Terence Crawford says that he is ready to let his fists do the talking when he takes on Amir Khan on April 20. The pair will clash in a stateside venue yet to be determined, on ESPN PPV as the 147-pound weight class hots up.
“We’ve tried to get some of the other welterweights in the ring with me and of course they’ve already got fights so we had to look at the next best fight,” Crawford exclusively told Boxing News TV.
With many of the welterweight division’s key players hanging around across the street on the PBC, finding world class opposition is proving to be problematic for promoter Bob Arum. Crawford rakes in $3 million per fight, and there’s only so long you can justifiably shell out that type of cash out when the star man is feeding off the likes of Jose Benavidez. Khan is at least a recognisable face for Arum to promote. Especially considering the Top Rank veteran had been lining up little-known Lithuanian Egidijus Kavaliauskas for a shot at Crawford’s WBO welterweight strap. Terence needs better, and Khan is the perfect foil for the Nebraska champion who is honing in on a clash with Errol Spence Jr. As previously mentioned Crawford needs to start adding some decent names to his record. Amir is more than just a respectable challenger.
Stylistically speaking there are elements of the April fight that provide necessary intrigue. Khan is a tall boxer, with blinding hand speed. Crawford struggled early on with the fast hands of Yuriorkis Gamboa so theoretically Amir could have some joy getting to the target quicker. Comfortable in both stances Terence has been operating predominantly as a southpaw lately so is likely to adopt that stance.
Prior to Khan accepting the Crawford fight, his promoter Eddie Hearn said that there was more money on the table for Khan to fight domestic rival, Kell Brook. Khan’s avoidance of the Brook clash is now bordering on trolling as every time the Sheffield boxer thinks he is close to securing a big payday he is thwarted by Khan who disappears down a different tunnel.
Recently Khan has made comments about Brook’s personal life, and in another dig at his UK nemesis claimed that Brook’s poor display against Michael Zerafa served to devalue the showdown enough to force Khan in a different direction.
The Crawford fight is a tough ask for Amir, but he relishes a challenge if nothing else. Will Crawford be able to knock Khan out as quickly as middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez? It would be quite the statement if he could. Khan might do well enough to keep the early rounds competitive, before hanging on to hear the final bell. Either way, the general consensus of o