Amir Khan
Amir Khan will defend his WBC silver welterweight title against American Chris Algieri in BrooklynAFP

Amir Khan returns to the ring on 29 May to defend his WBC welterweight silver title against Chris Algieri at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in the headline event of the latest Premier Boxing Champions promotion.

Where to watch

Khan v Algieri is available to watch live on BoxNation with the broadcast scheduled to commence at 2am BST.

In the United States, the card is being screened on cable channel Spike.

Amir Khan overview

While most of the talk that surrounds Khan at present concerns a potential future meeting with either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, for now he must focus on the task at hand against Algieri with the knowledge that any unlikely slip-up would almost certainly cost him the chance to feature in such a lucrative fight.

Since he was rocked by consecutive losses to Lamont Petersen and Danny Garcia in 2012, the former Olympic silver medalist has steadily rebuilt his reputation with four straight victories over Carlos Molina, Junior Diaz, Luis Collazo, and Devon Alexander.

He resisted the opportunity to battle domestic rival Kell Brook next having been challenged by the IBF welterweight champion in the aftermath of his comeback win over Jo Jo Dan.

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

Chris Algieri overview

Algieri achieved widespread recognition in June 2014 after bouncing back from two first-round knockdowns to shock Ruslan Provodnikov in a controversial split decision.

A meeting with 'Pacman' in Macau followed, but the 31-year-old college graduate proved to be no match for the determined Filipino as he was sent sprawling to the canvas no less than six times.

To his credit, Algieri refused to wilt in the face of such sustained pressure and managed to last the full 12 rounds despite receiving heavy punishment.

What they have said

Amir Khan: "I'm focused on Chris Algieri. I don't want to look past this fight, this is going to be a tough fight for me. I've made that mistake before in boxing, when you look past fights, but I ain't looking past this fight.

"Everywhere I go, people ask me, 'what about Mayweather? What about Pacquiao?' I'm not looking at them guys. The guy I'm fighting, the guy I've been working on, the techniques I've been working on is to beat Chris Algieri, not Mayweather, not Pacquiao.

"I've got Chris Algieri, there's no point me looking at Mayweather, looking past this fight, because that fight might never happen."

Chris Algieri: "I know that it gets said all the time, but this was truly the best and most intense training camp of my life. Working with John David Jackson has truly been a blessing. He has brought out the best Chris Algieri there is. You are going to see a whole new fighter come Friday night.

"I am excited to be back in New York and excited to show the world what I am really made of on Friday night. We are just a few days away from the fight and I am so anxious to get in there and get to work.

"Amir is a tough fighter there is no doubt about that, but I am very confident in my ability and the game plan that coach has come up with for me. You are going to see two proven champions in a high intensity and high level fight, laying everything on the line come Friday night."

Records

Khan - 33 fights, 30 wins (19 via knockout)

  • (W) - Devon Alexander - unanimous decision - December 2014
  • (W) - Luis Collazo - unanimous decision - May 2014
  • (W) - Julio Diaz - unanimous decision - April 2013

Algieri - 21 fights, 20 wins (8 via knockout)

  • (L) - Manny Pacquiao - unanimous decision - November 2014
  • (W) - Ruslan Provodnikov - split decision - June 2014
  • (W) - Emmanuel Taylor - unanimous decision - February 2014

Prediction

While last weekend's IBF super-middleweight contest between Andre Dirrell and James DeGale was extremely difficult to call, this is entirely more straightforward given that Khan simply has too much speed and quality for his opponent to resist.

A slight lack of power combined with Algieri's sheer dogged refusal to accept when he is beaten should prevent the Briton from securing his first knockout since he floored Zab Judah with an uppercut in Las Vegas four years ago, however.

We will therefore opt for Khan to defend his belt easily via a unanimous decision, although a different referee could stop proceedings before the end if the American takes as many devastating blows as he did against Pacquiao.

Either way, it would be a big shock if Algieri were to avoid defeat.

Undercard

  • Javier Fortuna v Bryan Vasquez
  • Marcus Browne v Cornelius White
  • Heather Hardy v Noemi Bosques
  • Wesley Ferrer v Jose Miguel Castro
  • Noel Murphy v Michael Black
  • Adam Kownacki v Ytalo Perea
  • Keith Tapia v Leo Pla
  • Chris Colbert v Marquis Pierce
  • Luis Franco v Guillermo Sanchez