Terence Crawford proved why he is one of the most talented boxers of his generation after a dominant performance against Amir Khan. Crawford came to the ring as WBO Welterweight Champion, looking composed and relaxed ahead of the fight. In contrast, Khan looked tense and nervous as he entered the ring and with good reason after what was about to follow.
Crawford, nicknamed ‘Bud’ is one of the most talented switch hitters I have seen in recent years, making the transition from southpaw to orthodox smoothly and efficiently. He used his lead hand well to measure the distance early on, something Khan seemed to struggle with.
Crawford is also a fantastic counterpuncher and showed this in the first round when he caught Khan with a snappy overhand right straight on the point of Khan’s chin, sending him sprawling to the canvas. Khan was lucky the blow came towards the end of the round as he only needed to survive for just under 20 seconds otherwise it would have been all over in less than three minutes of the fight.
Khan’s legs seem to never really recover after Crawford’s shot and he seemed unsteady for the next few rounds, taking more clean shots which, he stood up to.
Coming into the fifth round, Khan seemed resurgent with a flurry of shots, one of which, a left hook caught Crawford clean. Crawford seemed unphased though as he walked back to his corner before an unusual stoppage of Khan in the sixth.
While fighting at close quarters, Crawford threw a body shot below the right elbow of Khan which actually landed below the waistline, causing Khan to wince and fold over in pain. The referee gave Khan the mandatory five minutes to recover should he need it after the low blow but during this time, Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter, stepped onto the ring apron to discuss if Khan wanted to continue. A discussion ensued which resulted in Khan seemingly telling Virgil Hunter that he could not continue. The referee then took Hunter’s word and called the fight off, much to the annoyance and disappointment of the fans in the arena at Madison Square Garden and watching on pay per view worldwide.
Khan seemed to not want any more punishment from Crawford and when reviewed, the low blow did not land in the nether regions as Khan stated in the post-fight press conference but actually around his hip area. Khan has repeatedly denied quitting in the fight both in the post-fight press conference and on social media and he has done himself no favours so far in the immediate aftermath.
So where does Khan go from here? Well, I think he is done on the world scene now after that performance so perhaps one last hurrah in the UK. A fight at Wembley with fellow Brit Kell Brook would be a great end to his career if Eddie Hearn can make this fight happen. A catchweight or rehydration clause may well be the stumbling block between the two parties in question.
Whatever Khan decides to do next; I would like to see him retire soon as he has been in some hard fights and has been around for over 15 years now, giving us some great memories. Retiring before the sport retires you is a luxury that few fighters get to have in the twilight of their career. Perhaps Khan should take his money and ride off into the sunset in the not too distant future.