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.