Amir Khan failed to make a big statement in his fight with Chris Algieri last Friday at the Barclay's Center in New York which he won by unanimous decision.
The 28-year-old was on the back foot using his defensive skills against the aggressive come forward Algieri who surprised at lot of spectators with his approach.
The home fighter under his new trainer John David Jackson looked to land bombs on the former two time 140Ib world champion, leaving Khan to have to adapt through the fight.
The man from Bolton landed enough clean shots to take the win in a highly competitive fight. In the post-fight interview the 2004 Silver Medallist expressed his ongoing desire for a Floyd Mayweather fight.
Claiming his position as WBC number 1 contender to the undefeated champion may not hold much persuasion in getting the fight, especially when Floyd stated that he will vacate all his belts (but is yet to do so).
Chris Algieri Shows Heart
The unfortunate outcome from the Algieri fight has got more people questioning if Khan has earned the shot to be number 49 instead of demanding the fight.
The plan was to go out and blast the New Yorker in the early rounds making a huge statement by bettering Manny Pacquiao's performance over the 31 year old last November. The heart of Algieri was too strong for Khan to force any kind of stoppage or knock-down.
Chris Algieri will no doubt come again and maybe even force a world title push whether this be at welterweight or light-welterweight where he has been most of his career, under his new trainer you can see that the changes have been made and the American looks a different man to the one that got dropped six times on route to a points loss to Manny Pacquiao last year.
Khan Wants Mayweather
The worry for Amir is whether Mayweather will opt out of the fight from the performance or choose to take it due to seeing weaknesses in the English fighters game.
There's no doubt under trainer Virgil Hunter that Khan looks a more polished fighter with good defensive technical skills but there is still the worry that if the 28-year-old was getting hit by an elite welterweight in Keith Thurman that he may well get hurt.
Amir 'King' Khan may well need another test against a fully fledged welterweight in order to pass the exam. That could then be too late for a Mayweather showdown with the pound for pound number 1 saying after Septembers fight he will retire.
If he was to get a shot at Mayweather, there may be arguments as to why this is, for there are many fighters who have achieved more at 146Ibs and haven't been mentioned as a foe for Mayweather.
It appears Khan will keep looking for that September date and if he was to get the golden ticket and be number 49 he may well face the old clique of 'be careful what you wish for'.
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