Veteran trainer and broadcaster Teddy Atlas was not a happy camper with the outcome of Saturday's big fight, which headlined the first pay-per-view event in the multi-year venture between Top Rank and ESPN.
Before a crowd of 14,091 in Madison Square Garden in New York City, Terence Crawford retained his WBO welterweight title by technical knockout Saturday night when Khan indicated to his corner that he wasn't able to continue after being hit with a low blow in the sixth round.
Crawford threw a left hand that hit Khan down low and Khan retreated toward his corner in pain. After taking a couple minutes trying to shake off the pain, his corner told the referee that Khan couldn't continue.
Atlas believes the ending will create a dent for everyone involved.
He felt Khan was being broken down, and mentally snapped at the end of the sixth.
"It hurts boxing. This is not good for boxing, this is not good for ESPN and this is not good for their debut pay-per-view [with Top Rank]," Atlas said
"Listen, [Khan] was getting it in the body. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to see there was a change. Crawford starting going [to the body], he was putting water in the basement."
Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) had knocked Khan down in the first round, but the final couple rounds had been competitive, with both fighters throwing hard shots from close range.
Referee David Fields didn't appear to see the final one that hit Khan (33-5) low. Khan could have taken five minutes trying to recover, but his trainer, Virgil Hunter, made the decision before then that Khan was finished.
Khan had indicated to him that he was in severe pain from the shot, and didn't have his legs under him.
Crawford was ahead 49-45 on two judges' cards and 50-44 on the other.