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Algieri Can’t See Khan Pulling Off An Upset Against Canelo

By Keith Idec

Chris Algieri understands Amir Khan’s decision to challenge Canelo Alvarez.

Algieri doesn’t think, though, that Khan can pull off an upset in their WBC middleweight title fight May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Khan (31-3, 19 KOs), who defeated Algieri by unanimous decision 9½ months ago at Barclays Center, is about a 3-1 underdog against Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs).

“In terms of business, Khan and his people are not stupid,” Algieri told BoxingScene.com. “So I’m sure it’s gotta make sense. I commend him for taking a huge risk, moving up and fighting a very dangerous opponent. But at the same time, I can’t really see him winning that fight. It’s a very uphill battle, and not even just with size. Canelo is an extremely skilled and experienced young champion.”

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Algieri didn’t predict a knockout defeat for Khan, but said Khan must be more careful defensively than usual against a bigger, stronger opponent.

“I wouldn’t say that Amir has a bad chin,” Algieri said. “People say that all the time. I just think that he allows himself to get hit clean more often than a lot of top guys do. When you’ve got a guy like Canelo, who’s a legitimate puncher and a really sharp, sharp puncher, it’s a difficult style matchup.”

The 32-year-old Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) is scheduled to face Errol Spence Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) in a welterweight bout April 16 at Barclays Center (NBC).

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Valhalla Hwy666 on 03-12-2016

[B][SIZE="3"]I think Khan is going to come in bigger than what everybody thinks[/SIZE] [img]http://photo.boxingscene.com/uploads/amir%20khan%20(3).jpg[/img][/B]

Comment by Box-Office on 03-11-2016

[QUOTE=FrankieBruno;16531032]I have my fingers crossed Although imagine if Spence looks like a beast against Algieri, will Kell still be up for the fight? or will he drop the belt and move up in weight[/QUOTE] Which is interesting cuz Kell does…

Comment by deathofaclown on 03-11-2016

I had Khan v Algieri a draw. Khan actually looked very sluggish in that fight compared to usual, he didn't seem sharp at all. He is young in age for a boxer still but don't forget he turned pro very…

Comment by FrankieBruno on 03-11-2016

[QUOTE=Box-Office;16530401]A great scenario would be if Algieri beat Spence and then defeats Kell in England and takes his belt setting up a rematch with King. Damn!:boxing:[/QUOTE] I have my fingers crossed Although imagine if Spence looks like a beast against…

Comment by Boom Boom X on 03-11-2016

[QUOTE=Box-Office;16530401]A great scenario would be if Algieri beat Spence and then defeats Kell in England and takes his belt setting up a rematch with King. Damn!:boxing:[/QUOTE] The downside, though, is that if Khan wins that rematch, it'll just be yet…

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