Boxer N’Dam heard saying "I’m ready to die" to ref who stepped in to stop fight

Boxer Hassan N'Dam said he was "ready to die" after the referee stepped in to stop his fight against Janibek Alimkhanuly on Saturday night.

The two-time former middleweight world champion was beaten in the eighth round by his Kazakh opponent as referee Kenny Bayliss stopped the fight.

N'Dam, who lost to Callum Smith via technical knockout in 2019, missed out on the WBC Continental Alliance and WBO Global titles as a result of his defeat.

The bout between N'Dam and Alimkhanuly took place on the undercard of Terence Crawford's WBO welterweight world title defence against Shawn Porter in Las Vegas.

After Bayliss stopped the fight, a visibly disgruntled N'Dam could be seen saying "No, no, no. I'm ready to die" as he pleaded with the referee to let him continue.

The fighter from Cameroon was keen to keep fighting with less than two rounds remaining in the 10-round fight.

Alimkhanuly had knocked N'Dam down in the third round before sealing his victory with a flurry of punches in the eighth.

In the main event, Crawford defended his WBO welterweight title with a 10th round technical knockout of Porter to maintain his unbeaten professional record.

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The long-awaited fight between Crawford and fellow unbeaten world champion Errol Spence Jr could now be ordered.

Spence Jr currently holds both the WBC and IBF belts but has not fought since beating Danny Garcia by unanimous decision in December last year.

On the prospect of facing Spence Jr, Crawford said after his win: "I tried to fight the other champions in the division, and that didn’t happen, so I went to the next best thing.

"That boy [Spence Jr] said he would never be at my fights and now he's at my fights, you already know who I want.

"I've been calling him out all day. Maybe I'll go up to 154. Maybe if Spence gets his tail out of his butt, he'll fight me."

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