Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) will have the opportunity to shock the boxing world when he faces WBO welterweight champion, Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) this Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
While many expect Amir Khan to present some challenge to Crawford, it is widely expected that the Nebraska-native will find Khan’s chin in the middle rounds and put him away. After all, Terence Crawford is rated as the best fighter in the world on many pound-for-pound lists (including ours) and Amir Khan, while a solid fighter, is not at that level. At least based on what we’ve seen recently. He is most recently coming off a lack luster win over Samuel Vargas (30-5-14 KO) where we was dropped early on and boxed his way to a victory. Before that, Khan defeated Phil LoGreco (28-4, 15 KOs) by first round knockout.
His last big profile fight was in 2016 against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (51-1, 35 KOs). He was knocked out cold by a Canelo over-hand right in the 6th round. Its easy to forget that prior to that, Khan had actually boxed very well, taking some of the early rounds against the much bigger Alvarez. It is also easy to forget that the fight took place at 155 pounds, and that Amir Khan is in fact, undefeated at welterweight (147 pounds). His body at the weight include Devon Alexander, Chris Algieri, and Luis Collazo. Next up is the fighter many consider to be the best welterweight in the world, and boy what an upset would it be if Khan could pull it off.
Amir Khan would automatically have an argument as thee best welterweight on the planet. While Spence has had his fair share of big wins, a victory over Crawford would give Khan the best argument for that title. Khan would be the WBO welterweight champion of the world, undefeated at the weight, and would hold victories over top competition. Pound-for-pound lists all over the world would be getting edited the second he became the victor. Anything less than top five would be unacceptable.
And how would Terence Crawford be perceived? Currently rated as the best fighter in the world by many media outlets, his stock would take a tremendous hit. “Overrated” and “I told you so ” would be all over social media. Errol Spence Jr. fans would be out in full force mocking those who believed Crawford stood a chance against Spence. Vasyl Lomachenko would cement his spot as the best-pound-for-pound fighter in the world, by default.
And what would happen to Top Rank? Their star welterweight would no longer hold any weight at the division, and the lucrative fight against Spence would be no more. Shades of Juanma Lopez-Yuriorkis Gamboa would appear ; when the fight didn’t occur when it was supposed to and Lopez was eventually upset by Orlando Salido killing off any hype for that bout.
What fights would happen next? Amir Khan vs Spence Jr. would make the most sense to determine who would be the best welterweight on the planet. It would be an easy fight to make as well. Crawford would have to push for a rematch and attempt to re-establish himself as an elite fighter. There is no doubt that his image would be tainted heavily however.
All of this of course, is just speculation. Terence Crawford is the heavy favorite for a reason. He can fight in every way imaginable. Off the back foot, providing pressure, orthodox, southpaw, etc. Amir Khan has blazing speed but thats his only advantage on paper. Whether he can exploit that and pull of the upset of the year remains to be seen. It goes down this Saturday night, live at Madison Square Garden.