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Crawford vs Khan: Live results, discussion, round by round

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Terence Crawford meets Amir Khan in tonight’s ESPN pay-per-view main event.

Terence Crawford v Amir Khan - Weigh-in Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

RESULTS


Round By Round

TERENCE CRAWFORD vs AMIR KHAN

Round 1: Both fighters come to center ring and take a moment to get a look a t one another. Khan throws first and grazes Crawford to the body. Crawford paws and flicks a couple jabs as he get’s Khan’s measure. Crawford throws a jab that Khan parries. Khan lands a right hand to the body. Crawford pivots and measures again but still hasn’t thrown a meaningful punch yet. Now Crawford throws a jab to the body. Khan lands a jab upstairs. Crawford throws a few jabs that don’t land at center ring. Counter right makes Khan do the Bambi dance and a left hook from Crawford crumples him! Khan gets up and wants to continue! Right hand from Crawfrd stuns Khan again and Khan is on wobbly legs! Right hand from Crawford wobbles Khan hard! Crawford 10-8.

Round 2: Khan is in dire straits early. Khan comes out on the defensive as he tries to get his legs underneath him. Khan throws a quick combination but walks into a Crawford counter. Crawford jabs at Khan and backs him off. Khan tries a jab to the body but falls off balance with his combination and he’s poking his chin out — Crawford is going to catch him. Counter from Crawford stuns Khan again! Khan keeps his composure and tries to measure his distance. Right hand lead lands for Khan. Jab lands for Crawford before the fighters fall into a clinch. Crawford 10-9, 20-17.

Round 3: Crawford starts with a jab that just misses. Khan lands a right hand after a jab. Khan circles the outside as Crawford measures with a few jabs. Crawford picks off Khan’s lead with a counter. Crawford fighting southpaw now and is switching up his look on Khan. Counter right hook lands for Crawford from the southpaw stance. Counter left to the body lands for Crawford. Khan falls forward behind a right hand again leaving himself exposed. Two punches from Crawford buckles Khan’s legs at the bell. It’s just a matter of time, folks. Crawford 10-9.

Round 4: Crawford comes back out in the southpaw stance and throws a couple shots before ending up in a clinch with Khan. Counter right hand from Crawford lands on Khan. Khan rushes forward behind four quick punches and falls into a clinch. Jab lands clean for Crawford. Khan tries a couple more quick punches but takes a counter to the body. Crawford lands a nasty flurry that hurts Khan badly! Kell Brook must be having an orgasmic experience sitting ringside. Hard left hook from Crawford rocks Khan! Khan is taking a terrible beating. Hard right to the body lands for Crawford before the bell. Crawford 10-9, 40-35.

Round 5: Khan throws a wild right and falls into a clinch. Crawford leans a hard right hook to the body from the southpaw stance. Counter left hand lands for Crawford. Crawford switches back to orthodox and eats a couple more shots from Crawford. Khan has been get hit clean to the head and body with hard shots since the first round. Jab lands for Crawford, who continues to switch stances on Khan while being massively effective from both stances. Khan lands a left hand and another jab that follows. Right hand lands for Khan but it’s not enough. Crawford 10-9.

Round 6: Jab starts the round from Crawford, who comes out in the orthodoz stance. Counter right hand lands for Crawford, who then lands a clear low blow on Khan. The referee gives Khan some time to recover from the shot. The fight is now being stopped for some odd reason. Khan Khan’t Khantinue! The low blow in question was the result of an accidental foul but it’s not clear why the fight needed to be stopped. It’s now being said that Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter requested a stoppage, making it a TKO win for Crawford. Crawford TKO-6.

TEOFIMO LOPEZ vs EDIS TATLI

Round 1: Lopez comes out with a quick jab that doesn’t land. Tatli lands his lead jab. Lopez falls short on a right hand to the body that followed a jab. Lopez misses on a right hand as Tatli circles out of range. Lopez stalking and partially lands a left hook. Right hand to the body partially lands for Lopez this time. Tatli lands another jab upstairs. Two more body shots come from Lopez but don’t land too clean. Lopez 10-9.

Round 2: Lopez lands a jab to the body. Lopez partially lands a left hand upstairs. Lopez leaps in with one of his patented lead hooks but can’t find the mark. Now Lopez doubles up the left hand and lands the second one to the body. Another left hand from Lopez scores to the body. Lead left hook partially lands the left hand upstairs. Lopez throws two hooks as Tatli holds a tight guard. Combination lands for Lopez to the body. Two more body shots score for Lopez before the bell. Lopez 10-9, 20-18.

