Former Opponent Warns Terence Crawford Not to “Give That Much Weight Away” to Fight Canelo Alvarez

Published 09/05/2023, 11:20 AM EDT

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Like many before him, soon after winning a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, Amir Khan became a professional boxer the following year. The next seventeen years saw him become a world champion in the Light Welterweight and Welterweight divisions. He starkly remembers an episode when he climbed two divisions to meet Canelo Alvarez for the latter’s Middleweight belts. Seven years later, he foresees another champion purportedly making a similar move. Whether his act might turn out to be an ominous one?

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Three years after that defeat, Amir Khan lost a match at Madison Square Garden to WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford. For the latter, it was the second title defense. The win over Errol Spence Jr. made Crawford the division’s first undisputed champion since 2006. As it appears, the Omaha, Nebraska-born boxer is keen to consolidate his legacy. He is the first man to become an undisputed champion in two divisions. Hence, why not expand the feat to one more division as well?

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A workaround Terence Crawford foresees is a big match with either Jermell Charlo, the Light Middleweight champion, or going further to meet Canelo Alvarez, the Super Middleweight champion and the man who defeated Amir Khan seven years ago. Reportedly, the Nebraskan Southpaw seems fine with moving up the weights. But ‘King’ Khan believes ‘Bud’ should rethink before climbing two weight classes.

He said, “There were rumors that I was hearing that Crawford may go up to fight Canelo as well. I’m like….. I like both guys, and I think Crawford should not really give that much weight away….” So, in his opinion, it’s a bit excessive. He took similar measures at the height of his career. Soon after defeating Devon Alexander (probably he meant Chris Algieri), he went after Alvarez. Hence, it’s a tough call.

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He considers Terence Crawford to be the pound-for-pound best boxer. Probably that’s why when Radio Rahim checked for his thoughts on Spence Jr. activating the rematch clause, Khan stated matter-of-factly, “… it’s going to be the same result…” Later, Rahim asked him for his views on the September 30 bout and whether Charlo could bring something different. It was apparent that Amir Khan never foresees such a development. According to him, Canelo Alvarez is at an altogether different level.

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Have you gone through Amir Khan’s interview? Do you agree with his take on Crawford moving up for more significant battles? Please share your thoughts and views with us in the comments below.

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Jaideep Unnithan is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. With over 400 articles authored at ES, Jaideep has built a reputation for diving deep into stories and producing detailed reports. Jaideep's passion for the sport of boxing was ignited when his father shared his experience of watching Ali vs Frazier live in the US.
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