Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:40

Crawford vs Khan odds: A bit deceptive?

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WBO welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford will face Amir “King” Khan in April in New York City or Las Vegas.

Yes, the official announcement is coming soon.

Khan, by accepting a fight with Crawford instead of longtime British rival Kell Brook, seems to have opted for the higher-risk, lower-reward option.

Khan vs Brook would have sizzled in the UK and Amir may have had the upperhand. After all, Brook's losses to Errol Spence and Gennady Golovkin seem to have taken a toll on Kell who was forced to go the distance last month against Michael Zerafa. That stated, should Khan lose respectably to Crawford, it probably wouldn't diminish UK interest in Khan vs Brook in late 2019 or 2020.

Khan has never shied away from fighting the best and he'll be doing exactly that when he faces the freakishly-skilled Crawford.

Crawford vs Khan Odds (as of Jan 11, 2019)

Not surprisingly, Crawford is a huge favorite. Paddy Power and betfair list Crawford as 1/10 favorite while Amir is the 11/2 underdog, respectively on both ends.

Hence, at this moment, a successful $100 wager on Terence would yield $10 while the same successful bet on Khan would generate $550 in profit.

Crawford is awesome, and there's no doubt about that. He's difficult to hit cleanly, fights out of a southpaw stance, possesses good speed and brings excellent power. Moreover, he's extremely athletic and boasts a high boxing IQ.

... However, has he faced an opponent as fast and slick and with the amateur polish and pro experience of an Amir Khan?

Maybe Yuriorkis Gamboa? But that bout was at lightweight and Crawford, despite being much rangier, was forced to dig deep to win that one.

Incidentally, Gamboa opened as a slight 1.75-to-1 betting underdog.

Crawford vs Khan will better and more competitive than the early odds suggest.






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