Round 3: Lopez leads with a left hook but can’t land it clean. Now Tatli throws his own lead hook and makes contact. Another lead hook comes from Tatli but Lopez is able to catch it this time. Lopez stalks Tatli around the rind and jumps in with a left hook that Tatli blocks. Lopez jabs to the body. Jab comes from Tatli but falls short. Lopez presses Tatli to the ropes and gets in a body shot. Combination from Lopez doesn’t land clean but backs Tatli up. Lopez walks in behind three hard hooks but can’t land them cleanly. Tatli is on the defensive so Lopez is going to have to find a way to break him down if he’s going to score a stoppage. Lopez 10-9.

Round 4: Lopez starts off with a jab, then two more. Tatli responds with a jab and then gets back on the move. Jab to the body comes from Lopez. Now Tatli lands a clean jab. Lopez comes forward again and targets the body. Right hook from Lopez gets partially blocked by Tatli. Lopez throws a combination as Tatli covers up. Hard left hook lands to the body for Lopez, clearly hurting Tatli. Tatli gets buzzes by a few hard shots but gets saved by a clinch. Lopez getting more aggressive and walks in behind a couple more hooks. Lopez 10-9, 40-36.

Round 5: Jab lands for Lopez. Lopez comes forward behind a few punches to the body and head. Jab lands for Tatli. Jab falls short for Tatli. Hard right hand lands to the body for Lopez and puts Tatli down hard! Tatli can’t beat the count. Lopez KO-5.

SHAKUR STEVENSON vs CHRISTOPHER DIAZ

Round 1: Both fighters jockey for position and Stevenson misses on a lead jab. Stevenson misses on a couple of more jabs but slips Diaz’s jab as well. No one has landed a clean punch over a minute into the round. Diaz charges forward with a combination and lands a body shot. Now Stevenson lands a straight left to the body. Another straight left scores for Stevenson, who partially lands a left hook as Diaz walks in. Stevenson ducks a hook from Diaz who uses a lot of lateral movement while trying to time counters. Stevenson 10-9.

Round 2: Diaz misses on a wide right hand to open the round and tries to maul Stevenson during a clinch while the referee calls for a break. Diaz walks right back onto Stevenson and lands a left to the body. Stevenson throws a sharp straight left to the body which breaks Diaz’s forward momentum. Diaz tries to step on Stevenson’s lead foot to hold him in place for a right hand. Check hook gets caught on Diaz’s guard. Another straight left to the body scores for Stevenson, then another. Short combination lands for Stevenson as Diaz covers up. Stevenson 10-9, 20-18.

Round 3: Counter jab lands for Stevenson to start the round. Stevenson pushes Diaz down and gets a warning from the referee. Straight left to the body lands for Stevenson, then a better one the second time around. Jabs land for Stevenson as he keeps popping Diaz upstairs, then stabbing him down to the body. Straight left lands again for Stevenson and every time he lands he makes Diaz a more stationary target. Stevenson starts teeing off on Diaz who is hold a tight guard but taking leather from all angles. Another straight left lands upstairs for Stevenson this time. Another straight left lands clean to Diaz’s head. Dominant round for Stevenson, 10-9.

Round 4: Stevenson flicks a jab and continues to use lateral movement to keep Diaz from setting his feet. Stevenson lands a right hook as he times Diaz’s forward movement. Straight left to the head and body makes contact for Stevenson. Diaz forces Stevenson to the ropes and lands a left hand. Another combination comes from Stevenson at center ring. Another straight left to the body lands for Stevenson. Fast combinations from Stevenson have been keeping Diaz on the defensive at center ring. Diaz throws two hooks to the body. Stevenson 10-9, 40-36.

Round 5: Straight left partially lands for Stevenson. Another combination comes from Stevenson but Diaz presses through it and backs Stevenson to the ropes, but not before the referee forces a break. Stevenson throws combinations as Diaz covers up, resembling a heavy bag. Diaz isn’t able to throw enough punches to break down Stevenson at this rate. Now Diaz lands a hard shot that got Stevenson’s attention. Stevenson takes a breath and rattles off a three-punch combination of his own. Stevenson taunts Diaz to end the round. Stevenson 10-9.

Round 6: Diaz tries to push forward and gets off some punches and starts making more contact on Stevenson. Now Diaz eats a hard shot from Stevenson. Combination from Stevenson targets the body and head of Diaz. Left hook to the body lands for Diaz. Stevenson throws a flurry of punches as Diaz tries to get him to punch himself out. Left hand from Stevenson scores at the end of a jab. Better round for Diaz but I think Stevenson is still outscoring him. Stevenson 10-9, 60-54.

