Amir Khan has agreed a deal to manage undefeated WBO world welterweight winner Terence Crawford.
The Briton had an offer to face domestic rival Kell Brook in a bout, which his team had said could prove more financially profitable.
However he will alternatively be a significant underdog against Crawford, 31, in a bout slated for 20 April.
A news conference is scheduled to happen early next week to outline a venue, either in New York or Las Vegas. Both are cities in which Khan has boxed earlier – that time, though, he will increase against the American widely seen as one of the sport’s most useful pound-for-pound fighters.
Khan picks one of world’s greatest
Omaha-born Crawford has held world titles in lightweight, super-lightweight and welterweight, and has already been installed as 1-10 favored with a few bookmakers.
More notably, he had been an undercover winner at super-lightweight in 2017 when he conquered Julius Indongo to put up all of four world titles in the branch.
He moved up into the 147lb welterweight class to shoot his present title from Australia’s Jeff Horn in June, and also his latest stoppage win over Jose Benavidez Jr in October chose his record into 25 knock outs from 34 wins.
Khan has faced disapproval in certain quarters due to his September points win over Samuel Vargas, where he had been knocked down before recovering to shoot his record 33 wins and four defeats.
And Crawford, that boxes from the catchy southpaw stance, represents a enormous step upward as Khan bids to become a world champion for another time with held titles in super-lightweight between 2009 and 2011.
Brook to switch into Smith?
Khan has been criticised for averting Brook but has insisted that he expected to pursue world titles upon returning into the game and this particular challenge – albeit fraught with difficulty – offers this type of chance.
Negotiations between Khan and Brook had hauled on, together with Khan insisting any arrangement comprised a re-hydration clause that could have prevented his rival by gaining excessive weight following any weigh-in.
Khan’s move today leaves Brook, 3 2, without an obvious opponent and definitely frustrated awarded both he and his team had consented to demands using chased the lucrative bout in the past few years.
Some have suggested Khan believes a gathering with Brook will nonetheless be open to him faces Crawford, though Eddie Hearn – that promotes both fighters – has publicly said discussions had reached a stage where it was”now or never”.
Brook will have to look else where. Perhaps tellingly, former light-middleweight world winner Liam Smith raised his name as a potential competitor when he switched into the identical promotional team earlier in the day in the week.