Crawford vs Khan: Amir Khan confident of beating Terence Crawford in welterweight world title showdown

By Neel Khagram

Amir Khan admits he “could not turn down the opportunity” to face WBO welterweight title-holder Terence Crawford.

The former unified super-lightweight world champion had been strongly linked to face fellow Brit Kell Brook next, but instead chose to face pound-for-pound star Crawford on April 20, in America, at a venue yet to be announced, for the chance to become a two-weight king.

“Winning this fight, people will remember me as a great champion,” Khan said to BBC Sport.

“I kept thinking the Brook fight would be the next one until I got a phone call from [promoter] Bob Arum saying 'would you want to fight Crawford?'

"Looking at the way he fights and what he has achieved, I couldn't say no to it. It is a massive fight.

"Normally every fight I go into, I am the favourite. This is a fight at my own division where I am not the favourite, which takes a lot off pressure of me and means I will work harder to prove a point. This is a fight I can win."

Crawford is regarded as one of the best fighters in the world having captured world titles in three different weight divisions.

The undefeated 31-year-old will be making the second defence of the 147lbs strap he won against Jeff Horn last year, but Khan claims he is undaunted at the task ahead of him, and says he is not short of motivation at the opportunity presented to him.

“I needed a fight to motivate me to work hard and train hard,” he said.

"Against [Samuel] Vargas and [Phil] Lo Grego it was hard to motivate myself. This fight against Crawford will motivate me and make me work hard.

“Outside of [Saul] Alvarez, this is the biggest test.”


By Neel Khagram