Expert Sports Picks: Friday night on Spike TV Premier Boxing Champions will feature welterweight contenders Amir Khan and Chris Algieri in a 12-round affair from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri Odds have Khan as a -1600 moneyline favorite with 60% of boxing predictions on Algieri. Khan, 30-3, 19 KO’s, scored an impressive one-sided decsion in his last bout against contender Devon Alexander. Algieri, 20-1, 8 KO’s, was outclassed in a one-sided thrashing at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in his last fight. Can Algieri outbox the popular British star as the huge underdog? ESPN2 News boxing betting panel gives away our picks for the Premier Boxing Champions main event at 9 PM ET. Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri Odds have Algieri at +800 moneyline (Bet $100 to win $800) at SPORTSBOOK.ag
ESPN2 News Bottom Line: Amir “King” Khan, 28, from the United Kingdom is a speedy outside fighter with explosive combinations and above-average power. Khan moves well on his feet behind a rapid-fire jab and a tight guard. Khan has built himself into a physically strong welterweight but has never shown a very solid chin and has ordinary head-movement. The silver-medalist Khan had a deep amateur career and displays excellent overall skill.
Chris Algieri, 31, is a fundamental fighter with fast hands, good footwork and strong conditioning. The 5’10” Algieri has a large frame for a welterweight but has only modest punching power. With his constant movement and pesky jab, Algieri is a slippery fighter to catch but he has been down against big punchers in Manny Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov. Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri Odds Total is at 9.5 Rounds with the Over at -160 at SPORTSBOOK.ag
Expert Boxing Predictions: The game New Yorker, Algieri is a tough customer that will be able to do enough to avoid being stopped by the talented speedster. Our handicappers expect the more instinctual Khan to show his class with an educated offense being the main divider. Laying 16 to 1 on a glass chinned fighter like Khan is a dicey proposition but it’s a safe bet that the Brit will win a one-sided decision on the scorecards.
Boxing Picks Play: Amir Khan by decision +150 (Bet $100 to win $150)
Ht. 5’8 1/2″″
Style: Outside Boxer
Best Punch: Straight Right
Rounds Fought: 191
Style: Textbook Boxer
Best Punch: Left Hook
Rounds Fought: 134