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Celebrity News | Crawford wins by TKO when Khan can't continue

Crawford wins by TKO when Khan can't continue


NEW YORK -- The argument over who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world has been largely a two-man discussion between unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and welterweight titlist Terence Crawford, who have had a chance to make their latest statements within eight days of each other.

Last week, it was Lomachenko, the three-division champion, who destroyed former lightweight titlist Anthony Crolla by one-sided, one-punch knockout in the fourth round. Crawford kept pace with a sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, but not in the authoritative way he might have wanted.

The fight ended in the sixth round, when Khan's trainer, Virgil Hunter, told referee David Fields that Khan could not continue after an accidental low blow in the main event of the first Top Rank Boxing on ESPN pay-per-view card.

"I want to apologize to all the fans. The fight was just getting interesting," Khan said. "Terence is a great fighter. I'm not taking anything away from him. I now realize why he's one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I'm a good boxer but he was showcasing great skills, great movement.

"I was caught with shot below the belt. I could feel it in my stomach. I couldn't continue. I could feel it in my legs. I'm a warrior. I would never give up in a fight like this. I was in pain. I couldn't move. I could not continue. I'm not one to give up in any fight. I fight to the end. I'm gonna come back stronger from this."

It was a disappointing ending to an otherwise strong showing from Crawford, who dominated but was nonetheless robbed of a chance to close his second title defense in style.

"I could tell I was breaking him down. It was just a matter of time," Crawford said. "I just took my time. I was disappointed the corner stopped the fight in that manner, but Virgil is a great coach, and he was looking out for his fighter. I know he didn't want to go out like that."

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