Khan: Crawford’s Low Blow Was Intentional
Amir Khan is battling for his reputation after his controversial TKO loss to WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
Khan’s reputation has been at stake since early Sunday morning, when his opportunity to become world champion was halted when his fight would Crawford would be stopped in the sixth due to a low blow to Khan.
The British boxer has been adamant that he had not quit the fight, and defended his trainer, Virgil Hunter, who has been alleged to have protected Khan from any further punishment.
“(Hunter) sent me a really long message. ‘I’ve been training a lot of fighters; I would be the first to say call it a day but I don’t think you should. There’s a lot left in you,'” Khan told Association sport.
“A trainer would be the first to say that because he’s living with you day-in, day-out. But he said ‘Look, I don’t want you to be disheartened by this; it’s not like you were fighting a dud. He’s one of the best fighters, pound-for-pound, and you were doing well against him. The shot was low, even he knows that, but when you’re fighting in someone else’s country and someone else’s promotion…’
“He sees me like a son, and treats me like a son. If he thought I should call it a day he’d say, ‘Re-think what you’re going to do’. If it was a bad performance, he’d be the first to say.”
While the judging was very much in Crawford’s favor the first five rounds, Khan felt he had the momentum turning in his direction, and that when he returns this Fall, he and Kell Brook may finally face off.“The fight was 100 percent turning,” Khan said. “I could see (Crawford) slowing down; that fifth round was one of his worst. It’s a strategy; how can you hit somehow that low? He knows. He’s a professional fighter…When you’re hit with that shot you can’t think; your mind’s all over the place. Taking that low blow was a worse position to be in than being knocked down. I’m not going to say it’s a bad decision by (Virgil). He’s thinking ‘Amir will go back in there and not be fully recovered’.
“I’m lucky. I can go straight back into another big fight if I had to. If it’s a rebuilding fight it’d depend on where it was taking me.
“I just heard rumors Kell might be signing to fight out here with ESPN and is not going to be with Eddie Hearn, so that’d kill that fight. I’d fight anyone. If that fight’s there, for sure.”
Quotes via Daily Mail