Terence Crawford dominates Amir Khan before farcical low blow ending
Terence Crawford retained his WBO welterweight title in a farcical ending following a dominant performance against Amir Khan.
‘Bud’ was on form from the get-go and dropped Khan early proving yet again the Briton’s continued frailties.
Once the first round was out of the way, it seemed a matter of time before Khan was caught and dropped again.
Taking some heavy shots, Khan managed to stay on his feet despite being wobbled on a few occasions.
With Crawford winning every round and Khan marked up to face and body, the end was near.
A low blow in the sixth round, which was clearly in the groin, gave Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter the opportunity to step in.
Hunter told the ringside doctor to end the fight as Khan tried to recover but was clearly in discomfort.
In the aftermath, Crawford and promoter Bob Arum called on Al Haymon and Errol Spence for a unification.
It’s not likely to happen though unless both sides agree to stage a Pay-Per-View event on ESPN and FOX simultaneously.
For Khan, and with UK rival Kell Brook watching at ringside, it was a bitter ending to what looked an inevitable loss.
Lightweight star and Vasyl Lomachenko suitor Teofimo Lopez blasted out Edis Tatli in the fifth round.
A bruising body shot was enough to end the hopes of the former European champion and land at thirteenth victory.
Lopez had been gradually chipping away until the time was right to connect and end the night.
Many see Lomachenko as a step too far for Lopez at the moment, with possibly a 2020 encounter more likely for the 21 year-old.
One of Top Rank’s big world title hopes, Shakur Stevenson waltzed to a decision triumph with ease against Christopher Diaz.
Dazzling for ten round, except the final session when Stevenson showboated his way to the final bell.
In the end, wide scores came back from the judges before Stevenson called out Josh Warrington.
Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo had too much for Bryan Vasquez but still looks far from the finished article.
Making heavy weather of proceedings and suffering facial damage, Verdejo took a unanimous decision after ten rounds.