Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan Officially Announced in London

Heather Diaz
January 18, 2019

"We think Zerafa is a fighter that Jeff Horn would totally dominate and destroy within five or six rounds, and Kell Brook couldn't put him away", Lonergan said.

"You could say this is my hardest fight". Taking on Khan is a really, really good move.

Prior to his win over Mundine - when he knocked the veteran out in 86 seconds in Brisbane - the 30-year-old Aussie was trounced by Terence Crawford last June, losing his WBO 147-pound title in Las Vegas. It will be an entertaining and competitive fight. "I know some people are writing him off, but I am by no means overlooking him. That's a lot more pressure on me".

"Clearly the United Kingdom fans want to see Khan vs Brook, but I could not turn down the opportunity to fight for the WBO title". In the Horn fight Crawford stopped the formerly undefeated WBO champion, a feat not even the great Manny Pacquiao could achieve when he fought and lost to Horn in Brisbane.

Despite Crawford's serious credentials as a 34-0 three-weight world champion who is ranked among the top three in the P4P list of every reputable body, the Bolton resident is confident of pulling off an upset.

"Amir Khan's still unsafe, still fast, still got the experience, been a welterweight longer than me". "It's a fight he believes he can win, and on his night, Amir has all the speed and skills to beat the very best".

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The bout will be aired live on Pay Per View, courtesy ESPN, which has a deal with Top Rank.

Khan did not come with such issues and though he may be a notch below those fighters, he has a bigger name than any of them. "We are also excited to join forces with ESPN on our first pay-per-view venture under the Top Rank on ESPN agreement". But pay-per-view events were always considered another important element of the partnership.

'In the end, the opportunity to cement my legacy by boxing for a third world title against a man rated among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world was too good to turn down. "This is what boxing needs, more big-name showdowns, and this fight is a flawless example of the vision that we had when we teamed up with Top Rank", added ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling, Burke Magnus.

Arum spelled out how tough Khan's task as the challenger will be on April 20 with this startling claim: 'Crawford would be been victorious against the great Sugar Ray Leonard if they had both been in their prime back in the late 1980s'.

The best and worst of Khan's career is the reason why Khan was selected for this assignment, as his pedigree is undeniable and he's rarely been in a forgettable fight.

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