Amir Khan will challenge Terence Crawford for the WBO welterweight title on April 20 at Madison Square Garden.
Khan is a former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion and has never lost at welterweight.
After losing to some big names – notably Canelo Alvarez at middleweight – Khan is back to challenge Crawford for his welterweight crown and complete a great comeback after two years out.
The 32-year-old’s most recent fight saw him unexpectedly go the distance with Samuel Vargas last September before winning via unanimous decision.
Boxing Insider transcribed a conference call that both men jumped on to promote their showdown next month and Khan took exception to the talk that Crawford will be fighting Errol Spence next.
“There is a lot of talk of Crawford fighting Spence but he’s got his hands full against me. If he’s overlooking me he’s going to have a big shock. I hope he’s going to be ready in this fight,” said Khan.
Furthermore, Khan also explain why he wasn’t at his best last time out – which included him getting knocked down – and fans may have a hard time buying it.
“I know that my last performance against Vargas was a very bad performance but it is hard to get motivated against guys like that because all you have to do is turn up and you know your going to win the fight but in this fight I have to be on my A game.”
Crawford did acknowledge the threat Khan brings to the table, but insists he has the tools to win.
“Yeah Khan might be fast and have good movement but I believe in my skill. I don’t believe that it will just be my punching power that will lead me to victory but its my overall skill and mindset that will lead me to victory.”