It’s not unexpected, and it’s also not yet officially official, but Amir Khan has reportedly told promoter Eddie Hearn that he’s choosing Terence Crawford over Kell Brook for his next fight.
The Crawford-Khan fight would come on April 20, likely in New York, on pay-per-view produced by ESPN and Top Rank.
Khan (33-4, 20 KO) returned from a two-year ring absence this past April, blitzing Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds in the first fight of a new deal with Matchroom Boxing, one that was expected to culminate in a long-awaited showdown with Brook (38-2, 26 KO), who had returned in March with a tune-up win over Sergey Rabchenko, a second round knockout.
The pair were then booked for another set of tune-up type fights, with Khan facing Samuel Vargas in September and Brook eventually taking on Michael Zerafa in December. They both won, though neither was particularly impressive.
Khan first reportedly received a big money offer to face Crawford just days before the Brook-Zerafa fight. Crawford right now is a hot property with very limited options, as he’s promoted by Top Rank and the 147-pound division is largely owned at the top level by the Premier Boxing Champions crew, which includes Errol Spence Jr, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, Manny Pacquiao, and Adrien Broner.