Crawford vs Khan: The first time in 2019 to put his WBO welterweight championship on the line in taking on former unified junior welterweight champion Amir Khan on Saturday, April 20, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Terence Crawford isn’t the most fortunate among the welterweight champions as it pertains to TV network and promotion, but even still, he has a marquee defense of his WBO title lined up on Saturday night against one of the more recognizable names in boxing in Amir Khan.
Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) will take an important step forward in terms of his brand when he headlines the inaugural Top Rank on ESPN pay-per-view card (9 p.m. ET) at New York’s Madison Square Garden against British star and former unified junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs).
After fans initially balked at Top Rank chairman Bob Arum’s suggestion that Crawford might return against aging former champion Luis Collazo, the substitution of the 32-year-old Khan instantly presented much more appealing style possibilities for Crawford, who joins stablemate Vasiliy Lomachenko atop most pound-for-pound lists.
While the dark cloud of his vulnerable chin is always in play regardless of opponent, Khan presents legitimate size, speed and experience challenges for Crawford that he has yet to face rolled up into the same opponent professionally.
“I don’t believe [any] fight that I fight is just another fight for me,” Crawford said. “I believe that all fights that I fight from here on out are for my legacy. That’s why I want the biggest fights out there. Amir Khan’s name came up because he was the next best welterweight in the division. I could’ve easily took Collazo. [Khan] could’ve took another fight with Kell Brook. I could’ve took Collazo, but that wasn’t the job that I really wanted to take.
After Vasiliy Lomachenko took care of Anthony Crolla in dominating fashion last week, the other boxer who many consider to be the best in the world gets his chance to wow boxing fans. That’d be big-time betting favorite Terence Crawford, who faces a fascinating test in Amir Khan on ESPN PPV that begins at 9 p.m. ET.
“The Crawford-Khan showdown is a very interesting matchup of two elite fighters,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said. “Khan, when fighting at welterweight, is as good as there is, but he is fighting the division’s best fighter and a pound-for-pound great. It will be an entertaining and competitive fight.