Round 7: Combination comes from Stevenson to kick things off. Diaz charges forward with a few punches but can’t land clean. Both fighters jockey for position as Diaz continues to try to step on Stevenson’s foot to keep him in position to land punches. Stevenson returns the favor. Short combination lands for Stevenson. Stevenson 10-9.

Round 8: Counter jab lands for Stevenson as Diaz steps forward. Combination comes from Stevenson and Diaz covers up again. Both fighters trade punches and fall into a clinch. Right hand from Diaz falls short. Straight right to the body lands for Diaz. Lead left hand lands for Stevenson as the then skips along the ropes. Diaz misses on two body shots. Jab lands for Stevenson. Stevenson is in control. Stevenson 10-9, 80-72.

Round 9: Diaz steps in and lands a left to the body. Jab lands for Stevenson. Diaz misses on two wide punches which reek of desperation. Jab lands for Stevenson. Combination from Stevenson lands again to the body and head. Stevenson snaps another jab and then steps to the side. Wild punches from Dia hit the air. Stevenson 10-9.

Round 10: Last round. Stevenson leads with a measuring jab. Diaz stalks forward but walks into a jab. Stevenson moves laterally and skips out of range on a couple of Diaz punches. Diaz tries to goad Stevenson into getting into a firefight with him but Stevenson isn’t going for it. Left to the body lands for Diaz. Right hand from Diaz partially lands. Stevenson lands a jab. Diaz misses on a couple punches as he gets Stevenson to a corner. Stevenson looks content to wind out the clock by skipping around the ring and Diaz charges forward with a couple punches. Diaz 10-9. I’ve got it for Stevenson 99-91.

FELIX VERDEJO vs BRYAN VASQUEZ

Round 1: Verdejo leads with a jab that falls short. Verdejo takes center ring and Vasquez throws a short combination. Three punches come from Verdejo that don’t land effectively. Vasquez scores a jab to the body. Right hand from Verdejo just misses. Stiff jab lands for Verdejo this time, rocking Vasquez’s jaw. Right hand to the body lands for Verdejo during a combination on the inside. Another jab lands for Verdejo as he shows a little movement. Right hand from Vasquez misses. Jab lands again for Verdejo. Verdejo 10-9.

Round 2: Two jabs come from Verdejo but don’t land well. Now Verdejo lands a one-two combination upstairs. Vasquez throws a three-punch combination as Verdejo covers up. Two long punches come from Verdejo but Vasquez is able to evade them. Vasquez throws a couple of glancing shots but finds himself back on the ropes and takes a couple of shots back from Verdejo. Jab lands for Verdejo at center ring. Another jab lands for Verdejo and Vasquez moves off the line. Vasquez throws a combination that is largely ineffective to end the round. I think Verdejo’s jab is winning him the opening rounds but Vasquez isn’t making it easy. Verdejo 10-9, 20-18.

Round 3: Verdejo leads with a jab that Vasquez parries. Vasquez falls off balance with a jab to the body. Right hand lands to the body for Vasquez. Vasquez throws a short three-punch combination to the body and head, making partial contact. Clean left hook lands upstairs for Verdejo as he pulls out of a clinch. Uppercut to the body lands for Vasquez. Right hook to the body lands for Verdejo. Vasquez is throwing in combination but he just doesn’t seem to have much pop on his punches. Clean jab snaps Vasquez’s head back. Vasquez is game but I like Verdejo’s cleaner boxing. Verdejo 10-9.

Round 4: Jab misses for Verdejo to open the round. Clean right hand counter lands for Vasquez. Verdejo comes forward behind a combination but can’t quite land on Vasquez as he retreats. Short left hand lands for Vasquez. Verdejo is cut under his left eye now. Right hand lands for Vasquez on Verdejo’s cut. Vasquez comes forward behind a barrage of punches that aren’t heavy shots but are making some contact. Vasquez 10-9, 37-39.

Round 5: Verdejo slips a jab from Vasquez. Now Verdejo lands his own jab with Vasquez backed towards the roeps. Verdejo throws a combination but Vasquez is able to defend the shots along the ropes. Verdejo throws a few more shots that don’t land well but Vasquez hasn’t thrown many punches in this round. Chopping right hand glances off Vasquez’s head. One-two lands for Verdejo who is starting to have more success getting in his power shots. Right hand lands for Verdejo at the bell. Verdejo 10-9.

