Opinion | Jun 04 2015

‘Anthony Joshua can put Floyd Mayweather in the shade’

Mickey Vann plots Joshua's route to the top but has concerns over Amir Khan
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WITH all the fights at the O2 going on, Amir Khan’s showdown against Chris Algieri almost passed by without attention.

This was a fight I wanted to see after the performance that Khan put in against Devon Alexander, but in all honestly I shouldn’t have bothered. I don’t think I am the only one that was disappointed with his performance against a man that was horizontal so many times against Manny Pacquiao, one would be forgiven for thinking he was in his bedroom.

Khan lacked the power to worry Algieri and although he had good hand speed in flashes, and good movement, there was never any point in the fight where it looked like finishing early. I heard people saying that he didn’t feel good after his training camp had finished, that they had changed a few things and that they will have to find a solution. He looked great after his fight against Alexander, so why have they changed anything? Do the same strength and conditioning work, aerobic training, employ the same diet, and put the work in. Then turn up, and do the job you were paid for to the best of your ability, because if that was Amir performing the best he could, he must already be on the slide. I have always thought Khan would be far too good for Kell Brook but on that performance the gap is reducing with alarming speed.