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Khan vs Algieri: Speedy Khan could win in a flash

26 May | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Khan vs Algieri: Speedy Khan could win in a flash

The Barclays Centre in New York plays host in what should be an easy night’s work for Britain’s ‘King’ Khan.

Amir Khan’s silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games at just 17 years of age showed the immense talent that the former world champion has.

Without doubt one of the fastest punchers in boxing, Khan has now vastly enhanced his defensive capabilities under the wing of trainer Virgil Hunter.

The Brit decided to move up to the Welterweight division in 2014 and has looked extremely impressive since. Wins over tough and skilful American’s Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander have solidified the Boltonian’s place as one of the division’s elite fighters.

Next for Khan, a seemingly straight-forward looking Welterweight contest against New Yorker Chris Algieri. He enters the fight a confident 1/14 favourite, and it’s difficult to argue with those odds considering Algieri’s credentials.

At 31-years-old, the American is only 20 fights into his pro career. Algieri’s major breakthrough came in June 2014 when he stunned many by getting the best of warrior Ruslan Provodnikov in a 12 round war.

The fight was a testament to Algieri’s grit and determination, which unfortunately wasn’t enough to compete with Manny Pacquiao, whose speed and combinations proved too much for him as he was knocked down 6 times in the fight, yet refused to falter before the final bell.

The American has never been stopped, and the 6/4 on offer for the fight to last the distance could be a worthwhile option.

Algieri is sure to enjoy the majority of the crowd on his side as the local fighter, however Amir Khan won’t be phased by the hostile New Yorkers.

His last visit to the Big Apple was in 2010 when faced up against home-boy Paul Malignalli. That ended in a KO win, one of the Englishman’s most impressive performances.

A significant conclusion from the bout was that Khan possesses the power to stop top class opponents and having moved up a weight it could be argued the 28-year-old is currently at his most powerful.

Therefore, Khan goes into this weekend’s fight 3/5 to win by KO, despite the resilient nature of his opponent. Khan has a habit of catching fighters cold and coming out fast.

If Khan is to get the stoppage it might be sooner rather than later. A punt at Khan winning between rounds 1-3 is priced at 6/1.

However, the most likely outcome in New York is Khan on points at 6/4.

Under the guidance of Virgil Hunter, Khan has looked happy to take less chances when attacking and seems content to get rounds under his belt and look good doing it.

There’s every confidence that the Brit’s hand speed and combinations will prove too much for Algieri, who won’t be able to get out of range of Khan’s flashy jab.

However, Chris Algieri is an extremely tough competitor and survived 12 rounds with ferocious fighters Provodnikov and Pacquiao and we may well hear the final bell in this one.

The American’s game plan must be to draw Khan into a slug-fest and land the perfect punch on the Englishman’s suspect chin.

Crushing KO defeats to both Breidis Prescott and Danny Garcia have left serious questions over Khan’s ability to take a punch and Algieiri has to test that come Friday night.

Worryingly however, the New Yorker has only KO’d 38% of his previous opponents making that outcome very unlikely.

Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri betting