Crawford was dominating Khan before the low blow (Picture: Getty)Stephen A. Smith claims he is ‘done’ with Amir Khan and never wants to see him fight again after a controversial end to the Brit’s title bid against Terence Crawford.
Khan was hit with a low blow by WBO champion Crawford in the sixth round and was legally allowed five minutes to recover.
However, after consulting with his trainer Virgil Hunter at ringside, Khan was pulled from the fight.
ESPN commentator Smith has joined in with a chorus of voices slamming Khan for ‘quitting’.
He said: ‘Trainer Virgil Hunter just told a [national] audience he asked Amir Khan if he wanted to continue and Khan said ‘No’.
‘It’s official. I am done with Amir Khan.
Trainer Virgil Hunter just told a Nat’l Audience he ASKED @amirkingkhan if he wanted to continue and Khan said “No.” its official. I AM DONE with @amirkingkhan. Don’t even want to see him fight anymore. He wanted Hunter to rescue him from an imminent Knockout. I’m totally Done!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) April 21, 2019
‘Don’t even want to see him fight anymore. He wanted Hunter to rescue him from an imminent knockout. I’m totally done.’
Smith’s initial reaction was to say Hunter stopped the fight, but there was still some harsh words for Khan.
‘Man, give me a damn break,’ Smith tweeted right after the fight. ‘I’m sorry, but that did not look like Amir Khan got hit in the privates.
Khan was pulled out of the fight in the sixth round (Picture: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)‘And he didn’t quit, his trainer did. This is some straight B.S.
‘Feel bad for Terence Crawford. His time was wasted. Goodbye Khan. What a damn shame.’
Khan has now denied it was his decision to stop the fight, insisting his intention was to continue before his coach intervened.