Khan negotiating for a Crawford fight

Ruben Hill
December 6, 2018

Khan signed with Matchroom Boxing with the plan that the two former British champions would fight.

Terence Crawford could be getting his next title defense in the form of Amir Khan. Khan will not be ringside for the fight as he will be celebrating his birthday.

Khan spoke to the Daily Mail about the potential title fight, saying that he isn't anxious about not getting to fight Brook next if that is the case.

"Fighting for a pound-for-pound title would be unbelievable", Khan told the Daily Mail. The Brook fight is always going to be there.

Amir Khan has accused Kell Brook of "fooling the public" and says he could pursue a world title shot if the pair do not fight next.

The win over Vargas was supposed to be Khan's final tuneup fight before fighting Brook in the spring as long as Brook (37-2, 26 KOs) wins his fight with Australia's Michael Zerafa on Saturday in Brook's hometown of Sheffield, England.

"I feel like he's always going to be there so I'd rather fight these world champions, fight for these pound-for-pound titles because I know Kell is always going to be there", he told Sky Sports News. The pound-for-pound title is back in the welterweight division. But I do want to fight Brook, 100 per cent. In 2016, Khan moved up in weight to challenge middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez at a catchweight of 155 pounds and got severely knocked out in the sixth round, after which Khan was out of the ring for 23 months. After almost two years out, he returned to the ring in April this year with a first-round stoppage of Phil Lo Greco before climbing off the floor to beat Samuel Vargas in September. But Khan is insisting on the fight being at 147lbs, with neither boxer allowed to put on more than 10lbs between the weigh-in and first bell. Brook, the Bolton fighter claims, has yet to agree to those stipulations. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes Crawford, reportedly sent an offer to Khan with a $5 million guarantee for the title fight. Collazo has reportedly agreed to terms on the fight, but Crawford has yet to sign the contract.

Amir Khan is launching the "Ring the Changes" initiative with online financial trading broker ThinkMarkets (www.thinkmarkets.com) to support underprivileged young people across the United Kingdom through fundraising, mentorship, education, and employment opportunities.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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