Crawford-Khan Official For April 20th
Eddie Hearn accomplished what his client wanted, as Amir Khan will return to the United States for a world title fight on April 20th.
Khan directed Hearn to finalize negotiations against current WBO welterweight champion and pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford over a showdown with British rival Kell Brook, and on Tuesday the fight was made official.
While Khan and Brook seemed to be near a deal for a fight potentially at Wembley Stadium, but towards the end of 2018, Khan would be offered a rumored $5 million to fight Crawford in a pay-per-view main event.
“The decision as to fighting Kell Brook or Crawford has been one of the most difficult decisions of my career to date,” Khan said. “Clearly, the U.K. fans want to see Khan versus Brook, but I could not turn down the opportunity to fight for the WBO title. That is not to say that the Brook fight won’t happen, as I want that fight to happen as soon as possible.
“Fighting a world champion won’t be easy, but this is exactly the challenge I need at this stage of my career. I am fully motivated and ready for the best training camp of my life. Crawford is beatable, and I want that WBO title. It’s going to be one hell of a fight.”
“There has been a lot of speculation regarding Amir’s next fight, but the lure to trying to win another world title was too much to turn down, and now he faces arguably the No. 1 welterweight in the world in Terence Crawford,” Eddie Hearn said this week. “It’s a fight he believes he can win, and on his night, Amir has all the speed and skills to beat the very best. I believe it will be a fascinating and dramatic matchup.”
“It’s always been my goal to fight the best fighters out there, and I look at Amir Khan as one of the top fighters in my division,” Crawford said of the former world champion. “I know some people are writing him off, but I am by no means overlooking him. He’s a former unified world champion, and come April 20, I’ll be looking to go out there to seek and destroy. I’m excited about this fight because I believe it can push my career to another level.”
Initial Report: ESPN