Amir Khan “need to retire now” after being pulled out of his wrestle with Terence Crawford, says Steve Bunce.
Briton Khan, 32, took a low blow from American WBO world welterweight champion Crawford within the sixth round at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Unbeaten Crawford, 31, later accused Khan of quitting which the worn two-weight world champion denied.
“We can now now not preserve applauding him for his heart and guts and bravado,” BBC pundit Bunce told the 5 Stay Boxing podcast.
“He’ll be throwing punches till the cows near home.”
Khan turned into knocked down within the first round by Crawford and turned into dead on all three judges’ scorecards when the wrestle ended.
Crawford – who has held world titles in three weight divisions – drove a left hook into Khan’s groin 47 seconds into the sixth, leaving him in “too unheard of” effort to proceed.
“I belief Amir Khan regarded awkward, his steadiness regarded heart-broken, his shot risk wasn’t huge,” Bunce added.
“In most cases his toes would per chance maybe even be nasty when he’s indolent. That is now now not a criticism, that is a fact.
“We’re looking at a kid who need to retire now. I’m looking at the pause of the wrestle, being outclassed even despite the real fact that you’re preventing your heart out, how heart-broken his toes had been, how desperately he missed every on occasion.”
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‘He wasn’t procuring for a approach out’ – did Khan stop?
Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter acknowledged the boxer turned into “incapacitated” by Crawford’s low punch, with Khan including he “couldn’t deem straight” after the blow.
On Sunday, Khan as soon as more rejected Crawford’s claims that he had stop, announcing on Twitter “I would per chance presumably pretty gather knocked out icy” – before revealing he turned into “peeing blood”.
“I build now now not deem there is any suggestion he bought hit with a 1/2 shot and made up our minds to prevent,” acknowledged Bunce.
“Crawford doesn’t deem he hit him low, so of course Crawford thinks he stop because he thinks he hit him with a kindly shot.
“I’ve checked out it in some detail and it certainly comes from the leg and looks devour it goes into the groin protector. Can that employ you at such an attitude? Effective it would per chance maybe.”
Khan has confronted criticism at some level of his occupation, both in and out of the ring, and Bunce believes Saturday’s carry out would per chance presumably add gasoline to the fireplace.
“Or now now not it would urge and urge, because this can swimsuit every other folks’s agenda to add ‘quitter’ to ‘glass chin’, to add ‘quitter’ to ‘flash so-and-so’,” Bunce added.
“I can now now not divulge with easy job that he stop. I can now now not divulge with easy job that at that level he turned into hurt passable.
“However I know for one thing that he wasn’t procuring for a approach out.”
Old world champion Barry McGuigan acknowledged it turned into “very hazardous” to name Khan a quitter.
Talking on BBC Radio 5 Stay’s Sportsweek programme, McGuigan acknowledged: “You undercover agent at Khan’s occupation and the fights he’s been in and the one thing he consistently had turned into immense courage, dedication and getting up off the ground.
“You think of the Breidis Prescott wrestle, the Canelo (Alvarez) wrestle, the Danny Garcia wrestle – there is now not any stop in him.
“I correct deem he took the gleaming risk and purchased out because he turned into down.
“If he’d long gone on and been humiliatingly knocked out and dropped a lot of conditions and then flattened, then other folks would were calling for him to cease.
“Now I dispute with Virgil Hunter’s resolution, he’s bought the risk of resurrecting the likely of a wrestle with Kell Brook someplace down the toll road.”