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Terence Crawford
Weightclass:
lightweight
Age:
27
Birthplace:
Omaha, Nebraska
Record:
24-0, 17 KOs
Height:
5'8"
Reach:
70
Managers:
Cameron Dunkin, Brian McIntyre
Trainers:
Esau Diegez, Brian McIntyre
biography

Twitter: @budcrawford402
WBO lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
World championship fights: 2-0, 1 KO…
Former NABO lightweight champion…
2008 U.S. Olympic alternate (amateur), 132 pounds…
2007 Pan American Games Qualifier (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2006 National PAL Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2006 Blue & Gold National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 26, Terence is a five-year pro. The WBO lightweight world champion, he is one of boxing’s brightest rising young stars.
He has given a series of sensational “breakout” performances, the most recent in his last fight on June 28 – Terence fought in his hometown for the first time as a pro and defended the world title for the first time with a ninth-round TKO against previously undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This fight had everything you could possibly want as a fight fan – competition, awesome atmosphere, high stakes, skilled fighters, both fighters showing heart, hard punching, knockdowns, action and a definitive ending – and that's why it's a strong fight of the year contender.
It also produced an American boxing star in Crawford, who drew a raucous crowd of 10,943 for the first world title bout in his hometown of Omaha in 42 years.
Crawford was making the first defense of the 135-pound world title he won in March when he went to Glasgow, Scotland, and outclassed Ricky Burns to win a decision. His dream was to defend the title at home in Omaha, where he had never fought as a professional. He hadn't fought in Omaha since he...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2014 – 1ST WBO L WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - in his last fight on 6-28-14 in Omaha, NB, he won by knockout (9th round) against previously undefeated former WBA and IBF featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0): the bout headlined at CenturyLink Center, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Gamboa dominated the early rounds; he pressed forward, outworked Terence, and landed the sharper punches – Gamboa won the 1st round on two scorecards, then swept the 3rd on all three and won the 4th round on two scorecards; but Terence, who switched to the lefthanded stance in the 3rd round, turned the fight around in the 5th – he rallied and scored a knockdown with a right hook, staggered Gamboa two more times before the bell, and dominated the rest of the fight; Terence swept the 6th and 7th rounds, scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 8th, then staggered Gamboa again before the bell; Gamboa came back and staggered Terence with a right hand early in the 9th round, but Terence rallied again moments later and scored two more knockdowns – the first with a left hand, the second with a right uppercut – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:53; after eight rounds, Terence led by scores of 78-72, 78-72, 77-73…
 
WON WBO L WORLD TITLE - on 3-1-14 in Glasgow, SCOT, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion – and hometown favorite – Ricky Burns (36-2-1): the bout headlined at the Scottish Exhibition Centre; the early rounds were close, but Terence switched back and forth to the lefthanded stance, rallied in the middle rounds, and dominated most of the fight; he backed Burns to the ropes repeatedly and rocked him with a series of punches in the 4th, 6th, and 8th rounds, then...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Terence said, "I was born in Omaha, Nebraska. I have two sisters. My dad is retired from the Navy, and my mom don't have a job. My parents are separated. My dad and my grandfather were both boxers – they both were amateurs. My dad fought in the Golden Gloves and stuff, but he was more into wrestling. My grandfather was a good boxer, too, but never turned pro. My uncle – my mom's brother – was a boxer, and my dad's brother was a boxer. My cousins, we all started boxing at the same time. I'm just the only one that stuck with it.
"I was seven years old when I started boxing – it was just something to do. I didn't like just being at home, not doing nothing. I liked it – I just liked to fight. When I was a kid, my dad used to have me punch his hands and wrestle with me and throw the football and basketball, but he basically made me pick my own sport. He never pushed anything on me.
" I'm naturally righthanded. I had about 70 amateur fights – it was probably like, 60 wins, 10 losses, somewhere around there. I remember all of those fights against Danny Garcia, Mikey Garcia, Diego Magdaleno. I still watch them from time to time. It wasn't no hard fight with Mikey – Danny Garcia was a harder fight for me."…
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2007 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – Houston, Texas, 132 pounds, double elimination tournament: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 8-20-07 he lost a 17-12 decision against Sadam Ali of Brooklyn, N.Y.; in the challenger’s bracket (Round 1) on 8-21-07 he won a 13-7 decision against Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas, Nev.; in the challenger’s bracket (Round 2) he won a 33-12 decision against Mason Menard of Rayne, La.; in the challenger’s bracket (Round 3) he lost a 32-23 decision against Miguel Gonzalez of Cleveland, Oh.…
2007 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS...
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Biography
  • Twitter: @budcrawford402
  • WBO lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
  • World championship fights: 2-0, 1 KO…
  • Former NABO lightweight champion…
  • 2008 U.S. Olympic alternate (amateur), 132 pounds…
  • 2007 Pan American Games Qualifier (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2006 National PAL Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2006 Blue & Gold National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 26, Terence is a five-year pro. The WBO lightweight world champion, he is one of boxing’s brightest rising young stars.

