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Amir Khan wants to prove that he is a 'pound-for-pound fighter' when he takes on undefeated WBO world welterweight champion Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday.
Khan returned to the sport in April 2018 after 23 months away from the ring and after securing two wins last year he had the opportunity to fight Kell Brook, but he has opted to take on Crawford, who is bidding for the 35th victory of his career.
With a record of 33-4, including 20 knockouts, Khan believes he has the ability to beat Crawford and prove he can compete with the best.
"I wanted this fight because I wanted to fight the best. Terence Crawford presented the greatest challenge to me at this point in my career. Listen, the Kell Brook fight was there, but fighting Terence gives me the opportunity to show I am a pound-for-pound fighter," Khan said at an open workout on Tuesday.
"I'm not going to be giving all that weight away when I fight Crawford. When I fought Canelo, he was a much bigger man. This is a fairer fight in terms of weight. I am confident I can win this fight because he has never fought anyone like me. I have power, speed, and movement, and he has certainly never fought a welterweight like me. I've grown into my weight. I'm not just another number on Crawford's record."
"When I lose focus is when I get in trouble. Against Samuel Vargas, it wasn't even a great punch that put me down. I lost focus for a second and got caught. I've sparred with strong, heavy-handed guys this camp, and I know I can take a big welterweight punch."
Crawford is just as confident but he is refusing to underestimate the challenge ahead.
"I feel like I'm already the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Beating Amir Khan would only solidify my place in the sport. Amir Khan is undefeated as a welterweight and can't be underestimated. He has great hand speed, movement, and some power as well. I want to showcase all of my talents in this fight," Crawford said.
"I don't worry about the bigger names. My focus is on Amir Khan. He is the task at hand. I've never overlooked an opponent.
"I feel like a lot of times people don't give me credit for who I've beaten. I've defeated gold medalists, undefeated fighters, world champions. It doesn't matter. Before my fights, people talk about how it's going to be the hardest fight of my career. Then I beat them, and people make them seem like they were nothing. I am going to keep doing what I'm doing and keep being victorious."
"I am on a high level right now, and the way I beat people makes it seem like they don't belong in the ring with me. Against Khan, I will show everyone again why I'm the best fighter in the world."
Amir Khan and Terence Crawford meet at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, 20 April live on BT Sport Box Office. Click here for further information
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