fighter

Terence Crawford

Weightclass: Jr. Welterweight

  • 31wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 22kos

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.

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, “pound for pound.”

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

Terence 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.

He defended both titles on December 10 in Omaha, and won by eighth-round TKO against John Molina Jr.

In his last fight on May 20 in New York, he won by 10th-round TKO against 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz. The bout headlined at Madison Square Garden.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Crawford, one of the best fighters in the world pound for pound, put on yet another overwhelmingly dominant performance and did so against a quality opponent in Diaz, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist from the Dominican Republic.

Crawford, making his fifth defense, pounded Diaz throughout the fight before 8,026 in his first fight in the main arena at Madison Square Garden as he landed all kinds of heavy shots with both hands and made Diaz, a very good fighter, look virtually helpless.

Diaz had soaked up tremendous punishment when trainer Joel Diaz threw in the towel after the 10th round in a very compassionate move.

Crawford would love to move up to welterweight for a fall showdown with titlist Manny Pacquiao but could first meet Julius Indongo, who was ringside and has the other two 140-pound belts Crawford doesn’t have, this summer to unify all four belts. [End Rafael item]

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 four fights in Omaha, his hometown, have drawn tremendous crowds – 10,943 on June 28, 2014; 11,127 five months later on November 29; 11,020 on October 24, 2015, and most recently 11,270 on December 10, 2016 – and he has had very strong TV viewership for every fight.

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 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.

fight history

  • 2017

    4TH WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, 2ND WBC SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – In his last fight 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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