We hours away now from one of those boxers in the world taking into the middle of the ring for the first time in 2019. Saturday night, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford will defend his title against Amir Khan as”Bud” looks to extend his unbeaten streak in addition to once again prove his dominance in the game.
Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) will soon be making his first appearance in a ring in 2019. Last year, Crawford captured the WBO welterweight title with a convincing ninth-round TKO victory over Jeff Horn in June, and he followed that championship victory up in October using a final-round TKO win over Joseph Benavidez Jr. to retain. Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) enters this title struggle on a two-fight winning series since he was decimated by Canelo Alvarez in May 2016, however as you’d expect, he is a fairly large underdog in this one as he faces among the best boxing has to offer now.
Additionally, it’s the return of two climbing prospects when Shakur Stevenson and Teofimo Lopez hit on the ring once again. Stevenson (10-0) is coming off a pair of knockout victories in October and January while Lopez (12-0) has only seen the judges’ scorecards double in his three-year livelihood.
Stevenson has predicted just about every big name available in the division, if he eliminate Christopher Diaz on Saturday night hoping for a leading challenger in his bout. When Felix Verdejo takes on Bryan Vasquez, and a pair of lightweights will kick off the activity on PPV.
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