Amir Khan will seek to land the first blow for Britain in what will be a bumper weekend for the nation’s boxers when he meets Chris Algieri in New York.
The Bolton fighter is a hefty favourite 1/20 favourite to best the 9/1 American at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre in the small hours of Saturday morning.
Later the same day Kell Brook will face off against Frankie Gavin in an all-England IBF welterweight title fight, while Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua attempts to extend his 12-0 record against American journeyman Kevin Mitchell.
Back to the business at hand and Khan’s clash with kickboxer-turned-boxer Algieri offers an opportunity to make some easy money before settling down to watch the action from London’s O2 later the same day.
Their bout is 13/20 to last more than ten rounds and it looks a price that qualifies for the news.bwin.com ‘buying money’ treatment.
Khan is a heavy favourite to win, but hasn’t stopped an opponent since last fighting at super lightweight four outings back.
Two duels at the 147lb limit at which he faces Algieri have seen him dominant, yet the Brit failed to stop either Devon Alexander or Luis Collazo.
In the Huntington, NY native, Bolton’s finest is up against a fighter who has forged a reputation for extreme obduracy in two bouts since emerging from the rank and file.
First he survived two opening-round knockdowns and an eye so swollen as to be useless by the 11th stanza to take Ruslan Provodnikov’s WBO Super Lightweight strap.
Then he shrugged off no fewer than six meetings with the mat to take Manny Pacquiao the distance last time out in Macau.
Having changed trainer since then, Algieri is expected to be better prepared for this latest showdown with an opponent who, like the Phillipino, is noted for his hand speed.
Meanwhile, Khan will forever have the ‘chinny’ tag in the wake of the two KO losses that pockmark his ledger, however it’s unlikely that his opponent in Brooklyn possesses the power to exploit any perceived weakness.
Eight of his 20 pro wins have come by stoppage, with just one of those coming inside his last seven bouts.