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Algieri changes trainer, eyes Khan fight

Former junior welterweight titlist Chris Algieri has joined forces with trainer John David Jackson. Chris Farina/Top Rank

When last seen in the ring, former junior welterweight titlist Chris Algieri was getting bounced off the canvas six times in a near-shutout decision loss challenging Manny Pacquiao for his welterweight title in November in Macau, China.

Algieri appeared out of his depths, as did trainer Tim Lane, whose poor game plan was personified by his comments to HBO's Max Kellerman during the ninth round about preparing to let Algieri "out of the cage" just as Pacquiao dropped him yet again. The comments became a punch line and sealed Lane's fate.

Now Algieri has done the only thing he could do -- make a change in his corner. Lane is out and Algieri is now working with John David Jackson, the former world titleholder with a growing reputation as a top trainer in part because of his outstanding work with unified light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev.

"Chris is training with John in Florida," Algieri promoter Joe DeGuardia told ESPN.com. "We suggested it. We thought John would be a great fit and told Chris about it and, to his credit, he went to go meet with him. Chris and John hit it off and now they're working together. John is an excellent trainer."

Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs), of Huntington, New York, has not fought since the loss to Pacquiao and does not have a fight lined up but DeGuardia said he is in talks for a variety of potential fights for him.

"Right now it's April 1, so you gotta figure he'll be back sometime in late May or June, even July, depending on how the fight fits with the networks and who ends up being the opponent, not necessarily that we're the A-side," DeGuardia said.

DeGuardia said Algieri is willing to fight at welterweight or junior welterweight -- wherever the best fight for him is. He could have forced a mandatory fight with Terence Crawford for a vacant junior welterweight belt but passed because it would have been too soon after making the trainer change. DeGuardia said Algieri wanted time to get used to working with Jackson.

There have been heavy rumors that Algieri will be the opponent for Amir Khan, the former unified junior welterweight titlist and welterweight contender from England, who has said repeatedly he will be fighting in May, probably on May 30.

DeGuardia acknowledged that there have been discussions for that fight. But junior welterweight Adrien Broner, the former three-division titlist, is also due back on June 20 and in need of an opponent and that bout is also possible.

"We're working on the proper fight for Chris," DeGuardia said. "He's just excited to get back in the ring and getting in good work with John."