Crawford Gets TKO After Low Blow in 6th

After an explosive start, the WBO Welterweight Title fight between Terence Crawford and Amir Khan ends in bizarre fashion, as an accidental low blow led to Crawford retaining his championship. The fight served as the main event of a Top Rank pay-per-view card in front of 14,091 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Crawford accidentally hit Khan low early on in the sixth round. While he had up to a full five minutes, the referee waved off the bout in Crawford’s favor. According to post-fight interviews with Khan and his trainer, Virgil Hunter, the low blow “took Khan’s legs out from under him” and Hunter claimed Khan elected not to return to the fight.

This brought about a weird ending to the fight, but one in which a Crawford ending looked nearly inevitable after the first five rounds of action.

Crawford dropped Khan with a combination late in the first round. Though Khan got up, he was staggered and he was pummeled by the defending champion until the bell, just barely surviving.

Khan attempted to keep his distance in the second round, throwing several combinations, only to turn things up later in the round. Crawford responded by cutting off the ring over the next couple of rounds and continuing to tag the British challenger. Constantly switching between southpaw and orthodox stance, Crawford made Khan eat several combinations and countershots, looking to drop Khan once again.

Khan gave a spirited effort in the fourth to answer back, and the fifth round saw both men exchange and land their fair share on one another.

The fight-stopping blow was a low left hook from Crawford that landed on Khan’s groin accidentally.

Crawford was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards before the fight was stopped.

Crawford now seeks a unification bout with IBF champion Errol Spence Jr., with his promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, claiming the only one preventing such a fight from happening is Spence’s promoter, Al Haymon of Premier Boxing Champions.

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