Amir Khan vs Terence Crawford

Amir Khan vs Terence Crawford: 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.

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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.

There are plenty of reasons to watch Crawford—who is a -1600 favorite, meaning you’d have to bet $1,600 to win a measly $100—face Khan. Here are three of them.

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.

Amir Khan is a great fighter. I can’t take nothing away from. He’s done a lot in the sport of boxing. He has a big name. He’s undefeated at the welterweight division. So why not take another step up.

Khan also said he is well aware of the issues Crawford had in the first four rounds against Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2014 when the Cuban boxer, who was fighting above his natural weight at 135 pounds, used his hand speed to frustrate Crawford before a turn to southpaw eventually led to a ninth-round knockout win.

I’ve been watching that fight. [Crawford] still won that fight but I saw that he had some problems,” Khan said. “We aren’t going to copy what Gamboa did in that fight but we are going to use my speed because speed is what I have. I feel that I am a lot faster than Gamboa was and a lot more accurate. I’ve been in the game a long time and have fought better opponents than Gamboa has. I’m also a lot bigger and more physical.

Khan knows it will take more than speed, however, and is cognizant of Crawford’s ability to read his opponent and make adjustments. Because of that, Khan has worked hard in camp alongside trainer Virgil Hunter in preparing a flexible game plan built on variation.

Crawford vs Khan

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.

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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.

Danny Garcia vs Adrian Granados

Danny Garcia vs Adrian Granados: Danny Garcia will try to breathe life into his sagging career on April 20 when he faces WBC welterweight contender Adrian Granados.

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With many families also budgeting in spring vacations and Easter Sunday, is Garcia-Granados the sort of solid bargain alternative that could keep them from sending extra coin the way of Crawford-Khan.

Former two-division champion Danny Garcia knows that all too well and certainly has his sights set on opportunities against the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr., or in big-money rematches against Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. Garcia also considers himself the division’s top dog from a brand standpoint, at the moment, and has both television and attendance ratings holstered up to share with any who disagree.

Fight fans have long complained about counter programming in boxing. The thinking goes that boxing’s audience has dwindled over the years and growth is best served by more singular spotlights.

It’s an argument that doesn’t make much sense given how many major sports counter program themselves and other sports all year long. Not everyone wants to watch every fight or every style clash of fighters.

The fuel behind Granados’ hard-luck hunger is how often the 29-year-old Chicago native has come up on the wrong side of the decision in close fights. Through six defeats and two draws in 28 pro bouts, one could argue Granados has only been convincingly defeated once, with many of said fights having created disputed (if not controversial) reactions.

Whose only losses have come via razor-thin decision in title bouts against Thurman and Porter, to return to the biggest stage just seven months removed from suffering defeat, he knows an impressive showing on Saturday will be dire when he headlines a Premier Boxing Champions card (Fox, 8 p.m. ET) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Garcia, 31, certainly expects a hungry challenge when he faces come-forward welterweight Adrian Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs) at the outdoor arena, formerly known as StubHub Center, that has routinely produced one all-action fight after another over the past decade.

You know what I bring to the table, I always bring fireworks, speed, power, entertainment, blood and guts,” Garcia said. “So I prepare myself for a classic fight. I train hard for 10 weeks straight and I’m ready to go in there and show the world who’s one of the best and why this fight’s a fight to watch.

Garcia vs Granados

Garcia vs Granados: When comparing the names, resumes and skills of the top welterweight fighters of today with previous eras, it’s not hard to summarize that we are entering historic times for the 147-pound division.

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It may be that part of the appeal of former World Jr. welterweight champion and welterweight beltholder Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KO) is the perception of vulnerability. That might not be the same as actual vulnerability. As Garcia has proven many times over the years, he’s a hell of a tough out. Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan can attest to that.

Dotted around nights like those are closer, more debatable contests. Lamont Peterson, Mauricio Herrera, and Ashley Theophane are three men who could make at least a reasonable for having done enough to best Garcia over the years. All came up just short.

Still only 31, Garcia’s sole official defeats came to Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, two of the top four-five active welterweights in the world. It’s one of the toughest careers to figure in recent vintage.

Former two-division champion Danny Garcia knows that all too well and certainly has his sights set on opportunities against the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr., or in big-money rematches against Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. Garcia also considers himself the division’s top dog from a brand standpoint, at the moment, and has both television and attendance ratings holstered up to share with any who disagree.