He has given a series of sensational “breakout” performances, the most recent in his last fight on June 28 – Terence fought in his hometown for the first time as a pro and defended the world title for the first time with a ninth-round TKO against previously undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This fight had everything you could possibly want as a fight fan – competition, awesome atmosphere, high stakes, skilled fighters, both fighters showing heart, hard punching, knockdowns, action and a definitive ending – and that's why it's a strong fight of the year contender.

It also produced an American boxing star in Crawford, who drew a raucous crowd of 10,943 for the first world title bout in his hometown of Omaha in 42 years.

Crawford was making the first defense of the 135-pound world title he won in March when he went to Glasgow, Scotland, and outclassed Ricky Burns to win a decision. His dream was to defend the title at home in Omaha, where he had never fought as a professional. He hadn't fought in Omaha since he was an amateur and lost in the 2008 National Golden Gloves finals.

The homecoming was worth the wait as Crawford looked terrific after struggling with Gamboa's speed for the first four rounds. But after that? Crawford took over….

Gamboa has elite-level skills, speed and power…. A 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist, Gamboa gave him fits in the early rounds. Gamboa was landing hard punches with both hands and got in some powerful right hands when Crawford switched to southpaw in the third round.

But Crawford is so poised and professional that he never really looked too rattled. He was calm, has a good chin and stuck to his plan. Crawford broke through in the fifth round, dropping Gamboa with a right-left combination and badly hurting him again at the end of the round with a right hand, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

In the eighth round, Crawford dropped Gamboa to a knee with a right hand and was pounding him, but Gamboa showed tremendous heart. Early in the ninth, he was taking a brutal beating but suddenly caught Crawford with shots that wobbled him and sent him staggering backward. It took Crawford a little time to get himself together and when he did, Gamboa was in big trouble. Crawford nailed him with a left hand to the chin, knocking him down hard. Again, Gamboa showed heart to continue, but Crawford detonated a right uppercut on his chin and when Gamboa went down for the fourth time [the] referee waved off the fight without a count at 2 minutes, 53 seconds.

For Crawford, he appears on his way to stardom. He is a bona fide attraction at home, has an unbeaten record, a world title and endless possibilities. [End Rafael item]

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."

Regarding 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 is a former amateur standout – he didn’t have the most extensive amateur career, but it included impressive wins against WBC-WBA super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia, WBO junior lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia, and rising 130-pound contender Diego Magdaleno.

