Amir Khan can’t be accused of turning down a challenge.
Well, besides one challenge that has loomed for almost a decade in the form of domestic rival Kell Brook. But the fight has fallen through yet again as Khan once more opts to go Stateside.
The 32-year-old spent most of his career at lightweight and light-welterweight before moving up to 147lbs. in 2014.
After three fights there he took the extraordinary move of facing pound-for-pound king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at middleweight, with Khan facing a heavy price in the sixth round.
Now after two warm up fights against Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas back in Britain, the Olympic silver medallist is taking on another very dangerous foe. While this bout will take place at a more suitable welterweight, Khan is definitely up against it in the form of Terence Crawford.
The undefeated Crawford squared up against Khan at their fight announcement yesterday ahead of the bout itself on April 20 at Madison Square Garden.
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.
“Winning this fight, people will remember me as a great champion,” Khan told BBC Sport.
“I kept thinking the Brook fight would be the next one until I got a phone call from Bob Arum saying ‘would you want to fight Crawford?’
“Looking at the way he fights and what he has achieved, I couldn’t say no to it. It is a massive fight. I needed a fight to motivate me to work hard and train hard.
“Against Vargas and Lo Greco it was hard to motivate myself. This fight against Crawford will motivate me and make me work hard. Outside of Alvarez, this is the biggest test.”