Things may not have turned out the way Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KO) envisioned last night (Sat., April 20, 2019) on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, but the reigning WBO welterweight champion still defended his title against former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion Amir Khan (33-5, 20 KO) in fashion.
The first few rounds featured sheer dominance by Crawford, including his first-round knockdown on Khan that left the New York crowd on its feet. Khan did land some solid one-two combos in the second and third frames, but ultimately couldn’t stomach Crawford’s collection of heavy body punches.
Check out that first-round knockdown by Crawford below (courtesy of Top Rank Boxing):
.@terencecrawford with the first-round knockdown!!!!! #CrawfordKhan pic.twitter.com/vbe4kemFed— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 21, 2019
A ringside look at @terencecrawford's first-round knockdown of Amir Khan. #CrawfordKhan pic.twitter.com/pFtFUfk8us— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 21, 2019
In the sixth round, Crawford landed an accidental low blow on Khan that stopped the fight in its tracks (little did we know this would be the end). Khan was given time to recover but ultimately ruled himself out when his corner asked if he was able to continue.
Check out the finishing sequence below:
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
It wasn’t the greatest of outcomes for one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, but Crawford had already done enough damage entering the sixth round that it was only a matter of time before Khan crumbled. Crawford, who heard some boos during his post-fight speech, believed the punch wasn’t even a low blow.
Such is life. Crawford still killed it.
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