Crawford vs Khan takes place on Saturday April 20 at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden
Added: (Thu Mar 28 2019)
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Amir “King” Khan says he’s confident he’ll upset WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford when they clash for the world title on April 20 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Two top prospects and a rehabbing young fighter will be featured. April 20 ESPN pay-per-view undercard beneath the Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan main event at Madison Square Garden.
As previously discussed, lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez will face former European champion Edis Tatli, and featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson will face former world title challenger Christopher Diaz. Both are respectable next steps for the two budding young stars
Crawford vs Khan takes place on Saturday April 20 at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. Amir Khan faces another potentially career-defining fight as he takes on one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighters in Terence Crawford.
Khan rolls the dice once again in his attempts to return to boxing’s elite ranks.
The opener on the pay-per-view will feature Puerto Rican lightweight Felix Verdejo (24-1, 16 KO), a guy who was once thought to be a potential future superstar himself, but through various setbacks and some questions about his drive, has sort of fallen by the wayside at age 25.
Verdejo was dropped and stopped by Antonio Lozada Jr in a fight on St. Patrick’s Day 2018, and had somewhat labored through some prior performances, albeit in winning efforts. He turned in November with a second round knockout of journeyman Yardley Armenta Cruz.
On April 20, he’ll face a tougher test again in 31-year-old veteran Bryan Vasquez (37-3, 20 KO). Vasquez is a former interim titleholder at 130 and challenged Takashi Uchiyama in 2012, losing via eighth round TKO. His other losses have come via decision to Javier Fortuna and Ray Beltran.
Vasquez is no world-beater, but he’s a quality fighter and good enough to seriously challenge or even beat the Verdejo we’ve seen on various nights.
Lopez, Stevenson join Crawford-Khan undercard
Lightweight Teofimo Lopez and featherweight Shakur Stevenson, 2016 Olympians and two of boxing's elite prospects, will each step up their competition level in their biggest fights to date in televised bouts on the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan undercard, Top Rank announced Tuesday.
Lopez, the 2018 ESPN prospect of the year, will take on former world title challenger and former European champion Edis Tatli in 10-round fight and Stevenson will meet former world title challenger Christopher "Pitufo" Diaz in a 10-rounder on the card headlined by the Crawford-Khan welterweight world title bout on April 20 (ESPN PPV, 9 p.m. ET) at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In the opening fight of the pay-per-view, lightweight Felix Verdejo, a one-time prospect looking to regain his stature, will face Bryan Vasquez in a 10-round fight. "Shakur Stevenson and Teofimo Lopez are two of the brightest young lights in boxing and are facing seasoned opponents in Diaz and Tatli," Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said. "Felix Verdejo is on the comeback trail, and Bryan Vasquez is a tough veteran who won't give in."
Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs), 21, of Las Vegas, has put on one electrifying performance after another, including in his previous two fights against opponents who were supposed to be an upgrade in competition in former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno on Feb. 2 and Mason Menard in December.
Lopez blew both away in violent knockout wins and expects to do the same when he returns to fight in New York, where he was born.