By Tim Nielson: (Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) has taken his defeat to Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) a lot harder than expected, as he feels he won the fight and was given a bad deal by the judges with their scoring. He doesn’t feel like he should have lost the fight because he says he landed the cleaner and harder shots last Friday when the two of them battled it out at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The 28-year-old Khan was given a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 115-113, 117-111 and 117-111. In looking at the fight objectively, you can see how the judges came to the conclusion that Khan was the better man, because he was the more active fighter.
While Algieri did land some occasional nice shots, Khan was landing continuously with punches while moving in reverse gear. Algieri’s shots were thrown with more power, and he generally got a lot of cheering each time he would land a punch. That could have helped given him the impression that he did better than he actually did.
“I’m still super bummed,” Algieri said via RingTV.com. “I did not feel Khan was better than me at all. You asked me before the fight if I thought he was world class. I agreed he was and said I am one of the best fighters in the world. I stick to that statement.”
Algieri is one of the best fighters in the world, but he’s just not the best. Neither is Khan though. He’s one of the best, but it likely no better than No.6 in the world. Algieri would obviously fall in behind Khan somewhere.
There’s little chance of Algieri getting a rematch against Khan, as the British fighter rarely gives rematches to his opponents no matter how close the fight is or how badly he loses. Khan has been knocked out twice and he never attempted to go back and avenge the losses. Khan was also beaten by a decision once, and he hasn’t looked to correct that outcome either. Rematches are always tough to put together anyway, so it’s not surprising that Khan hasn’t tried to avenge his defeats.
After last night’s performance, Chris Algieri has a great future ahead of him, and will beat many top Welterweights. [He has a] Big strong and game #Respect,” Khan said on his twitter.
I think Algieri needs to learn from the loss by looking to stay busy inside the ring by throwing more punches. He can’t win by throwing pot shots. He’s got to be able to throw more combinations instead of standing on the outside looking for the perfect moment to let his hands go.