Word that Saudi Arabia’s Turki Alalshikh is exploring the staging of an August 3 card at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum headlined by Terence Crawford’s pursuit of a title in a fourth weight class should not surprise.

“[Alalshikh] is sticking with the plan he has. He doesn’t seem like a fly-by-night guy. He looks like he’s here to stay,” Chris Algieri said on ProBox TV’s Thursday episode of “Deep Waters.” 

Former 140-pound champion Algieri said Thursday’s BoxingScene report that Alalshikh is eyeing his American debut at perhaps the most well-known sporting structure in the nation (home of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and Super Bowl I) proves the depth of his investment in boxing.

“Call it money moves. Call it boss moves. I call it super-fan moves,” Algieri said. “We’ve got a guy who’s a very passionate boxing fan and there are fights he wants to see.

“He sees that the sport is broken, and he has the ability to fix it. We’ve never had someone with the ability to do this, [someone] who can literally come in from the outside, fly in and say, ‘This is wrong, this is wrong, this is wrong. I’ve got the funds to make it work. I want to do this and I want to do that.’ And regardless, these fights happen.”

Thanks to a destructive beatdown of former three-belt welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. in July, Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) became a two-time undisputed champion and is now moving up to junior-middleweight, where his hopes to fight WBO champion Tim Tszyu were foiled by Tszyu’s upset loss by split-decision to Sebastian Fundora last month. 

Two sources familiar with Alalshikh’s plans have told BoxingScene Crawford’s most likely opponent for the L.A. card is WBA junior-middleweight champion Israil Madrimov (10-0-1, 7 KOs).

An Uzbekistan product, Madrimov captured the WBA belt March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, defeating Magomed Kurbanov by fifth-round TKO on the Alalshikh card headlined by former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s knockout of former UFC champion Francis Ngannou.

The typical depth of Alalshikh’s cards indicates he’ll likely beef up what’s being planned as a Matchroom Boxing promotion.

Before the U.S. date, Alalshikh will stage the first undisputed heavyweight title fight of this century with unbeaten three-belt champion Oleksandr Usyk meeting unbeaten WBC champion Tyson Fury in Riyadh on May 18. Two weeks later, on June 1, he hosts the undisputed light-heavyweight title fight between unbeaten champions Artur Beterbiev and Dmitrii Bivol along with a unique 5 versus 5 tournament featuring fighters offered by rival U.K. promoters Eddie Hearn of Matchroom and Queensberry’s Frank Warren.

Alalshikh has previously mentioned plans for a September card in London.

While some have chided the Saudi Arabia cards for lacking the excitement bottled in U.S. and U.K. venues, Algieri said Alalshikh is showing he’s willing to spread the wealth of his support in the sport.

“It’s ‘Oh, you don’t want to come over here. I’ll come over there,’” Algieri said. “He doesn’t care. He wants to see the fights by any means necessary.

“As long as that lasts, as long as that passion is there, as long as he’s able to make these fights, I think it’s great for boxing.”

As for Crawford’s next bout, Algieri sees the 36-year-old as a strong favorite to win a belt in a fourth weight class.

“They’re getting Terence Crawford a world title at 154,” Algieri said. “The fight makes total sense to me. I’m not surprised, whatsoever. I don’t think Madrimov has the toolbox, with only 11 fights as a pro, to really faze Terence Crawford, and Terence Crawford … his professional experience and talent is on a whole different level.

“That guy’s like an alien in there. He figures out guys so quick. This [fight] is going to remind us of [Crawford’s 2019 victory over] Egidijus Kavaliauskas. [Madrimov’s] going to be competitive early, he’s going to be physical and strong.

“But once Terence figures you out, it’s a whole different planet.”

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