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What Just Happened? After a one-sided affair, Terence Crawford beats Amir Khan following a low blow TKO

Khan could not continue following an errant shot. Crawford remains undefeated and hopes for a fight against Errol Spence Jr. next.

Over the past few years, it has been the New York Knicks who have gotten blown out inside Madison Square Garden. This year, the Rangers decided to follow suit. Amir Khan completed the trifecta, as Terence Crawford dominated the former on ESPN PPV last night in New York City.

In front of over 14,000 fans, Crawford, the WBO Welterweight Champion, beat Khan in the sixth round following a controversial low blow in the sixth. While Khan had five minutes to recover, the referee ended up waving off the bout after asking Khan if he could continue. It appeared as if he stated he couldn’t. Virgil Hunter, Khan’s trainer, stated that Khan elected to not continue the fight following the blow.

The fight was a completely one-sided affair, as Crawford (35-0) proved he is the pound-for-pound best fighter out there today. While Khan (33-5) showed up and literally got his money’s worth, he did not bring much to the table. The NYC faithful were cheering on Khan at the beginning of the night, but by the end, boos reigned down like there was a basketball game going on.

The end result was inevitable following a round one knockdown by Crawford that shook Khan. Up until that point it looked as if Khan was the aggressor. Crawford cleared up the confusion right away.

The rest of the fight was more of the same. Crawford excelled in landing significant jabs to the face and body of Khan. While Khan landed a few of his own, he was not as fast as the lanky Crawford. With each blow, Khan had no answer as he was one step behind Crawford. The champions shots were all over that the challenger could not find an exit strategy.

It was at a certain point in the bout that Khan’s right elbow was not functioning properly, perhaps due to the reckless movement by the man. It ended up not mattering much in the end. The scores at the time of the stoppage were in favor of Crawford, 50-44 on one card and 49-45 on two others. One judge gave a round to Khan which was very surprising.

With a performance like this, Khan has no leverage to request the big fights he would have gotten if he were to have beaten Crawford. Crawford is now hoping to face Errol Spence Jr., who just recently dominated Mikey Garcia back in March. The IBF Welterweight Champion seems interested in the fight, but with all of the politics in boxing, we could be waiting a long time for the bout to happen. Top Rank leader Bob Arum grilled Al Haymon of the PBC, accusing him of not committing to a unification bout.

“Al Haymon won’t make fights … Spence won’t fight Crawford not because of Spence, but because of Al Haymon,” Arum said. “He’s running a scam of a company, and people have to realize he is ruining the sport of boxing.

Arum went on to say that fans should boycott Premier Boxing Champions until the fight was made. It was a wild end to a week in boxing that started with Jarrell Miller failing three separate drug tests. Your move, Mr. Haymon.

Daniel Yanofsky

Daniel is a Managing Editor at DoubleGSports.com, and covers all things combat sports (MMA, Pro Wrestling and Boxing). He is also the lead New York Mets writer. When he's not writing, Daniel hosts a Sunday podcast, The Main Event.
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