Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) lived up to his expectations of a World Boxing Organization (WBO) Champion on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. His challenger, the 32 year old Amir Khan (33-5, 20 KOs) yielded to Crawford’s accidental low blow.
Crawford had his game face on since round one. He staggered Khan with a chopping counter right hand followed by a left hook. Crawford made it seemingly difficult for Khan to live up to his power, speed, precision and amazing footwork throughout the bout. In the third round, Khan dodged several right hand hook counters when Crawford seamlessly transitioned into southpaw. The fourth round saw a succession of spiteful body shots and hard hits to the head. By the fifth round, Khan was relenting his fight owing to pain in the left hand. The sixth round, however saw the end of the fight and of Khan’s overwhelming demolition, when his trainer, Hunter stopped the fight after his player took a low blow. Next, Khan signaled his coach to pull him out. He reasoned that he “couldn’t move” after Crawford’s low- shot below the belt. Reports alleges, Khan’s praise for Crawford “as one of the best fighters in the world”.
Amir Iqbal Khan, a British professional boxer is a former unified light-welterweight world champion. Khan has held the WBA title from 2009 to 2012, and the IBF title in 2011. Terence Crawford’s is been considered as one of the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport for a few years. A year younger to Khan, Crawford is born in Omaha, Nebraska and has held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the WBO welterweight title since 2018.