By Russell Bedford – Amir ‘King’ Khan steps into the ring during the early Sunday morning hours to face one of the best in the World when he faces unbeaten Terrance ‘Bud ‘ Crawford.
It is a banana skin fight, one where a win sees himself slide right into the mix for some huge future fights, a defeat though would see him slip back down the rankings and potentially only have the Brook bout as one that he could force through that would keep his name in the headlines.
Over the past few years Amir has endured a lot of criticisms, people say he has a weak chin, some claim he chases fights he hasn’t yet earned the right to call for, a few just think he is a little too arrogant and has a belief he is better than his talents would show.
His resume is one to be proud of though, even those defeats- the disaster against Bredis Prescott aside- were against big name fighters that held titles and legacy. For many of us, the fight against Canelo was a step up that showed guts but in reality it was asking a lot of the Brit.
So, should Khan falter in this quest to claim a world title, where, other than Kell Brook does he go?
The Brook fight , would clearly be a huge domestic money spinner with it jumping straight onto ppv for casuals and the hardcore fans to snap up. The determining factor there though would be Brook, would he still want it?
With the Crawford fight being for the WBO title, who else from their rankings could Khan find himself against perhaps Kerman Lejaragga. A recent defeat to David Avanesyan, slowed his progress but he boasts an impressive KO ratio and is always up for the fight. Lithuanian Egidijus Kavaliauskas , is highly ranked, recently coming off a hotly contested draw with Ray Robinson, unbeaten in 22 it could be a relatively straight forward fight for Khan but would help maintain a high ranking.
We have Jesse Vargas too, much here depends on the outcome of the Humberto Soto fight as a defeat there would severely dent Vargas aspirations.
For me though, its the three other governing bodies that will keep Khan active and generating big fights should the Crawford encounter end in defeat. The pulling power of a former World Champion, a crowd favourite and one that can promise strong ticket sales works for fans and promoters.
A quick glance at some of the names on those lists could have you salivating at what we could see take place in the squared circle. Thurman, Porter, Broner, Garcia, Berto and of course, despite his age, Pacquiao.
So in essence, a defeat here may not be as detrimental as first thought, when facing a p4p great, it is almost expected a defeat is on the cards, a win, merely seen as a shock, so potentially Khan can still achieve huge things even in defeat.
It would simply be whether any of the big names or title holders fancy taking on someone that has been relatively inactive, someone they feel is a direct threat or someone that may not enhance their rankings or legacy. We all know though, in boxing, as in most sports, money talks.