Khan suggested this might be a step towards a fight with Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather. Explaining his choice, Amir said, “I’ll be taking that fight at 147lbs. He’s from New York, he’s had 21 fights, only lost one fight. He’s the same height as me, he’s five foot 10, ranked number eight in the world. His last fight, which he lost, which is the only fight he lost, was against Manny Pacquiao, which was in Macau. That led Manny Pacquiao to go on to fight Floyd Mayweather.”
Describing Algieri’s credentials, Khan continued, “He’s a former WBO world champion. He beat Ruslan Provodnikov, who is an amazing fighter as well… He won his world title from him. He’s beaten the likes of Emanuel Taylor, another tough fighter. You can class him as an A-class opponent.”
Algieri moved up from light-welterweight to box Pacquiao at an 144lbs catchweight. The Filipino sensation knocked him down six times but Chris lasted the 12 rounds, losing a wide points decision.
“This is another fight for me which is going to bring a different style,” the Briton suggested. “He’s a decent boxer overall. He knows how to box, he knows how to move well. He takes a decent amount of shots and he’s got a decent amount of power. I think overall it’s going to be a good fight for me and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Khan will go to his hometown. “I like New York, New York’s a great venue,” he said. “It will give the fans a chance to travel and won’t be as far as going to Las Vegas. I’ve not fought in New York since I fought Paulie Malignaggi.
“This time I’d like to fight in the Barclays Center, which I’ve never fought at.”
British welterweight rival Kell Brook called out Amir Khan after defending the IBF world title against Jo Jo Dan last weekend. That will remain an option should Khan, as expected, defeat Algieri and the Bolton star clearly holds out hope for a shot at Mayweather or Pacquiao.
“I hope the fans get behind this fight,” Amir said. “I’m going to give them a great fight. I’m going to give it 100 percent and hopefully this going to lead me on to bigger fights in the future, which is what I’m looking at.”