WBO Welterweight World Champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (35-0-0, 26KO) made due by cautiously taking apart Amir ‘King’ Khan (33-5-0, 20KO) through 6 rounds, culminating to a strange ending…
Khan was hit with an accidental low-blow, and Khan using the opportunity to mentally check out and quit the match, making a business decision after enduring a good deal of punishment over the duration of the fight.
The 1st round was as expected, with both establishing the distance, sizing up each others advantages, and collecting information, that is until Bud caught Khan with a beautiful counter right cross over a lazy, lunging Khan jab from the orthodox position, and followed up with a left hook to put Khan down to the canvas.
Crawford pulverized Khan within the final 10 seconds of the first stanza and nearly put him down at the bell as Khan wobbled on his feet, barely gaining composure.
Surviving the round, it was becoming very apparent to Khan that he did not have the ability to match Crawford’s level of skill in out-boxing, and was starting to become the target of many good counter-punches up the middle and over the top. While Crawford established control of the fight, he started switching to southpaw, and mixing up his attack to the body and head. Amir a couple times landed decent 1-2 combinations, but the impact was limited, and he couldn’t mount a strong enough attack to keep Terence at bay.
In the 6th round as Crawford was pressing forward, he landed an accidental low-blow that strayed very south of the border, and caused Khan much discomfort. Assuming Khan would take the full 5 minutes not just to heal up from the low shot, but also use the time as a mask to rest and get his composure under control. Instead what resulted (with much confusion ringside) was that when asked repeatedly by Head Trainer Virgil Hunter if he wanted to continue, Khan kept answering ‘No’, so Virgil gave the signal to Referee David Fields, and the fight was stopped in the 6th round via TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT (TKO6).
SOME PERSPECTIVE – Khan seemed to really want to get going in this fight early, but he couldn’t mount a suitable, consistent attack to get himself going in the fight. To all of our disappointment in the 6th round, Khan made a business decision to himself to mentally check out of this fight while he had 5 minutes allotted for him for the low blow, thus him quitting the fight without taking the time to give it a second thought while he recovered.
Khan made himself look bad here tonight with those actions, and there’s no telling what he will do in going forward with his boxing career. As for Terence, he showed his usual ring wisdom, all-around technique and counter-punching en route to a typical top-notch performance. He did press the action a little too much in some sequences, resulting in some overanxious exchanges, but hey, he was himself tonight, was sharp, and he ultimately got the job done up to the point of the stoppage.
Guido Cavalieri = 49 – 45 for TERENCE CRAWFORD
Eric Marlinski = 50 – 44 for TERENCE CRAWFORD
Steve Weisfeld = 49 – 45 for TERENCE CRAWFORD
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARDS
Tré Berry = 49 – 45 for TERENCE CRAWFORD
Jon Uddin = 50 – 44 for TERENCE CRAWFORD