John David Jackson discusses Chris Algieri link-up, confirms Amir Khan clash is next

David Spagnolo

Top trainer John David Jackson is working with former super lightweight world champion Chris Algieri as the American fighter nears a massive encounter with British superstar Amir Khan in the spring.

Khan, 28, confirmed the New Yorker as his next opponent in a YouTube post on Friday night and Jackson has outlined how the connection came about with Algieri following the former WBO champion’s one-sided loss to Manny Pacquiao in Macau, China late last year.

“Ron Katz called me and told me that Chris was interested in me possibly training him so he gave me Kevin Rooney Jr’s phone number and that is how we linked up,” Jackson told World Boxing News.

“There were things that I didn’t see that Chris could have (against Pacquiao) and should have done that let me know that he once again could become a world champion.

“Amir Khan is his next opponent, but where he boxes (weight-wise) next depends on his opponent. It could either be 140lbs or possibly 147lbs and his bout will either be the end of May or the first two weeks in June,” he stated.

Algieri’s record still reads impressively as Pacquiao is the solitary reverse from a 21-fight C.V that also boasts victories over Russian puncher Ruslan Provodnikov and Emanuel Taylor in 2014.

Whether Khan is the right opponent for a comeback is up for debate, although with Jackson behind him, it will be interesting to see how that affects Algieri’s style going forward.