Khan admits that Canelo might’ve been a bridge too far, but says his fight against Crawford is another story.
Amir Khan is two fights removed from getting brutally (and predictably) knocked out against Canelo Alvarez in 2016. Since that time Khan took a hiatus from the sport and has come back against two lesser opponents in an attempt to shake the rust off. And now Khan is set to fight what some consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport in Terence Crawford on April 20.
Khan, 32, tells WBN that in this fight he doesn’t have any pressure on him because the world expects him to lose — much like the Canelo fight — but that this won’t be anything like that.
“This is a fight that can redeem my whole career. Against Canelo, maybe I was biting off more than I could chew. I took that fight because it was a massive opportunity for me, and I believe in myself as a fighter.
“This fight, I see that it’s fairer. We’re similar weights. We’ve had similar experience. In my opinion, I’ll be able to take his punching power. He’s also a quick and a skillful fighter, so there’s a lot of advantages for me in this fight.”
Khan is well-known for his quick-handedness, but he’s almost equally well-known for his inability to withstand a clean hard shot should his opponent land it. Crawford, while perhaps not the biggest puncher, is certainly an effective puncher who won’t have a problem letting his hands go — especially once he notices the damage he’s inflicting on his opponent.
So even if you’re inclined to believe that Crawford will most certainly win this fight, do any of you expect Khan to make it to the final bell?