Amir Khan vs Terence Crawford: Frank Warren makes a case for a Khan win and doesn’t think he’ll retire the way James DeGale did


Amir Khan vs Terence Crawford: Frank Warren makes a case for a Khan win and doesn’t think he’ll retire the way James DeGale did

Amir Khan will look to dethrone one of the greatest boxers of the modern era on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The former two-time world champion has his eyes on Terence Crawford’s WBO welterweight title.

Amir Khan and Terence Crawford go head-to-head this weekend

Crawford is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, but boxing promoter Frank Warren made a case for the 32-year-old Khan upsetting the bookmakers.

“Let’s look at the pluses for Khan,” he told talkSPORT. “Amir is comfortable at this weight. He’s had a long layoff, come back and had two decent fights. He’s still only 32 – he’s only a couple of years older than Anthony Joshua and a year older than Crawford himself – they are the pluses. You can also add that he’s got speed, great footwork and he’s certainly got a big heart.

“But he’s up against one of the best fighters in recent times in Terence Crawford. He’s won three world titles in three different weight divisions. He’s only one of six boxers in history to be a four-belt unified champion – and he’s undefeated. It’s tough for Amir. On paper, you’d have to go with Crawford But, anything can happen in boxing.”

It’s a tall order for Khan, much like the one Anthony Crolla faced last week in Los Angeles against Vasyl Lomachenko. That endeavour ended in a fourth-round knockout defeat for Crolla.

Vasyl Lomachenko put Anthony Crolla away in the fourth round

If Khan is at his best, there is no doubt the Olympic Games silver medallist has the tools to trouble the world’s best. But does Warren think Khan is close to his prime?

“That I don’t know,” Warren confessed. “On his day, he can be and has been an excellent fighter. The losses he’s had haven’t been to mugs, have they? [Saul] Alvarez and [Danny] Garcia… but then again, Crawford is no mug. I think if he has a chance, he has more of a chance than Crolla had [Vs Lomachenko] – I think he had zero chance of winning that fight. But, no question – Amir is going to have his hands full.”