Amir Khan has passed up on the opportunity to face off against Kell Brook by agreeing a deal to take on American world welterweight champion Terence Crawford, the BBC report.

The 32-year-old, who like Brook is promoted by Eddie Hearn, was expected to face off against the Sheffield-born fighter this year in an all-British showdown.

However, the Bolton-born boxer, who returned to the ring last April after 23 months away from the sport, has agreed a deal to face Crawford in the US on April 20.

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Crawford, who has held world titles at lightweight, super-lightweight and welterweight level, has already been made a heavy favourite for the bout in three month’s time.

The venue for the clash is expected to be either New York or Las Vegas, two cities Khan has boxed in before, with a press conference early next week set to confirm the exact venue for the clash.

Khan has held super lightweight titles of his own during his career between 2009 and 2011, however, the Brit will face a tricky task in April if he is to become a world champion for a second time.

Who wins?

Amir Khan

Terence Crawford