fighter

Terence Crawford

Weightclass: Jr. Welterweight

  • 32wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 23kos

AGE:
29
Birthplace:
Omaha, Nebraska
Height:
5'8"
reach:
70"
Managers:
Cameron Dunkin, Brian McIntyre
Trainers:
Esau Diegez, Brian McIntyre

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Terence Crawford

At the age of 29, Terence is a nine-year pro. A two-division world champion, he is one of boxing’s brightest rising young stars.

He is one of a handful of elite-level fighters who want the biggest challenges and biggest fights, and his consistently outstanding performances against top-level opponents have established him as one of the best fighters at any weight, “pound for pound.”

Terence 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 America’s award for the “2014 Fighter of the Year.”

He then moved up in weight and won the WBO junior welterweight world title in April, 2015, and made two successful title defenses. In a title unification bout on July 23, he made his third WBO defense and won the WBC title with a 12-round unanimous decision win against previously undefeated defending WBC champion Viktor Postol, then defended both titles two times.

In his last fight on August 19 in Lincoln, Nebraska, Terence unified all four of the major organization’s titles with a spectacular one-punch, third-round knockout win against previously undefeated defending WBA-IBF champion Julius Indongo.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Terence Crawford, with one crushing left hand to the body, became the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world.

Crawford made the kind of electrifying statement that people will talk about for years to come in the main event of the Top Rank ESPN card.

Crawford knocked out Julius Indongo in the third round in a history-making victory at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, electrifying the crowd of 12,121. Crawford also knocked Indongo down in the second round.

With the resounding victory, Crawford made his case for pound-for-pound No. 1 status and became only the second male boxer of the four-belt era to unify the four major sanctioning organization titles.

The only other time came in 2004, when then-middleweight world champion Bernard Hopkins put his three belts up against Oscar De La Hoya’s one and knocked him out in the ninth round to unify the 160-pound division.

And Crawford made it look easy.

As the fight began, the crowd immediately began chanting “Crawford! Crawford!” But Indongo, a southpaw with a 2-plus-inch height advantage and a longer reach, was not at all intimidated. He gave as good as he got as they traded solid punches in an exciting fight.

With about 40 seconds left in the second round, Crawford landed a left hand, followed by a hard right hand that dropped Indongo. Indongo got up quickly and was wobbly, but he was able to make it out of the round.

But then Crawford ended it spectacularly in the third round. He landed a crippling left hand to the body and a lesser right hand, and Indongo went down in agony. [The] referee counted him out at 1 minute, 38 seconds as the crowd went wild. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Terence said, “I’m just blessed to be in this position. I have to thank Bob Arum and Top Rank. I’m blessed and humbled to be the undisputed champion of the world. It means everything.

“I’m the only one who can say I am the undisputed champion of the world, and that’s big. There’s nobody else who can say that they are undisputed in their weight division.

“We knew the body would be open, being that he swings so wild, and we could catch him in the middle of his punches. I had tall guys in the training camp, so I was used to it and adapted to it. I feel great. I feel like I hadn’t even fought.

“I’ve been making history for Omaha, Nebraska, since I started boxing professional, and it just keeps going and going and going. When you start boxing when you’re seven years old, that’s your dream – to become world champion – and after that you want to become something bigger than world champion.

“You just don’t stop there – you go to the highest level possible. I need that 147-pound belt – that’s my next accomplishment.”

After Terence’s 10th-round TKO win against 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz in his previous fight on May 20 in New York, Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole wrote [excerpts]: Terence Crawford painted a masterpiece in decimating Felix Diaz

If it is possible to improve upon greatness, Crawford did just that Saturday at Madison Square Garden in a 10th-round stoppage of 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz.

Crawford was brilliant from start to finish in taking apart the rugged Dominican, who is thick and skilled and powerful, but also no match for someone of Crawford’s ilk.

There are few now around 140 or 147 pounds who are in his league. [End Iole item]

Terence’s five fights in Nebraska – four in Omaha, his hometown, and one in nearby Lincoln – have drawn tremendous crowds: 10,943 on June 28, 2014; 11,127 five months later on November 29; 11,020 on October 24, 2015; 11,270 on December 10, 2016; and most recently 12,121 on August 19, 2017 – and he has had very strong TV viewership for every fight.

