May 22, 2024

Amir Khan has advised Terence Crawford to avoid a fight with Canelo Alvarez.

The retired British boxing legend shared the ring with both men, who are several weight classes apart.

Khan fought both Canelo and Crawford

Khan fought both Canelo and CrawfordCredit: Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER

Crawford is the undisputed welterweight (147lbs) world champion, while Canelo is the undisputed super-middleweight (168lbs) world champion.

Following his win over Errol Spence last year, Crawford has been seeking out his next big challenge.

He will move up to super-welterweight (154lbs) and take on WBA world champion Israil Madrimov on August 3.

After this though, he has expressed a desire to jump up a further two weights to take on Canelo.

This is a situation Khan knows well.

While boxing at welterweight (147lbs), he moved up to take on Canelo at 155lbs catchweight in 2016 and was brutally KO’d as a result.

Khan was also stopped by Crawford in 2019.

Asked about the potential match-up between his former foes, Khan told “That’s a massive fight. I’ve shared the ring with both of them.

Canelo knocked Khan out cold

Canelo knocked Khan out coldCredit: Getty

“Terence Crawford is a technician, he makes you miss and counters well.

“But you have to understand, when I fought Terence Crawford, I was past my best.

“Whereas when I was fighting against Canelo I was at the peak of my career.

“I was doing really well then. I was probably winning the fight against Canelo.

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“But obviously that one big punch that he has, he caught me with it and put me away.

“I don’t think Crawford should take that fight because he doesn’t need it.

“There are other fights out there he could take and make big money from.

“You can always get hurt, when you’re fighting a big puncher like that you can get hurt and I don’t think it’s worth it.”

Crawford stopped Khan amid low blow controversy

Crawford stopped Khan amid low blow controversyCredit: Getty

Khan continued: “I’d advise fighters not to jump up too much weight and fight, unless the money is ridiculous.

“I got paid like $10million when I fought him, it’s a lot of money.

“Normally I’d get paid like $3million, I was like, ‘What’s the point when I can just take this one fight and get paid for three fights?’

“It’s not only that, it’s all the training sessions and everything.

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“Really I went there for the big purse, but I started believing I was gonna win the fight.

“That’s why I was up on points, but he caught me with the big shot and he put me away.”

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