Crawford’s trainer on Khan: ‘He probably needs to go find a job’

WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) proved once again why he is one of the pound-for-pound best after stopping Amir Khan in the sixth-round after Crawford landed an accidental low blow and was ruled the victor after Khan said he was unable to continue. Crawford nearly knocked out Khan (33-5, 20 KOs) out in the opening, knocking him down with a crisp overhand right that was followed by a left hook.

This fight was an opportunity for the 32-year-old  Khan to prove that he still was a factor in the welterweight division, but after his performance on Saturday, Khan days as one of the best at 147 are probably over, and according to Crawford’s trainer/manager, Brian McIntyre, Khan should think about retirement.

“I’m going to tell yall, and no disrespect to him, he probably needs to go find a job,” McIntyre said after Crawford’s victory on Saturday night. “He needs to maybe be a commentator for Sky Sports. So, if you get that job, you better give me my cut mother fu****.”

Khan can still make some decent money in boxing, especially if he fights his British rival, Kell Brook. Outside of that, Khan s basically an opponent at this point of his career, and with Khan’s shaky chin, he might want to think about his future.

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Photos: Crawford, Khan make weight

Here are the weights for all the fighters on the Crawford-Khan fight card:

• Terence Crawford 146.4 lbs vs. Amir Khan 146.6 lbs
(Crawford’s WBO Welterweight world title – 12 Rounds)

• Teofimo Lopez 135 lbs vs. Edis Tatli 134.8 lbs
(Lopez’s NABF Lightweight title – 12 Rounds)

• Shakur Stevenson 125.8 lbs vs. Christopher Diaz 125.6 lbs
(Stevenson’s IBF Intercontinental and vacant NABO Featherweight titles – 10 Rounds)

• Felix Verdejo 135 lbs vs. Bryan Vasquez 135.4 lbs
(Lightweight – 10 Rounds)

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes (6 p.m. EST)

• Carlos Adames 154 lbs vs. Frank Galarza 153.4 lbs

(Adames’ NABF and vacant NABO 154-pound titles – 10 Rounds)

• Edgar Berlanga 163.8 lbs vs. Samir Barbosa 160 lbs
(Middleweight – 8 Rounds)

• Larry Fryers 140 lbs vs. Dakota Polley 139.6 lbs
(Super Lightweight – 6/4 Rounds)

• Vikas Krishan 154.2 lbs vs. Noah Kidd 153.2 lbs
(Super Welterweight – 6 Rounds)

• Lawrence Newton 118.2 lbs vs. Jonathan Garza 119 lbs
(Bantamweight – 6 Rounds)

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Danny Garcia on Crawford-Khan: ‘I honestly believe it’s a 50/50 fight’

Not many are giving Amir Khan much of a chance on Saturday night against WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford at MSG, and rightfully so. Crawford is one of the most skilled welterweights in boxing, and Khan has proven that his chin can be shaky at times.

But, Khan has excellent speed and has shown the ability to win rounds with that hand speed. One guy who knows about Khan’s skills is Danny Garcia, who stopped Khan back in 2012. However, before the stoppage, Khan was having a lot of success against the Philadelphia native.

Garcia, who battles Adrian Granados on Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, believes Crawford-Khan could be a close fight.

“(Amir)Khan is not an easy style to prepare for. He has fast hands, and he has quick feet,” Garcia recently said on a conference call. “So it’s definitely going to be an entertaining fight.

‘Terence Crawford is not a really a pressure fighter. He’ll try to knock you out one punch or try to break you down and take you out of the lead.

“I honestly believe it’s a 50/50 fight. I think Terence Crawford has more momentum going into the fight then Khan, but I honestly think it’s a 50/50 fight.”

Khan is no scrub, and could be Crawford’s toughest test. If Khan chin holds up, he could make this a close fight. Should be an interesting night of boxing in New York City!

Crawford: ‘I feel like a lot of times people don’t give me credit for who I’ve beaten’

WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford(34-0, 25 KOs) has been a dominant force in boxing. He won titles at 135 and unified all the titles at 140, and on Saturday, he continues his quest to show the world that he is the best at 147 when he battles Amir Khan(33-4, 20 KOs) at Madison Square Garden. (ESPN PPV).

