Who will Khan be facing after Algieri?
By Jon Jencitis: With Amir Khan facing Chris Algieri on May 29th at the Barclays Center, New York, this got me thinking what next for Khan’s career? Could be talking about a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September?
Khan should easily beat Algieri with the greatest respect. Khan has every attribute to beat Algieri, and I can’t see Algieri dealing with his speed. After this fight, Khan will be looking to bigger and better things, which poses a dilemma; who should it be?
We all know that Khan wants Mayweather but I dont believe he will get the shot due to Khans high profile defeats. If Khan was to get the Mayweather fight then he will try to give a good account of himself but he will ultimately get beaten, but his speed will be a big threat. Khan also recently stated that due to Ramadan he will not be able to complete, he retracted this statement so there will be a possibility of the fight with Mayweather.
The best way I feel for Khan to get the fight he craves so bad is by fighting Kell Brook in a battle of Britain style match-up. This fight would be a huge domestic bout that similar of Carl Froch v George Groves 2 at Wembley in 2014. The fight could sell to that extent given a good bit of marketing, but without marketing it could easily fill any arena. Khan would get a handsome payday and great coverage. After all, Kell is the IBF welterweight champion. If Amir was to win this fight he would then have the belt as an incentive for Floyd to have a 50th fight, if Floyd fights someone else in September.
Khan has also flirted with the idea of fighting Manny Pacquiao. This would be a brilliant fight, as both men like to throw lots and lots. Even though Manny threw less than 500 in his last outing against Mayweather, but Pacqiao was injured in that fight. That’s still no excuse. If Pacquiao was that badly injured, he should of at least notified the relevant people or even tried to suspend the fight to September but that’s history now.
If the Khan-Pacquiao fight were to get made it could potentially be the last for either fighter, as a loss for either could spell the end, especially for Manny as it would be a defeat he wouldn’t be able to come back from. As for Khan, he would do some serious thinking to do about his career because age will still be on his side.
Whatever Khan decides to do after Algieri, you can’t deny his world class pedigree after all he did win a silver medal at the Olympics. He’s a 2 time world champion. He just needs to go about a different root to get the fight he desires rather than going straight for the big one.
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