Amir Khan and Chris Algieri are finally set to meet on Friday night as part of a Premier Boxing Champions card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Khan is looking to put himself in a position to face the top boxer in the world, while Algieri is trying to bounce back from a one-sided defeat in his last fight.
Khan is a heavy favorite in the welterweight bout, having won his last four fights and possibly on the cusp of getting a shot at Floyd Mayweather in September. Algieri suffered six knockdowns to Manny Pacquiao in a unanimous decision loss six months ago, but Friday is his chance to surprise the boxing world.
Even though Khan has bigger things on the horizon, he says he’s focused on Friday’s opponent.
"Definitely, winning this fight is everything to me," said Khan. "I'm not looking past this Chris Algieri fight. I know it's a very dangerous fight for me. Stylistically, he's very dangerous, and I'm not going to be looking past it. If I do, I'll have made a mistake. I've looked past fights and made mistakes. It will put me right back where I don't want to be.”
Both fighters made the 147-pound limit at Thursday’s weigh-in. Khan tipped the scales at 146.4 lbs, and Algieri came in at two ounces lighter.
Khan has never fought at Barclays Center, but he made his United States debut in New York when he defeated Paulie Malignaggi in 2010 at Madison Square Garden. New York native Algieri has fought almost exclusively in his home state, and he defeated Ruslan Provodnikov in Brooklyn on June 14 of last year.
The fight will be on network television, rather than pay-per-view or a premium channel. Khan’s win in December over Devon Alexander aired on Showtime, while Algieri’s loss to Pacquiao was a PPV bout that generated around 400,000 buys.
A junior lightweight title match will precede Khan vs. Algieri. Javier Fortuna and Bryan Vasquez will fight for the 130-pound belt.
Tale of the Tape
Amir Khan Chris Algieri
Age: 28 31
Height: 5’9 5’10
Weight: 146.4 146.2
Reach: 71” 72”
Stance: Orthodox Orthodox
Record: 30-3, 19 KO 20-1, 8 KO
Start Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Spike TV (U.S.), BoxNation (U.K.)
Live Stream: BoxNation (U.K.)
Betting Odds: Khan-1600, Algieri+800