So for Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs), whose only losses have come via razor-thin decision in title bouts against Thurman and Porter, to return to the biggest stage just seven months removed from suffering defeat, he knows an impressive showing on Saturday will be dire when he headlines a Premier Boxing Champions card (Fox, 8 p.m. ET) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Garcia, 31, certainly expects a hungry challenge when he faces come-forward welterweight Adrian Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs) at the outdoor arena, formerly known as StubHub Center, that has routinely produced one all-action fight after another over the past decade.

“You know what I bring to the table, I always bring fireworks, speed, power, entertainment, blood and guts,” Garcia said. “So I prepare myself for a classic fight. I train hard for 10 weeks straight and I’m ready to go in there and show the world who’s one of the best and why this fight’s a fight to watch.

Figueroa vs Parejo

Figueroa vs Parejo: Danny Garcia and Adrian Grandos are set for Saturday night’s PBC main event (FOX, 8 pm ET) from just outside of Los Angeles in Carson, Calif., and both welterweights are expecting a good fight.

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KlowdTV, 2:30 pm ET, Apti Davtaev vs Pedro Otas, Umar Salamov vs Norbert Dabrowski, Aslambek Idigov vs Ronny Landaeta. There is NO FREE TRIAL option for this — to watch it, you have to sign up for KlowdTV and choose the premium package option, which is $9.99.

It will be on their pay-per-view channel, but once you have the package, it’ll be free to watch. Davtaev, Salamov, and Idigov are a trio of Russian prospects with Salita Promotions, fighting in their home country.

Light heavyweight Salamov is probably the most promising of the bunch. We probably won’t have live coverage because I’m not a billionaire and don’t have another $10 to throw around like a madman.

It’s hard to believe but former two division champion Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) has become an afterthought. This Saturday night, he takes on Adrian Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs) at the Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson California and there really isn’t much buzz surrounding the contest. Its mostly because current WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford and Amir Khan have stolen much of the headlines, as they’ll be battling it out in Madison Square Garden on the same night.

It has mostly relegated Garcia to the sidelines. It isn’t a surprise. Crawford vs Khan is a much more compelling matchup than Garcia vs Granados. Garcia should seemingly roll right through Granados, or at least he should right?

For as much grief as Garcia gets from the fans, he is still a terrific fighter. His resume ranks amongst some of the very best in all of boxing. Wins over the likes of Zab Judah, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Lamont Peterson and others have solidified his position. His two losses to Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter were close fights that could have gone either way. In short, Garcia is an elite fighter. Granados on the other hand is a differently story entirely.

Allen vs Browne

Allen vs Browne: The Matchroom Boxing card from London. Today’s Matchroom Boxing card from O2 Arena in London features a heavyweight doubleheader atop the bill, the United States and Sky Sports Main Event in the United Kingdom.

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Dave Allen will face former secondary world titleholder Lucas Browne in the 12-round main event, with Dereck Chisora facing Senad Gashi in the 10-round co-feature. The show will also see a British and Commonwealth lightweight title fight between Joe Cordina and Andy Townend, plus returns for welterweight prospects Josh Kelly and Conor Benn, and more.

The main card starts at 2 pm ET (7 pm UK time). There will also be a pair of fights streamed live on Facebook starting at 1:20 pm ET (6:20 pm UK), featuring prospects Nikita Ababiy and Shannon Courtenay in four-round bouts.

David Allen battles Lucas Browne on a bumper bill at The O2, with Derek Chisora, Josh Kelly and Conor Benn also in action on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

‘White Rhino’ can take his heavyweight career to new heights with a victory over Browne, who previously claimed the WBA ‘regular’ title with a knockout win over Ruslan Chagaev in 2016.

A domestic clash against the likes of David Price or Derek Chisora could lie ahead for Allen, if he can overcome Browne in a potentially explosive encounter.

On the undercard, fellow heavyweight Chisora collides with the dangerous Senad Gashi, while exciting contenders Josh Kelly and Conor Benn return to the ring, and Joe Cordina takes on Andy Townend for the British and Commonwealth lightweight titles.

Watch David Allen against Lucas Browne on the O2 bill, including Derek Chisora versus Senad Gashi, Josh Kelly and Joe Cordina on Saturday, from 7pm live on Sky Sports Action.

