While the word has been out on the streets for weeks, Top Rank officially announced Monday that Terence "Bud" Crawford's next WBO welterweight title defense will take place April 20 in New York City.
The unbeaten three-division champion from Omaha will face British star Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden in a bout to be televised on ESPN pay-per-view. Tickets for the fight go on sale on Wednesday.
Crawford (34-0, 25 knockouts), widely regarded as one of the top fighters in the world, has headlined at the Garden twice previously — once at the venue's theater and once in the main arena. In his last Garden appearance, he recorded a stoppage victory over Felix Diaz in a May 2017 junior welterweight title fight.
"I can't wait to head back to New York City and Madison Square Garden for this fight with Amir Khan," the 31-year-old Crawford said. "The Garden is the perfect venue for a fight of this magnitude. I know that my fans will make the trip up to New York and I'll have a ton of support when I step in to the ring. I expect Khan's British fans to come out as well, and I believe we will have a packed house on April 20."
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Khan (33-4, 20 KOs), who turned 32 in December, hasn't fought at the Garden since making his U.S. debut in May 2010. Then the WBA Super Lightweight champion, he scored an 11th-round technical knockout of Paulie Malignaggi. More recently, Khan appeared at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.
"New York is undoubtedly one of my most favorite cities in the world, and it's like a second home to me," Khan said. "This is the biggest fight of my career against one of the world's best in Terence Crawford. Madison Square Garden is the perfect venue for a fight of this magnitude. It's a short flight for my fans from the United Kingdom. They will be coming over in droves to see this fantastic fight."
Khan, who won an Olympic silver medal for Great Britain when he was only 17, unified the WBA and IBF 140-pound titles in 2011. He hasn't been a world champion since 2012, although he's claimed other specialty titles — like the WBC silver welterweight belt. And he challenged for the middleweight crown.
Crawford, meanwhile, had been a world champion continuously since winning the WBO lightweight championship in 2014. He unified all four of the 140-pound titles before moving up to welterweight and has won both of his fights at 147 by knockout. Crawford takes a five-bout KO streak into the April fight.
In his last bout, Crawford finished Jose Benavidez Jr. in the final round of his first welterweight title defense at the CHI Health Center. He won the WBO title in his 147-pound debut last June in Las Vegas.
Crawford has his sights set on unifying the four welterweight belts. The other champions in his division, however, all fight for a rival promoter/manager on competing networks. Khan, a star in the sport for years, was arguably the biggest-name opponent Top Rank could land for Crawford with its ESPN deal.
Details on how to access the pay-per-view event will be released at a later date.
Photos: Terence 'Bud' Crawford's path to world champion
Over the last decade, Omaha native Terence "Bud" Crawford has developed into one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet. Check out these pictures following Crawford from his time as an amateur to his current position as world champion.