After a trilogy of scintillating fights to finish the year on BT Sport Box Office, pay-per-view boxing returned in 2019 with a sizzling showdown between two of the slickest operators in the sport.
Terence Crawford defended his 147lb WBO world title against former unified light-welterweight champion Amir Khan at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York.
But there is plenty for fight fans to sink their teeth into on the undercard too, with an intriguing bill of bouts assembled by legendary promoter Bob Arum.
Lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez also featured on the card, going in search of an 11th stoppage in his 13th professional outing as he takes on Edis Tatli.
And rising featherweight star Shakur Stevenson, tipped for big things by Top Rank head honcho Arum, stepped up a level once again to fight Christopher Diaz over ten rounds.
Crawford v Khan will cost just £19.95 and can be watched through BT Sport Box Office on BT TV, Virgin TV, Sky or online via the web or the BT Sport Box Office App.
The fight will continue to be available to purchase, spoiler-free, for several days following its conclusion.
Here are all the different ways Crawford vs Khan can be watched on BT Sport Box Office:
• BT TV, BT Sport on Sky or Sky customers who have previously watched BT Sport Box Office can pay using their remote control.
• Sky customers new to BT Sport Box Office can register and pay online at www.bt.com/sportboxoffice.
• Virgin TV customers should visit the On Demand section and choose Live Events.
• Customers in the Republic of Ireland can purchase BT Sport Box Office with Eir Sport.
• Anyone who wishes to watch the fight online should visit www.bt.com/sportboxoffice and follow instructions to subscribe and watch on the web or on the BT Sport Box Office app, and customers can watch on the big screen using Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay.
• EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 customers watching online or via the App can choose to add the payment to their mobile bill.
Crawford vs Khan: The story so far
Having campaigned for the majority of his latter years in big fights across the pond, Amir Khan arrived back in the UK with a bang last April as he dispatched Phil Lo Greco in just 41 seconds to remind British boxing fans of his considerable talent.
It had been almost 24 months since the 2004 Olympic silver medallist suffered a gruesome knockout at the hands of Canelo Alvarez and the Bolton fighter had even made his reality TV debut on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – traditionally a pit stop on an athlete’s route to retirement.
But the explosiveness of Khan’s return surprised many, including himself, and convinced the 32-year-old to redouble his efforts in the sport.
A gruelling 12-round scrap against Samuel Vargas five months later provided more than a gentle reminder of Khan’s vulnerabilities as he was forced to climb off the canvas in the second before surviving a further tenth-round scare.
All roads appeared to point towards an all-British grudge match against Sheffield man Kell Brook, a fight that has been many years in the making.
When Khan announced his comeback with Brook’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, it looked inevitable.
However, the Bolton boxer had his sights set on loftier goals.
Convinced he could win another world title before settling domestic disputes, he turned down the chance to fight Brook after beating Vargas in favour of taking on the undefeated WBO welterweight champion, Terence Crawford.
Nebraska man Crawford is one of boxing’s most revered champions, considered among the top three pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.
The 31-year-old has held titles in three weight divisions and in 2017, he became only the fifth undisputed world champion in the four-belt era, knocking out Julius Indongo inside three rounds to claim the IBF, WBA, WBO and WBC light-welterweight straps.
Two successive knockouts since moving up to the 147lb division have seen his undefeated record improve to 34-0 with 25 victories coming inside the distance, and “Bud” is already plotting a potential unification bout against IBF welterweight king Errol Spence.
But Khan believes Crawford could be set for a rude awakening if he begins to look past him.
“There’s a lot of talk about Crawford fighting Spence,” he said.
“Spence has just come off a fight. All the people that are talking about that fight; he’s got his hands full against me.
“I’m not just a number. I know when I have to turn it on, I can turn it on. If Crawford’s talking about Spence, maybe that fight happening, and overlooking me, I think he is going to have a big shock.
“I hope he’s gonna be ready in this fight.”
Speaking late last month, Crawford revealed his surprise at the fight being made at all given the expectation Khan would continue to fight at a higher weight division.
“I didn’t see a fight between myself and Amir Khan happening because… he was the bigger guy fighting in higher weight classes,” Bud explained.
“He fought Canelo at a higher weight class and we thought he would be at 154. Right now, I am excited to share the ring with him.
“He is a big welterweight. He has a big name in the sport of boxing. Right now, I give him a shot at the title.
“He has done some great things in the welterweight division, he has never lost at welterweight. We look at all of those types of things.”
But the bookies favourite is well aware of the danger of looking past Khan, who arrives at the Barclays Centre with ambitions of producing one of the biggest upsets in recent British boxing history.
“I am never going to be complacent. I know about the threats that he brings into the ring and the troubles that I can have if I overlook Amir Khan,” Crawford added.
“He’s got everything to gain so we have to take this fight real serious because the fights that slip out of a fighters’ hands happen when they think the fight is in the bag and it didn’t even start yet. We are going into the fight 110 percent focused and ready for the best Amir Khan come fight night.”
Crawford v Khan: Full undercard
Lightweight: Teofimo Lopez v Edis Tatli
Lightweight: Felix Verdejo v Bryan Vasquez
Featherweight: Shakur Stevenson v Christopher Diaz
Super welterweight: Carlos Adames v Frank Galarza
Bantamweight: Lawrence Newton v Jonathan Garza
Super welterweight: Vikas Krishan v Noah Kidd
Super middleweight: Edgar Berlanga v Samir dos Santos Barbosa