Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, NY, May 29
TV: Spike TV
By Peter Lim
Talent-wise, Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) isn't really a top-shelf fighter but his gritty split decision upset over Provodnikov has earned him back-to-back big-money fights, first against Pacquaio and now against Khan. This matchup would be a gross mismatch if not for one thing; the glass-chinned Khan is always one punch away from being dropped or even stopped.
Like Mohammad Ali and Roy Jones, Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) is one of those fighters who does many things wrong but gets away with it because of his exceptional speed. While more seasoned and cerebral fighters might be able to capitalize on his flawed fundamentals, Algieri simply lacks the experience or know-how to do so. Khan can box and he can punch, but knowing he's a frontrunner for a mega payday against Mayweather, he opts to rapid fire his way to a lopsided decision in lieu of throwing caution to the wind to go for the knockout.
Kudos to Algieri. He came to fight.