Terence Crawford stops Amir Khan after incidental low blow to retain welterweight title
London, April 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Amir Khan’s shot at WBO world welterweight champion Terence Crawford ended in bizarre fashion when a low blow saw him pulled out by his corner.
Khan, floored in the opening round, took an accidental shot to his groin in the sixth and told his corner “the pain was too much”, prompting a stoppage.
Crawford was well up on the cards but the nature of the stoppage led to brief concern he may have been disqualified.
“I have never been hit below the belt and was in pain,” Khan said.
“First of all I want to apologise to all of the fans. The fight was just getting interesting.”
“I could tell I was breaking him down,” Crawford says. “It was just a matter of time. I just took my time. I was disappointed the corner stopped the fight in that manner, but Virgil is a great coach, and he was looking out for his fighter. I know he didn’t want to go out like that.”
Crawford says he wasn’t discomposed by Khan’s much-lauded hand speed (“Benavidez and Gamboa were 10 times faster than him”) and says that he’d like to fight Errol Spence Jr next: “The fight I want next is Errol Spence. Whenever he is ready, he can come and get it.” BBC Sports