Showtime have reportedly passed up the opportunity to show Amir Khan’s next fight against Chris Algieri in New York on May 30 as the Brit continues to get criticism.
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Despite calls from IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn to fight at Wembley Stadium in June, Khan announced that he would be fighting Algieri instead.
The American has just one loss on his record which came in a one-sided bout against Manny Pacquiao last year, but it isn’t a fight that has boxing fans excited.
With the potential of an 80,000 sell-out at Wembley this summer now no longer possible, Brook will move on and make a voluntary defence of his title against any of the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez or Brandon Rios.
While those potential fights are worthy of a stadium, Khan will have received a significant blow with reports that Showtime have not taken up the chance of showing his bout with Algieri, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) April 2, 2015
It wasn’t an expected move from the broadcaster, but critics will certainly back their decision as Khan vs Algieri isn’t likely to gain significant attention.
The Brit is undoubtedly still keen on fighting either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao later this year, and so this will merely be a fight to keep busy and one that will give him a good possibility of looking good against a fighter than isn’t known for his power.
It remains to be seen what figures Khan receives from this bout, but it will be on a much smaller scale to what he could have earned by fighting Brook for a world title in the UK.
Meanwhile, Rafael also noted on Twitter that Khan turned down the opportunity to face Timothy Bradley in an eliminator for the IBF title.
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) April 3, 2015