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2014 – 1ST WBO L WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - in his last fight on 6-28-14 in Omaha, NB, he won by knockout (9th round) against previously undefeated former WBA and IBF featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0): the bout headlined at CenturyLink Center, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Gamboa dominated the early rounds; he pressed forward, outworked Terence, and landed the sharper punches – Gamboa won the 1st round on two scorecards, then swept the 3rd on all three and won the 4th round on two scorecards; but Terence, who switched to the lefthanded stance in the 3rd round, turned the fight around in the 5th – he rallied and scored a knockdown with a right hook, staggered Gamboa two more times before the bell, and dominated the rest of the fight; Terence swept the 6th and 7th rounds, scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 8th, then staggered Gamboa again before the bell; Gamboa came back and staggered Terence with a right hand early in the 9th round, but Terence rallied again moments later and scored two more knockdowns – the first with a left hand, the second with a right uppercut – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:53; after eight rounds, Terence led by scores of 78-72, 78-72, 77-73…

 

WON WBO L WORLD TITLE - on 3-1-14 in Glasgow, SCOT, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion – and hometown favorite – Ricky Burns (36-2-1): the bout headlined at the Scottish Exhibition Centre; the early rounds were close, but Terence switched back and forth to the lefthanded stance, rallied in the middle rounds, and dominated most of the fight; he backed Burns to the ropes repeatedly and rocked him with a series of punches in the 4th, 6th, and 8th rounds, then finished the fight strongly and swept the 12th round on all three scorecards; many observers thought the fight was more one-sided than the scores indicated - 116-112, 116-112, 117-111; after the fight, Terence said, "Ricky Burns was really tough. I hit him with big shots, and he hung in there until the end. It was a tremendous atmosphere out there, and that's what it’s all about. I knew I was the best in the lightweight division."...

 

2013 – WON VACANT NABO L TITLE - on 6-15-13 in Dallas, TX, he won by TKO (6th round) against Alejandro Sanabria (34-1-1): the bout was co-featured with the Mikey Garcia-Juan Manuel Lopez main event, and Terence dominated; he pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and wore down Sanabria with body punches; he rocked Sanabria in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th rounds, then scored a knockdown with a left hook early in the 6th – Sanabria got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:17; after the fight, Terence said, "He kept blocking my jab, so I faked the jab and threw a short hook. I felt the power go up my arm. It felt great to see my friends and my family coming to support me and being here cheering me on for my first title fight. "...

On 3-30-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Breidis Prescott (26-4): the bout was co-featured with the Mike Alvarado-Brandon Rios II main event – Terence had been scheduled to fight on the undercard, and took the fight on short notice when originally scheduled Khabib Allakhverdiev was injured in training and withdrew; Terence was also moving up to the jr. welterweight division, and it was his first scheduled 10-round fight; Prescott pressed forward, but Terence kept him off-balance with movement, consistently outboxed and outworked him, and dominated most of the fight; scored 99-91, 97-93, 100-90; after the fight, Terence said, "I knew I could outbox him. He couldn't handle my speed, my power, my boxing ability. He's not really a smart fighter. Everything worked."...

 

2012 - on 11-10-12 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (6th round) against Sidney Siqueira (19-6-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Vanes Martirosyan-Erislandy Lara main event; Siqueira gave a good effort, but Terence consistently landed the harder punches and dominated most of the fight; he scored a devastating knockdown with a right hand-left hook combination in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight in mid-count at 2:47…

On 9-13-12 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (4th round) against Hardy Paredes (15-10): the fight was on the undercard of the Jessie Vargas-Aron Martinez main event; Terence wore down Paredes with body punches and dominated the fight; he scored one knockdown in the 1st round and two more knockdowns in the 2nd; he scored another knockdown in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:40…

On 6-8-12 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (2nd round) against David Rodela (16-5-3): the bout was on the undercard of the Kelly Pavlik-Scott Sigmon main event, and Terence quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown in the 1st round, then scored another knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 2nd, and Rodela was counted out at 2:30…

On 4-14-12 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (5th round) against Andre Gorges (11-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Richard Abril main event, and Terence dominated; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 4th round that left Gorges badly dazed; he scored another knockdown with a right hand that dropped Gorges face-first in the 5th, and he was counted out at 0:44…

 

