Amir Khan has described Terence Crawford as the star man in the welterweight division after it was confirmed the pair will meet in April.
The 32-year-old has been booked to fight the WBO belt holder in the early hours of 21st April, with New York's Madison Square Garden suggested as a possible venue.
Khan has been rebuilding his reputation after suffering his fourth career defeat against Saul Alvarez in 2016 and looked sharp in wins over Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas.
However, world champion Crawford represents a significant step up in class, with the American unbeaten in all 34 of his professional fights, 25 of those victories coming via knockout.
"I was always chasing that big fight," said Khan. "This in a way, is a fairer fight for me.
"In my division he is probably one of the best pound-for-pound fighters out there. I enjoy mixing with the best. Terence is up there with the best."
Khan has been tipped to meet Brit rival Kell Brook over the last few years but despite both camps publically stating they want the fight, they have failed to come to an agreement.
The Bolton-fighter believes April's outing could prove a stepping stone to that bout, insisting he is still keen to face his compatriot.
He added: "If this fight didn't come, then I think it would have been the Brook fight. But I think the Brook fight is still going to be there, and it could be after this fight."
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