Terence Crawford v Amir Khan Preview5 min read
Amir Khan has never been afraid of taking risks and the British boxer faces another huge challenge this weekend against unbeaten pound for pound star Terence Crawford.
Khan is a massive underdog for this bout and will be looking to pull off the biggest win of his career at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night against champion Crawford in their WBO world welterweight title fight.
Olympic silver medallist Khan has a professional record of 33 wins and four defeats from his career.
The 32-year-old is renowned for his all-action style, with his electrifying hand speed making him one of the most entertaining fighters to watch.
But his defensive weaknesses have been exposed on a number of occasions and his stoppage defeat to Breidis Prescott in 2008 was the first major setback of his career.
Khan won his first world title at the age of 22 after a unanimous points victory over Andriy Kotelnik for the WBA super lightweight belt.
One of the best performances of his career came in 2011 after a fifth round knockout win over IBF champion Zab Judah in Las Vegas to unify the lightweight titles.
A split decision defeat to Lamont Peterson was followed by a crushing fourth round defeat to Danny Garcia.
After starting to work with trainer Virgil Hunter, Khan returned to form with a tenth round stoppage win over Carlos Molina in Los Angeles.
He moved up to fight at welterweight in 2014 and his first bout resulted in a convincing points victory over Luis Collazo. Victories on the scorecards against Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri followed before making a huge leap to face Saul Alvarez at middleweight.
Khan’s ambitious attempt to win the world middleweight title came up short after a sixth round knockout defeat against the outstanding Mexican in Vegas three years ago.
After an extended break from boxing, Khan returned last year with a stoppage win inside a minute and followed this up with a unanimous points win over Samuel Vargas in September.
This fight, however, is a dramatic step up in class as Khan takes on one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world.
Crawford has an unblemished professional record with the American southpaw winning all 34 fights with 25 victories inside the distance.
The 31-year-old is a three weight world champion, first winning the WBO lightweight title with a points win over Ricky Burns in 2014.
A third round victory over Julius Indongo two years ago saw him unify all four world titles in the super lightweight division.
Crawford won the WBO welterweight title last June after a ninth round technical knockout against Jeff Horn and defeated Jose Benavidez Jr with a 12th round stoppage in his last fight in October.
His last three victories are ominous, after he stopped three unbeaten opponents, leaving no doubt Khan will need to produce a career best performance to threaten the home fighter.
Khan is 7/1 for the win but BetVictor are running a special odds boost with Khan available at 30/1 for victory this weekend. If Crawford underestimates his opponent this could prove a very big price.
But by far the most likely outcome has to be a win for the unbeaten American. At 1/16 for the victory, it is worth looking at the side markets for potential value.
Crawford will probably take his time to assert his authority and will not want to take any risks against dangerous puncher Khan.
But his superior boxing ability should ensure he takes control as the fight develops and the American is fancied to secure another stoppage between the seventh and 12th round.
Tip: Crawford to win in rounds seven to nine at or in rounds 10 to 12 at