2011 - on 9-10-11 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Angel Rios (9-6): the bout was on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Daniel Ponce de Leon main event, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Rios gave a good effort, but Terence consistently outworked him, landed the harder punches, and dominated the fight; Terence was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 6th round, but finished the fight strongly and won by shutout scores of 80-72, 80-72, 80-71…

On 7-30-11 in Denver, CO, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Derrick Campos (20-11): the fight was on the undercard of the Mike Alvarado-Gabriel Martinez main event, and Terence quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:31…

On 2-26-11 in Grand Island, NE, he won by TKO (1st round) against Anthony Mora (15-6): the fight was on the undercard of the Antonio DeMarco-Reyes Sanchez main event, and Terence quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, and Mora was counted out at 1:58…

 

2010 – on 7-31-10 in York, PA, he won by TKO (1st round) against Ronald Boyd (6-10-1): the fight was on the undercard at the Sovereign Bank Stadium; Terence rocked Boyd several times in the 1st round, Boyd complained of a right hand injury, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:28…

On 5-1-10 in Iowa City, IA, he won by knockout (3rd round) against lefthanded Marty Robbins (23-45-1): the fight was co-featured at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, and Terance dominated; he scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, the first with a right hand, the second with a right uppercut; he scored another knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 3rd, and Robbins was counted out at 0:51…

 

2009 – on 12-19-09 in Knoxville, TN, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Corey Somerville (1-3): the fight was co-featured at Cotton Eyed Joe; Terance scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:25…

On 10-31-09 in Johnstown, PA, he won by TKO (1st round) against Steve Marquez (9-14-1): Terence scored three knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:35…

On 5-2-09 in Johnstown he won by TKO (3rd round) against Miguel Delgado (3-11): Terence scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and stopped Delgado at 1:02 of the 3rd

On 3-21-09 in Cincinnati, OH, he won by TKO (1st round) against Lucas Rodas (3-4): Terence scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:52…

On 3-7-09 in York he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Travis Hartman (9-10-1): Terence scored a knockdown in the 4th round; scored 40-35, 40-35, 40-34…

 

2008 – on 11-8-08 in York he won by TKO (2nd round, 1:14) against Michael Williams (5-6)…

On 8-22-08 in Iowa City he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Aaron Anderson (debut):…

On 7-26-08 in York he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Damon Antoine (8-25-1): scored 40-36 on all three scorecards…

On 4-3-08 in Glen Burnie, MD, he won by TKO (1st round) against Filiberto Nieto (1-4): Nieto did not continue after the 1st round…

He debuted at the age of 20 on 3-14-08 in Denver and won by knockout (1st round, 0:26) against Brian Cummings (2-0)…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Terence said, "I was born in Omaha, Nebraska. I have two sisters. My dad is retired from the Navy, and my mom don't have a job. My parents are separated. My dad and my grandfather were both boxers – they both were amateurs. My dad fought in the Golden Gloves and stuff, but he was more into wrestling. My grandfather was a good boxer, too, but never turned pro. My uncle – my mom's brother – was a boxer, and my dad's brother was a boxer. My cousins, we all started boxing at the same time. I'm just the only one that stuck with it.

"I was seven years old when I started boxing – it was just something to do. I didn't like just being at home, not doing nothing. I liked it – I just liked to fight. When I was a kid, my dad used to have me punch his hands and wrestle with me and throw the football and basketball, but he basically made me pick my own sport. He never pushed anything on me.

