The expected fight between Terence “Bud” Crawford and Amir Khan will be officially announced on Tuesday in London, according to ESPN.com, with the fight coming on April 20 in either New York or Las Vegas, live on pay-per-view, produced by ESPN.
Crawford (34-0, 25 KO) will be making the second defense of his WBO welterweight title. The three-division champion won the belt in June 2018, dismantling Jeff Horn, and defended successfully in October against Jose Benavidez Jr. Crawford won by stoppage in both bouts.
Khan (33-4, 20 KO) returned to action in 2018 after about two years out of the ring following a 2016 knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez. Khan returned in April with a 39-second wipeout of Phil Lo Greco, then got off the canvas to win a decision over Samuel Vargas in September.
There was a lot of talk of Khan finally facing media rival Kell Brook, which was expected to be the final fight of his Matchroom deal, with both under the same promotional banner. But Top Rank came calling with a big money offer to face Crawford, who desperately needs credible, name opponents right now with most of the welterweight division’s stars fighting with Premier Boxing Champions. In the end, the money and the opportunity against Crawford was too good for Khan to pass up in favor of settling a grudge with Brook.