By Xavier Porter | January 12, 2019 | Brooklyn, NY
The press tour to officially announce the WBO Welterweight Championship fight between current undefeated champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) vs former 2x World Champion Amir “King” Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) will kick off on Tuesday, January 15 at The Landmark London Hotel’s The Drawing Room in the United Kingdom.
The fight was slated to take place on 4/20 at Madison Square Garden. A news conference is due to take place early next week to announce the venue as to whether if the fight will take place in New York or Las Vegas. Both men have fought, defeated their respective opponents, and won or retained their world titles in each city. The location and venue of where these two combatants are expected to face off will not determine the outcome of their championship bout.
What’s at stake for either man? Simply put: Legacy. For Khan, the former 2x Super Lightweight Champion, a win over Crawford will not only give him the WBO Welterweight title but it will cement his career as being one of the best fighters in British boxing history.
A win against Crawford places him back in the mix of the top welterweights in his division and it gives him a significant asset to lure his countryman Kell Brook back down to 147lb for a mega fight during the latter part of the year.
Let’s face it: the knock on Khan is that his chin does not hold up to hard-hitting punchers. As it relates to Crawford, he may not have overwhelming power. What Crawford does possess is the uncanny ability to break down his opponents both physically and mentally. Crawford is a tremendously skilled fighter that can switch boxing stances at the blink of an eye.
Crawford has dominated each opponent he’s faced and is considered, if not ranked, as the number one welterweight in the world. A win for Crawford will bring him one step closer to a mega fight with current IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr., providing that Spence defeats four-division world champion Mikey Garcia on March 16.
Upcoming Welterweight Championship bouts:
WBA (Regular) Welterweight Championship – 1/19/19
Manny Pacquaio vs Adrien Broner
WBA (Super) Welterweight Championship – 1/26/19
Keith Thurman vs Josesito Lopez
WBC Welterweight Championship – 3/9/19
Shawn Porter Vs Yordenis Ugas
IBF Welterweight Championship – 3/16/19
Errol Spence Jr. vs Mikey Garcia
Let us stay tuned to see what takes place next for both Crawford, Khan and all the rest. Let us also not forget that 3x world champion Danny Garcia returns back to the ring to face tough Adrian Granados on 4/20.
The welterweight division is once again on fire and the year of 2020 may bring us an undisputed champion.
Xavier Porter is the Editor and Lead Writer for www.brooklynfights.com.
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