Amir Khan has denied he was the one who made the decision to bow out of his fight with Terence Crawford.
The British welterweight suffered a low blow in the sixth round and Virgil Hunter, his coach, said Khan told him he could not continue.
Khan did not take up his five minutes of recovery and corroborated Hunter’s version of events after the fight by admitting it was his decision.
The former world champion said he could not walk, but has now hit back at the suggestion it was his decision not to continue.
He said: ‘I have never quit a fight in my life, my understanding was that Virgil asked me if the low blow still hurt and I said yes.
‘My intention was to wait it out and continue like always.’
Crawford and Khan clashed in the post-fight press conference, with the WBO welterweight champion ridiculing Khan for claiming he did not quit.
Khan snapped back at Crawford, but the criticism has continued to flood in from rivals, pundits and fans.
The referee David Fields told media it was Hunter who threw in the towel, but the coach denied it was his decision.
‘You can’t continue, it depends on how hard you were hit in the testicles,’ he said. ‘I asked him if he could continue and he said, ‘No’.’
‘He indicated to me that he was hit in the test and it took the life out of him,’ Hunter continued.
‘I have to take his word for it.’