Khan’s bid to take WBO welterweight belt halted after Crawford low blow

Tanya Simon
April 23, 2019

Welterweight world titlist Terence Crawford and challenger Amir Khan have been all business in the build-up to their fight and that continued on Friday at the weigh-in at Madison Square Garden.

Khan took some time in an attempt to recover, but after telling his corner the pain was "too much", his team took the decision to pull the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight world champion out of the contest as the NY crowd roundly booed from the stands.

This will be the 5th appearance for Lopez at the Garden property (two fights in the big arena and two in the theater), and with a win, a Summer world title fight could be on the agenda. Now he could have to endure criticism after deciding not to continue after being hit with a low punch by Terence Crawford.

Khan insisted in his post-fight press conference that he would never quit and tweeted on Sunday morning that he had been urinating blood.

But Crawford saw things differently and interrupted the Brit, saying: "You didn't quit?"

The MSG was filled with boos upon the conclusion of the main event.

With the fight getting out hand in the sixth, the Omaha, Nebraska, native slammed a left uppercut into Khan's nether region, which inevitably ended the fight.

"The fight I want next is Errol Spence", Crawford said.

"I want to apologise to all of the fans".

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Crawford was dominating Khan, dropping him in the first round and pummeling him throughout.

Instead the champion, 31, effortlessly used his ring IQ and sense of distance and timing to read Khan and essentially take control from that first-round knockdown. I was hit with a low blow in the balls.

Crawford improved to 35-0 and scored his 26th knockout, as he tormented former world champion Amir Khan for five-plus rounds before prompting a stoppage in the sixth. I tried to continue but it was getting worse.

"I don't usually give up but I felt something in my legs and my stomach".

At no point did Diaz threaten Stevenson (11-0, 6 KOs), whose southpaw movement was too much for the Puerto Rican pressure fighter.

Crawford was ahead 49-45 on two judges' cards and 50-44 on the other.

However, asked why he took only about a minute before the fight was stopped, Khan said: "If I had known I probably would have taken the full five".

As for Khan, his boxing career could be over. I just took my time.

"He had five minutes to recover", Arum said.

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