Chris Algieri vs. Amir Khan Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/29/15
Boxing: Friday, May 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York)
The Line: Chris Algieri +1100 / Amir Khan -1700 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Spike TV
Chris Algieri and Amir Khan fight Friday night at the Barclays Center for the WBC Silver Welterweight title.
Chris Algieri enters this fight with a 20-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Algieri hopes to bounce back in a big way after losing a unanimous decision in November against Manny Pacquiao. Algieri has beaten some good fighters such as Ruslan Provodnikov and Mike Arnaoutis, but his struggles in his last fight have raised some questions as far as his overall potential. Algieri is constantly moving, loves to jab and is going to pick his spots throughout the fight. Algieri isn’t known for being a big puncher and hasn’t knocked anyone out in over three years. Algieri’s best trait would probably be his conditioning, as he can go the distance without losing much of an edge. This will be the fifth time Algieri has fought in Brooklyn. Algieri will be the hometown favorite considering he was born and grew up in New York.
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Amir Khan enters this fight with a 30-3 record that includes 19 knockouts. Khan has won four fights in a row and his last outing was a unanimous decision against Devon Alexander in December. Khan’s last three fights have gone the distance. Khan is more of the aggressive fighter, and he’ll take plenty of chances to land big punches and win rounds. Khan also has a lot more experience and has found ways to beat different kind of fighters throughout his career. While he does a lot of things great, Khan does have a reputation for a weak chin and can’t open himself up to big counters. Khan hopes a victory here would lead to a mega fight such as a date with Floyd Mayweather. This will be the first time Khan has fought in Brooklyn. After this bout, seven of Khan’s last eight fights have taken place in the United States.
There’s a reason Khan is the heavy favorite in this fight, as he’s the more experienced, has a lot more on the line and overall is the much better boxer. Algieri will have his chances in this fight but he doesn’t pack enough power to pull off the upset in a knockout.
While this fight could be more competitive than some people think, I don’t see Amir Khan losing simply with what’s on the line here.