Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan officially announced for April 20

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Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan officially announced for April 20


The Brit turned down a domestic clash with Kell Brook to challenge for the WBO welterweight world title

Amir Khan will travel to America to take on WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on April 20.

The 32-year-old snubbed a UK showdown with long-time domestic rival Kell Brook to secure the bout.

Amir Khan is aiming to become a two-weight world champion

Crawford, 31, is widely considered to be one of the top two pound-for-pound boxers on the planet and will begin as a big favourite against Khan, who was knocked down by Samuel Vargas last time out.

“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,” said Crawford, who has won all 34 of his fights.

“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.”

Terence Crawford has held world titles in three weight divisions

Terence Crawford has held world titles in three weight divisions

Khan added: “I’m delighted to announce a much-anticipated world title fight with Terence Crawford, the current WBO welterweight world champion.

“The decision as to fighting Kell Brook or Crawford has been one of the most difficult decisions of my career to date. Clearly, the UK fans want to see Khan vs. Brook, but I could not turn down the opportunity to fight for the WBO title. That is not to say that the Brook fight won’t happen, as I want that fight to happen as soon as possible.

“Fighting a world champion won’t be easy, but this is exactly the challenge I need at this stage of my career. I am fully motivated and ready for the best training camp of my life.

“Crawford is beatable, and I want that WBO title. It’s going to be one hell of a fight.”

The fight will be shown on pay-per-view in America, under the Top Rank on ESPN banner, while it is set to be shown on Sky Sports box office in the UK.

The venue has not yet been confirmed but it is expected to be Madison Square Garden in New York.

Khan has fought ten times in the US, with his most recent trip to the States ending in a brutal knockout to Canelo Alvarez in 2016 at the new T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Amir Khan v Saul Alvarez

Amir Khan was brutally knocked out by Canelo Alvarez – the fourth loss of his career – in 2016

Eddie Hearn, the Brit’s promoter, said: “There has been a lot of speculation regarding Amir’s next fight, but the lure to trying to win another world title was too much to turn down, and now he faces arguably the number one welterweight in the world in Terence Crawford.

“It’s a fight he believes he can win, and on his night, Amir has all the speed and skills to beat the very best. I believe it will be a fascinating and dramatic matchup.”

Top Rank chief Bob Arum added: “The Crawford-Khan showdown is a very interesting matchup of two elite fighters.

“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.”

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