Why This Is Boxing Sensation Terence Crawford's Biggest Test Yet — and Why He'll Win

Terence Crawford lands a left hand to the head of Jose Benavidez Jr. during a welterweight boxing match in October 2018.
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Terence Crawford, an undefeated welterweight boxing champion and a popular pick as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, defends his WBO belt against Amir Khan on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. The card, promoted by Top Rank Boxing, will air on ESPN pay-per-view starting at 9 p.m. ET.

The 31-year-old Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) is the No. 2 ranked pound-for-pound boxer according to The Ring (behind Vasiliy Lomachenko) and BoxRec (behind Canelo Alvarez). He walks in as a massive favorite to retain his title: He's listed anywhere from -1000 to -2000 (meaning you would have to bet $2,000 to win $100) at various sports books. Khan is roughly a 10-1 underdog.

Crawford, who stands 5-foot-8, has an unorthodox approach that allows him to switch styles and confuse opponents. Crawford is so good, he's able to avoid any real risk while picking apart his opponents. The one knock on Crawford is he has yet to fight a big name. Saturday night's fight will change that.

Khan, the 32-year-old Brit, has been in his fair share of battles. The former unified super lightweight champion has shared the ring with Alvarez, Zab Judah, Danny Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi, and won't be intimidated by the likes of Crawford. Don't be surprised if Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) lands a few good shots.

Crawford will stay patient and outbox Khan, who needs to look for a knockout punch to shock the boxing world. But Khan is too much the savvy veteran to get overly aggressive and tire himself out. Expect this fight to go the distance.

Prediction: Crawford, via decision

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