Britain’s Amir Khan won unanimously over New York native, Chris Algieri, in a welterweight boxing showdown Friday night at the Barclay’s center in Brooklyn. Khan improved to 31-3 with his fifth victory in a row, which came by the judges’ scores of 117-111, 117-111, and 115-113. Algieri fell to 20-2 with his second defeat in a row, after his first loss was against Filipino star Manny Pacquiao, who recently just lost to world champion Floyd Mayweather.
Algieri was quite the challenge for Khan most of the night, he landed a strong combination early in the eighth round but unable to connect more frequently enough to claim victory. “He come to fight, wanted to win, had his home crowd, but I came here to win,” Khan said, adding he had to resort to “Plan B” to defeat the hometown hero. Khan said support from the crowd helped him push to the finish and secure the decision. “The crowd really fired me up the last three rounds when Chris really came at me hard,” Khan said. Then things really got interesting when Khan announced, “Amir Khan wants to fight Floyd Mayweather, I want that next. I’m number one World Boxing Council (challenger). He’s the champion. So let’s make it happen”.
Khan thought he might fight Mayweather in May last year but the US star instead decided to fight Argentina’s Marcos Maidana. It could be a while before Mayweather even ponders the thought of fighting Khan.