Terence Crawford Ready to Defend Title Against Amir Khan in New York
Undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford will defend the belt against respected boxer Amir Khan this weekend at Madison Square Garden.
Updated: April 19, 2019 • 12:01 AM ET
Amir Khan (right) is looking to pull off the upset this weekend.
One of boxing’s pound-for-pound best will defend the WBO welterweight title this Saturday, as Terence Crawford will put the belt on the line against veteran Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Crawford will defend the belt for the second time after dominating Jose Benavidez Jr. by 12th-round TKO in his last fight in October. He won the belt by defeating Jeff Horn by ninth-round TKO in June.
Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) has been a world champion in three weight classes, previously holding the WBO lightweight title in 2014 and unifying the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF super lightweight titles in 2017.
Including Benavidez Jr. and Horn, the Omaha native has key victories over Julius Indongo, Felix Diaz, John Molina Jr., Viktor Postol, Henry Lundy, Dierry Jean, Thomas Dulorme and Raymundo Beltran. Crawford gets better not only by fighting, but by being a fan of fighting as well.
"I'm a fan of the sport," Crawford said via ESPN. "A lot of times I get to the fights real early and watch all the fights. I also like to see the top fighters in the world, see how they break down their opponents, what they do in certain circumstances. I look for anything where I can get an edge."
Khan’s fighting style will likely work into Crawford’s hands, as he likes to move forward and be aggressive. Crawford will enter the bout as a heavy favorite and should he win, it would likely set him up to face another welterweight champion.
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Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) rebounded well after Canelo Alvarez badly knocked him out in 2016, as the former champion will ride two straight victories over Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas into Saturday’s title fight. Khan formerly held two of the light welterweight belts, the WBA title from 2009 to 2012 and the IBF title in 2011. The British fighter was also a silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Once the pride of British boxing, Khan has key victories over Chris Algieri, Devon Alexander, Carlos Molina, Zab Judah, Marcos Maidana, Paul Malignaggi and Marco Antonio Barrera. The 32-year-old is thankful to be back in the position of challenging for another title.
"It's just amazing for me to be in this position again To know I'm fighting the best out there again,” Khan recently posted on his Facebook page.
Also on the card
(via Sporting News)
Shakur Stevenson vs. Christopher Diaz - featherweight
Teofimo Lopez vs. Edis Tatli - lightweight
Felix Verdejo vs. Bryan Vasquez - lightweight
Carlos Adames vs. Frank Galarza Jr. - middleweight
Lawrence Newton vs. Jonathan Garza - bantamweight
Vikas Krishan vs. Noah Kidd Jr. - middleweight
Edgar Berlanga vs. Samir dos Santos Barbosa - super middleweight
Larry Fryers vs. Dakota Polley Jr. - welterweight