Amir Khan answers critics questioning choice to fight Terence Crawford
Amir Khan has revealed his desire and passion to be great is the driving force behind a fight with Terence Crawford.
The Briton has the opportunity to win a title at welterweight for the first time in his career on April 20. Victory would see Khan become a two-weight world title holder after previously unifying at 140.
As some British fans and those who wanted to see a fight with Kell Brook criticize Khan’s choice, the man himself knows exactly what he wants to achieve.
“First of all, it was because it was for a world title. Also, Terence is up there as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world,” said Khan.
“This is a fight that could take me to a different level. I want to win this fight because I want to be the best in the world.
“All the dreams I’ve had of being the best ever, and one day being that pound-for-pound champion, this is the fight that can take me there.
“I’ve been reading a lot of things and hearing a lot of things with people saying that I’m taking this fight just to get beat or maybe just to have another world title fight. It isn’t about that.
“I’m coming here to win. I’ve never gone into a fight just to make numbers. I’ve made a lot of money in the game, and I could leave the sport happy.
“But I still have unfinished business. I still have a lot left in me to win those titles,” he added.
Promoter Bob Arum can’t wait for the action to begin in New York City.
“The Crawford-Khan showdown is a very interesting matchup of two elite fighters,” said the Top Rank chairman.
“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. We are also excited to join forces with ESPN on our first pay-per-view venture under the Top Rank on ESPN agreement.”
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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