Arum: Crawford is Best Welterweight Since Sugar Ray Leonard

Amir Khan will challenge the outstanding WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on April 20.

The 32-year-old rejected terms to finally meet his rival Kell Brook to instead pursue one of the world's finest fighters and what could prove his defining fight at either Las Vegas' MGM Grand or Madison Square Garden in New York.

Khan - last a world champion in 2012 - will intriguingly also again be trained by the respected Virgil Hunter after two victories with Joe Goossen.


With the fight venue and a British television broadcaster to be confirmed in the coming fortnight, Khan said: "It'll be nice to get back with Virgil. Joe was also a great trainer (but) I've had a great career with Virgil.

Crawford, 31, is widely considered one of the world's top three fighters having in 2017 unified all four light-welterweight world titles, and he said: "You could say this is my hardest fight.

"Amir Khan's still dangerous, still fast, still got the experience, been a welterweight longer than me. But we're not taking any shortcuts in this fight. My way to be able to adjust in the blink of an eye - fighting so many styles in my life; there's never been a fighter I couldn't figure out.

"(Past Khan victim) Zab Judah was past his prime (when they fought); right now I'm better than anyone he's faced before."

The American's promoter Bob Arum added: "Crawford's the best welterweight since Sugar Ray Leonard; he'd be comparable or maybe even a slight favourite against Sugar Ray Leonard. I really believe he matches up with that ability.

"Amir, in the United States, is known for never, ever having a poor performance. He's a gutsy fighter with skills of the top level; a master boxer with very, very fast hands. Every fight he's been in people want to see because he's a true warrior and gives a great account of himself."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MulaKO on 01-18-2019

[QUOTE=millcitymauler;19434509]Good Chr1st, Arum has no shame. Crawford is 31 years old and has yet to participate in a career defining fight. Floyd is the best [I]anything[/I], since Leonard.[/QUOTE] I agree with you , totally But what’s the tight azz gonna…

Comment by davef on 01-18-2019

[QUOTE=julianjaz;19440479]Davef, Look at how good you are that you can only name Floyd fighting Judah in 2006 as a legit IN PRIME fighter. You do know that Judah had just lost to Baldomir in the fight prior to Floyd right?…

Comment by RGJTMMRDCMJRJSM on 01-18-2019

LOL He said that to Pacquiao a few years ago! What a bunch of baloney Bob!

Comment by Noelanthony on 01-18-2019

[QUOTE=julianjaz;19440476]Yeah, PAC did all that in a stellar career of Daring to be Great which he accomplished. While you are sitting behind a keyboard doing absolutely nothing of significance. But go ahead and stay stuck in your suits you.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by julianjaz on 01-18-2019

PAC >>>floyd Only 7 & 8 Weight Champ, Only 5 Weight Lineal Champ, Fought more HOF IN PRIME fighters thus EARNED Greatest Fighter of Decade 2000-2010 when both were in respective primes. Floyd can’t fill PACs jockstrap...TRUTH! [QUOTE=batista84;19436589][B]Floyd[/B][/QUOTE]

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