Charlo: ‘I definitely believe Terence Crawford stands zero chance against Errol Spence’

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford probably won’t be fighting anytime soon. As much as we would all like to see it, the business of boxing stands in the way for now.

However, if it were to happen, according to Jermell Charlo, it would be a comfortable night for Spence.

“I definitely believe Terence Crawford stands zero chance against Errol Spence. Zero. Zero,” Charlo told TMZ Sports.

When pressed on why he gives Crawford no chance against Spence, Charlo had this to say.

“There’s zero chance. Errol is just the bigger, monster fighter.”

Keep in mind, Charlo, and Spence both train with Derrick James, so you would almost expect Charlo to side with Spence. Obviously, a guy with Crawford’s talents has a chance against any fighter at 147.

Crawford wants the fight bad and said so after beating Amir Khan in April, and Spence continues to say the fight will happen.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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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.

 

Andrade on Spence: ‘He’s kind of a one-dimensional guy right now'(Watch)

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. is one of the best at 147, and one of the best in boxing. Recently, he toyed with Mikey Garcia and dominated him for 12 rounds to get the unanimous decision. We don’t know what’s next for Spence, but we do know who we would like it to be, and that is WBO welterweight champion, Terence Crawford.

The undefeated Crawford will battle Amir Khan on April 20 at MSG, and according to his promoter, Bob Arum, if Crawford gets by Khan, he would look to make Spence-Crawford next. But, Spence is with PBC, and Crawford is with Top Rank/ESPN, so making the fight won’t be easy.

However, if the fight were to happen, WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade would go with Crawford.

“I’m a go with Crawford,” Andrade said. “He can box, he can take a good shot, and he knows how to use the ring real well; He’s got ring generalship. Versus Errol, he’s kind of a one-dimensional guy right now. He’s relying on power so much… It’s kind of funny that you knocked down Kell Brook, Chris Algieri, few other guys, but you don’t knock down Mikey Garcia.”

Spence showed his boxing skills against Garcia, and proved in the fight that he is more than just a “one-dimensional fighter.” Spence could fight WBC welterweight champion, Shawn Porter, next, and from there, if both fighters continue to win, maybe Arum and Al Haymon can figure it out at some point, but for now, we wait and see.

Listen as Andrade talks Spence-Crawford:

 

 

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.

 

Spence on top fighters at 147: ‘Whoever ends up on top from this group, will end being a Hall of Famer’

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. is considered, by some, to be one of the best welterweights in boxing, but to be considered the best, he is going to have to beat some of the top guys in the division.

Some of those top guys include WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter, and WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman. While those guys are belt-holders at 147, there a few other names out there that are tops in the division, including Manny Pacquiao and Danny Garcia.

According to Spence(24-0, 21 KOs), who will battle four-division world champion Mikey Garcia(39-0, 30 KOs) on March 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the best at 147 need to fight each other.

“The welterweight division has always been one of the strongest divisions in the sport, and it is like that now,” Spence said on Saturday at a press conference to promote his fight with Garcia.  “We just need to fight each other. I’m ready to fight any of them. Whoever ends up on top from this group, will end being a Hall of Famer. That’s how you become an all-time great.”

Credit should go to Mikey Garcia for his willingness to fight Spence; credit should also go to Amir Khan who is stepping up to fight Crawford in April.

Sadly, the politics of boxing might prevent Top Rank’s Crawford from fighting PBC’s Thurman, Spence, and others. However, not many PBC fighters have been willing to step up and face Spence, which is why what Garcia is about to do should be applauded.

Ultimately, the top guys at 147 do need to fight each other. It’s good for the sport, and it according to Spence, it could mean a spot in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Photo: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

 

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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