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Amir Khan vs Terence Crawford result: American wins by sixth round knockout to retain WBO world title

Relive all the action from Madison Square Garden

Tom Kershaw
Sunday 21 April 2019 05:44
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Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan preview

Amir Khan's dream of finally proving himself one of the finest fighters in the world ended in a controversial defeat when he was stopped in the sixth round after a low blow by the great Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Fighting to also become a two-weight world champion by adding the WBO welterweight title to his impressive list of honours, Khan had long pursued this opportunity which has likely ended his career at the highest level, leaving him with few remaining lucrative options.

A domestic fight with long-term rival Kell Brook will appeal until either retires, but for the 32-year-old Khan - groomed for greatness since winning an Olympic silver medal in 2004 aged 17 - his successful time as an attraction in the US may have passed.

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Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's welterweight clash between Terence Crawford and Amir Khan.

We'll be bringing you updates from 1am tonight, with the two fighters due to make their ring walk around 3am. 

In the meantime, here's Steve Bunce's big fight preview on the 'kid from Bolton' and his fascinating career:

Samuel Lovett20 April 2019 12:54
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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage as Amir Khan attempts to achieve what many have already deemed the impossible as he challenges pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Tom Kershaw21 April 2019 01:00
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Khan is taking on one of the greatest fighters in the world tonight. Perhaps, even with that harrowing knockout defeat to Canelo Alvarez, the most talented in his career. 

Crawford is undefeated in 34 fights, a three-weight world champion, and became just the third undisputed champion in boxing's modern era after unifying all the belts at 140lbs. 

Consensus says Khan is on his way out. He believes, though, that he is ready to shock the world.

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Here is the scene for tonight's bout, arguably the most iconic venue in all of boxing, New York's Madison Square Garden.

It's a happy hunting ground for Crawford, who defeated 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz by knockout in the 10th round almost two years ago in the very same ring.

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Steve Bunce is in New York covering the fight tonight. Here is his take on the majesty of Terence Crawford.

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Crawford is known for his brilliant technical ability, but he possesses elite power too.

Tonight, he has vowed to go for the knockout.

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Two of the most exciting prospects in boxing will be showcased on the undercard tonight. 

2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson makes the first big step-up of his professional career at just 21 years old as he takes on former world title challenger Christopher Diaz.

Knockout specialist Teofimo Lopez, who is on course for a future showdown with Vasyl Lomachenko, then faces the Finn Edis Tatli. 

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Who are boxing's biggest names backing? 

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It's not long now until Shakur Stevenson, who is being mentored by Crawford and retired former pound-for-pound No 1 Andre Ward, takes to the ring. Here are his final words from the dressing room:

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Amir Khan is in the building.

Tom Kershaw21 April 2019 02:03

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