Amir Khan has announced his next opponent will be Chris Algieri.
Khan revealed the news on his wife’s You Tube channel, claiming a fight with the former WBO light-welterweight champion will take place on May 30 at 147lbs.
Algieri has been beaten just once in 21 contests, a comprehensive points defeat to Manny Pacquiao in Macau in November, and Khan has opted to take on the 31-year-old rather than accept the offer of an immediate domestic contest with Kell Brook.
Britain’s foremost welterweights have spent much of the past few days challenging each other through the medium of Sky Sports after Khan challenged Brook to a winner-takes-all fight within the next 12 months.
Brook insists those terms are fine by him, but his promoter Eddie Hearn has questioned Khan’s appetite for the fight and has given up hope of making it in the short term.
In the meantime the two men will continue down different roads, Brook aiming to fight twice before the summer is out and Khan returning from a six-month absence against Algieri.
No official announcement has been made, but Khan is targeting New York’s Barclays Center as a venue and claims his advisor Al Haymon and trainer Virgil Hunter are both “happy with the fight”.
Khan said: “You can class him as an ‘A class’ opponent – he’s fought and beaten decent opponents and just fell short against Manny Pacquiao, who is a star.
“We’re looking at fighting in New York – it’s a great venue for me – and it’ll be good for the UK fans in a way. It’ll give them a chance to travel and it’s not as far as Las Vegas.
“I’m really looking foward to it and hope the fans get behind this fight. Hopefuly this can lead me on to the bigger fights in the future.”