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PBC on Spike results and highlights: Amir Khan takes entertaining decision over Chris Algieri

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A recap of the night's action from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, where Amir Khan fought Chris Algieri in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV.

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Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) was the huge favorite to beat Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) in the Premier Boxing Champions main event on Spike TV, and while he got the win it was far tougher than he expected it to be. In front of a very lively 7,372 fans (upper bowl closed off for this Friday night card) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Khan took an entertaining back-and-forth unanimous decision over the Long Island native.

Algieri, now under new trainer John David Jackson, came out with a surprisingly aggressive, pressure-based fight plan that gave Khan plenty of fits in the first half of the fight. He was able to catch him cleanly with the overhand right on a frequent basis and Khan visibly was shaken by the light-punching Algieri at times, but Khan adjusted well and scored with combinations and his superior hand speed.  Khan was cut from an accidental headbutt in the 7th round but it wasn't anything major.

Both men engaged in offensive bursts which excited the crowd, although Khan was able to win rounds with his jab and more consistent attacks. Algieri certainly had his moments going to the body, catching him with those shots on the inside. He definitely won the final round, which saw him snap Khan's head back right away with a solid left hook.

In the end, Khan deserved the decision (117-111, 117-111, 115-113), although the two 117-111 scorecards don't really reflect how closely contested this fight was. Algieri looked a different fighter with his new trainer, and absolutely nothing Khan did tonight that really should make anyone believe he can be in the same competitive field as Floyd Mayweather. The win alone is likely to be enough to actually get him the big fight, but his defensive liabilities were still there, particularly that right hand over the top. Mayweather isn't going to be nearly as aggressive as Algieri, but he's a far better boxer (obviously) and would surely dominate Khan as he's dominated virtually everyone else.

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Here are some of the highlights courtesy of Zombie Prophet:

In the co-main event, Dominican super featherweight Javier Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KOs) outmuscled and outboxed Costa Rica's Bryan Vasquez (34-2, 18 KOs) to win a 117-111 (2x), 116-112 unanimous decision to capture the WBA's world title. It's the secondary belt behind Japan's Takashi Uchiyama, who was elevated to "super" super featherweight champion. I know, it's the mass confusion that everyone justifiably hates.

On the undercard (but televised with highlights only), heavyweight Keith Tapia improved to 15-0 with this vicious KO of Leo Pla in the 8th and final round.