3. Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan Results, Review
Terence Crawford got to score a stoppage win over Amir Khan, but it came in perhaps the most unsatisfying way possible.
Early in the sixth round of their WBO welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden, Crawford landed a left hand below the belt that left Khan unable to continue fighting. As such, Crawford was declared the winner of the fight by TKO and the 14,091 that attended the event left angry and confused over the ending of the fight. The fight headlined a Top Rank on ESPN pay-per-view card.
It was a terrible way for a fight to conclude, given how people were already a little sour on the main event to begin with. The idea that Khan was going to give Crawford a serious challenge did seem a little far-fetched and it was confirmed as such in the first round when Crawford dropped Khan. Khan looked overwhelmed at times during the fight and showed that he is no longer the elite fighter that he once was.
After the fight, Crawford and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum called out IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. to a title unification, but those call outs will fall on deaf ears. The main reason why that fight will not be made right now is because Spence fights for Al Haymon's PBC while Crawford is with Top Rank. Given that each company has broadcast deals with different networks, it's hard to imagine all sides working together to make the fight possible any time soon.
It's another instance of big fights that should be made in boxing not being possible for a number of reasons that shouldn't exist if the promoters and networks are thinking about making the best fights a reality. Part of the issue stems from the fact that Spence's affiliation with PBC gives him plenty of big names to face for years before having to worry about a fight against Crawford. Fighters such as Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Manny Pacquiao and Danny Garcia are all with PBC and those fights are much easier to pull off than one against Crawford at this present time.
Whether or not we see Crawford vs. Spence at all is a question that might take years to answer.
April 20 Top Rank Boxing results from Madison Square Garden:
Terence Crawford defeated Amir Khan by TKO, round 6 to retain the WBO Welterweight Title: Crawford started the title bout off on the right foot, dropping Khan in the first round and nearly stopped him seconds later. Afterwards, Khan managed to find his rhythm and was able to connect a series of jabs and pushed Crawford back for certain stretches of the fight. For most of the fight, however, Crawford was outboxing and overpowering the challenger and the accidental low blow ended the show after Khan said he was unable to continue fighting.
Teofimo Lopez defeated Edis Tatli by KO, round 5 to retain the NABF Lightweight Title: Tatli fights well in the first round, standing tall and landing his jabs while not letting Lopez set up his powerful punches. That soon changes in the second round as he lets his hands go and dominates the rest of the fight. Lopez hurts Tatli with a series of power shots and is nearly dropped in the eighth round, which could have been scored 10-8 in favor of Lopez. Lopez closed the deal with a straight right hand to Tatli’s body halfway through the fifth round that left Tatli gasping for air and unable to get back up by the time the referee counted to 10. Lopez said he wants to headline Madison Square Garden in July for a world title and he did tell media during fight week that it could be for the WBC lightweight title, assuming Mikey Garcia vacates the belt. An announcement on the fate of the WBC belt is expected next week.
Shakur Stevenson defeated Christopher Diaz by unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91, 98-92) to retain the IBF Intercontinental Featherweight Title and win the NABO Featherweight Title: On paper, this was probably the most evenly-matched fight on the card. In reality, we saw Stevenson dominate Diaz from start to finish. Stevenson was able to put together several three-punch combinations with ease and showed very good defensive progress against a very game Diaz. The one negative in this fight was that both men repeatedly stepped on each other’s feet and it became so bad that it was a topic of conversation on the PPV broadcast late in the fight. Stevenson now moves to 11-0 as a pro and even though he’s only 21 years old, it’s hard to not call him a contender at this point in his career. Don’t be surprised if Stevenson gets a world title opportunity within the next 12 months.
Felix Verdejo defeated Bryan Vasquez by unanimous decision (97-93, 97-93, 98-92): Verdejo outboxes a very tough Vasquez in Verdejo’s first fight at Madison Square Garden since his first pro loss last year. Verdejo had to deal with a cut under his left eye but it didn’t factor in too much into the final result. Verdejo did get rocked in the final round, but Vasquez didn’t push for a knockdown in the closing seconds and Verdejo managed to hang on for the victory, Verdejo, once a top prospect, is now looking to get back into the mix at 135 pounds and a win over Vasquez gets his career back on track. If Verdejo wins a couple of more fights this year, he could potentially be a world title contender in 2020.
Carlos Adames defeated Frank Galarza by TKO, round 4, to win the NABF and NABO Junior Middleweight Titles
Edgar Berlanga defeated Samir Barbosa by TKO, round 1
Larry Fryers defeated Dakota Polley by unanimous decision
Lawrence Newton defeated Jonathan Garza by unanimous decision
Vikas Krishan defeated Noah Kidd by unanimous decision
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