In an earlier interview, 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 – 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 – 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 went on to win the WBC and WBA super lightweight and WBC welterweight world titles, and three-division champion Mikey Garcia, who currently holds the WBC lightweight world title. Terence also 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.

fight history

  • 2017

    6TH WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, 3RD WBC SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, WON WBA & IBF WORLD TITLES – in his last fight on 8-19-17 in Lincoln, NB, he won by knockout (3rd round) against previously undefeated left-handed defending WBA-IBF champion Julius Indongo (22-0): the four-title unification bout headlined at Pinnacle Bank Arena – it drew a crowd of 12,121, and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Terence fought in the left-handed stance for the entire fight – Indongo boxed and moved well in the 1st round, but Terence scored a knockdown with a left hand that dazed Indongo in the 2nd; he scored a devastating knockdown with a left hand to the body that dropped Indongo flat on his back in the 3rd round, and he was counted out at 1:38…

    5TH WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, 2ND WBC SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – On 5-20-17 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (10th round) against left-handed 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (19-1): the bout headlined in the main arena at Madison Square Garden – it drew a crowd of 8,026, and Terence dominated the fight; Diaz pressed forward and landed a few right hooks in the early rounds, but Terence, fighting entirely in the left-handed stance, consistently out-boxed and out-worked him; Diaz stepped up his pace in the middle rounds, but Terence landed the harder punches and wore him down – he staggered Diaz with a left uppercut in the 8th round, followed by a left hand to body moments later, then rocked Diaz with a left hand in the 9th round; Terence rocked Diaz with a series of punches late in the 10th round, and Diaz’ corner stopped the fight after the round; after 10 rounds, Terence led by scores of 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.

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  • 2016

    4th WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, 1ST WBC SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 12-10-16 in Omaha, NB, he won by TKO (8th round) against John Molina Jr. (29-6): the bout headlined at CenturyLink Center and drew a crowd of 11,270; Terence dominated the fight – he switched to the lefthanded stance midway through the 1st round, stayed there for the rest of the fight, and consistently outboxed and outworked Molina; Molina constantly pressed forward, landed a good right hand in the 1st round and another in the 3rd, but Terence consistently landed the harder punches and steadily wore him down; Terence staggered Molina with a series of punches in the 8th round, backed Molina into a corner, then scored a knockdown with another series of punches that ended with a right hook to the body, and the referee stopped the fight without a count as Molina fell to all-fours at 2:32; after seven rounds, Terence led by shutout scores of 70-63, 70-63, 70-60.

    3RD WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, WON WBC SL WORLD TITLE – On 7-23-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision in a title unification bout against previously undefeated WBC super lightweight world champion Viktor Postol (28-0): the bout headlined at the MGM Grand and drew a crowd of 7,027; Postol pressed forward, but Terence kept him off-balance with movement, consistently landed the harder punches, and dominated the fight; he switched to the lefthanded stance early in the 1st round and fought that way for the entire fight; the early rounds were close and after four rounds, all three judges scored 38-38; but Terence scored two knockdowns in the 5th round – the first with a right hook that dropped Postol to one knee, the other with a left hand when Postol’s gloves touched the canvas – and dominated the rest of the fight; he consistently outworked Postol and rocked him with a left hand in the 6th round, rocked him with a right hook in the 8th round, then staggered him with a left hand in the 9th round; Postol was penalized one point for punching to the back of the head in the 11th round; scored 118-107, 118-107, 117-108.

    2ND WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 2-27-16 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (5th round) against Hank Lundy (26-5-1): the bout headlined in The Theater at Madison Square Garden and drew a capacity crowd of 5,092 – Lundy gave a good effort, but Terence dominated the fight; he switched to the lefthanded stance in the 1st round and controlled the pace of the fight with a hard scoring jab; Terence won the 1st and 2nd rounds on two scorecards, then swept the 3rd and 4th on all three; he staggered Lundy with a left hand midway through the 5th round, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches moments later – Lundy got up, but Terence staggered him with another series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:09; after four rounds, Terence led by scores of 40-36, 40-36, 38-38.

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  • 2015

    On 10-24-15 in Omaha, NB, he won by TKO (10th round) against Dierry Jean (29-1): the bout headlined at CenturyLink Center – it drew a crowd of 11,020, and Terence dominated the fight; he switched to the lefthanded stance in the 1st round and scored a knockdown with a right hook just before the bell; Jean gave a determined effort, but Terence consistently outboxed and outworked him, landed the harder punches, and Jean was cut over his right eye in the 5th; Terence scored a knockdown with a left hand late in the 9th round; he scored another knockdown with a right-left combination in the 10th, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:30; after nine rounds, Terence led by scores of 90-79, 90-79, 89-80.

    WON VACANT WBO JW WORLD TITLE – On 4-18-15 in Arlington, TX, he won by TKO (6th round) against Thomas Dulorme (22-1): the bout headlined at University of Texas and ended with a devastating knockout; Dulorme started fast and outworked Terence in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but Terence stepped up his pace and rocked Dulorme with a left hook in the 3rd, then rocked him with a right hand in the 4th round; he staggered Dulorme with a right hand in the 6th, then scored three knockdowns – the first with a right hand, the second and third with a series of punches – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:51; after five rounds, the fight was scored 48-47, 48-47 Crawford, 48-47 Dulorme.

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