Terence Crawford bizarrely stops Amir Khan
WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over former unified super lightweight world champion Amir Khan (33-5, 20 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd of 14,091 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but not without some debate.
Crawford, who dropped Khan in the first round and despite eating some right hands from Khan appeared firmly in control won the bout on an odd circumstance. Crawford punched Khan below the belt, Khan dropped to his knee and eventually said he couldn’t continue, yet rather than it is a technical decision win, the bout was ruled a knockout.
A minor detail as Khan was losing every round on the scorecards, but something of note.
2016 Houndras Olympian lightweight Teofimo Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth-round KO over former world title challenger Edis Tatli (31-3, 10 KOs). Lopez struggled at times with Tatli’s jab, but still knocked him out with a body shot in the fifth.
2016 U.S. silver medalist and featherweight contender Shakur Stevenson (11-0, 6 KOs) easily handled former world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (24-2, 16 KOs) over ten rounds. Stevenson used his ability to gauge the distance to offset an advantage Diaz had on the inside.
The judges saw it 100-90, 99-91, 98-92 for Stevenson.
Lightweight Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (25-1, 16 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former interim world champion Bryan Vasquez (37-4, 20 KOs). Verdejo got cut on his right eye, and neither fighter stood out too much in the bout
The judges saw it 97-93, 97-93, 98-92.
Super welterweight contender Carlos “El Caballo Bronco” Adames (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a fourth-round TKO over Frank “Notorious” Galarza (20-3-2, 12 KOs) in a bout for the NABF and NABO titles. Adames who is known for his heavy hands dropped Galarza and seconds later stopped him.
Middleweight Edgar Berlanga (10-0, 10 KOs) needed just 46 seconds to stop veteran Samir Dos Santos (37-15-3, 26 KOs).
Two-time Olympian super welterweight Vikas “The Indian Tank” Krishan (2-0, 1 KO) got a six-round decision over Noah Kidd (3-2-1, 2 KOs).
Super lightweight Larry Fryers (10-1, 3 KOs) picked up a six-round shutout over Dakota Polley (5-3, 2 KOs).
Bantamweight Lawrence “BT” Newton (12-0, 7 KOs) decisioned Jonathan Garza (7-3, 2 KOs) over six rounds.