Story: Chip Mitchell
Welterweight Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) on Friday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Algieri came to party, as he took the fight at times to Khan and executed John David Jackson’s plan as best as possible. Scores were 115-113, and 117-111 twice. Khan did what he had to do, which was win. Now he hopes to land the fight he’s coveted for years, a big money matchup with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Both fighters displayed great jabs and hand speed early on and Khan was the aggressor. Khan landed a series of right hands, but Algieri buzzed Amir in rounds one and three in this seesaw battle.
Algieri more than handles his own in the middle rounds and it was shaping up as a good fight as both fighters had big followings cheering at the top of their lungs.
While Khan was up at the midway point, you had the sense that Algieri still had something waiting to “unleash”.
Algieri began to take the lead, as his corner may have told him to press the action. Khan seemed to oblige as he moved and looked to counter, possibly looking for his next wind to come. The tactic allowed Algieri to score by forcing Amir to the ropes as we headed to the championship rounds.
Khan landed some big shots to the head and body to regain control with a couple of rounds to go.
Khan sat down on his punches to try to land something big, while Algieri kept throwing and scoring.
The final round was fought like the early rounds. Both fighters gave their all until the final bell.
“Everyone knows I want Floyd next after all the talk about it, but when you wait and hope for something for this long it can set you back”, Khan said. I don’t want to overlook any other fighters, including Chris. I thought I worked well inside. I’ve never done a lot of work in the pocket like that and I plan to do more of that in the future.”
“I give Chris a lot of credit. He came forward a lot more than we thought he would and he had a big chin tonight. Chris gave it his all tonight. This is the best Algieri we’ve seen in a long time, and if he’d have fought Manny (Pacquiao) that way he might have won.”
In the co-feature, Javier Fortuna won a unanimous decision over Bryan Vasquez. Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KO’s) scored with numerous combinations throughout and hurt Vasquez repeatedly in the fight.
Vasquez had his moments too but only seemed to land when he got hit. He wanted a brawl. That’s fine, as Fortuna was game during portions of the fight. However, Vasquez didn’t throw enough volume in order for that plan to work.
The early rounds were quite entertaining, if not a little sloppy. There were nice exchanges at the end of the round in each of the first four. The difference in each was in Fortuna’s hand speed.
Scores were 116-112 and 117-111 twice for Fortuna. He is now the WBA junior lightweight champion.
Marcus Browne won a clumsy ten round unanimous decision against Cornelius White in the final non-televised portion of the card. Scores 98-92, and 99-91 twice. Browne (15-0, 11 KOs) had White hurt big time and White was on unsteady legs and fell backwards and sideways along the ropes. There was no count however, as the referee apparently (simultaneously) warned Browne as he landed the combination to hurt White.
The bout got sloppy as Browne slipped and slid, once tackling White in the process. In the sixth round, Browne landed a big shot directly on White’s jewelry box. White (21-4, 16 KOs) took his time to recover from the low blow and the fight pressed on.
Browne began to gas, partly because every time he landed big shots, he decided to head-hunt while White kept his hands high to protect.
The final few rounds consisted of Browne taking the gas off of the petal and fighting off of his back foot and backpedaling.
Browne got the win but instead of thanking Al Haymon, he might need to reimburse Al a bit for a less-than-thrilling fight.