Amir Khan has what it takes to beat Terence Crawford in their upcoming fight, says former welterweight Ricky Hatton.
Khan will fight Crawford at Madison Square Garden in the early hours of tomorrow morning for UK viewers, and the Bolton boxer is the underdog going in to the bout.
His opponent Crawford has a 100% record from 34 fights, with 25 of those victories coming by knockout. He is also ranked by ESPN as the second-best active pound-for-pound boxer on the planet.
Khan, meanwhile, is on something of a comeback following his defeat to Canelo Alvarez in 2016. He has only fought twice since then, coming out on top on both occasions.
However, despite the two's contrasting recent track records, Hatton still thinks that his compatriot can cause Crawford plenty of problems in the ring, and that the WBO Welterweight title could come back with Khan across the pond should he fight to the best of his ability.
In his column for The Sun, Hatton wrote, "Amir Khan still has the speed to shock the world and defeat the brilliant Terence Crawford.
"Despite the odds being stacked against the Bolton lad, he has proven he has the power to compete with the best in the welterweight division, where Crawford has only had two fights.
"Amir is undefeated at 147lbs and his most worrying loss was up at middleweight when he took the crazy Canelo Alvarez fight.
"Khan looks like he will be the best challenge on the American’s record so far, even though he is already a three-weight world champion and considered up there with the pound-for-pound best.
"I have seen Amir say he struggled with having too much too soon, as a young kid signing a big million-pound contract straight going to the Olympics and winning silver as a teenager.
"We all knew Anthony Crolla, who has been a brilliant hero for Manchester, was up against it Vasiliy Lomachenko last week and I think Khan is in with a better chance, if they get the gameplan right."
It will be interesting to see whether Crawford will be able to deal with the pressure of being the favourite against a dangerous boxer, with this only 'Bud's' second fight in the Welterweight division.
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