Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) got the stoppage win vs. Amir Khan (33-5, 20 KOs) to defend his WBO welterweight title, but it wasn’t the way anyone wanted to see it happen.
After scoring a clean knockdown in round one and largely dominating Khan, “Bud” threw a punch that strayed low... undoubtedly low. Khan was in pain but never used up the five minutes, and trainer Virgil Hunter stopped the fight. This caused confusion as to what the result would be. If it was deemed an intentional foul, it would be a DQwin for Khan. An unintentional foul theoretically would mean a technical decision, but it turns out it’s a TKO in New York. Khan was heavily booed by fans at Madison Square Garden, although he denies looking for the easy way out.
Here are the two highlights you need to see of this bizarre contest.
.@terencecrawford with the first-round knockdown!!!!! #CrawfordKhan pic.twitter.com/vbe4kemFed— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 21, 2019
The fight is stopped on a low blow from Crawford!— On The Ropes (@OTRboxingshow) April 21, 2019
Crawford gets the TKO. He looked like the best in the world tonight.#CrawfordKhan pic.twitter.com/lSSnNUGr0r
In case you’re wondering, this is a legal way to win in New York.
Here is the NY low blow rule for those wondering pic.twitter.com/HsFwZE4aX2— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) April 21, 2019