By Mark Elezaj
NEW YORK – Unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs), beat Amir Khan (33-5, 20 KOs) Saturday night by technical knockout, but not in a convincing fashion. Khan was unable to continue after Crawford landed an accidental low blow in the sixth round of their main event.
Crawford dominated Khan throughout the fight, dropping him in the first and continuing his attack to the head and body. Khan was able to back Crawford up multiple times in the first by letting his hands go.
The fight turned into a boxing match in the third round. Crawford switched to southpaw, and looked to hit Khan with his right jab.
Khan was unable to get any type of offense going and was visibly concerned with protecting his chin.
In the fourth round, Khan finally started to to land punches while taking stood up to good punches from Crawford as well.
After the fourth round, Khan told his trainer that he hurt his right hand in the fourth.
In the fifth round, Crawford hurt Khan, who was unable to answer back throughout. It was beginning to look like a knockout was on the way.
Early in the sixth round, Crawford hit Khan with a low blow. Khan tried to shake off the pain but he told his trainer, Virgil Hunter, that he was unable to continue with the fight. Referee David Fields waived off the title fight 47 seconds into the sixth round.
At the time of the stoppage Crawford was ahead on all three scorecards. Judge Eric Marlinski scored the fight 50-44 for, Judges Guido Cavalleri had it 49-45 and Steve Weisfeld had it 49-45.
“I could tell I was breaking him down,” Crawford said. “It was just a matter of time. I just took my time. I was disappointed the corner stopped the fight in that manner, but Virgil is a great coach and he was looking out for his fighter. I know he didn’t wanna go out like that.”
After the fight, Crawford called out unbeaten IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr.
“The fight I want next is Errol Spence, whenever he is ready, he can come and get it.”
Bob Arum let Al Haymon, who promotes Errol Spence, exactly how he feels.
“Listen, we want to fight Errol Spence, Terence wants it. I think Errol wants the fight. There’s one guy that’s stopping it. That’s Al Haymon. Every boxing fan should refuse to patronize Haymons’ fights until he agrees that Spence fights Crawford.”
After the fight, Khan denied that he quit.
“I’m not one of them guys to quit,” Khan said. “I would rather be knocked out. I would rather go to war. If I quit I would not be here in front of you guys. I’m just not that type of guy. That’s why I came here. I wanted to face you guys and wanted to face Terence as well. I tried. That’s all I can say.”
Crawford interrupted Khans interview “You didn’t quit, tell the truth.”
Khan responded “I didn’t quit.”
Crawford then asked, “So what happened?”
Khan responded, “I’m telling you I’ve never quit.”
Crawford asked, “What happened?”
Khan responded, “I was hit with a low shot, man. I was hit with a very low blow.”
Crawford finally asked, “In your leg? You quit with a shot in your leg?”
And Khan responded, “In the leg? It was in the balls!”
Crawford continues to prove over and over again that he can solve any challenge that comes his way. So who is next? Will we see a fight against Spence? If not, how about Keith Thurman or maybe even Manny Pacquiao? Only time will tell.
~ The Fighting Voice ~