After protracted negotiations, with Khan once against edging away from a bout with Kell Brook, Matchroom Boxing and Top Rank officially announced the fight today at a press conference in London.
Crawford, 31, will enter the bout as an overwhelming favourite, having reigned as undisputed champion in the light-welterweight division, before moving up to 147lbs and winning the WBO World Title against Australian Jeff Horn.
“I know this is a dangerous fight and if I switch off I will get hurt – but I can win this fight,” Khan said on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t take this fight [against Crawford] if I didn’t think I could win.”
“I was always chasing that big fight. This in a way, is a fairer fight for me. In my division, he is probably one of the best pound-for-pound fighters out there.
“We tried to make the biggest fights in boxing and obviously it didn’t happen. Look this is the type of fighter I am, I want to be fighting, mixing with the best. I enjoy mixing with the best. Terence is up there with the best.”
“When I got the phone call for this fight, I couldn’t say no to it, because it’s got a world title on the line, an unbeaten fighter. They had Kell Brook there as well, but for me, this is probably globally a bigger fight.”
Khan boxed twice in 2018 as he made his comeback but, after blazing through Phil Lo Greco in less than a round in Liverpool, was knocked down by Samuel Vargas in Birmingham before grinding out a points decision victory.
“Amir is a great fighter,” Crawford, a three-weight world champion, said at the press conference. “We always knew it would be a tough fight if it ever took place... Everybody knows Amir is a fast puncher and a great boxer – but I just think my smartness and timing is going to lead me to victory.”
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