Terence Crawford fight was a step too far for Amir Khan

Terence Crawford was simply too good for Amir Khan

Amir Khan entered the post-fight press conference in the early hours of last Sunday morning looking shellshocked.

GIVEMESPORT were there live in Madison Square Garden to witness one of British boxing's greatest ever fighters looking as humbled as he has ever been.

For the first time in his 38-fight professional career, he had been comprehensively outboxed.

The decision for him to pull out in the sixth was controversial, with boos raining down from the crowd for a good 20 minutes after the fight - Crawford was certainly not a popular man.

But all that apparent 'low blow' did was seal the inevitable, with Khan struggling to match the brute force and skill of a fighter who is likely to go down as one of the pound-for-pound greats.

Khan had been optimistic in the build-up, declaring that WBO welterweight champion 'Bud' was not the most dangerous opponent of his illustrious career.

"All this talk saying he's this dangerous, I've fought bigger guys, bigger and tougher guys," Khan said when we caught him after the final press conference.

"There's nothing dangerous about this I'm just going to be focused and do what I do.

"They keep believing the hype that he's dangerous he's this, he's that, he's one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world."

Crawford stayed silent from the UK media in the build-up, adding only further intrigue to the fight itself.

And once the Nebraska-born fighter stepped into the four-cornered ring, there really was only ever going to be one outcome.

Crawford's skill, speed and timing was simply too much for the famed fast hands of Khan, who could have been stopped in the first.

Bud caught the Bolton man with a brilliant right hand just minutes into the fight, eventually knocking him down with a follow up left.

Crawford catches Khan

The Garden was on its feet and had that first round been five seconds longer, Khan would have been wiped out before the second bell.

King Khan did rally slightly in the following four rounds, but there was an air of inferiority as his hand speed and slick movement was nowhere near enough to stop the Nebraska champion in his tracks.

The sixth round saw the fight descend into controversy, with Khan's trainer Virgil Hunter declaring that his man could not continue after a 'low blow'.

Replays on the big screens around the arena drew gasps from the crowd, with Crawford casually leaning on his corner as Khan appeared on the cusp of throwing up.

At first, some thought Crawford had been disqualified, but the announcement of 'TKO' drew a chorus of boos from all around the iconic venue.

Everyone was eager to know what really happened, but the post-fight press conference - which Khan entered in his humble manner - did little to settle the doubts over the result.

Khan declared he was not a quitter, before Crawford snapped back by saying: "You quit, tell the truth."

The Brit tried to defend himself, but Crawford was adamant, asking Khan: "What happened? You quit with a shot to the leg?"

Khan did snap back by claiming he was hit "in the balls", with sections of the media then yelling out "it was a low blow" as Crawford simply sat back and smiled.

We may never know the full story of what happened in Khan's corner, but whether his story in the sport of boxing continues is another matter entirely.

Khan struggles in his corner

When asked about his next move, Khan replied: "I tried, I wanted to fight the best out there, I tried to win as many titles as I can.

"I want to see, I want to spend some time with my family and see where I go from there really.

"I mean I'm 32, still feel like I've got a lot left in me. I was up against a very good fighter today, very skilful.

"But you know, I'm just going to sit down with my family and see where I go from there but you know, I've still got a lot left in me, I still love the sport."

Khan's tweeted early Monday morning declaring that an 'announcement will be made soon'. With Kell Brook on the verge of signing for ESPN, that fight appears to finally be dead and buried.

If Khan were to bow out of the game after losing to Crawford, he leaves the sport on a high, regardless of the fact that some may label him a 'quitter' after last Saturday in New York.

This is a man who has never shirked away from fighting the very best and in boxing, that in itself simply has to be commended.

Khan made the brave step up to middleweight to fight the imperious Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in 2016 and was way up on the cards before being caught with a shot that would have knocked out a horse.

Victories over Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi, Devon Alexander and many, many more sum up a wonderful career.

But given Khan's fanbase across the Atlantic and the money available, don't be surprised if he takes on another welterweight star in the near future.

Khan may have one more fight in him

As for Crawford, he's well on the road to entering the sport's Hall of Fame and a fight against Errol Spence Jr could potentially be the bout of the decade - if it's ever made.

And with hometown heroes Teofimo Lopez and Shakur Stevenson also putting in confident displays on the undercard, the US side of the sport is looking as healthy as ever right now.

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