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Khan: I'm Written Off More For Crawford Fight Than Canelo Fight

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Amir Khan can sense that even fewer fans believe he can beat Terence Crawford than gave him a chance three years ago to upset Canelo Alvarez.

“I’ve been written off so badly for this fight, even more than the Canelo fight,” Khan told BoxingScene.com following a press conference Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. “But it’s good because I think the win’s gonna be even bigger and better because of that.”

Khan technically moved up to middleweight to challenge Alvarez, whom Khan fought at a contracted catch weight of 155 pounds in May 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Through five rounds, Khan was ahead on one of the three scorecards (48-47, 47-48, 46-49).

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Alvarez then caught Khan with a crushing right hand that knocked Khan unconscious in the sixth round. That devastating defeat marked the third time Khan lost by knockout or technical knockout and at least partially initiated a 23-month break between bouts.

Two wins later, Khan has accepted another daunting assignment. Crawford is Khan’s size, but the WBO welterweight champion is perhaps, pound-for-pound, the best boxer in the sport.

The 31-year-old Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, is a 16-1 favorite against England’s Khan (33-4, 20 KOs). Their 12-round, 147-pound title bout is the main event of ESPN Pay-Per-View’s four-fight telecast Saturday night from Madison Square Garden (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT; $69.95 in HD).

“I just feel that probably because my last fight against Vargas wasn’t so good that people are saying, ‘Wait a minute. Amir has lost it,’ ” Khan said. “I mean, I wasn’t with [trainer] Virgil [Hunter] then, there was a lot going on in my life and I had the hand operation. I’m glad that fight happened like that and it went the way it did, because it got me this fight, I believe.”

Samuel Vargas knocked down Khan in the second round of their September 8 bout in Birmingham, England. Khan came back to drop Vargas (30-5-2, 14 KOs) in the third round and easily out-pointed Vargas in their 12-rounder.

In his previous appearance, the 32-year-old Khan needed just 39 seconds to knock out Toronto’s Phil Lo Greco last April 21 in Liverpool, England. Almost exactly a year later, Khan will have an opportunity to change the negative narrative of his career.

“This is the biggest level, at the highest level, and this is where I wanna be,” Khan said. “Fighting Terence Crawford, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I respect him, how good he is. I respect who he is. I respect what he’s done in the sport of boxing, but I’m not gonna let that get to me.”

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 Shadoww702 on 04-20-2019

[QUOTE=Roberto Vasquez;19675139]Anyone know why Crawford is fighting the loser of the Canelo/Khan fight? I thought he was in the top 3 on the pound for pound list...[/QUOTE] $$$$ and top skank

Comment by Shadoww702 on 04-20-2019

[QUOTE=1hourRun;19674584]Lets just hope that Virgil Hunter will throw in the towel before it comes to that. Terence has a mean streak personality, I hate to see him hurt Amir Khan worse than all the other men that have concussed the…

Comment by sicko on 04-20-2019

Well we knew he had a huge speed advantage over Canelo and that he would trouble Canelo early...and he did With Crawford, speed advantage is still in Khan's favor but Crawford has the Speed to Counter that with his own…

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 04-20-2019

Anyone know why Crawford is fighting the loser of the Canelo/Khan fight? I thought he was in the top 3 on the pound for pound list...

Comment by Larky101 on 04-20-2019

[QUOTE=thack;19674934]When ever Khan steps up he gets beat ,concentration just seems to be one of his many excuses.When you consider Khan's career this is only the second time he has been the underdog.When you consider there's many better fighters out…

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