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Crawford beats Khan after low blow – KBC

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Amir Khan’s WBO world welterweight title fight with Terence Crawford ended in bizarre fashion when he was pulled out by his corner after a low blow.

Floored in the opening round, Khan took an accidental shot to his groin in the sixth and, after consulting his corner, said he was in “too much” pain.

American champion Crawford was dominant and later questioned whether Khan quit, urging the Briton to “tell the truth”.

“I would never quit, I would rather get knocked out,” Khan, 32, said.

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“I have never been hit below the belt and was in pain.

“I want to apologise to all of the fans. The fight was just getting interesting.”

Boos rang out at New York’s Madison Square Garden after the fight, and BBC Sport commentator Mike Costello said Khan “could be in for a storm of abuse”.

Former world middleweight champion Andy Lee said Khan had “done himself a misservice”, while former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi said he “wasn’t going to get back into the fight”.

Khan – a heavy underdog against the undefeated Crawford, who has held world titles in three weight divisions – looked nervy during his ring walk and a right hand staggered him in round one, allowing Crawford to send him to the canvas.

He was unable to live with the slickness the champion brought and took hard shots to the body in round four, landing sporadic – if light – punches of his own.

When Crawford, 31, drove a left hook into his groin in the sixth, Khan was legally allowed to take five minutes to recover but, after about a minute, the bell sounded.

“I could feel it in my stomach and legs. I said ‘I can’t move’,” Khan said. “There was no point taking five minutes out, I could not continue. I am not one to give up. I was hit by a hard shot below the belt.

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“I couldn’t continue as the pain was too much.”

When an accidental injury ends a bout in which four rounds have been contested, the judges’ cards are used, but the announcement of a technical knockout meant Khan was stopped.

Crawford was leading 49-45 50-44 49-45 on the cards at the time of the stoppage.

There was brief confusion as to whether he might have been disqualified but upon being declared the victor he immediately said he hoped to face IBF champion Errol Spence Jr next.

     British rival Kell Brook said he thought Khan “quit”.

In the post-fight news conference Khan was responding to claims he had done so when Crawford interrupted by asking: “Did you quit? Tell the truth”.

Malignaggi added: “It was on its way to being a stoppage. That’s probably the best way for Amir to leave the ring because it means he’s not going to take any more punishment. He wasn’t going to get back into the fight.

      Khan – a former two-weight world champion – has faced long-standing criticism over his       durability but saw this as a chance to again join the sport’s elite by humbling a man often lauded as the best fighter across any weight division.

Khan, who shot to prominence when he won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, has stepped into the ring with some of the sport’s stellar names and if his career were to end, Bunce believes he would be “in the top 25 British fighters of all time”.

Crawford, meanwhile, continues to offer a dazzling blend of poise, counter-punching and ruthlessness, positioning him for further greatness.

 



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Interior PS Karanja Kibicho hints at reopening of the economy: The Standard

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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho. [File, Standard]
NairobiOn Saturday June 6, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to give a way forward in regard to cessation of movement in the affected counties

Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho has hinted on a likely phased re-opening of the country even as Kenyans await eagerly on the new measures set to be announced on Saturday.

