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Amir Khan warns Crawford over facing Canelo: It’s too much

Khan shuts down Canelo-Crawford potential

Amir Khan believes Terence Crawford should not challenge Canelo Alvarez at 168lbs Photo Credit: Mikey Williams (Top Rank via Getty Images)/Lawrence Lustig/ BOXXER/Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
Amir Khan believes Terence Crawford should not challenge Canelo Alvarez at 168lbs Photo Credit: Mikey Williams (Top Rank via Getty Images)/Lawrence Lustig/ BOXXER/Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Amir Khan has warned Terence Crawford against jumping up in weight to fight undisputed super middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez.

A potential showdown between Canelo and Crawford has been simmering in the background in the past few weeks, with the latter saying he would be willing to move up from 147lbs to 168lbs to meet the Mexican great.

Khan, who was stopped by Crawford in six rounds in 2019, moved up two weight classes himself to challenge Alvarez for his then-WBC middleweight crown three years prior and despite a promising start, was wiped out with a devastating sixth round knockout.

The 36-year-old believes that ‘Bud’, who stopped Errol Spence Jr in July to become the undisputed welterweight champion, should steer clear of the four-weight world champion, insisting it would be prove a near enough impossible obstacle to overcome the weight disparity, with three divisions currently separating the pair.

“There were rumours that I was hearing that Crawford may go up to fight Canelo as well,” Khan told Seconds Out.

Terence Crawford stopped Errol Spence Jr in the ninth round to become undisputed welterweight champion in Las Vegas Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Terence Crawford stopped Errol Spence Jr in the ninth round to become undisputed welterweight champion in Las Vegas Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

“I’m like, I like both guys and I think Crawford should not really give that much weight away. It’s too much.

“I’ve tried it myself, I’ve done it myself at the peak of my career.

“I had a great win against Devon Alexander and then went and fought Canelo.

“You can’t do that.”

Canelo Alvarez says a fight with Terence Crawford can only happen at super middleweight Photo Credit: Amanda Westcott/Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Canelo Alvarez says a fight with Terence Crawford can only happen at super middleweight Photo Credit: Amanda Westcott/Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Alvarez will first defend his belts against undisputed super welterweight champion, Jermell Charlo who is moving up two divisions himself on September 30 in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME pay-per-view.

Khan is not giving Charlo, who heads in as a sizeable underdog, any chance of dethroning the 33-year-old.

“No [I don’t think Charlo wins],” he added.

“Canelo is something else. Canelo is a beast.

Canelo defends his undisputed super middleweight titles against Jermell Charlo on September 30 in Las Vegas Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Canelo defends his undisputed super middleweight titles against Jermell Charlo on September 30 in Las Vegas Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

“He’s got the power, he’s got the speed. Canelo, in my opinion, is a lot quicker when he throws his combinations.

“Canelo is a very good fighter. I don’t think anyone is beating Canelo.”

Crawford is set to rematch Errol Spence Jr later this year, after the Omaha native’s trainer, Brian ‘Bo Mac’ McIntyre revealed to Pro Boxing Fans last week that Spence Jr had triggered his rematch clause.

Although, the 35-year-old could be without his coach, after McIntyre was arrested at Manchester Airport on Sunday, charged with possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.

McIntyre, who guided Chris Eubank Jr to victory over Liam Smith in their rematch on Saturday, has been remanded in custody, ahead of a court appearance on October 9.

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