Amir Khan will attempt to become the only man to beat Terence Crawford when he steps into the ring with the unbeaten American tonight.

The pair meet at New York’s Madison Square Garden with Crawford’s WBO welterweight strap on the line.

After a year away from boxing and a profile-boosting appearance on hit ITV show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, Khan returns to the ring with back-to-back wins over Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas but faces a mammoth task in taking on the unbeaten Crawford.


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Who are boxing’s biggest names backing? 

 



Two of the most exciting prospects in boxing will be showcased on the undercard tonight. 

 

2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson makes the first big step-up of his professional career at just 21 years old as he takes on former world title challenger Christopher Diaz.

 

Knockout specialist Teofimo Lopez, who is on course for a future showdown with Vasyl Lomachenko, then faces the Finn Edis Tatli. 



Crawford is known for his brilliant technical ability, but he possesses elite power too.

 

Tonight, he has vowed to go for the knockout.



Steve Bunce is in New York covering the fight tonight. Here is his take on the majesty of Terence Crawford.

 



Here is the scene for tonight’s bout, arguably the most iconic venue in all of boxing, New York’s Madison Square Garden.

 

It’s a happy hunting ground for Crawford, who defeated 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz by knockout in the 10th round almost two years ago in the very same ring.

 

 



Khan is taking on one of the greatest fighters in the world tonight. Perhaps, even with that harrowing knockout defeat to Canelo Alvarez, the most talented in his career. 

 

Crawford is undefeated in 34 fights, a three-weight world champion, and became just the third undisputed champion in boxing’s modern era after unifying all the belts at 140lbs. 

 

Consensus says Khan is on his way out. He believes, though, that he is ready to shock the world.

 



Welcome to The Independent‘s live coverage as Amir Khan attempts to achieve what many have already deemed the impossible as he challenges pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden in New York.



Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of tonight’s welterweight clash between Terence Crawford and Amir Khan.

 

We’ll be bringing you updates from 1am tonight, with the two fighters due to make their ring walk around 3am. 

 

In the meantime, here’s Steve Bunce’s big fight preview on the ‘kid from Bolton’ and his fascinating career:

 

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