Terence Crawford scores unusual Sixth-Round TKO over Amir Khan
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: April 21, 2019
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – In front of a crowd of 14, 091 fans at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Terence “Bud” Crawford (35-0, 27 KOs) made the second successful title defense of his WBO Welterweight championship against Amir Khan (33-5, 20 KOs).
This marked Crawford’s second fight in the big room at Madison Square Garden and third overall in the state of New York. Going into the match, Crawford was considered a heavy favorite as one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound.
After losing to Saul “ Canelo” Alvarez in May 2016, Khan returned and scored two victories over Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas in inconsistent performances. The match with Crawford would be the Olympic silver medalist’s return to facing elite competition.
The first round started tentatively for both fighters with Khan and Crawford both circling one another. Khan started the initiative throwing straight punches in combination; however, with every punch thrown he looked unsure of himself leading to him overreaching with each shot.
Crawford, one of the top technician’s in the sport took advantage of the opening’s left by Khan. He landed a perfectly placed right hand on the chin that stunned the former Super Lightweight champion. Crawford followed up with a left hook that dropped Khan to the canvas.
After the knockdown, it felt as if the fight was going to end soon. However, Khan was able to keep his composure and continue to land the occasional shot. Crawford was still in complete control and switched to the southpaw stance around the two-minute mark of the third round.
As a southpaw, Crawford was able to unload more punches on Khan. The fourth round was especially brutal leading many to believe that the fight would be stopped soon. Khan was able to bounce back somewhat in the fifth round landing more right hands in the last minute of the round.
The ending of the bout came in the sixth round when Crawford landed an accidental low blow on Khan. The United Kingdom native decided that he could no longer continue forcing the fight to be stopped. The match was stopped at the 47-second mark of the sixth round.
The ending of the bout was anti-climactic as the inevitable stoppage would of likely come in the later rounds. Khan was able to escape without having taken too much a beating, and Crawford came away with a victory to add to his resume at Welterweight.
The drums will now continue to beat even louder for a showdown between Crawford and IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
Both men have headlined pay-per-views in back-to-back months, and the hype surrounding the matchup is at an all-time high.
(Featured Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)