The WBO Welterweight title is up for grabs on Saturday night in New York as Amir Khan takes on the unbeaten American Terence Crawford.
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Time: 11PM (ET US) , 4AM (UK)
Where to watch: The fight is available to watch in the UK on BT Sports Box Office.
Undercard: Felix Verdejo vs Bryan Vasquez (lightweight), Shakur Stevenson vs Christopher Diaz (featherweight), Teofimo Lopez vs Edis Tatli (lightweight)
American WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford has come through 34 bouts without defeat. He has beaten some of the best fighters in the world and in the last six years he has earned the WBO lightweight, WBO light welterweight, WBC light welterweight, The Ring & lineal light welterweight, WBA light welterweight and IBF light welterweight titles among others. He will be hoping to use his considerable reach advantage to add another victim to his list this weekend.
Amir Khan returned to the ring last year after his trip to the I’m A Celebrity jungle. After suffering a KO defeat to Canelo Alvarez in May 2016, the Bolton man took two and a half years out of the ring. He returned in late 2018 with back to back wins over Samuel Vargas and Phil Lo Greco. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist turned down a showpiece fight with fellow Brit Kell Brook in favour of this Saturday’s WBO title bout.
Terence Crawford will be gunning for a 26th KO victory in the Garden. Three of Khan’s four defeats have been a result of KO or TKO and he has struggled on the main stage. Khan’s early fight aggression has left him susceptible to getting caught with big blows, most evident in his losses to Canelo and Danny Garcia.
Khan will be relying on a slip-up from the unbeaten Crawford if he hopes to obtain the WBO Welterweight title. The American has reasonable claims to say he is the best pound for pound fighter in the world and the multi-division champ should have enough for a KO/TKO victory.
Prediction: Terence Crawford by KO/TKO