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Amir Khan Has Decided To Fight Crawford, Likely April 20 At MSG

By Keith Idec

Not even the allure of more money and a major domestic fight at Wembley Stadium could convince Amir Khan to face Kell Brook next.

Multiple sources have told BoxingScene.com that Khan has decided to instead challenge Terence Crawford for Crawford’s WBO welterweight title.

England’s Khan, 32, has informed promoter Eddie Hearn of his decision. Crawford’s promoters at Top Rank Inc. also have been made aware of Khan’s choice.

Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) and Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) are expected to fight April 20 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Their 12-round, 147-pound championship match will headline an ESPN Pay-Per-View show.

An official announcement of Crawford-Khan is not expected until later this month.

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The target date for Crawford’s next fight had been March 23, but that would’ve meant scheduling another pay-per-view show the Saturday night after Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia will square off in a FOX Pay-Per-View main event March 16 at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Bob Arum’s Top Rank initially offered the Crawford fight to former WBA welterweight champ Luis Collazo. Brooklyn’s Collazo, 37, accepted Top Rank’s offer, but Crawford was bothered by the public backlash to facing Collazo (38-7, 20 KOs).

Khan has lost by knockout or technical knockout three times, but the British star dropped Collazo three times on his way to a 12-round, unanimous-decision win over Collazo in May 2014 in Las Vegas.

Top Rank had tried to secure Danny Garcia as Crawford’s opponent prior to reaching out to Collazo.

Philadelphia’s Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) was offered a $3 million guarantee to challenge Crawford. Angel Garcia, Danny’s father/trainer, never responded to Top Rank’s offer, however, which made Arum’s team explore other opponents.

They later offered Khan a $5 million guarantee to face one of the best boxers in the sport.

Hearn wanted Khan to box Brook because that was the third bout they targeted when the former IBF/WBA 140-pound champion came to terms a year ago on a three-fight contract with Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Hearn even explored the possibility of staging Khan-Brook at Wembley Stadium in London on April 13, the date that has been reserved for several months for heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next fight.

Ultimately, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist’s intense dislike for Sheffield’s Brook (38-2, 26 KOs), coupled with his desire to try to upset Crawford, made him choose Crawford.

Khan could’ve earned eight figures for facing Brook in what would’ve been a lucrative pay-per-view fight in the United Kingdom.

Bolton’s Khan could make up at least some of the difference by keeping much or all of the British pay-per-view revenue from the Crawford fight. He would’ve had to split that money with Brook had they fought.

The Crawford fight will mark the end of Khan’s three-bout deal with Matchroom Boxing.

The 31-year-old Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska, will make the second defense of his WBO welterweight title against Khan. The three-division champion most recently stopped previously unbeaten Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-1, 18 KOs) by 12th-round technical knockout October 13 at CHI Health Center in Omaha.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by _Rexy_ on 01-15-2019

Date makes sense. Gonna take A LOT of weed to make me think Khan has a chance.

Comment by LacedUp on 01-15-2019

[QUOTE=Lullaby;19432861]Who is coming off a loss?[/QUOTE] Khan vs Brook* when he's coming off a loss

Comment by Lullaby on 01-15-2019

[QUOTE=LacedUp;19431050]Why make excuses? Why the hell would I want Khan vs Crawford when he's coming off a loss? Crawford is better than brook., haha[/QUOTE] Who is coming off a loss?

Comment by SniXSniPe on 01-14-2019

Khan can't beat any elite welterweight. He should just try cutting fat move back down to 140. He will never fight Brook because he knows that deep down, he will lose, and it will kill him to lose to Brook…

Comment by LacedUp on 01-14-2019

[QUOTE=SugarRaRobinson;19410383]Khan may be a lot of things, but a b.tch isn’t one of them. This guy has literally fought damn near anyone who was willing to fight him, without reservation. The guy even moved up to fight Canelo, knowing good…

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