Arum: Khan’s Chin Is Crawford’s Biggest Target
When looking at Amir Khan’s chances to defeat welterweight champion Terence Crawford on April 20th, Bob Arum claims Khan’s chin makes him the underdog.
Yet, Crawford’s promoter and CEO of Top Rank doesn’t feel that Crawford can’t focus on just out-boxing the 16-1 underdog inside Madison Square Garden.
“Khan is training really diligently, from all the reports that we get,” Arum told BoxingScene.com. “He’s been super-confident with [trainer Virgil] Hunter and it’s gonna be very, very interesting because Khan is an elite boxer, technically. And Crawford is not one to be shown up by him, as far as his boxing ability. And therefore, Crawford will engage in a boxing contest, in my opinion, with Amir Khan.
“That is not Crawford’s strength in an Amir Khan fight, because Crawford really has to look to see if he can bang this guy out. Because if Khan gets into a boxing contest with Crawford, and it remains a boxing contest for the 12 rounds, Khan has a shot to eke the thing out.”
Since winning welterweight gold, Crawford has dropped his last two opponents before the scorecards, while Khan has not been dropped at 147-pounds.
While Khan may have stayed upright at welterweight, Khan had been knocked out at junior welterweight against Danny Garcia and at middleweight in his last loss against Canelo Alvarez at 155 pounds.
“Khan is a great, great boxer,” Arum said.
“Technically, he’s great. He has one weakness, which everybody knows, and that is he doesn’t have the greatest chin in the world. So, if you’re gonna box the guy, and you’re not gonna take him out, then you’re sort of evening the playing field. It’s gonna be an intriguing fight. I really believe, in my heart of hearts, that there will be one winner [Crawford] – but it’s an intriguing fight.”
Report: Boxing Scene