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Amir Khan to address welterweight champion Crawford in defining bout

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

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

Khan C last a world champion in 2012 C will intriguingly also again learn through the respected Virgil Hunter after two victories with Joe Goossen. Together with the fight venue as well as a British television broadcaster to become confirmed within the coming fortnight, Khan said: “It’ll be nice so you can get back with Virgil. Joe have also been a great trainer [but] I’ve a great career with Virgil.

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“The only fight we lost together was against Canelo [Sal lvarez, the Mexican middleweight]; the better, stronger guy, nonetheless was out-boxing him until he caught me. I am about to ought to be in the best shape ever to win this fight. It will likely be a really, quite hard fight.

“Against Canelo that wasn’t the right weight for me; I wanted to challenge myself and bit off excessive. That is my recommended weight. I’ll go back to Virgil, merely just a little sick for my last two fights. They know it’s dangerous but should win this fight. I’m unbeaten during the 147lb division; I’ve had my best performances there, against Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander.”

Crawford, 31, is widely considered one of the planet’s top three fighters having in 2017 unified all light-welterweight world titles, and said: “You could say this is certainly my hardest fight. Amir Khan’s still dangerous, still fast, still got the ability, been a welterweight beyond me. But we’re not taking any shortcuts with this fight. My way to be capable of adjust inside the blink of your eye C fighting a lot of styles in my life; there’s never been a fighter I couldn’t ascertain.

“[Past Khan victim] Zab Judah was past his prime [when they fought]; today I’m superior to anyone he’s faced before.”

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