Amir Khan is facing the biggest test of his career as he steps into the ring this Saturday night with arguably one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in world boxing - WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
Unbeaten in his 34-fight career, Crawford has won 25 fights by KO. Khan, meanwhile, comes into the fight off the back of a laboured victory over Samuel Vargas, which went the distance, and has not fought for a world title since his devastating loss to Canelo Alvarez in 2016.
Khan is the heavy underdog, and when given the option of a British super fight with Kell Brook, or a fight with Crawford, Khan took the opportunity and dared to be great.
Khan will enter the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden knowing that a loss to Crawford will likely spell the end of his career at the elite level.
There is always the option for him to fight Brook, but Khan’s three-fight deal with Matchroom (Also Brook's promoters) ends with the Crawford fight, and Khan has shown little desire to in his words “Make Brook a household name”.
Although, now 32, and 15 years removed from his 2004 silver at the Olympics, the one thing that hasn’t deserted Khan is his devastating hand speed. Khan has showed glimpses of this in his latest comeback, both against Vargas and in the 39-second demolition of Phil Le Greco in his first fight after Canelo. So, if Khan is to have a chance of victory, he will need to use his hand speed to dazzle Crawford.
For Crawford, he will be looking past this fight and an eventual super-fight with other welterweight superstar Errol Spence Jr. This may play into Khan’s favour and catch Crawford napping, but the quality of the American is such, that he can almost get away with looking ahead, and if victorious, a win against an opponent with Khan’s resume will establish him as perhaps the best fighter in the world.
To Khan, a loss on points may be seen as a small victory, but he would stand his best chance of a victory by taking Crawford the distance.
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