Jones Jr. Blasts Khan For Quitting
Amir Khan has been at the center of criticism ever since the ending of his controversial loss to Terence Crawford on Sunday morning at Madison Square Garden.
Khan, fighting for a world title in nearly three years, was hit in the groin during the sixth round of his fight with Crawford on ESPN pay-per-view, with the fight being stopped by Khan and his corner soon after.
The scorn was immediate, as Madison Square Garden would rain boos upon the Bolton, England native, as Crawford would walk out with a TKO victory.
Among Khan’s critics were veteran trainer Teddy Atlas and former world champion Roy Jones Jr, who questioned the heart of Khan.
“He knows how to put himself in position to make money, and he has made money, but again, at the peril of the audience who pays for that money,” and saying that the fight hurt boxing in general as well as the ESPN boxing brand,” Atlas said following the fight as an analyst for ESPN.
Roy Jones Jr. would follow up telling TMZ that: “Amir Khan quit.”
“I love Amir. I love him for his heart, he did a lot of things as an amateur that I was really excited about. I think he’s a great fighter,” Jones continued. “But when you quit, nobody gets a pass, man. In boxing — that’s why people always complain about why I won’t quit boxing. Because in my heart when I go in the ring, carry me out. I don’t wanna go out on my feet if I lost. Carry me out.
“I wanna give it all or get it all taken away from me. I’m not happy to lose a fight standing on my two feet. I’m just not happy with that. A foul, my mind is so beyond that, a foul never would really stop me from fighting, unless it was a foul that got my orbital bone broken or something or that’s gonna affect the rest of my life. A low blow is not really gonna affect the rest of my life.”
“I love you as a fighter,” Jones said to Khan in a direct message to the fighter. “I’ve respected you since you were an amateur fighter. You went up two weight classes and took on Canelo. You did a lot of beautiful things to show that you have courage,” he said.
“This time you were in a no-win situation and you refused to continue. Whether you knew the rule or didn’t know the rule, whatever the case may be, you stopped at a time we know you could have given more. You didn’t give us, the fans, your all. You have to apologize, we respect that. Be a man, be honest with what you did, and move forward.”
Quotes Via Bad Left Hook