Browne returns to the scene of his sole career loss to Dillian Whyte determined to redeem himself with a big knockout win over cult hero Allen. Since that loss the 28-1 Australian, who’s career-best win came against Ruslan Chagaev in 2016.

Chisora vs Gashi

Chisora vs Gashi: Dereck Chisora has his eye on another high profile but must first find a way Undercard coverage begins at 7pm with ringwalks for the main event not expected before 10pm.

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Del Boy’ will walk out into the familiar territory of London’s O2 Arena as he returns to the ring following a brutal eleventh-round KO defeat to Dillian Whyte back in December.

Dave Allen faces the biggest night of his career when he takes on former WBA World Champion Lucas Browne on a blockbuster evening of Heavyweight action at The O2 in London on April 20, shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Chisorsa and Dillian Whyte tore the house down again in a thrilling December rematch but a KO defeat for the Brixton fighter raised questions over whether he may decide to call it a day and hang up his gloves.

The 35-year-old immediately shot down talk of retirement however and now has his eye on a meeting with former WBO champion Joseph Parker or the undefeated Oleksandr Usyk.

Having dominated the cruiserweight division and become the first man to hold all four major world titles at the weight, Usyk moves up to heavyweight in May when he will take on Carlos Takam.

‘Del Boy’ hopes to be next in line and now working under Dave Coldwell, who previously trained former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, he is confident there are more big nights ahead of him.

A defeat at the O2 would be surely derail those plans, however. Little-known Gashi has won 15 of his 17 professional bouts, losing his two fights against anyone of real note.

One of those was against Takam – a man Chisora beat last year – with the other to Tom Schwarz, who takes on Tyson Fury later in the summer. Date, UK start time and venue Chisora vs Gashi takes place on Saturday April 20 at London’s O2 Arena.

Overeem vs Oleinik

Overeem vs Oleinik: Aleksei Oleinik and Alistair Overeem are heavyweights who embody the definition of true mixed-martial artists. Their range of skills will be on full display Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 149 in Russia.

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For the first time since September 2018, UFC returns to St. Petersburg, Russia. And fans in the Russian city are in for a treat, getting to see countryman Alexey Oleinik take on Alistair Overeem in the heavyweight bout.

UFC Fight Night is set to kick off its main card around 1 p.m. ET and can be streamed on ESPN+. Additional streams can be found on Reddit via the MMA Streams subreddit and direct streams can be​ found at this link.

The fighters competing at UFC Fight Night in Saint Petersburg, Russia hit the scale on Friday ahead of the card taking place on Saturday with the main event featuring former title contender Alistair Overeem against local favorite Aleksei Oleinik.

Considering this is a heavyweight main event there wasn’t that much concern about either fighter struggling to make weight but now the fight is official after both fighters stepped on the scale.

Overeem came in at 245 pounds while Oleinick was at 237 pounds ahead of their meeting on Saturday.

In the co-main event, Islam Makhachev will attempt to build on his four-fight win streak when he takes on UFC newcomer Arman Tsarukyan. Both lightweights came in at 155 pounds ahead of their co-main event matchup this weekend.

If you were to look up the definition of the word “polarizing” you’d find a definition of the word “polarizing” right next to a picture of Overeem licking his lips over an image of Seabiscuit and Barbaro. Overeem started out as the Hot Young Prospect of LHW. Then he became the Has All the Tools but Can’t Put it Together gatekeeper.

A new diet, and some kickboxing experience later and Overeem was suddenly the Most Dangerous Man on the Planet. Now he’s just Exciting Heavyweight Guy. It’s crazy to think we’ve reached a point where Overeem is neither elite, nor bad, but just another warm body, but that’s kind of what I’m feeling right now.

Aĺistair Overeem has been doing this whole ‘fighting’ thing for a minute now, and while there are many fighters that you could see having careers late into their pugilistic dotage, Im not sure that I ever would have seen The Reem as one of them? I would have seen him off chasing pro-wrestling type paydays in whatever the equivalent of Rizin was. But here he is, doggedly ploughing away in a quest for that elusive UFC title.

