Unable to secure a date with Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao and unwilling to meet countryman Kell Brook, Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) has opted to face Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) on either May 23 or May 30.
The 28-year-old Khan has been looking for a big money bout with Mayweather or possibly Pacquiao since the beginning of 2014, but has found only passing interest from Mayweather, who once had him placed on a list of two possible foes alongside Marcos Maidana.
Ultimately, though, Mayweather and his team opted to go with the hotter fighter at the time, Maidana, and leave Khan to continue building his case for the biggest of all spotlight bouts.
Recent Khan victories over Devon Alexander and Luis Collazo make somewhat of a case for Khan being next on the Mayweather or Pacquiao list– and that may have been the case if the two superstars had not finally agreed to face one another on May 2.
So, instead, Khan moves on to face what has to be considered a safe “stay busy” choice in the light-hitting Chris Algieri.
Algieri is coming off an embarrassingly one-sided, six-knockdown loss to Manny Pacquiao last November in Macau, but five months prior to that managed to take the WBO junior welterweight title from Ruslan Provodnikov via controversial split decision.
Khan-Algieri has yet to be assigned a venue.