In an interview with Radio Citizen, Kibicho said the government had found itself in a difficult position since recorded Covid-19 cases in the country are on the rise but noted high-level discussions were ongoing.
“We cannot lock-down forever, the government makes its money from taxes, currently people are not at work, personally I think we can re-open but under strict guidelines,” Kibicho said.
According to the PS, some restrictions may be lifted although the government will not be relaxing the requirements on face-masks and social distancing.
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“Companies willing to re-open will need to ensure guidelines on face-masks and social distancing are adhered to because the new coronavirus is still here with us,” he added.
Kibicho urged Kenyans to remain vigilant and not to expect a sudden normalcy saying the re-opening of the economy was a very delicate balance requiring the participation of everyone.
On Saturday June 6, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to give a way forward in regard to cessation of movement in the affected counties. The previous containment order directive affecting Nairobi, Mombasa and Kwale counties will elapse on Saturday.
The daily dusk-to-dawn curfew which had been extended by a further 21 days will also be lapsing on June 6.
On Monday during Madaraka Day celebrations held at State house, President Uhuru Kenyatta hinted at the reopening of places of worship.
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While delivering his speech, the President said he shared the heavy hearts of all those who can no longer worship as they used to.
“I direct the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health to continue and hasten their engagement with religious leaders; with the objective of developing protocols that will be adopted to guide a more participatory way of worship while guaranteeing the safety of worshipers,” he said.
During his seventh national address on the progress made in containing the virus in the country, the president noted that every Kenyan would have to take responsibility to prevent the spread of the highly infections virus.
“We will not continue with the lock-down and the curfew, I have told health officials and my ministers that they should start telling Kenyans that we cannot be under a curfew or lock-down forever,” he said.

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54 COVID-19 patients discharged raising cleared cases to 553 » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya June 3 – Fifty-four COVID-19 patients have been discharged after recovering form the virus, representing the highest single-day recovery rate recorded yet since the first patient was discharged on April 1.

The total recovery toll now stands at 553 representing a 25 per cent recovery rate against the global average of 48 per cent.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman on Wednesday attributed the high number of recoveries to the commitment and diligence of health workers on the frontline in the war against the pandemic.

“This recovery is attributed to the diligent and committed work of health workers operating in enabled health systems, this shows that with good management, this disease when clinically manifested is curable and not a death sentence,” he asserted when he addressed the press during a regular status update on COVID-19.

Aman reiterated government’s commitment to combat the spread of the virus while urging the public to maintain adherence to COVID-19 containment measures in order to support government efforts to flatten the infection curve.

“We must wear masks at all times to protect ourselves and our loved ones and avoid the risk of being infected or infecting others,” the Health CAS added.

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He however raised concern over the violation of social distancing guidelines by some restaurants warning that the actions pose a huge risk in the fight against the virus.

“The only measure that has been relaxed is the measure that allowed operation of restaurants and eateries based on strict adherence to the social and physical distancing guidelines,” he said.

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Out of the 2,112 samples analysed in 24 hours leading to Wednesday, Aman noted that 123 tested positive for the virus bringing total number of infections to 2,216.

The cases are distributed in Nairobi(44), Mombasa (34), Uasin Gishu (12), Kiambu (3), Kajiado (3), Nyeri (3) , Kilifi (2), Garissa (1) and Laikipia(1).

The country’s death toll now stands at 74 after 3 more patients succumbed to the virus, two of them from Nairobi, the third was reported in Nyeri.

“The youngest one is a 12-year-old boy while the other two are 41 years and 71 years ofage. Our heartfelt condolences to their families and friends,” Aman noted.

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Man arrested after his goggles were found at murder scene – Nairobi News

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations [DCI] is holding a man arrested after a pair of his googles was recovered from a murder scene.

Kelvin Otieno Oduor was arrested after his spectacles were found beside the lifeless body of Duncan Odhiambo Buda, who was found dead outside St John’s Church in Korogocho slums on May 27.

But Oduor said he was handed the goggles at Kariobangi police station where “I was informed that I was involved in the murder of a person I don’t know”.

The deceased was found with several stab wounds suspected to have been inflicted by two men among them Oduor on the morning of the same day.

The death was reported to Korogocho police post by the deceased’s wife.

Detective constable Collins Musiomi of Starehe DCI offices obtained orders at Makadara law courts to detain Oduor for 14 days pending investigations.

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Musiomi said the scene of the crime was photographed by the scenes of crimes personnel and he drew the sketch plan before the body was collected and taken to City Mortuary.

The detective said Oduor has not been interviewed and witnesses including the deceased’s wife Linet Otieno have not recorded statements.

He said none of the statutory police procedures including mental assessment of the suspect and the postmortem of the deceased has been done.

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