Crawford: I’ve Been Hit With Bigger Shots Since Gamboa Fight

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By Victor Salazar

New York – Come April 20th, most pundits believe pound for pound stat Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KO’s) will face his most formidable foe in Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KO’s).

Crawford and Khan embarked on a two city press tour to promote their pay-per-view, making stops in London and then New York. The fight is rumored to either take place in New York’s Madison Square Garden or in Las Vegas.

Crawford’s promoter Top Rank made offers to Danny Garcia, which was reportedly turned down, and to Khan.

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Khan was mulling over a fight with his British rival Kell Brook and Crawford. Khan eventually took the tougher and less lucrative fight.

Crawford has not been in any trouble in a fight since his first fight in Omaha against Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Whenever someone brings up that fight, Crawford laughs and smiles.

“I don’t know, everyone always eludes to the Gamboa fight,” laughed Crawford as he spoke to reporters. “Oh, Gamboa hurt me in that fight but since then I been hit with bigger shots and I walked away from them.  Everybody always talks about Gamboa. That was 2013.”

Crawford says he has improved since then and that his also a better fighter since then.

“I improved since then,” Crawford said. “I showed that I can take a better shot than what Gamboa hit me with. At that time in my career, I got a little too cocky. I walked into a shot without even looking at it. Gamboa’s fast, he has fast feet and fast hands. He’s much shorter than Amir Khan. If you go back and watch the fight, yeah I was missing him but like an inch because he was so short. Amir Khan is a lot bigger and therefore will be a bigger target than Gamboa so I don’t look to be missing Amir Khan like I missed Gamboa.”

Asked if he feels he can get the knockout on April 20th, Crawford stated, “We shall see on April 20th.”




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