Is this what both “Bud” and Khan need?
When Terence Crawford and Errol Spence saw each other, the world watched. However, now a real offer has been placed for a potential “Bud” opponent.
Top Rank, Crawford’s promoter, is negotiating with Amir Khan according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
“There have been discussions with Team Khan as well as an offer made and hopefully the fight can be put together,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.
With over $5 million offered, the fight would be the first pay-per-view card with the network. ESPN and Top Rank have a 7-year broadcast deal in place.
“Fighting for a pound-for-pound title would be amazing,” Khan told the Daily Mail. “To win it would be even better, so I think I’m in a position where I can get that fight with the pound-for-pound champion at the moment. The Brook fight is always going to be there. It’s for no title, whereas I’m getting offered a world title and the pound-for-pound title. So why not?”
Tale of the tape
In 2016, Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) moved up in weight challenging middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez unsuccessfully. Sidelined for 23 months, Khan returned in April knocking out Phil Lo Greco in the first then a win over Samuel Vargas.
Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) has won world titles at lightweight then became the undisputed junior welterweight world champion last year. Always looking for a challenge, he moved up to welterweight in June knocking out Jeff Horn in the ninth round to become a welterweight champion. Crawford successfully defended on Oct. 13 knocking out Jose Benavidez, Jr. in the 12th round.