Khan: Crawford Was A Better Matchup Than Brook
Amir Khan had two offers on the table heading into 2019, one with rival Kell Brook, the other being an ESPN pay-per-view showdown against WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
And while Khan went with what many consider to be the bigger pay day, Khan admitted that the Brook fight had a higher price tag attached to it.
On-top of that, Khan looked at his legacy and views the pound-for-pound star Crawford, as the easier opponent than Brook.
“I had another fight in the UK against Kell Brook, but this fight is stylistically better for me,” Khan said to The Mirror. “Obviously, this is with ESPN, who I want to thank as well. I think that being on ESPN, the fight will be even bigger. It will be good for my recognition for me as well in the future.
“I don’t know if that fight is still going to be there. I have seen numerous times in the media that Eddie (Hearn) is saying that the Brook fight is dead. He’s saying it’s not going to happen. Time will tell, I take it fight by fight. Let’s get this fight out of the way first and then we take it from there. That fight may never happen, but it may happen, so I just take it one fight at a time, as it comes really.
“We’ve both been hurt but I’m a fully-fledged welterweight who hits hard,” Khan continued. “I’m am unbeaten welterweight fighter and it’s the weight I feel comfortable at and that I feel strong at. I’ve got the perfect size whereas the other weights might have been too much for me, like when I fought Canelo [Alvarez].
“Crawford is a very skilled fighter and I can’t take him lightly – he’s got power, he’s durable and he moves well. For me to win this fight I have to be on my A-game and make no mistakes. I’m not going to go in there thinking I’m the bigger fighter, my skills will win me this fight, not my size or my power. My IQ will win this one.”
Broadcasted Card Below:
WBO welterweight Title: Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan
Featherweight: Shakur Stevenson vs. Christopher Diaz
Lightweight: Teofimo Lopez vs. Edie Tatli
Lightweight: Felix Verdejo vs. Bryan Vasquez
Junior Middleweight: Carlos Adames vs. Frank Galarza
Bantamweight: Lawrence Newton vs. Jonathan Garza
Junior Middleweight: Vikas Krishan vs. Noah Kidd
Super Middleweight: Edgar Berlanga vs. Samir dos Santos Barbosa
Junior Welterweight: Larry Fryers vs. Dakota Polley
Report: The Mirror