Amir Khan faces toughest comeback challenge in Terence Crawford
In little over two months’ time, Amir Khan will step out to the ring in Madison Square looking to complete his comeback with what would be, a phenomenal victory. Rather than fighting his long-term rival Kell Brook, Khan will instead be fighting American Terence Crawford.
Both fighters have described the upcoming clash as the toughest challenge of their respective careers to date. The boxing world is split over the outcome of this fight, but various betting sites seem to be favouring a Crawford win.
Join us now as we preview the fight. We analyse the Bolton based boxers chance of victory on April 20th.
(Thus far the pre-fight musings between Khan and Crawford have been amicable, with both fighters clearly respecting the others capabilities.)
How is Amir Khan’s comeback faring?
Amir Khan’s career has been in a state of flux over recent years. Rumours of a super fight against Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook as well as a stint in the Australian outback for ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ have seen his actual ring appearances put on hold.
Khan’s return to the ring came against Canadian fighter Phil Lo Greco and it was a walkover. Lo Greco hit the canvas in the 39 seconds and Khan (📸 Lawrence Lustig) won the fight by a knockout. Making somewhat of a mockery of the fight itself. Phil Lo Greco was not up to Khan’s standard. Despite being impressive, a 39 second knockout told us nothing new about the British fighter.
In Khan’s next fight he faced Colombian Samuel Vargas and went the full 12 rounds for the first time in three years. Khan won the fight by unanimous decision scoring 119-108, 119-109. Vargas went into the fight on a five-match unbeaten run and really tested Khan who had to dig deep to win.
It was Khan’s first comeback test and he passed it well. In the aftermath of the fight, Khan has returned to his trusty trainer Virgil Hunter. The pair have worked together well in the past before with the duos only loss coming against Canelo.
(All 39 seconds of Amir Khan’s regulation knockout victory over Canadian Phil Lo Greco.)
Who is Terence Crawford?
Crawford, a 31-year-old American boxer is widely recognised as one of the best fighters in the world after unifying all four light-welterweight world titles in 2017. Crawfords’ record of 34 fights, 34 wins and 25 knockouts is formidable.
Crawford has demonstrated an ability to go up in weight with great success in his career so far, something that Amir Khan cannot claim to have done. Crawford beat Jose Benavidez courtesy of a twelfth round knockout in his last fight.
In that bout Crawford demonstrated why he is one of the best fighters in the world. Using an in and out style to land his punches and steer clear of danger. Crawford’s fast-thinking, physical speed and skill make him the ideal fighter.
Amir Khan has been ruled out of the running for this fight by a lot of betting sites. But he may have a better chance than many think. Khan is currently fighting at his preferred weight after experimenting at different divisions in the past.
The fact that Khan could have earned a lot more money by fighting Kell Brook proves that he is dedicated to his career and proving his mettle. Khan is understood to be relishing his status as an underdog and has promised to provide the answers to every question Crawford poses of him.
If there is going to be a knockout, it will most certainly be Khan hitting the canvas. Crawford is simply too quick and canny to allow Khan an opportunity to put him down. The fight will most probably go the distance with a narrow points win for Crawford.
As long as Khan can remain in the running for the first 10 rounds, he will feel confident of applying the pressure with his famous flurry of punches in the latter stages of the fight. Is an Amir Khan victory possible? Yes. Is an Amir Khan victory probable? Unfortunately not.