Amir Khan has said ‘I still got a lot left in me’ after accusations that he willingly quit in his WBO welterweight challenge against Terence Crawford.
There are two types of courage in boxing. One is the type of straightforward, physical bravery we all admire. Alone when the bell goes, risking life and limb, each fighter knows that they could be pushed to the limits of their physical bravery and pain tolerance when they step between the ropes.
In short, the qualities every boxer possesses that most mortals are awed by.
Yet there’s another, more complex, type of courage that elite boxers must possess: competitive courage. At the highest level, we ask boxers not just to risk their health but to endanger their reputation and pride by choosing to face the very best in their division, i.e. career-defining fights they might well lose … BOXING NEWS
Khan’s coach pulled him out of the fight after he took a low blow from Crawford in the sixth round at Madison Square Garden, but the British boxer insisted ‘I would never quit, I would rather get knocked out’.