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Malignaggi: Khan’s legs are diminished, fighting Crawford is a bad situation for him

Paulie Malignaggi breaks down his thoughts on Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Malignaggi on Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan:

“TC and AK. Good fight, great names in the fight. I think Amir, a couple years ago, was probably in a better position to deal with Crawford. I thought Amir was a nightmare for any boxer. Guys who put pressure is different. I thought Amir was a nightmare for any boxer up until like a couple years ago.

“But I think at this point his legs are starting to diminish, guys like Samuel Vargas are catching up to him, which you would never see a guy like Samuel Vargas catch up to him. And I think if that’s the Amir that’s left now, I mean he actually can be outboxed. You couldn’t outbox Amir before, you had to take it to him. Now I think he can be outboxed. So it’s kind of a bad situation if you’re fighting Terence Crawford.”

On who’s the top fighter at welterweight right now:

“Ummm, we haven’t seen enough of Terence at welterweight. I don’t think this fight’s gonna give anything we don’t already know about Terence. I think the top dog at welterweight is probably Errol Spence right now. We’ll see how Thurman looks next week. But Errol’s a natural welter, very powerful. Crawford is probably a bit more creative but at that weight — weight classes matter, especially when you’re fighting a big strong guy like Errol. But let’s see how Mikey Garcia looks against Errol as well.”

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