By Elliot Foster
Amir Khan has revealed that he took the Terence Crawford fight to enhance his legacy.
The 32-year-old Bolton fighter will take on the American star at a venue to be determined on April 20.
Khan will challenge Crawford for the WBO world welterweight title, exclusively live on ESPN Pay-Per-View across the pond.
The UK broadcaster situation will be revealed in due course.
Khan, the Olympic silver medallist in 2004 at the Athens Games, believes he had to take the opportunity to face one of the pound-for-pound stars of the sport despite there being a thirst from the British boxing public for him to face Kell Brook.
Khan, in the final fight of his deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, has been talked about as a potential foe for ex-IBF welterweight king Brook for more time than we care to remember.
But the former super-lightweight world champ reckons the fight with top pound-for-pound man ‘Bud’ –– a three-weight world champion –– will be better for him in the long-term.
“For my legacy it is a great fight,” Khan says. “I got the opportunity so I’m going to take it. I had another fight with Kell Brook but for me this is another big fight.”
Madison Square Garden in New York or the MGM Grand in Las Vegas are the two venues under consideration to host the showdown, with the former being the firm favourite at this stage.
Khan has confirmed that he will be back with trainer Virgil Hunter for the Crawford fight, having boxed twice under the tutelage of Joe Goossen, after the former recovered from ill-health.
“This will put me in the world pound-for-pound rankings,” he continued. “I know I can win this fight otherwise I wouldn’t be taking it.
“I couldn’t turn it down.”