" I'm naturally righthanded. I had about 70 amateur fights – it was probably like, 60 wins, 10 losses, somewhere around there. I remember all of those fights against Danny Garcia, Mikey Garcia, Diego Magdaleno. I still watch them from time to time. It wasn't no hard fight with Mikey – Danny Garcia was a harder fight for me."…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2007 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – Houston, Texas, 132 pounds, double elimination tournament: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 8-20-07 he lost a 17-12 decision against Sadam Ali of Brooklyn, N.Y.; in the challenger’s bracket (Round 1) on 8-21-07 he won a 13-7 decision against Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas, Nev.; in the challenger’s bracket (Round 2) he won a 33-12 decision against Mason Menard of Rayne, La.; in the challenger’s bracket (Round 3) he lost a 32-23 decision against Miguel Gonzalez of Cleveland, Oh.…

2007 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 132 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 6-5-07 he won a 25-24 decision against Miguel Gonzalez of Cleveland, Oh.; in the semifinals on 6-6-07 he lost a 10-9 decision against Jerry Belmontes of Corpus Christi, Tex.…

2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES QUALIFIER – Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 132 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: on 2-2-07 he won a 19-7 decision against Jose Maria Virula of Guatemala; in the quarterfinals on 2-4-07 he won a 20-15 decision against Luis Rueda of Argentina; in the semifinals on 2-6-07 he lost a 27-10 decision against Yordenis Ugas of Cuba…

2006 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Oxnard, California, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 10-2-06 he won a decision against Miguel Gonzalez of Cleveland, Oh.; in his second fight on 10-4-06 he stopped James Villa of Omaha, Neb., at 0:04 of the 2nd round; in the quarterfinals on 10-5-06 he won a 22-11 decision against Stan Martyniouk of Antelope, Calif.; in the semifinals on 10-6-06 he won a 7-4 decision against Javier Garcia of Oxnard, Calif.; in the finals on 10-7-06 he won a 13-8 decision against Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas, Nev….

2006 BLUE & GOLD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Carson, California, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 7-31-06 he stopped Jose Fernandez; in the semifinals on 8-1-06 he won a 5-0 decision against Paul Green of Long Beach, Calif.; in the finals on 8-2-06 he won a 3-2 decision against Danny Garcia of Philadelphia, Penn….

2006 U.S. NATIONAL UNDER 19 CHAMPIONSHIPS – Kansas City, Missouri, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 8-2-06 he won a 23-5 decision against Jessie Carradine of Cincinnati, Oh.; in the quarterfinals on 8-3-06 he lost a 15-11 decision against Jerry Belmontes of Corpus Christi, Tex….

2006 U.S. NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Omaha, Nebraska, 132 pounds –  SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 4-25-06 he won a 5-0 decision against Angelo Ward of Baltimore, Md.; in his second fight on 4-26-06 he won a 5-0 decision against DeMarco McCrady of St. Louis, Mo.; in the quarterfinals on 4-27-06 he won a 5-0 decision against Rashad Ganaway of Little Rock, Ark.; in the semifinals on 4-28-6 he won a 3-2 decision against Carlos Molina of Commerce, Calif.; in the finals on 4-29-06 he lost a 3-2 decision against Jesus Mendez III of Houston, Tex.…

2006 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 132 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 3-7-06 he won a 18-7 decision against Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Calif.; in the quarterfinals on 3-8-06 he won a 17-13 decision against Stan Martyniouk of Antelope, Calif.; in the semifinals on 3-9-06 he lost a 21-20 decision against Danny Garcia of Philadelphia, Penn….

2007 U.S. PAN AMERICAN GAMES BOX-OFFS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the semifinals (his first fight) 1-20-07 he won a 25-15 decision against Luis Ramos of Santa Ana, Calif.; in the finals on 1-21-07 he won a 24-13 decision against Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas, Nev….

2005 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 3-16-05 he won a 27-9 decision against Saul Lomas of Fresno, Calif.; in the quarterfinals on 3-17-05 he lost a 22-18 decision against Ray Robinson of Philadelphia, Penn….

2004 JUNIOR OLYMPICS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Brownsville, Texas, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 6-23-04 he lost a 12-5 decision against Darnell Jiles of Rochester, N.Y….

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills, speed, and movement…has good punching power…can switch effectively to the lefthanded stance…is experienced against very good opposition…had a strong amateur background…has a strong family boxing background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 24 fights…101 total rounds…21 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.2 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 70 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (1-0)…10 rounds – 1 (1-0)…9 rounds – 1 (1-0)…