Amir Khan was booed by the fans at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night after declining to continue following a low blow by Bud Crawford in the sixth round of their WBO welterweight title.
Khan was struck in the groin by a massive left uppercut from Crawford in the first minute of the sixth round. He appeared to be in great discomfort and decided he could not continue. His trainer Virgil Hunter later said it was Khan’s decision not to continue, not the corner’s.
Virgil Hunter: “It’s obvious he was in a lot of pain. Sometimes you can continue and sometimes you can’t continue, it depends on how hard you were hit in the testicles. I asked him if he could continue and he said, ‘No.’"
The fans in attendance were upset to see Khan call off the fight halfway through the expected 12 rounds for the title fight and let him know it with boos during his postfight interview.
Crawford was credited with a TKO win to improve to 35-0.
So why did Khan and his corner decide to stop the fight? Maybe they didn’t like the way things were going and were hoping for a disqualification for Crawford if the low blow were ruled to be intentional. Instead, it was ruled accidental, and Crawford was given a TKO win.
Hunter also said after the fight that Khan was fighting at less than full strength due to bone spurs in his elbow.
Amir Khan's trainer, Virgil Hunter, tells @SInow that Khan was dealing with bone spurs in his elbow. "He wasn't fighting at 100%," Hunter said.
Bud Crawford beat Jose Benavidez on Saturday night in Omaha, Neb. via 12th-round TKO thanks to a vicious uppercut.
Crawford and Benavidez traded some punches throughout the night and much more showmanship. But Benavidez was unable to back up his talking and dancing as Crawford caught him with an uppercut in the final minute of the fight:
A pair of undefeated fighters who still have yet to throw hands in the ring recently decided to do so on Twitter instead.
Unified junior welterweight titlist Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) called out WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) on Twitter earlier this week, challenging him to a fight. Crawford was apparently irked by comments made by Garcia’s father/trainer Angel labeling Crawford a “make believe champion” in an interview with FightHype.com.
@DannySwift yo dad said im a made up champion for beating the guy yall was scared to fight????
Crawford, who was referencing his unanimous decision victory over Viktor Postol in July, was quickly obliged by Garcia, who proceeded to question the legitimacy of Crawford’s wins over Postol and Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa.
@budcrawford402 you doing what I did 3 years ago. I ain't no little gamboa or stiff postal. I end careers check my track record.
The two would go back and forth from there with Crawford casting doubt on Garcia’s own opponents and Garcia poking fun at Crawford’s pay-per-view buys and telling him to get his Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to call Al Haymon, Garcia’s manager.
@DannySwift that same stiff guy yall paid so you didn't have to fight his that guy? Look im not them old guy you been fighting you know that
Crawford would likely have to move up in weight to face Garcia, but his speed/technical ability versus the power/timing of Garcia would make for quite the entertaining matchup. Still, a bout is unlikely to happen given the Arum/Haymon Cold War and that both fighters stand to take a sizable marketability hit by losing their undefeated status.
Regardless of whether or not a fight gets done, bad blood in boxing is always fun, so it’s worth keeping an eye on to see if Crawford-Garcia becomes the sport’s next great rivalry.
Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to fight again in November, though his opponent has not yet been unannounced. Some have talked about him fighting Bud Crawford, who just beat Viktor Postol last weekend. But Pac-Man’s trainer Freddie Roach does not want his fighter facing Crawford just yet.
“At the moment everyone is mentioning Terence Crawford but I don’t like that fight for November,” Roach told Boxing News. “Almost the entire training camp would be in the Philippines, we wouldn’t be able to fly back to the States until 12 days before the fight.
“We’ll also be training in the evenings because Manny will be working in the senate all day, so it won’t be the best camp. Crawford is a great athlete and I wouldn’t want Manny going into that fight if he’s not 100 per cent. I want the November fight to be more of a warm up fight and then for Manny to fight again shortly after – I want it to be a two-fight deal.”
Credit to Roach for telling it like it is. Crawford is 29-0 with 20 knockouts and appears to be quite dangerous at 140 pounds. Given all of Pacquiao’s limitations because of his new job as a senator, facing Crawford in November might be too much to handle for now. That could lead promoter Bob Arum to try arranging things with Adrien Broner, whose financial demands were too great for Top Rank.