The wait is over. The year’s most awaited bout will happen at the most famous arena of the world. Terence Crawford will defend his WBO Welterweight World title against Amir Khan on Saturday, April 20 at Madison Square Garden.
Speaking about the fight, Crawford said;
“I can’t wait to head back to New York City and Madison Square Garden for this fight with Amir Khan. The Garden is the perfect venue for a fight of this magnitude, I know that my fans will make the trip up to New York and I’ll have a ton of support when I step in to the ring. I expect Khan’s British fans to come out as well, and I believe we will have a packed house on April 20. It’s going to be a great fight so make sure to get your tickets early.”
Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Marquee Events, when asked about both the fighters said;
“Terence Crawford is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, he always puts on a show at Madison Square Garden, and we’re excited New York fight fans will be able to see him fight again at The Garden on April 20. This will be an action-packed fight between Crawford and Amir Khan, and The Garden is excited to host this great night of boxing.”
With the profile of knocking out 5 consecutive opponents, a three-weight world champion, Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) is highly regarded as the best in the business. Crawford became the center of news when he knocked out 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz in 10 rounds. He won the WBO welterweight title in June 2018 against Jeff Horn and also defended the belt against his bitter rival Jose Benavidez Jr in October in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
On the other hand, Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) is a former unified world champion at 140 pounds. He has two consecutive wins since his 2016 knockout loss to middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. He is currently 4-0 in his career when fighting as a welterweight. In his previous encounters he won against former world champions Devon Alexander, Chris Algieri, and Luis Collazo. Earlier he defended his WBA 140-pound world title against Paulie Malignaggi at The Theater on May 15, 2010. While speaking about the fight he said;
“New York is undoubtedly one of my most favorite cities in the world, and it’s like a second home to me, this is the biggest fight of my career against one of the world’s best in Terence Crawford, and Madison Square Garden is the perfect venue for a fight of this magnitude. It’s a short flight for my fans from the United Kingdom, and they will be coming over in droves to see this fantastic fight. I want to become a three-time world champion, and that is my primary motivation to win this fight.”