Amir Khan has never been a fighter to shy away from a daunting challenge. Throughout his career, he has shown the courage to step up and collide with dangerous opponents, subsequently suffering plenty of setbacks along the way.
Following a stand-out amateur career, which saw him become Britain’s youngest ever Olympic medallist at the age of 17, when he picked up Silver at the 2004 Games in Athens, he has enjoyed plenty of highs in the paid ranks as well.
The Manchester native is a former unified light-welterweight champion and has enjoyed a highly impressive career at the top of the sport for many years, having turned professional way back in July 2005 after his Olympic success.
Khan perhaps gets too much abuse over his career credentials, having been on the wrong end of destructive knockout defeats throughout his time, but they have mostly come against top-level opposition.
The British fighter has earned admirable wins over the likes of Marco Antonio Barrera, Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah and Luis Collazo. A shock first-round knockout loss at the hands of Breidis Prescott threatened to derail the reputation he had built up as a pro but he swiftly bounced back and eventually become a world champion.
Further defeats came to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, while he stepped all the way up to middleweight to contest Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2016 but was brutally knocked out in six rounds by the much bigger Mexican star.
His willingness to move up divisions to face Canelo proved how little he fears taking on any larger or better-regarded foes. His latest venture is into America to contest Terence Crawford at ‘the Mecca of Boxing’, Madison Square Garden.
Khan is regarded as a massive 8/1 outsider with bet365 in the boxing betting to spring an almighty surprise on April 20th, when he contests arguably the best fighter on the planet.
Many regard ‘Bud’ as the reigning pound-for-pound star in the sport right now after he previously became undisputed champion at 140 pounds before moving up to claim a belt at welterweight as well.
He is the man next standing in front of ‘King’ Khan in what will likely be another unsuccessful night for the Briton.
Crawford represents a mammoth challenge for Khan on his latest travels to the United States of America, with New York City set to be the location of either another high-profile defeat or a massive shock of the odds.
The American currently holds the WBO welterweight crown and is undefeated in his 34-fight professional career. He’s now a three-division champion after huge success to date and the switch-hitting talent is seeking further silverware success after he expectedly gets the job done against Khan.
Crawford, now 31 years of age, is tipped for a mammoth 147 pounds unification showdown with compatriot Errol Spence Jr further down the line. That would undoubtedly be one of the most illustrious and high-profile bouts that can be made in boxing today.
But first Crawford must overcome whatever threat is posed by Khan, as he seeks a massive statement showing in the Big Apple on April 20th.