Welterweight glory is on the line as Terence Crawford goes into battle against Amir Khan
Crawford puts his title and streak on the line against Khan, who is on a two-fight win streak.
Two top welterweight fighters will face off for championship glory and bragging rights. Terence Crawford will put his WBO Welterweight Title on the line against a man who has faced the best boxing has to offer in Amir Khan.
Scheduled to take place on April 20th, this fight will be a Top Rank production on ESPN PPV. It is unknown the arena the fight will take place in but Madison Square Garden has been heavily rumored.
The undefeated Crawford (34-0) defeated Jeff Horn (who controversially defeated Manny Pacquiao) via TKO for the WBO Welterweight Title back in June. He then successfully defended the belt against Jose Benavidez Jr. back in October, via TKO. Overall, Crawford has 25 wins via knockout. Crawford is looking to face the very best boxing has to offer. While Khan isn’t a “big” name to many, he is someone who Crawford has had his eyes on before.
“Amir Khan has been in there with a lot of great fighters. Me beating him will put me on another level in the welterweight division,” Crawford stated. “People are interested in seeing this fight. It don’t matter how I win. I just want to win. That still won’t get the fighters I want to fight in the ring with me. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.”
An opponent like Khan (33-4) is an interesting fight for Crawford to take. While he would love to face top welterweight contenders from other promotions, they are all occupied at the moment.
Khan’s career has taken an interesting journey. While he lost to Danny Garcia back in 2012, he went on a five-fight win streak. During that time, he won welterweight gold by defeating the trio of Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Long Island’s Chris Algieri. On top of the world, Khan decided to test his mettle by challenging Canelo Alvarez for middleweight glory. Thinking he can win multiple-division titles, he was quickly put in his place when Canelo knocked him out after six rounds in May of 2016.
Khan didn’t return to the ring until April of 2018, where he defeated Phil Lo Greco. He then defeated Samuel Vargas this past September via unanimous decision. While it may have been smarter to take another challenger before returning to world title contenders, a Crawford matchup was just too enticing to give up.
“First of all, it was because it was for a world title,” Khan stated. “Also, Terence is up there as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. This is a fight that could take me to a different level, and I want to win this fight because I want to be the best in the world. All them dreams I’ve had of being the best ever, and one day being that pound-for-pound champion, this is the fight that can take me there.”
Only time will tell if Khan accepted another title fight prematurely. As for Crawford, a chance to put on a show against an elite fighter is something he will never give up. Top Rank will put all they have into this fight, which has a chance to shock the world.
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