Boxing News: Amir Khan hacks out unanimous decision win over Chris Algieri
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Britain’s Amir Khan won by unanimous decision Friday over Chris Algieri in a welterweight matchup, a possible step towards facing Floyd Mayweather for a world title showdown this coming September.
Khan improved to 31-3 with his fifth victory in a row, which came by judges’ scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 115-113.
Algieri fell to 20-2 with his second defeat in a row, the other coming last November at Macau at the hands of Filipino star Manny Pacquiao – who lost to treble world champion Mayweather in boxing’s richest-ever megafight earlier this month.
Khan kept Algieri at bay much of the night, the American landing a strong combination early in the eighth round but unable to connect often enough to claim victory.
Khan said support from the crowd helped him push to the finish and secure the decision.
It is no secret that Khan is among the possible opponents for Mayweather this coming September, a fight he claims that could be his last before hanging up his gloves for good.
A win against whoever he faces this September will allow Mayweather to equal the 49-0 record of boxing great Rocky Marciano.
Despite his claims that it would be his last fight, many believe that he will fight one more time in 2016 possibly against Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather won via unanimous decision last May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Both camps are reportedly in the middle of talks for a rematch which may only take place once Pacquiao fully recovers from a shoulder injury.
Ironically, Khan is also being considered to fight the Filipino lawmaker/boxer next, a date that has yet to be announced.