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What time will Khan v Algieri start?
Saf K chimes in on Twitter to asks what time tonight’s main event starts. We’ve just finished the ninth round of tonight’s final prelim, a 12-rounder, so I’ll venture to guess Khan and Algieri make their ringwalks at 10.15pm ET/3.15 BST.
The pace in Fortuna-Vasquez has slowed a bit in the middle rounds. Good time to look back at a conversation I had with Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter this week. Found he had some interesting thoughts on the negative public reaction to Mayweather v Pacquiao.
You don’t have educated fans today. And the people on TV, with all due respect to them, they try to program the fan into thinking that, if it’s not a certain way, it’s not a good fight. But that same fan will watch a good strategic soccer game or a basketball game. Strategy, always strategy. Success in life comes from strategy.
Javier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) in the ring now against Bryan Vasquez (34-1, 18 KOs) with the vacant WBA junior lightweight championship on the line. Well, the regular version, whatever that means. Lots of crowd-pleasing exchanges so far. I’ve got Fortuna ahead three rounds to none on my card. Barclays Center, roughly half-empty in the minutes before this fight, filling up nicely now.
Tale of the tape
Hello! We’re here at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where just one preliminary fight remains before Amir Khan takes on Chris Algieri in a 12-round welterweight fight. A quick look at tonight’s tale of the tape before we move forward.
Bryan will be here shortly. Meanwhile, here’s his preview of tonight’s fight:
This time last year Amir Khan was on the shortlist of candidates to meet Floyd Mayweather in a Saturday night pay-per-view blockbuster from Las Vegas, the sport’s most prestigious and lucrative platform. Now he’s fighting Chris Algieri on a Friday in Brooklyn on Spike TV, the network that brought you Stripperella, 1,000 Ways to Die and Tattoo Nightmares.
The Bolton puncher has always been proof the road to success is seldom a straight line. Wins over world champions like Devon Alexander, Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah, Andriy Kotelnik and Paulie Malignaggi have pushed him to the fringe of the Hall of Fame discussion, but the high-profile setbacks – a tactically inept knockout loss to Danny Garcia and 54-second destruction at the hands of Breidis Prescott – have often subverted his ascent at the worst possible times.