Opinion | May 27 2015

Amir Khan needs to beat Chris Algieri impressively to keep hopes of fighting Floyd Mayweather alive

But Khan can keep the momentum going for British boxing, writes Daniel Herbert

BRITISH boxers have a modest reputation in the United States, but things are certainly looking up on that front. In Boston last weekend James DeGale dropped Andre Dirrell twice and unanimously outpointed him to win the vacant IBF version of the super-middleweight crown.

This Friday, Amir Khan is in the Brooklyn borough of New York City to take on Chris Algieri in a fight the Bolton man must win, and win impressively, to maintain any serious hope of a Floyd Mayweather showdown. Khan starts a strong favourite over a man floored six times and well outpointed by Manny Pacquiao.

Now remember that earlier this month Doncaster’s WBA super-bantam champion Jamie McDonnell travelled to Texas to beat house fighter Tomoki Kameda, and May 2015 could well turn out to be a huge month for British boxing in the USA. Okay, normal service will probably be resumed on June 20 when Paul Smith meets Andre Ward in the latter’s comeback fight after a spell of inactivity, but Ward is such a hot favourite that even by winning a few rounds Smith would enhance his reputation on the world stage.