Crawford wins on a TKO, “The Takeover” keeps rolling, and the weekend roundup

Saturday, April 20th from New York, New York

Terence Crawford/Amir Khan

Terence Crawford defeated Amir Khan by TKO from Madison Square Garden when Khan could not continue due to an accidental low blow in the sixth round of their welterweight championship match.

Crawford (35-0, 26 KO’s) quickly showed Khan his excellent timing and power by knocking him down late in the first round with a counter right hand that was followed by a left hook.  When Khan (33-5, 20 KO’s) recovered, Crawford wobbled him again but the bell kept Crawford from finishing.

Khan slowly got himself back in the fight over the next few rounds although Crawford was clearly winning.  In the sixth, Crawford hit Khan with an accidental low blow.  The referee stopped the action and allowed Khan time to recover.  After a minute or so, Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter informed the referee that his fighter could not continue.

This was an anticlimactic way to end the fight but the contest was heading towards a Crawford victory one way or another.

Up next for Terence Crawford should be a P4P mega fight with Errol Spence although this is highly unlikely considering the bad blood between the fighters respective promoters.

 

Teofimo Lopez/Edis Tatli

The Takeover continues for Teofimo Lopez has he dispensed European champion Edis Tatli in the fifth round in their bout at Madison Square Garden.

Lopez (13-0, 11 KO’s) controlled the fight from the opening bell and was letting combinations go by landing a right and left that forced Tatli (31-3, 10 KO’s) back consistently.  In the fifth round, Lopez landed a strong right to the body that sent Tatli down for the count.

“I want a world title shot next,” Lopez said after the fight.  “We promised to take over the show, and once again, I took it over.”

Lopez is expected to headline a card this summer for Top Rank boxing with an eye towards a future match up with P4P king Vasiliy Lomachenko.

 

 

Saturday, April 20th from Carson, California

Danny Garcia/Adrian Granados

Former welterweight champ Danny Garcia became the first boxer to finish Adrian Granados by knockout when the referee waved off the fight in the seventh round after a trio of knockdowns.

Garcia (35-2, 21 KO’s) is usually a slow starter but came out as the aggressor right away and wobbled Granados in the first round with a left hook.  The momentum continued in the second round when Garcia sent Granados to the canvas with a short left uppercut.  Granados (20-7-2, 14 KO’s) got back to his feet but was soon back down from a massive right hand.

In the seventh round Garcia connected on a straight right hand that backed Granados up into the ropes where Garcia reeled off a four punch combo that forced the referee to stop the fight.

With the win Garcia has put himself back in the loaded welterweight division mix for a title shot.

 

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