“I feel like I’m already the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” Crawford said at a media workout today. “Beating Amir Khan would only solidify my place in the sport. Amir Khan is undefeated as a welterweight and can’t be underestimated. He has great hand speed, movement, and some power as well. I want to showcase all of my talents in this fight.”

Even though Crawford has won titles in multiple divisions, he feels that his resume does not get the respect he thinks it deserves, and recently, Khan said he would be undefeated if he faced Crawford’s opponents.

“I feel like a lot of times people don’t give me credit for who I’ve beaten,” Crawford said. “I’ve defeated gold medalists, undefeated fighters, world champions. It doesn’t matter. Before my fights, people talk about how it’s going to be the hardest fight of my career. Then I beat them, and people make them seem like they were nothing. I am going to keep doing what I’m doing and keep being victorious.”

Crawford’s resume is not awful, but it’s not the best either. You could argue that his best win was against Viktor Postol back in 2016. However, sometimes it’s not who you fight, but how you beat them, and Crawford has dominated the opposition. He has stopped his last five opponents.

Khan might be Crawford’s best opponent. Say what you want about Khan, but he has beaten some quality opponents. Guys such as Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah, and Devon Alexander. Therefore, Khan won’t be easy for Crawford, but it’s a fight Crawford should win.

 

Crawford-Khan: ESPN PPV details

The undefeated pound-for-pound king, three-division world champion and reigning WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford will headline the inaugural Top Rank on ESPN pay-per-view broadcast against former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan Saturday, April 20 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Madison Square Garden.

Crawford vs. Khan will be available via all major cable and satellite providers with a suggested retail price of $59.95 (SD) or $69.95 (HD).

All undercard bouts will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), the fighting pride of Omaha, Nebraska, unified all four super lightweight titles in August 2017 and moved up to the welterweight division intent on doing the same. In June 2018, he won the WBO welterweight title with a dominant ninth-round stoppage over Manny Pacquiao conqueror Jeff “The Hornet” Horn. Four months later, in front of a packed hometown house at the CHI Health Center Omaha, he stopped bitter rival Jose Benavidez Jr. in the 12th round.

Khan (33-4, 20 KOs), who captured an Olympic silver medal in 2004 for Great Britain at the age of 17, has long been one of boxing’s most captivating performers. He won his first world title in 2009 and has victories over Marco Antonio Barrera, Zab Judah, Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi, Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander. He is undefeated as a welterweight and is once again attempting to prove his greatness against boxing’s best.

In other action on the pay-per-view broadcast:

•    Lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) will face former world title challenger and two-time European lightweight champion Edis Tatli (31-2, 10 KOs) in a 12-round co-feature. Lopez is ranked in the top five by all four major sanctioning organizations and is coming off a savage seventh-round knockout over Diego Magdaleno.

•    In the other co-feature attraction, Shakur Stevenson (10-0, 6 KOs), the 21-year-old featherweight phenom who earned a silver medal for the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will face former world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (24-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

•    Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (24-1, 16 KOs), one of Puerto Rico’s most popular fistic attractions, will fight former interim world champion Bryan Vasquez (37-3, 20 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight duel with potential world title implications.

CRAWFORD vs. KHAN is a 12-round fight for the WBO welterweight championship of the world, presented by Top Rank in association with Matchroom Boxing and Khan Promotions. The event is sponsored by Geico. CRAWFORD vs. KHAN will take place Saturday, April 20, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT at Madison Square Garden, and will be produced by Top Rank and ESPN and distributed live by ESPN Pay-Per-View.

Photos: Boxer Amir Khan meets Golden State Warriors

Before continuing his preparation for his April 20 world title showdown against pound-for-pound kingpin Terence “Bud” Crawford, former world champion Amir “King” Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) made a pit stop Monday at the Golden State Warriors practice facility to meet the players and staff of the two-time defending NBA champions.

During his visit, Khan posed for photos and gifted signed gloves for DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and head coach Steve Kerr.

Immediately following the Warriors practice, Khan returned to the gym as he prepares to challenge Crawford for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title at Madison Square Garden.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing and Khan Promotions, tickets for this world championship event priced at $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81, and $56 (including facility fees) can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.MSG.com.

