Bud Crawford

Omaha native Terence "Bud" Crawford will square off against Amir Khan for a welterweight title on April 20 in New York City.

Terence 'Bud' Crawford is entering the final days of preparation for his April 20 fight against Amir Khan.

The undefeated world champ from Omaha has been training in Los Angeles as he readies to defend his WBO welterweight title at Madison Square Garden. Crawford took time Monday to appear on "The Bottom Line" and discuss what's left on his to-do list before he enters the ring with Khan.

"Just stay sharp," Crawford said. "In the middle of the week, we're going to start tapering down, just start recovering and just waiting for the moment."

Watch the full video from Crawford's interview at the top of the page, or check out a transcript of select excerpts below:

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On how much he thinks about his legacy:

"Sometimes, but my main focus is to win, no matter who they put in front of me. The legacy ... I have too much going for me to think about that. I just think of the winning aspect of the game."

On the fight:

"You've got two sharp boxers going head to head. Amir Khan has never lost in the welterweight division. He's got some of the fastest hands in boxing. And you've got me, one of the most versatile boxers out there to date. (We're) going head to head with each other, and that makes for a great fight."

On outside criticism:

"I'm so focused I haven't really been aware about what they say about me, because what they say doesn't matter. So I just focus on the things I need to focus on, so when the time comes I'm prepared to go out there and do what I do."

On Khan's comments:

"He basically said that I haven't fought anybody, right? We got the same common opponent. Breidis Prescott knocked him out, and I white-washed him. You can't down credit my résumé when we have a mutual opponent in Breidis Prescott."

On if it bothers him when people criticize his fight history:

"Of course, but before the fight, a lot of people say 'Oh well this is going to be Terence Crawford's hardest fight.' ... Then after the fight, 'Oh well he was a nobody, he was a chump, he was this or he was that,' just to try to down credit my victory. But they did that to all the great fighters, so I just take it in stride, just putting out performances I have been and keep winning in tremendous fashion."

On potentially fighting Errol Spence, another one of the world's best pound-for-pound boxers:

"We gotta wait and see. You've got two fighters wanting to fight, but at the end of the day it's a business, so if the business side of ESPN and Fox, if it works for both of them, then we have a fight. But if not, then we'll have to go elsewhere."

On going to a Lakers-Warriors game and giving Kevin Durant a custom robe:

"It's cool. I had met KD before that, and he was really cool, said he was a big fan. Giving him the robe, that was a sweet moment because he was surprised and he really enjoyed it."

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