Terence Crawford retains his WBO welterweight title
In something of a shocking ending to a pretty good fight, Terence Crawford retained his WBO welterweight title when challenger Amir Khan told trainer Virgil Hunter he couldn’t continue after an accidental low blow.
The time of stoppage was 47 seconds into round six.
Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) floored Khan in the opening round with quick right over a lounging left. Khan beat the count but was still hurt. He was wobbled again at the bell.
In round two, Crawford, from Omaha, Neb. was in full stalk mode. He feinted and looked to fire another right. Khan threw a combination. He also connected with a right.
Crawford landed two more lead right hands, but this time, Khan (33-5, 20 KOs) absorbed them and stayed upright.
Khan, of Bolton, England, fought back in round three. He connected with a couple of quick shots. Crawford switched to southpaw and popped his right hand. He waited to counter. A quick left cracked Khan on the noggin.
Crawford,31, went back to boxing in round four. He switched from southpaw to orthodox. Crawford landed a sweeping left. Khan, a former junior welterweight champion, was looking to surprise Crawford with a right. He did fire it, but missed. Crawford zeroed in on the body. He ripped some clean shots downstairs. Khan’s legs looked rubbery, but he still fought back at the bell.
In round five, Crawford continued to box and punch. He clipped Khan,32, on the temple. Khan tried to fight back but was short with his shots. Crawford opened up and landed a five-punch combo. Khan landed a hard left that didn’t bother Crawford.
Round six was fought on even terms until the low blow, a left hook, occurred. Crawford was given time to recover, but told Hunter he couldn’t continue.
Crawford has now won six straight fights by stoppage.
“Virgil saved his fighter before the fight was going bad for him,” said Crawford of his victory “One fight they’re talking about is Spence. I’m here.”
“I want to apologize to the fans,” said Khan. “I could feel it (the low shot) in my legs. I couldn’t continue.”