Eddie Hearn outlined why Amir Khan wanted to face Terence Crawford above Kell Brook as ESPN and Top Rank announced their first pay-per-view event.
Hearn had tried to set up a huge all-UK battle between Khan and Brook, although a world title opportunity then presented itself to the former.
Speaking at the formal announcement, Hearn said Khan was confident of springing an upset.
“There has been a lot of speculation regarding Amir’s next fight. But the lure to trying to win another world title was too much to turn down,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Boxing.
“Now he faces arguably the number one welterweight in the world in Terence Crawford.
“It’s a fight he believes he can win, and on his night, Amir has all the speed and skills to beat the very best.
“I believe it will be a fascinating and dramatic matchup,” he added.
Brook has since been linked to fighting Australian Jeff Horn at 154 pounds.
Rumors have since begun that Brook could be added to the Crawford v Khan bill. Nothing official has been forthcoming regarding the possibility.
CRAWFORD v KHAN
Two kings are set for the year’s most anticipated welterweight showdown when pound-for-pound king Terence “Bud” Crawford puts his WBO welterweight world title on the line against former unified 140-pound champion and the pride of Bolton, England, Amir “King” Khan.
The fight goes down on Saturday, April 20, live on pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. Details on how fans will be able to access the pay-per-view event will be announced at a later date.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing and Khan Promotions, ticket and venue information will be revealed shortly.
Details on the undercard will be announced soon.
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