Amir Khan surprised — and disappointed — many British boxing fans when he announced that he was to challenge the undefeated Terence “Bud” Crawford for the WBO Welterweight title.
The boxing world had expected Khan to fight fellow Brit Kell Brook.
That had already become a hotly anticipated contest, but now the former world champion is taking an expected drop in pay in an attempt to establish his legacy.
The fight will take place at New York City’s famous Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 20th. Khan will be taking on a boxer regarded to be one of the best pound for pound in the world today, so what are his chances?
Let’s take a look in this Crawford vs. Khan betting preview.
Big Fight Overview
This fight is attractive for both fighters in that Crawford can continue to show that he is one of the finest boxers on the planet by aggressively beating Khan, who is past his heyday but still highly regarded.
For Amir Khan, this is a chance to get back to the summit of the welterweight division and show that he still has what it takes to be a champion. He has rightly stated that the Kell Brook bout can still happen, but this is a chance too good to turn down.
Latest Crawford vs. Khan Odds
Madison Square Garden in New York is the setting for this WBO Welterweight title fight, and the latest odds courtesy of Betway are as follows. Most of our top-rated boxing betting sites have odds for the fight, too.
Crawford is the overwhelming favorite for this fight — understandable given his recent form and Khan’s perceived weaknesses.
But Amir Khan is not completely disregarded, and many boxing fans will believe that those odds are worth a go.
With a record of 34 wins and no losses, Crawford has quickly built up a reputation for being a clever boxer who is able to read a fight incredibly well, discovering the weaknesses of his opponents before finishing them off with devastating power.
In his last ten fights, Crawford has stopped his opponent on eight occasions and has been able to finish fights early if he has seen the opportunity to do so.
One of the American’s most clinical weapons is his ability to pick up how the other boxer is doing, timing his moves and acting accordingly. With an added ability to switch to southpaw seamlessly if required, Crawford could have Khan in trouble if he is able to read the British boxer’s game plan early on.
Khan has long been a favorite of the British public and first came to prominence at the 2004 Olympics where he won a silver medal as a 17-year-old, losing to Cuban fighter Mario Kindelan in the final.
His hand speed and movement have always been his main advantages over opponents, and he has been able to finish off weaker boxers with incredible combinations. As Khan has gotten older, his speed has diminished slightly, and this has left the Bolton-born fighter open to his big weakness — a glass jaw.
Four losses in 37 fights is an impressive record, but it has been when Khan has been caught on his chin that he has suffered the most. With the power at Crawford’s disposal, Khan needs to keep away from the American’s big punches and concentrate on getting his own jabs in — and possibly take him the distance.
Tale of the Tape
Considering Terence Crawford is the big favorite for the fight, these two boxers actually stack up pretty evenly. Looking at the main statistics, there is not much to separate them.
|Terence Crawford||Amir Khan|
|9||Win By Decision||13|
Although they’re only a year apart in age, there is a feeling that Khan is the boxer past his prime and that Crawford is in the ascendency.
But if the American allows this kind of thinking to enter his mind, then Khan may have a better chance than many boxing fans — and the bookmakers — believe.
Who Will Win Crawford vs. Khan?
It is difficult to see anything but a victory for Terence Crawford, but this may be closer than many think.
In some ways, Amir Khan has nothing to lose here. With the Kell Brook fight still able to elevate his name in the minds of at least the British public, this fight gives Khan the chance to make a name for himself on the other side of the Atlantic again.
Taking a reported $5 million drop in pay to face Crawford speaks for itself, and it is easy to see why Khan has agreed to this fight over others. Khan is a fighter with a huge heart, and that can go a long way when it comes to an underdog situation like this.
Khan will hope that Crawford leaves behind his usual cerebral approach and goes for the grandstand finish to make a point. That may give the British fighter the chance to use his own punching speed and upset the odds.
What is more likely to happen, however, is that Crawford goes about his business exactly as he has done for 34 fights previously and sizes up his opponent before going in for the kill.
Crawford does not seem to be intimidated by anyone and will methodically break down Khan’s attack before landing the blows that should end the British fighter’s chances of lifting another world title belt.
Khan’s reputation for having a glass jaw is the factor that really splits these two more than any other. Crawford has not been caught that many times in his career but has always seemed to be able to take a hit. Khan, on the other hand, needs to avoid Crawford’s big punches if he is to be successful. If one lands on his chin, then it could be all over.
How to Bet on Crawford vs. Khan
With the moneyline price for a Terence Crawford win not looking too attractive, it would seem that bettors should look elsewhere for their wagers. I just don’t think Amir Khan has enough left in his arsenal to manage the upset, so the longer odds are not going to be of interest.
Crawford has finished within the distance in nine of his last 11 fights and has looked just as clinical after stepping up to the welterweight division. Betway has the American at just 1.30 to win by KO, TKO, or disqualification, however, and that just doesn’t bring in the winning returns even if I do think that is how the fight will end.
As far as the Amir Khan betting goes, the 13.00 offered for him to win on points may well be the best-looking value bet — but once again, I don’t believe he will be able to shield his chin from one of the cleverest fighters in the sport.
For any value on a Crawford victory, I think bettors will need to explore the winning round market. Betway does offer 51.00 for the American to win in the first sixty seconds — but he is not really that kind of fighter. He tends to size up his opponent before finishing them off later in the bout.
I believe Crawford will stop Khan between the seventh and ninth rounds after the British boxer has shown that he still has a lot to offer in future fights — if not quite at this standard. Betway is offering odds of 10.00 for Crawford to win in the eighth round, and I feel that’s good value given the styles of the two boxers.
PICKTerence Crawford Round 810.00
Amir Khan should be applauded for taking on what is going to be a very tough fight at this stage of his career. Terence Crawford is widely thought to be one of the best boxers around, and especially in an impressive welterweight division.
If Crawford wins — as is expected — it will be interesting to see how Khan goes on from here. But whatever happens, it promises to be a great fight.
Betting on Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan – Big Fight Preview
Betting preview of the WBO Welterweight title fight between Terence Crawford and Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden on April 20th.