At the age of 28, Terence is an eight-year pro. A two-division world champion, he is one of boxingâ€™s brightest rising young stars.
Terence is one of a handful of elite-level fighters who want the biggest challenges and biggest fights, and his consistently outstanding performances make a very strong case for him being one of the best fighters at any weight, â€śpound for pound.â€ť
He won the WBO lightweight world title on March 1, 2014, and made two successful title defenses over the next eight months. Those three performances earned him the Boxing Writers Association of Americaâ€™s award for the â€ś2014 Fighter of the Year.â€ť
He then moved up in weight and won the WBO junior welterweight world title in April, 2015, and made a successful title defense last October.
Terenceâ€™s three fights in Omaha, his hometown, have drawn tremendous crowds â€“ 10,943 on June 28, 2014, 11,127 five months later on November 29, and 11,020 on October 24, 2015 â€“ and he has had very strong TV viewership for every fight.
In his last fight on July 23 in Las Vegas, he won a 12 round unanimous decision in a title unification bout against WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Terence Crawford, already a two-division world titleholder and the 2014 fighter of the year, has been hailed by many as America’s next big boxing star.
He went a long way toward living up to those lofty accolades after taking apart Viktor Postol in a masterful performance. Crawford won by unanimous decision and unified two junior welterweight world titles before 7,027 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Crawford and Postol, both undefeated titleholders in their primes, were universally regarded as the two best 140-pounders in the world coming into the fight. With the victory, Crawford staked his indisputable claim to division supremacy and set himself up for much bigger businessâ€¦.
Crawford, who scored two knockdowns in the fifth round, won going away on all three scorecards: 118-107, 118-107 and 117-108. Crawford figures to rise on the mythical pound-for-pound list with this performance.
Postol had no answers for Crawfordâ€¦.
The fight began slowly as both men looked to get a sense of each other. After three technical rounds, the action heated up in the fourth, when Crawford seemed to hurt Postol with a hard left hand to the head, bringing to life the pro-Crawford crowd, which began to chant, “Omaha! Omaha!”
Crawford appeared to have figured out Postol by the fifth round. He landed a right hook that forced Postol to touch the mat with his right knee for a knockdown. Later in the round, Crawford landed a powerful left hand that sent him into the ropes and forced him to touch his gloves to the mat to keep his balance; [the] referee called another knockdown.
The fifth round was the turning point of the fight. Before that round, all three judges had the fight 38-38. Then Crawford won all but one round on one card the rest of the fight.
Crawford, who switched from right-handed to southpaw early in the fight, rocked Postol with a left hand in the sixth round â€“ another clear round Crawford won.
Crawford continued to dominate at the start of the eighth round, when he landed a clean right hand to drive Postol back. Later in the round, he knocked Postol off balance with a hard jab and then landed another flurry of shots, including a left hand, that nearly dropped him.
Crawford nearly dropped Postol again in the ninth round with a left hand.
A frustrated Postol resorted to rabbit punching in the 11th round. He nailed Crawford with a right hand behind the head, for which Postol was penalized one point, merely adding to Crawford’s overwhelming advantage.
As Crawford toyed with Postol in the 12th round, he taunted him, stuck his tongue out and also lashed him with hard punches, eliciting roars from the crowd as the fight ended.
Crawford was going for a knockout in the final round as he strafed Postolâ€¦. [End Rafael item]
In the ring after the fight, Terence said, “I just stick to what I know â€“ boxing. I feel like I get better every fight. Viktor Postol is a great champion and he was dodged for a reason, but I ain’t the type to duck and dodge anyone.”
In earlier interviews, Terence said, “My strategy is just being me. That’s always our strategy. If I go in there and fight my fight and be me, can’t nobody beat me.
“I’m a boxer-puncher, a counterpuncher type. But for me, it just depends on the fight â€“ it just depends on the moment. You’re in there, you’re trying to see what you can do, you get hit with a shot, then you feel like you’ve got to step it up sometimes. You never know if your opponent is going to come out and press the action and make it a fast-paced fight.
“So you’ve always got to be prepared, ’cause you never know what your opponent is going to bring to the table. You’ve just got to go in there and adjust.”
About his nickname, he said, “My mom gave it to me when I was younger â€“ she started calling me ‘Bud’ when I was like, one.”
Terence showed his potential in an impressive amateur career that included wins against Danny Garcia, who currently holds the WBC welterweight world title, and former WBO featherweight and junior lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia. Terence won gold medals at the 2006 Blue & Gold Nationals and 2007 PAL Nationals, and earned a spot as an alternate on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.
His webpage address is teamterencebudcrawford.com and his Twitter handle is @budcrawford402.