Amir Khan was being taught a lesson in boxing when a strike in the groin area – but nowhere close to being a low blow – was cited as reason to call the fight off in the 6th round.
Terence Crawford, widely believed to be among the top pound for pound boxers in the world today, showed exactly why he is so highly rated when he knocked Khan down in the first round with a perfectly timed pull and counter.
He then proceeded to outbox the British fighter en route to a controversial stoppage in the sixth round, when Khan claimed a low blow and called the fight off.
However, a close up of the shot shows clearly that the blow landed well clear of his private part and almost directly on top of the logo on his shorts.
The low blow that caused Khan to quit in round 6. Khan had 5 minutes to recover but took less than 1 before telling his corner he couldn’t continue. DQ happens only when a low blow is intentional #crawfordkhan #crawford #terencecrawford #amirkhan #espn #toprankboxing #espnboxing pic.twitter.com/MqzIvudT5t
— Boxing Xtra (@BoxingXtra) April 21, 2019
Khan’s famed hand speed and footwork was completely shut down by a superior boxer in Crawford and the fight was, inevitably, meandering towards a one sided decision or a knockout.
Perhaps it is understandable why Khan took the way out when it presented itself.