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Amir Khan suffers controversial defeat to Terence Crawford after sixth round low blow in New York

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 21/04/2019 Tony Mogan
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Terence Crawford has defended his WBO welterweight title with a controversial victory over Amir Khan in New York.

Khan was dropped in the opening round after being caught flush with a superb counter right but the fight ended in bizarre circumstances in the sixth round.

Boxing - Terence Crawford v Amir Khan - WBO World Welterweight Title - Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S. - April 20, 2019. Terence Crawford and Amir Khan in action. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge © Thomson Reuters Boxing - Terence Crawford v Amir Khan - WBO World Welterweight Title - Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S. - April 20, 2019. Terence Crawford and Amir Khan in action. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Khan was caught with what appeared to be a devastating low blow with his trainer Virgil Hunter informing the referee the Briton was unable to continue – with Crawford awarded the TKO victory to retain his belt.

Boxing - Terence Crawford v Amir Khan - WBO World Welterweight Title - Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S. - April 20, 2019. Terence Crawford  and Amir Khan in action. REUTERS/Mike Segar © Thomson Reuters Boxing - Terence Crawford v Amir Khan - WBO World Welterweight Title - Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S. - April 20, 2019. Terence Crawford and Amir Khan in action. REUTERS/Mike Segar Khan rejected the opportunity to take all long-time adversary Kell Brook in all-British showdown, instead pursuing a bout with one of game’s elite operators.

Khan had long been chasing a meeting with one of the welterweight division’s biggest names, seeing his attempts to secure meetings with Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao falling by the wayside.

Boxing - Terence Crawford v Amir Khan - WBO World Welterweight Title - Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S. - April 20, 2019. Terence Crawford celebrates winning the fight. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge © Thomson Reuters Boxing - Terence Crawford v Amir Khan - WBO World Welterweight Title - Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S. - April 20, 2019. Terence Crawford celebrates winning the fight. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge Defeat however could end his hopes of winning a world title at 147 lbs, with Khan ranked outside the top 10 in the IBF, WBC and WBA world rankings.

Earlier on the undercard, 21-year-old talent Shakur Stevenson extended his professional record to 11-0 with a near flawless performance against Christopher Diaz.

Boxing - Terence Crawford v Amir Khan - WBO World Welterweight Title - Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S. - April 20, 2019. Amir Khan before the fight. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge © Thomson Reuters Boxing - Terence Crawford v Amir Khan - WBO World Welterweight Title - Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S. - April 20, 2019. Amir Khan before the fight. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge The 2016 Olympic silver medallist secured a comfortable unanimous decision victory before calling out IBF world champion Josh Warrington – who defends his title against Kid Galahad in June.

Teofimo Lopez, another prospect fighting in his hometown on New York, stopped Edis Tatli in the fifth round with a shuddering body shot on the show’s chief undercard fight.

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