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Khan suffers sixth-round TKO defeat

New York, Apr 21 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/21/2019 12:22:55 PM IST

Amir Khan endured a painful stoppage loss, just moments after a low blow, as the injured British fighter was halted by WBO champion Terence Crawford at New York’s Madison Square Garden in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Khan was left doubled over by a low blow, but with the Briton hampered by an arm injury, trainer Virgil Hunter mercifully called a halt to the one-sided fight.

After consulting with Hunter, referee David Fields waved off the fight and declared Crawford the winner by TKO after 47 seconds of the sixth round.

“I now realise why he’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I’m a good boxer but he was showcasing great skill, great movement,” said Khan.

“I was caught with a shot right below the belt and I could feel it. I was in pain. I could feel it in my stomach, and my legs kind of seized. I couldn’t continue, I could not continue. I’m not one to give up any fight. I’ll fight to the end, you have to knock me out to get me to give up you know. I was hit with a hard shot below the belt.”

Khan was dropped by an overhand right in the first round after over-reaching with a left jab and after making it to his feet was caught again before the bell.

The 32-year-old landed a decent right hand in the second and opened the third with a sharp right as the American switched stances and pondered his next move.

Khan was in trouble again in the fourth as Crawford began to whip in punishing body shots but the challenger replied with a right hand just before the end of the round.

Crawford began to land regularly in the fifth to both the body and the head, Khan took the shots well and responded again with a decent right to finish the round.

The former unified light-welterweight champion had begun to struggle with what appeared to be an injured right arm and was taking regular punishment before the premature ending in the sixth round when he was withdrawn following Crawford’s low blow.

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