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Amir Khan to challenge Terence Crawford for WBO welterweight title

Amir Khan has chosen to fight Terence Crawford over Kell Brook Credit: PA

Amir Khan will challenge WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on April 20.

The 32-year-old Briton rejected terms to finally meet his domestic rival Kell Brook to instead pursue American Crawford, one of the world's finest fighters, and what could prove his defining fight in either Las Vegas or New York.

Khan - last a world champion in 2012 - regardless insists he still hopes to fight Brook, and he said: "The decision as to fighting Kell Brook or Crawford has been one of the most difficult decisions of my career.

"Clearly the UK fans want to see Khan versus Brook, but I could not turn down the opportunity to fight for the WBO title. That is not to say that the Brook fight won't happen; I want that fight as soon as possible."

Crawford, 31, is widely considered one of the world's top three fighters, and he said: "Amir Khan's one of the top fighters in my division. I know some people are writing him off, but I am by no means overlooking him."


Joshua vows Whyte rematch following win over Chisora

Anthony Joshua has told Dillian Whyte he is prepared to make the next defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in a rematch Credit: PA

Anthony Joshua has told Dillian Whyte he is prepared to make the next defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in a rematch against him - if Deontay Wilder cannot be tempted to abandon plans to again fight Tyson Fury.

Whyte produced a devastating stoppage of Dereck Chisora in the 11th round at London's 02 Arena to further his claims to again fight his rival at Wembley Stadium on April 13, even with Joshua considering abandoning that date to instead fight in America for the first time.

Joshua has repeatedly spoken of his desire to fight the undefeated WBC champion Wilder for all four world titles, but with the American expected to fight Fury in a rematch in Las Vegas in April, he will likely require an alternative opponent and he insisted Whyte would then be the leading candidate.

A Joshua-Whyte rematch had appeared an inevitability until the fallout from Wilder-Fury threatened Joshua's reputation and has potentially changed their plans.

America's Jarrell Miller would be the favourite if he fought in the US.

The 30-year-old Whyte called Joshua out once Chisora had recovered from his chilling knockout, but Joshua, 29, and unusually booed by many of those present at The O2, said: "If Deontay Wilder is serious and he is going to fight Tyson Fury and doesn't want to become undisputed champion, Dillian you will get a shot.

"Dillian's an idiot, because I showed him some respect. I knocked him clean out when we fought (in 2015), but I said let's forget that because we have both improved so let's prove who is the better fighter now.

Warrington defeats Frampton to defend IBF featherweight crown

Warrington upset the odds once again as he retained his IBF featherweight title. Credit: PA

Josh Warrington upset the odds once again as he retained his IBF featherweight title after getting the better of Carl Frampton in a bruising 12-round battle.

The pair engaged in one of the contenders for fight of the year but Warrington, an underdog with the bookmakers as he was against Lee Selby in May, largely came out on top in the exchanges at the Manchester Arena.

Warrington was therefore awarded a unanimous decision by two scores of 116-112 and one of 116-113 in the first defence of his world title as he extended his unbeaten professional record to 28-0.

He said to BBC Radio 5 live: "If you had said last year that I would've beaten Lee Selby and Carl Frampton back-to-back, people would've laughed in your face.

"I think I earned his respect as soon as I hit him but it was always about controlling the pace. I've always had self-belief and I've had it for a long time.

"I don't feel pressure now once I get into a building, because I get this massive energy from somewhere. Once I'm in there, I feel I can't be beaten."

Joshua's team "begging" for fight according to Wilder

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Anthony Joshua's team are "begging" for a heavyweight unification fight, according to Deontay Wilder.

Joshua holds the IBF, WBO and WBA titles while Wilder just about held onto his WBC belt in a drawn fight with Tyson Fury earlier this month that turned into one of the bouts of the year.

The WBC has sanctioned a rematch, potentially pushing a clash between Joshua and Wilder further into the distance.

Wilder told Joe Rogan's podcast: "They're definitely begging now. He's trying to reach out, all of a sudden, his management trying to reach out to mine.

"But he could have had this opportunity. He had many opportunities. He could have fought Luis Ortiz, he could have fought me, he had a chance to fight Fury as well.

"People want to know who's the best now. Especially after seeing this Fury fight. I've been trying to show people who's the best. I always say I'm the best. I'll forever say I'm the best until I get defeated."

Wilder was controversially awarded a draw with Fury after a dramatic fight in Los Angeles, and the American expects the rematch to live up to its billing.

He said: "I still feel the excitement. It was amazing. I'm just ready for the rematch. If people were excited and enjoyed that one, just imagine the rematch. It's going to be amazing."

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