Makhachev vs Tsarukyan

Makhachev vs Tsarukyan: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight up-and-comers Islam Makhachev and Arman Tsarukyan will throw down this Saturday (April 20, 2019) from Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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An impressive 5-1 inside the Octagon and currently riding a four-fight win streak, Makhachev was hoping this card would be his opportunity against a ranked foe. Despite repeatedly calling out big names — including Kevin Lee, who at one point agreed to the fight.

Makhachev is an incredibly credentialed athlete. An International Master of Sports and four-time national champ in combat Sambo, Makhachev’s shares a similarly dominant takedown and top control game to his teammate and current Lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Makhachev’s approach to combat is simple enough. He’s a strong Lightweight and incredible chain wrestler, so once his hands are clasped around his opponents, they tend to struggle to recreate distance. Tsarukyan is a wrestler as well, but Makhachev is proven against a much higher level of competition.

Wrestlers hate being put on their back perhaps more than anyone else, and Makhachev likely has the ability to trap Tsarukyan on his back. So long as he sticks to the script and plays to his strengths, Makhachev should extend his win streak and hopefully see a ranked opponent next time out.

Aleksei Oleinik and Alistair Overeem are heavyweights who embody the definition of true mixed-martial artists. Their range of skills will be on full display Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 149 in Russia. The 12-fight UFC Fight Night 149 card takes place at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg. The main card is set for 1 p.m. ET.

Oleinik (57-11), the UFC’s No. 9-ranked heavyweight, is known for his lethal chokes and has seen 14 of his last 16 wins come via submission. Overeem (44-17), ranked No. 7, is accomplished in several MMA disciplines and has a K-1 kickboxing championship to his credit. Overeem is a -240 favorite (risk $240 to win $100), while Oleinik is a +190 underdog (risk $100 to win $190) in the latest Overeem vs. Oleinik odds.

In the co-main event, Islam Makhachev takes on Arman Tsarukyan in a middleweight bout. Makhachev is -300 in the latest Makhachev vs. Tsarukyan odds after the line stood at -320 on Saturday. Before locking in any UFC Fight Night 149 picks of your own, be sure to see the predictions from MMA guru Kyle Marley.

Marley won the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and DFS shows. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event.

Over the past year, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up more than $20,000, It’s an astonishing cash rate that shows the depth of Marley’s knowledge.

Just last week for the epic UFC 236 card, Marley told SportsLine members that underdog Dustin Poirier (+185) would win a close decision against Max Holloway (-225) in a bout for the interim lightweight title. That’s exactly what happened, as Poirier took the upper hand in a classic battle between two of the UFC’s top pound-for-pound fighters.

UFC Fight Night 149

UFC Fight Night 149: UFC Fight Night 149 will see the Ultimate Fighting Championship fight promotion make their way over to Russia, in Saint Petersburg.

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UFC Fight Night 149 card takes place at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg. The main card is set for 1 p.m. ET. Oleinik (57-11), the UFC’s No. 9-ranked heavyweight.

The main event of the night will see Alistair Overeem return to try and make something of his last win, and extend it into a winning run. He will be in an uphill battle against hometown favourite, Alexey Oleinik.

The co-main event will see Marcelo Golm return to snap out of his losing streak against another hometown favourite — Sergey Pavlovich.

Shamil Abdurakhimov will be featuring on the card as well, as he battles for supremacy against the ever-resilient Marcin Tybura. The fighter has an impressive record, with two consecutive wins in his last fights, as he defeated the likes of Andrei Arlovski, as well as Chase Sherman. Now getting ready for his next fight, Shamil Abdurakhimov is looking to make his mark on the roster.

I had the chance to catch up with Shamil Abdurakhimov and pose a few questions before his fight against Marcin Tybura.

On Saturday, the UFC visits St. Petersburg, Russia, for the first time when it presents UFC Fight Night 149 from Yubileyniy Arena. The main event of the card features a matchup between veteran heavyweight competitors, Alistair Overeem and Aleksei Oleinik.

Overeem and Oleinik have combined for 131 MMA fights. A shockingly high number of those contests have ended in stoppage victories. Throughout his career, Overeem, who has held titles with DREAM and Strikeforce and fought for the UFC belt, has won 39 fights by stoppage (22 knockouts, 17 submissions),

While Oleinik has won 53 contests by stoppage (eight knockouts, 45 submissions). Oleinik is the only fighter to have won a UFC bout by way of Ezekiel choke. He’s used that rare submission hold to win two of his UFC outings.