By Victor Salazar
New York - Not many people were giving Amir Khan (35-3, 33 KO’s) a chance last Saturday when he took on pound-for-pound stalwart Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KO’s).
Khan, for what he lacked in punch resistance, always made up with it with his big heart. Many people felt that he would have his moments because of his quick hands and quick feet before Crawford would eventually catch up with him.
Crawford started early and quicker by dropping Khan in the first with a right hand. Crawford shows his boxing acumen by switching southpaw as he usually does and hurting Khan in the fifth. Then the sixth round came and Crawford caught Khan with an unintentional low bow. Khan would have been given 5 minutes to recover when his trainer Virgil Hunter waived the fight off.
When speaking to reporters as to why Hunter called off the fight, Khan said, “I can’t answer that question. I never quit in any fight. I rather be knocked out or go off on my shield. I wasn’t really hurt in the first round. It was more like a flash knockdown.
Khan definitely respected what he saw and felt from Crawford and sees why he’s one of the very best in the sport.
“He’s definitely better than I thought,” stated Khan. “That’s why he’s pound-for-pound one of the best.”
As for what’s next for Amir Khan, a lot of thinking before he makes his decisions.
“I am going to spend time with the family and see what’s what. It was a hard camp.”
A lot of people after Saturday night felt it was the end of the road for Khan - even if a big domestic fight with Kell Brook still looms. Khan doesn’t see this at the end of the road.
“No this is not my last fight,” Khan said. “It was one knockdown and I was hit with the low blow. I didn’t take a lot of punishment. It wasn’t really a rough fight. I think I will definitely be back. I don’t think I am done at the world championship level. I think I will always get a world title fight or be chosen for a world title fight.”