Amir Khan admits Terence Crawford will be a stiff test.
Amir Khan is a big underdog for only his first attempt at a major welterweight title after campaigning in the division for six years! He has captured the WBC Silver (twice defended) and WBA International titles in the division, however, he chose to move to middleweight in 2016 to face Canelo Alvarez instead of pursue a major title at welterweight.
As a collective, Khan lost his last three championship fights (Alvarez, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson). Moreover on April 20, he will be facing arguably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. Therefore, it is safe to say him being an underdog is legitimate!
Apparently, even he understands what he is up against.
“For me to win this fight I have to be on my ‘A’ game and not make any mistakes.”
He is correct! Crawford has repeatedly shown to be one of the smartest fighters in the sport that can make adjustments on the fly. Any mistakes and it could be over for the challenger!
Additionally, having a questionable chin means it is important for him not to exchange with the champion. Also, he should avoid toe-to-toe action.
On the flip-side, Khan has the experience and hand-speed advantage. Furthermore, he has respected trainer Virgil Hunter in his corner.
Although, many see Khan winning as an “uphill battle,” this is boxing and anything is possible! If he can pull this off, he will become a two-division, four-time champion and will immediately be given a spot on the pund-for-pound list. He has everything to gain with not much to lose!
Watch Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan April 20, LIVE on ESPN Pay-Per-View from Madison Square Garden in New York!
By: Jordan Whitehead