Terence Crawford Beats Amir Khan At Madison Square Garden
Terence Crawford has defeated Amir Khan in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Over the last few years Terence Crawford has built a reputation as one of the best boxers in the world. For many it is between Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko in the stakes of who is the pound for pound boxer right now, with the American second to the Ukrainian according to the Ring rankings.
The American has been world champion since beating Ricky Burns in Glasgow in March 2014. The win in Britain earned him the WBO lightweight title before he moved up and won the light welterweight title and unified the whole division before eventually moving up to welterweight.
Crawford took a 34-0 record into his fight with Khan and the 2004 Olympic silver medalist had rather a different route to their fight.
Despite his success in Athens as a 17 year old, and the only fighter who represented Great Britain at those games, Khan has never had the universal love of his countrymen felt by the likes of Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe.
The 32 year olds most recent loss was a knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez, his first outing at middleweight, but had won the two fights since the stunning stoppage to Alvarez.
In five fights at welterweight Khan had been undefeated and he'd worked hard to once again put himself in with a chance of winning a world title.
Ahead of the fight Crawford acknowledged his opponents speed but didn't think it would be enough to win, saying last month, "Khan might be fast but I'm a great boxer myself and I'm not the slowest fighter by any means. I believe in my skills and I don't believe it's just my punch power, I believe it's my overall skills that will lead to victory."
Khan headed into his second appearance at MSG, and the first in the main room having faced Paulie Malignaggi in the 'Theatre' at MSG in 2010, as the huge underdog.
Who should Khan face next? Will he ever fight Kell Brook?