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Crawford on fight with Spence: ‘I believe it would be the biggest fight in the welterweight division’

On March 16, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. sent a message to everybody at 147 that he might be the best fighter in the division when he dominated Mikey Garcia over 12 rounds. Now, it’s WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford’s turn to send a message.

Crawford will have that opportunity on April 20 when he battles Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden.

If Crawford beats Khan, the fight many would love to see is Spence-Crawford, but the business of boxing may get in the way. Spence is with PBC, which means his bouts will be on Showtime or FOX, while Crawford is with Top Rank, and fights on ESPN, so a fight with Spence would be difficult to make, but according to Crawford, it can happen.

“Of course, it is makeable. I believe it would be the biggest fight in the welterweight division,” Crawford said on a conference call on Tuesday. “But like you said, I have this fight against Amir Khan.  After the fight, we can talk about Errol Spence and Al Haymon and Top Rank doing business together. But right now, I am not even thinking or worried about Errol Spence.”

I agree with Crawford; I think the fight can be made. However, it won’t happen in 2019. The business of boxing probably won’t let it happen this year, but if both guys continue to win, and both guys popularity continues to grow, it will eventually happen. But, at this point, I think boxing fans are going to have to be patient, for now.

 

Crawford: ‘The Garden is the perfect venue for a fight of this magnitude’

Start spreading the news. The year’s most anticipated welterweight showdown is headed to The World’s Most Famous Arena.

Terence “Bud” Crawford will defend his WBO welterweight world title against Amir “King” Khan on Saturday, April 20 at Madison Square Garden.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing and Khan Promotions, tickets for this world championship event go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 12 p.m. ET/9a.m. PT. Tickets priced at $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81, and $56 (including facility fees) can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online atwww.ticketmaster.com or www.MSG.com.

Undercard bouts and details on how fans will be able to access the pay-per-view event will be announced at a later date.

“I can’t wait to head back to New York City and Madison Square Garden for this fight with Amir Khan. The Garden is the perfect venue for a fight of this magnitude,” Crawford said. “I know that my fans will make the trip up to New York and I’ll have a ton of support when I step in to the ring. I expect Khan’s British fans to come out as well, and I believe we will have a packed house on April 20. It’s going to be a great fight so make sure to get your tickets early.”

“New York is undoubtedly one of my most favorite cities in the world, and it’s like a second home to me,” Khan said. “This is the biggest fight of my career against one of the world’s best in Terence Crawford, and Madison Square Garden is the perfect venue for a fight of this magnitude. It’s a short flight for my fans from the United Kingdom, and they will be coming over in droves to see this fantastic fight. I want to become a three-time world champion, and that is my primary motivation to win this fight.”

Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), widely regarded as the world’s best fighter, is a three-weight world champion who has knocked out five consecutive opponents. A former undisputed 140-pound world champion, Crawford won the WBO welterweight title in June 2018 with a ninth-round stoppage of Jeff “The Hornet” Horn. He defended the belt in October with a 12th-round TKO over bitter rival Jose Benavidez Jr. in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. This will be Crawford’s second headlining appearance at the big arena at Madison Square Garden. In May 2017, he knocked out 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz in 10 rounds.

Khan (33-4, 20 KOs), a former unified world champion at 140 pounds, has won two in a row since his 2016 knockout loss to middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. He is 4-0 in his career when fighting as a welterweight, including wins over former world champions Devon Alexander, Chris Algieri, and Luis Collazo. Khan headlined at Madison Square Garden once before when he defended his WBA 140-pound world title against Paulie Malignaggi at The Theater on May 15, 2010.
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Khan on Crawford: ‘I’ll be able to take his punching power’

Former world champion Amir Khan has a lot of skills, which includes blazing hand speed, but the one thing that has troubled Khan over the years is his chin. Three out of Khan’s four losses have come by stoppage, including getting knocked cold by unified middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez back in 2016. In his last fight, Khan was dropped by Samuel Vargas, but he would get back up and win by unanimous decision.

Now, Khan, who is on a two-fight win streak, will battle WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on April 20, live on Top Rank on ESPN pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

This is another opportunity for Khan to become champion again, and another chance to prove the doubters wrong, which Khan is hoping to do.

