Terence “Bud” Crawford will defend his WBO welterweight title against Amir Khan on April 20 at Madison Square Garden.

Jason Leach

WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday night, April 20, to take on Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) at Madison Square Garden.

Crawford will be making the second defense of his WBO title that he won in June of 2018 when he defeated Jeff Horn via ninth-round TKO.

This will be Crawford’s first fight back at MSG since he defeated Felix Diaz by 10th-round TKO in May of 2017, and he’s excited to be back fighting at the mecca of boxing.

“I can’t wait to head back to New York City and Madison Square Garden for this fight with Amir Khan. The Garden is the perfect venue for a fight of this magnitude. I know that my fans will make the trip up to New York and I’ll have a ton of support when I step into the ring. I expect Khan’s British fans to come out as well, and I believe we will have a packed house on April 20. It’s going to be a great fight so make sure to get your tickets early.”

Crawford is one of the best fighters pound-for-pound in the sport, and some consider him the best. He is a fighter that does not showcase any weakness and his ability to fight from the orthodox and southpaw stance baffles his opponents.

But in fighting Khan he’s facing the most skilled fighter he’s ever faced.

The 32-year-old Khan is a former junior welterweight champion and has blazing hand speed.

His hand speed has paved the way to victories over the likes of Zab Judah, Devon Alexander, Luis Collazo, and Chris Algieri.

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While Khan’s hand speed will give any opponent trouble, his weak chin has made him susceptible to being knocked down or knocked out. Three of Khan’s four losses have come by knockout.

His last knockout loss occurred in May of 2016 when he moved up in weight to challenge middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez who knocked Khan out cold in round six.

Following his loss to Alvarez, Khan took a 23-month hiatus from the sport. He returned to the ring in April of last year and Knocked out Phil Lo Greco in round one, and then defeated Samuel Vargas by unanimous decision in September.

Khan is now relishing at the opportunity to become a champion again and fighting at MSG.

“New York is undoubtedly one of my most favorite cities in the world, and it’s like a second home to me. This is the biggest fight of my career against one of the world’s best in Terence Crawford, and Madison Square Garden is the perfect venue for a fight of this magnitude. It’s a short flight for my fans from the United Kingdom, and they will be coming over in droves to see this fantastic fight. I want to become a three-time world champion, and that is my primary motivation to win this fight.”

Crawford versus Khan presents a rare opportunity where both men will be seeking the biggest win of their careers. If Crawford wins it could boost him into superstardom and could lead to an even bigger fight against IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.

If Khan wins it will be a revitalizing win and open the doors to bigger fights in the U.S or in his native England.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Feb 13 at 12 p.m ET/9 p.m. PT.

Tickets priced at $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81, and $56 (including facility fees) can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.MSG.com.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.