23
Apr
2019

Amir Khan offers rival Kell Brook hope on future UK grudge match

World Boxing News 20/03/2019
Amir Khan

📸 Mikey Williams

Amir Khan is confident of dethroning Terence Crawford and taking the American’s welterweight crown on April 20.

The Bolton man faces pound for pound star Crawford aiming to blow the 147 pound division wide open.

Looking forward to fighting in the United States once again, Khan is focused on the task at hand next month.

“New York is undoubtedly one of my most favorite cities in the world. And it’s like a second home to me,” Khan said.

“This is the biggest fight of my career against one of the world’s best in Terence Crawford. Madison Square Garden is the perfect venue for a fight of this magnitude.

“It’s a short flight for my fans from the United Kingdom. They will be coming over in droves to see this fantastic fight.

“I want to become a three-time world champion, and that is my primary motivation to win this fight.”

Outlining his decision to reject a fight with UK rival Kell Brook, Khan offered the British fans hope on the encounter for a later date.

“The decision as to fighting Kell Brook or Crawford has been one of the most difficult decisions of my career to date.

“Clearly, the UK fans want to see Khan vs. Brook, but I could not turn down the opportunity to fight for the WBO title.

“That is not to say that the Brook fight won’t happen, as I want that fight to happen as soon as possible.

“Fighting a world champion won’t be easy, but this is exactly the challenge I need at this stage of my career.

“I am fully motivated and ready for the best training camp of my life. Crawford is beatable. I want that WBO title. It’s going to be one hell of a fight,” he added.

KHAN

Khan has won seven of eight bouts since December 2012, the lone blemish coming when he moved up in weight to fight middleweight world champion Canelo Álvarez. After boxing well in the early rounds, Khan was knocked out with an overhand right in the sixth round. Following the Álvarez defeat, Khan took a nearly two-year sabbatical from the ring, returning in 2018 with a vengeance. In April, he blasted out Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds, and in September, he notched a wide 12-round points victory over perennial contender Samuel Vargas. More than 13 years since turning professional, Khan will take on the pound-for-pound king in a legacy-defining super-fight.



INFO

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. 

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