Amir Khan: Beating Terence Crawford would ‘top everything’

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Terence Crawford v Amir Khan: The build can their combat be won or misplaced?
Amir Khan v Terence Crawford
Venue:Madison Square Backyard, Recent YorkDate:Sunday, 21 AprilTime:About 04:00 BST
Coverage:Listen on BBC Radio 5 Stay and the BBC Sport web field, textual jabber material commentary on BBC Sport web field

Britain’s Amir Khan says he’ll are residing out a dream within the “final chapter” of his profession when he challenges Terence Crawford at Recent York’s Madison Square Backyard.

American WBO world welterweight champion Crawford – one in every of boxing’s most decorated names – is a 1-12 favourite with bookmakers for Saturday’s bout, to be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Stay.

“A consume here would prime all the pieces,” Khan talked about. “Now I’m reaching for something no-one basically expected me to attain.”

He added: “I be conscious when the legends fought at Madison Square Backyard.

“I could perchance well presumably seek for combat previews from here over and over. I’m residing that now. I are looking to consume this so badly now correct to present a level.”

Crawford’s finest 34-combat portray has viewed him take world titles in three weight classes, including holding all four belts to changed into an undisputed champion at natty-lightweight in 2017.

BBC Sport commentator Mike Costello says Crawford, 31, has exuded “an charisma” in combat week.

Khan has got praise in some quarters for taking on Crawford when a fixture against British rival Kell Brook looked plot to offer a wholesome pay day late in a profession which took off with a 2004 Olympic silver medal.

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“I in most cases neglect how long I be pleased been doing this for,” 32-twelve months-inclined Khan instructed 5 Stay Boxing.

“There is no added power now. I be pleased instructed folks how I basically feel. I create no longer are looking to be within the sport too long, hitting 35. I repeatedly wished to retire younger.

“Possibly my physique will handiest let me stir goodbye. I acquire aches and worry. My physique would not get better as rapidly as it did when I used to be younger and you open seeing these items to your physique.

“So I basically feel prefer it be the final chapter. I are looking to be pleased my lifestyles with my household, no longer mediate boxing, and eat what I prefer.”

Can Khan deal in moments?

Khan’s final world-title shot noticed him knocked out by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2016. The inclined natty-lightweight champion had stepped up to middleweight to face the stylish Mexican nonetheless questions over the sturdiness of his chin arrived rapidly nonetheless.

Khan’s punch resistance has step by step been a level of competition and his coach Virgil Hunter has spoken about desiring to“re-programme”him in utter to bolster his concentration phases and stave of the specter of taking heavy shots.

Costello talked about: “There are these immediate moments where he appears to be like to freeze and lose concentration. They are handiest immediate moments nonetheless at the highest level you have not got moments against the likes of Canelo, Danny Garcia and indubitably Crawford.

“I be pleased been looking at motivate Crawford’s 12 world title fights. If he fights an orthodox fighter, he begins a combat orthodox. If he fights a southpaw, he begins southpaw and then switches late within the spherical. Thought to be among the keys will seemingly be how Khan deals with a swap hitter.”

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Hall of fame coach Freddie Roach, who frail to work with Khan, has spoken of his prefer to focal level on stealing aspects as opposed to entering “a slugfest” with the champion.

Radio 5 Stay analyst Steve Bunce added: “It is like having 12 separate fights in one combat. Get thru a spherical, consume it and open but again.

“What if Amir shall be pleased that one final day where he would not exhaust his coronary heart nonetheless makes exhaust of his head – the exhaust of his jab, scamper and would not acquire too enthusiastic?

“Everyone appears to be like to take care of how Amir Khan can consume nonetheless it be very varied to saying he’ll consume.”

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‘If I combat at my handiest, no one touches me’ – Khan on Crawford combat

‘A bridge too far?’ – predictions

British promoter Frank Warren:“It is miles a robust, tricky combat for Amir nonetheless that has by no formula afflicted him, has it? He’s repeatedly been elated to acquire in there with the supreme.

“He has snappy fingers and immense reflexes. His exclaim is typically he’s a bit too gallant for his have right. Its all about him asserting a self-discipline and a focal level.

“I am hoping he wins it on Saturday. My coronary heart is for him nonetheless my head says this is succesful of perchance presumably perchance be a bridge too far.”

British coach Dave Coldwell:“I used to be gash again man within the nook when Crawford fought Ricky Burns. You might perchance perchance perchance presumably well presumably seek for what you favor on TV nonetheless whenever that you simply would be succesful of very effectively be that shut, you take care of how right they are and the issues that create no longer encounter on television.

“I’d lean to a Crawford stoppage later on, as soon as he’s figured him out.”

Gentle two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi, who will seemingly be ringside with Radio 5 Stay:“It is all about what Amir has left within the legs. If he can acquire within and out with that model, then he can plot off Crawford complications.”

Gentle world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew:“This might perchance perchance be an pretty consume for British boxing and would breathe so well-known hearth into Amir’s profession, nonetheless, like the Canelo combat, this is succesful of perchance presumably correct be a step too far.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if Amir has his moments within the combat, nonetheless I correct mediate Crawford will seemingly be a dinky bit too right.”

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