Amir Khan
Amir Khan last fought in December, when he beat Devon Alexander via a unanimous decision in Las Vegas.Getty Images

Amir Khan's upcoming bout against Chris Algieri will take place in New York, it has been announced.

Former Olympic silver medallist Khan will face his American opponent at Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets NBA franchise, on 29 May after resisting increasing pressure to fight fellow Briton Kell Brook in the aftermath of the latter's comfortable victory over Jo Jo Dan.

Khan has fought in the Big Apple once before, successfully retaining the WBA light welterweight belt with an 11th-round stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden in 2010, and is evidently looking forward to his imminent return to the city.

"I have happy memories of New York having made my successful U.S. debut there against Paulie Malignaggi in 2010," he said in a press release.

"I'm delighted to now be fighting there once again against another champion in Chris Algieri. Algieri has shared the ring with some tremendous fighters and shown great skills in those fights so I know I will need to be at my very best when we meet.

"In all my fights I bring excitement, speed and skill and can guarantee more fireworks on May 29 at Barclays Center."

Algieri, 31, has won 20 of his 21 professional contests and suffered the only defeat of his career to date in November against Manny Pacquiao.

Chris Algieri
American welterweight Algieri has been confirmed as Khan's next opponent.Getty Images

His most notable victory came last summer, when he upset Russian Ruslan Provodnikov via a split decision to become the WBO light welterweight champion.

"I am very excited to get back into the ring and to be fighting here in New York," he said.

"Fighting at Barclays Center, where I won my world title just under a year ago, is an added bonus. Amir Khan is a tested champion and is the matchup that I wanted. I believe this is a fight that will bring the best out of me."

Khan, who has won his last four fights after consecutive losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, claims to be open to a potentially lucrative meeting with Brook but admits that it may not happen this year as he targets the winner of May's superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao.

IBF champion Brook faces Frankie Gavin next, just 60 days following his triumphant return to the ring after being stabbed in the leg while on holiday in Tenerife.