“This is a fight that can redeem my whole career. Against Canelo, maybe I was biting off more than I could chew,” Khan said on Thursday. “I took that fight because it was a massive opportunity for me, and I believe in myself as a fighter. This fight, I see that it’s more fair. We’re similar weights. We’ve had similar experience. In my opinion, I’ll be able to take his punching power. He’s also a quick and a skillful fighter, so there’s a lot of advantages for me in this fight. In other fights, I’ve fought guys who are a lot stronger, a lot bigger in weight. That plays a big part. In this fight, I really think I have the style and everything it takes to win.”

If Khan can take Crawford’s power, he has a legitimate shot in this fight. Khan can box and has shown the ability to steal rounds against some very good fighters, but it all goes back to his chin.

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Crawford: ‘I look at Amir Khan as one of the top fighters in my division’

ESPN and Top Rank today announced their first pay-per-view event under the Top Rank on ESPN banner. Two kings are set for the year’s most anticipated welterweight showdown when pound-for-pound king Terence “Bud” Crawford puts his WBO welterweight world title on the line against former unified 140-pound champion and the pride of Bolton, England, Amir “King” Khan, on Saturday, April 20, live on pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. Details on how fans will be able to access the pay-per-view event will be announced at a later date.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing and Khan Promotions, ticket and venue information will be revealed shortly. Details on the undercard will be announced soon.

“The Crawford-Khan showdown is a very interesting matchup of two elite fighters,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Khan, when fighting at welterweight, is as good as there is, but he is fighting the division’s best fighter and a pound-for-pound great. It will be an entertaining and competitive fight. We are also excited to join forces with ESPN on our first pay-per-view venture under the Top Rank on ESPN agreement.”

“It’s always been my goal to fight the best fighters out there, and I look at Amir Khan as one of the top fighters in my division,” Crawford said. “I know some people are writing him off, but I am by no means overlooking him. He’s a former unified world champion, and come April 20, I’ll be looking to go out there to seek and destroy. I’m excited about this fight because I believe it can push my career to another level.”

“Showcasing Crawford-Khan as the first pay-per-view event under the Top Rank on ESPN banner is truly a cause for celebration. Crawford is a world champion, a global phenomenon and perhaps the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport and Khan is a fighter that everyone wants to see every time he steps in the ring. This is what boxing needs, more big-name showdowns, and this fight is a perfect example of the vision that we had when we teamed up with Top Rank,” added ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling, Burke Magnus.

Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), from Omaha, Neb., is ranked by many experts as the world’s best fighter, a switch-hitting dynamo who has reigned supreme in three weight classes. He won the WBO lightweight world title on March 1, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, dethroning hometown hero Ricky Burns via unanimous decision. Crawford proved his lightweight supremacy that year with a thrilling ninth-round TKO win over then-undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa and a near-shutout decision victory over Ray Beltran.

Crawford made history when he unified all four 140-pound titles, punctuating his dominance over the division with a third-round knockout against Julius Indongo on Aug. 19, 2017. With nothing left to prove at 140 pounds, Crawford moved up to welterweight. In his first bout at the weight, he knocked out Manny Pacquiao conqueror Jeff “The Hornet” Horn in the ninth round to win the WBO crown. For his first welterweight title defense, Crawford returned home to the CHI Health Center Omaha and knocked out bitter rival Jose Benavidez Jr. in the 12th round in front of 13,323 passionate fans.

Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) burst into the public consciousness at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens when, at 17 years of age, he captured a silver medal for Great Britain. He won the WBA super lightweight world title on July 18, 2009, outclassing Andreas Kotelnik to win a unanimous decision. He made five successful title defenses at 140 pounds and became unified champion when he knocked out IBF ruler Zab Judah in five rounds in 2011.

Khan has won seven of eight bouts since December 2012, the lone blemish coming when he moved up in weight to fight middleweight world champion Canelo Álvarez. After boxing well in the early rounds, Khan was knocked out with an overhand right in the sixth round. Following the Álvarez defeat, Khan took a nearly two-year sabbatical from the ring, returning in 2018 with a vengeance. In April, he blasted out Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds, and in September, he notched a wide 12-round points victory over perennial contender Samuel Vargas. More than 13 years since turning professional, Khan will take on the pound-for-pound king in a legacy-defining super-fight.