Amir Khan vs. Terence Crawford in the works for March 23
Top Rank has offered Amir Khan $5 million for him to fight WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on March 23 on ESPN PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight is being negotiated, and it’s unclear if it’ll take place or not. Khan’s promoter Eddie Hearn was counting on him facing Kell Brook after he wins his fight this Saturday against Michael Zerafa. Khan vs. Brook would make a lot of money for both fighters. However, Khan wants to fight pound-for-pound fighter Crawford for his World boxing Organization welterweight title.
Some boxing fans might be interested in paying to see Crawford fight Khan on ESPN PPV, but there would be a lot more than wouldn’t be agreeable to paying to see the fight. Khan isn’t a PPV fighter in the United States, and neither is Crawford. If it’s an inexpensive card for the boxing public to purchase, then it might do good numbers, but it would likely need to be quite low in cost to attract fans. Khan has only fought twice since being knocked out in the 6th round by Saul Canelo Alvarez in 2016. Khan was out of the ring for an entire year after his loss to Canelo. Since Khan has come back, he’s beaten journeyman Phil Lo Greco and fringe contender Samuel Vargas. Khan looked poor against Vargas. It’s a risky fight for Khan to fight Crawford given how shaky he looked in his last fight against Samuel Vargas last September. Khan was knocked down and hurt by Vargas in the 2nd round of that fight. Vargas is not known for being a puncher.