Amir Khan close to agreeing sensational deal to fight Terence Crawford, admitting Kell Brook fight ‘is always going to be there’

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The Bolton-born fighter wants to prove himself against the American, who is seen as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet

Amir Khan is close to sealing a deal to sign pound-for-pound great Terence Crawford in a stunning turn of events.

The 31-year-old still wants to fight domestic rival Kell Brook, but admitted the chance to face one of the best in the world in 2019 was ‘amazing’.

Khan is set to challenge pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford

Khan is set to challenge pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford

After making his comeback under promoter Eddie Hearn in April, the 31-year-old seemed destined to finally face Brook in a fight which Hearn believed the British public deserves.

However, a fight in America against three-time world champion and current WBO welterweight king Crawford is close to being confirmed, once Khan has sorted out a few minor details with the America’s promoter, Bob Arum.

It was expected the Bolton born fighter was going to be ringside for Brook’s fight this Saturday against the little-known Michael Zefara in Sheffield.

However, Khan has chosen not to attend as it is his birthday, meaning fans will not be treated to seeing the bitter rivals square off, as was expected.

The American is a three-weight world champion and the reigning WBO welterweight king

The American is a three-weight world champion and the reigning WBO welterweight king

The 2004 Olympian believes that, although the fight would make him in the region of £20million, the chance to box on the biggest stage once again is too good an opportunity to turn down.

“Fighting for a pound for pound title would be amazing, “he told the Daily Mail.

“To win it would be even better so I think I’m in a position where I can get that fight with the pound for pound champion at the moment.

“The Brook fight is always going to be there, it’s for no title whereas I’m getting offered a world title and the pound for pound title so why not?”

Khan climbed off the floor to win his last contest against Samuel Vargas

Khan climbed off the floor to win his last contest against Samuel Vargas

Eddie Hearn: Amir Khan v Kell Brook is British boxing’s “big fight” for 2018

The British duo have been tipped to fight for years

Khan has tried to make lucrative deals in the past before, offering to fight Manny Pacquaio, Floyd Mayweather and even UFC star Conor McGregor in the past.

And he is keen to finally seize his opportunity.

He added: “The pound for pound title to me would be massive and when will I ever get the chance to fight for it (again)?

“And not only that, when will it be in the welterweight division which it is at the moment.

“Say I take the Brook fight, it might not be there then and I might not get the opportunity again.

“But I do want to fight Brook, 100 per cent. That’s the reason I did the deal with Eddie Hearn.”

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