khan jabbed and moved side to side. He stabbed Algieri with his left. Seconds later a sweeping right connected. Algieri landed a stinging right that forced Khan to back up.

 

Khan landed a huge left hook in round three. Algieri shook it off and wadded in. He bobbed and weaved and fired random hooks. Some of them landed, but Khan was consistently beating him to the punch.

 

Round four was all Algieri. The New York resident connected with a number of hard punches.  He found success on the inside. Khan worked his jab, but was caught by a sweeping left and right.

 

In rounds five and six, Khan utilized his edge in speed. He fired two punches before Algieri could respond. Algieri connected with a left hook, but Khan let fly with a five-punch combination. Algieri worked the body, but ate another salvo.

 

In round seven, Algieri pushed Khan into the ropes and let his hands go. Khan stuck to his game plan--boxing.  He moved in and out. A backpedaling combination connected.

 

Algieri rallied in rounds eight and nine. A big right hand seemed to stun Khan. The Bolton native fired back with a speedy right hand of his own. Algieri, whose left eye was rapidly closing, pounded to the body while Khan snapped off more shots to the head.     

 

The determined Algieri came out punching in round 10. Khan dug a left to the body. On the inside, his uppercut stunned Algieri. A left hook also found pay dirt. Algieri shook off the punches and fought back. There was no quit in the former WBO champion.

 

Khan appeared to have a slight lead heading into the last two rounds.

 

Algieri was still searching for a game changing blow, but he’s not a knockout puncher. He landed a sweeping right, but didn’t follow it up with a left hook.

 

Khan stuck out his left and let fly with hooks in the last heat. Algieri fought back—even landing a pretty good punch, but the blow had no effect on Khan.

 

"I have to show respect to Chris Algieri,” said Khan in the ring. “He came to win. I didn’t expect him to come after me."



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