Round 6: Both fighters trade jabs but neither land clean. Double jab comes from Verdejo, then a couple more as he doesn’t land but maneuvers Vasquez back to the ropes. Two body shots land on the inside for Verdejo. Hard right hand lands to the body for Verdejo, who is starting to get more aggressive and throwing with meaner intentions. Short left hook partially lands for Verdejo. I think Vasquez is tired because his work rate has slow considerably the last couple of round. Right hand lands for Vasquez this time. Verdejo 10-9, 59-55.

Round 7: Verdejo lansd a jab to open the round. Vasquez steps in and throws two shots but takes two much bigger punches in return from Verdejo. Two hard body shots land for Verdejo. Vasquez throws a short combination but he has nothing on his punches. Right hand lands for Vasquez. Verdejo lands a stiff jab. Verdejo throws a left to the body that scores. Verdejo charges back with a flurry of punches that pushes Vasquez to the ropes. Vasquez comes back forward throws some soft looping punches. Two jabs land for Verdejo just before the bell. Better round for Vasquez but it’s not enough for me. Verdejo 10-9.

Round 8: Verdejo misses on a right hand to the body. Vasquez flicks several jabs but they fall short. Verdejo just misses on a big right hand. Left hook lands to the body for Vasquez. Jab from Vasquez lands but Verdejo lands a solid right hand in return. Jab lands for Verdejo. Sloppy action from both fighters to end the round. Vasquez had more of his kind of fight in this round. Vasquez 10-9, 78-74.

Round 9: Jab lands to the body for Verdejo. Another jab targets the body for Verdejo. Verdejo steps forward behind a looping right hand that misses. Vasquez eats a right hand this time. Vasquez hasn’t thrown many punches in this round and is giving it away. Now Vasquez throws a body shot. Short right hand partially lands for Verdejo. Verdejo lands a few hard body shots and Vasquez leans on the rope to mock him. Verdejo 10-9.

Round 10: Last round. Both fighters trade jabs but neither land. Counter right hand lands for Verdejo. Jab to the body lands for Verdejo. Verdejo steps forward and lands another body shot. Verdejo flurries to the body and Vasquez complains that one of the shots landed low. Vasquez lands a left hand. Left hand from Vasquez knocks Verdejo off balance. Right hand lands for Verdejo, who throws exchanges with Vasquez to the final bell. Verdejo 10-9. I’ve got it for Verdejo 98-92 in a less-than-spectacular showing, but a win nonetheless.


Tonight at 9 pm ET, ESPN jumps into the pay-per-view game with a four-fight show headlined by Terence Crawford taking on Amir Khan for Crawford’s WBO welterweight title.

Prelim coverage will begin at 6 pm ET on ESPN2. Wil Esco will be on the call for the pay-per-view fights.

Crawford is considered one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighters, and pundits and fans see this matchup with Khan as something of a mismatch, though Khan is a talented fighter.

The pay-per-view undercard features lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez facing former European champion Edis Tatli, featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson stepping up against Christopher Diaz, and lightweight Felix Verdejo, once considered a top prospect, matched against Bryan Vasquez in the opener.

The prelim portion of the show will be headlined by junior middleweights Carlos Adames and Frank Galarza, plus we’ll see bantamweight prospect Lawrence Newton and junior middleweight prospect Vikas Krishan of India.

Here’s the full card:

ESPN2, 6:00 pm ET

  • Carlos Adames (16-0, 13 KO) vs Frank Galarza (20-2-2, 12 KO), junior middleweights, 10 rounds
  • Vikas Krishan (1-0, 1 KO) vs Noah Kidd (3-1-1, 2 KO), junior middleweights, 6 rounds
  • Edgar Berlanga (9-0, 9 KO) vs Samir dos Santos Barbosa (37-15-3, 26 KO), super middleweights, 8 rounds
  • Larry Fryers (9-1, 3 KO) vs Dakota Polley (5-2, 2 KO), junior welterweights, 4 or 6 rounds

Pay-Per-View, 9:00 pm ET

  • Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KO) vs Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KO), welterweights, 12 rounds
  • Teofimo Lopez (12-0, 10 KO) vs Edis Tatli (31-2, 10 KO), lightweights, 12 rounds
  • Shakur Stevenson (10-0, 6 KO) vs Christopher Diaz (24-1, 16 KO), featherweights, 10 rounds
  • Felix Verdejo (24-1, 16 KO) vs Bryan Vasquez (37-3, 20 KO), lightweights, 10 rounds