23
Apr
2019

Amir Khan outlines advantages, explains how he beats Terence Crawford

World Boxing News 07/04/2019
Crawford Khan

📸 Mikey Williams

Amir Khan has the utmost confidence he can cause an upset on April 20 and take Terence Crawford’s WBO welterweight belt in the process.

The Briton heads into one of the biggest fights of his career at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Khan comes into the Pay-Per-View battle on the back of two contrasting comeback performances following a long layoff. Khan has been training like a demon for a tough test opposite one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world in Crawford.

Outlining how he can take the victory, Khan is adamant he holds advantages over the former undisputed super-lightweight king.

“I’m not taking this fight lightly and I am not taking it to be a number,” said Khan. “I know I can win this fight with my boxing skills, being smart.

“I can go in there and cause a big upset. I know I have a lot against me, but this is where I like to be. This is where I like to be because I am the underdog.

“I’m at my best when people are looking over me. This is the time where I can come and prove everybody wrong, and I feel that timing-wise, this is the perfect timing for this fight.

“I always wanted to be up there in the pound-for-pound rankings. I’m 32 now and I feel strong physically and mentally. I am prepared for this fight, so this is perfect timing for me to take this fight and win the fight as well.”

BUD

On Crawford’s talents, Khan was unfazed despite holding respect for the Omaha man.

“Terence is a very skillful fighter, and I always do well against skillful fighters,” pointed out the Bolton man. “This is going to be like a game of chess at times. He comes forward and can punch well and likes to fight as well.

“So, it’s the best of both worlds and he doesn’t fight the same as me. I have fought at welterweight, so I am basically the bigger guy physically.

“I have been in the division longer, so I’ve got that advantage on my side. I’m the bigger guy so that is on my side.

“People may think from my last performance against {Samuel} Vargas I’m going to be the same, but that was very bad. I thought I could just go in there and win the fight.

“It’s hard to motivate yourself against guys where you are supposed to win. All you have to do is turn up then because you know you have better skills.

“But this fight, this is where I have to bring my ‘A’ game, make sure that I cannot make any mistakes. I’ll go in as the underdog, prove myself and win this fight.

“Training is still going strong. I am going to be more than ready,” he added.

Khan is himself a unified title holder at 140 during his career. Coming towards his veteran years, the UK star will need everything to come together on the night in order to thrust himself back into the P4P reckoning.

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