The senseless rhetoric over Boxing’s pound-for-pound king doesn’t matter to those doing the fighting. Entering Saturday night’s boxing showcase at Madison Square Garden, Terence Crawford was among the 2-3 names being circulated for the sport’s highest symbolic order, the others being former Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “The Matrix” Lomachenko, and lineal middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. After securing a 6th round TKO his opponent last night, the debate over boxing supremacy isn’t any closer to sorting itself out. Not until they all meet in the middle at a predetermined catchweight.
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As for Amir Khan’s plight in the contest, no one can fault him for accepting P4P contender, even though Crawford’s utter dominance will effectively emasculate him in the process – but only to the casual boxing fan who doesn’t understand the guts, it takes to enter the ring (in the first place).
In the end, it was an accidental low blow administered by Terence Crawford that allowed Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter a moment reprieve – where he plainly asked his fighter if he had it in him to continue. Referee David Fields thereby put a halt to the contest with the 6th round put on a temporary pause.
To his credit, Amir Khan took his bow, when he could have just easily complained about the accidental punch(es) to his loins. “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 the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.” Crawford for his part is looking forward to the challenge he might face in unifying the welterweight straps held by the Shawn Porter, Errol Spence and Keith “One Time” Thurman’s the world. This is an exciting time for boxing in America, do take notice.