Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan RESULT: Brit loses by bizarre sixth-round low blow stoppage
Amir Khan was beaten by Terence Crawford in bizarre circumstances on Saturday night in New York.
The challenger decided to stop the fight after being hit by a low blow in the sixth round, following on from a tough opening 15 minutes.
Despite being given time to recover from the shot below the belt, Khan opted to bring the contest to a premature end, meaning that the champion retained his world title.
The fight began in dire circumstances for Khan as he was knocked down within the first round.
Crawford landed a big right hand at the end of a tentative opener and the Brit only just survived after making it back to his feet.
Terence Crawford was fully in control of the third, fourth and fifth rounds – appearing to buzz Amir Khan on multiple occasions as he displayed the severe disparity in class between them for all to see
Then, in the sixth, the fight reached its odd conclusion – just as it’d started to become a one-sided beatdown.
Crawford landed a shot which replays showed to be seriously low and left Khan reeling in pain.
The referee intervened and stated he would allow the Brit several minutes to recoup, but he consulted with his trainer Virgil Hunter in the corner and decided to end the contest.
Post-fight, Amir Khan explained: “I wanna apologise to all the fans. The fight was just getting interesting.
“I was caught with a shot below the belt. I could feel it in my stomach. I feel I couldn’t continue. I’m a warrior, I’d never give up a fight like this, I was in pain.”
Terence Crawford’s version of events differed: “First of all, it wasn’t a low blow.
“Virgil knew the fight was going in a bad direction. I was rushing myself a little bit.”
When asked who he wants next, the champion replied: “There’s only one fight they’re talking about and that’s Spence.
“Whenever they’re ready, I’m here.”
Earlier in the night, 21-year-old American prospects Teofimo Lopez and Shakur Stevenson notched impressive wins as they continued their progression on the undercard.
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