GREENLAWN, New York, April 16
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
The championship-winning boxer from Greenlawn, Chris Algieri, is set to get back into the ring for the first time since November when he suffered his first professional defeat to Manny Pacquiao in Macau, China.
On May 29, however, Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) will fight on his home turf as he welcomes the United Kingdom’s Amir “King” Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a main-event bout.
“I am very excited to get back into the ring and to be fighting here in New York,” Algieri said in a press release. “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.”
For Algieri, the trip to the Barclays Center will be his second. He earned his first-ever professional boxing championship there after he defeated Ruslan Provodnikov via split decision; that title, World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight championship, was later stripped from Algieri following his fight with Pacquiao.
“Fighting at Barclays Center, where I won my world title just under a year ago, is an added bonus,” Algieri, 31, said.
Kahn, 28, first made a name for himself in 2004 when he earned a silver medal at the Olympics. The native of England has not lost since July 14, 2012 and most recently defeated former welterweight world champion Devon Alexander by unanimous decision at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 12.
“I’m delighted to now be fighting [in New York] once again against another champion in Chris Algieri,” Khan said in a press release. “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.”
The fight is set to air as the main event on a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card, and will be aired on Spike TV. Tickets for the fight will be available for purchase from http://www.ticketmaster.com as of 2 p.m. today, Thursday.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, April 16, 2015; A35)