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Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford y Viktor ‘The Iceman’ Postol demostraron que se encuentran en gran condición física y mental de cara a la pelea unificatoria de este próximo sábado, 23 de julio en el MGM Grand Graden Arena. read more »
At the age of 28, Terence is an eight-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.”
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.
Terence’s three fights in Omaha, his hometown, have drawn tremendous crowds – 10,943 on June 28, 2014, 11,127 five months later on November 29, and 11,020 on October 24, 2015 – 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 business….
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 Crawford….
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 – 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 Postol…. [End Rafael item]
In the ring after the fight, Terence said, "I just stick to what I know – 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 – 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.
His webpage address is teamterencebudcrawford.com and his Twitter handle is @budcrawford402.
Fight by Fight – 2016 – 3RD WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, WON WBC SL WORLD TITLE – in his last fight 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…
2015 – 1ST WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – 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…
2014 – 2ND WBO L WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-29-14 in Omaha he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Ray Beltran (29-6-1): the bout headlined at CenturyLink Center; it drew a crowd of 11,127, and Terence dominated the fight; Beltran gave a determined effort and had a few rallies – he rocked Terence with a right hand in the 3rd round, and rocked him with a left hook in the 9th; but Terence switched repeatedly to the lefthanded stance, consistently outboxed and outworked him, and landed the harder punches; with an obvious lead on the scorecards, Terence stepped up his pace in the late rounds, finished the fight strongly, and had the fans on their feet; scored 119-109, 119-109, 120-108…
1ST WBO L WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 6-28-14 in Omaha 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 – it drew a crowd of 10,943, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Gamboa started fast and dominated the early rounds; he pressed forward, outworked Terence, and landed the sharper punches – Gamboa won the 1st round on two scorecards, swept the 3rd on all three, then 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…
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 scheduled 10-rounder 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…
On 3-30-13 in Las Vegas 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…
2012 – on 11-10-12 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (6th round) against Sidney Siqueira (19-6-1): the scheduled 8-rounder 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 scheduled 8-rounder 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 scheduled 6-rounder 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 scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Richar Abril main event, and Terence dominated the fight; 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 scheduled 6-rounder 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 scheduled 6-rounder 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 scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Sovereign Bank Stadium; Terence rocked Boyd several times in the 1st round, Boyd complained of an injury to his right hand, 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 scheduled 6-rounder 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 scheduled 4-rounder 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: 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.
From Yahoo Sports, by Kevin Iole [Oct. 19, 2015 – excerpts]: Crawford is the type of guy who can do just fine without a lot of attention or media exposure. But those who know him well want to shout to the mountaintops about him because of his kindness, his devotion to the less fortunate and his all-around genial nature.
He literally has given someone the clothes off his back.
When Crawford was 18 and a burgeoning star in the USA Boxing amateur program, he went to Venezuela for a Pan American Games qualifying tournament. He brought a suitcase filled with Team USA gear with him to wear while on the trip.
His sister, Leticia, had dropped him off for the trip, but when she picked him up, she noticed he only had the clothes he was wearing and nothing else.
"I said, 'Where’s all your stuff?' " she told Yahoo Sports. "And he said, 'I gave it away.' I thought maybe I didn't hear him or didn't understand him right. I said, 'What do you mean you gave it away?' And he goes, 'Oh, I saw a lot of those boxers and they were so poor. They didn't have nothing. And so I gave them my stuff.' I never knew he was like that. He treated us in his family that way, but I didn't know he was doing stuff like that for other people. But he has a huge heart." [End Iole item]
From the Omaha World-Herald, by Michael Kelly [Oct. 23, 2015 – excerpts]: Terence "Bud" Crawford, all over the sports pages and the hottest thing in his sport, has traveled twice to Rwanda and Uganda – inspired and accompanied by his fourth-grade teacher, Jamie Nollette.
He went to Africa not for fights but to help the poor. And now he is trying to help kids, many from impoverished families, in the north Omaha neighborhood where he grew up. Crawford figuratively wore an Omaha cause on his sleeve: improving an old warehouse at 3034 Sprague St. for his nonprofit B&B Boxing Academy.
The first time Terence Crawford's name appeared in The World-Herald was when he was 7, but the article wasn't about him. His 9-year-old sister had been seriously injured when struck by a car – two blocks from the warehouse where he trains today – and the community had rallied around the family.
When Terence was in fourth grade at Skinner Magnet School, his teacher recalled, "he kept me on my toes. He was one of the playful boys and made me laugh a lot, but he could get distracted. When you got his attention, though, he wanted to learn."
Those are Jamie Nollette’s recollections today. A 1989 graduate of Omaha Northwest High, she graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
She and husband, Jeff, who works for Hewlett Packard, moved to Arizona a decade ago to provide a better climate for a health problem for one of their three children.
In 2007, she went on a church mission to Rwanda and Uganda and was touched. The next year she co-founded the Phoenix-based nonprofit Pipeline Worldwide, which creates "sustainable solutions" and has drilled about 40 freshwater wells.
After reading of her former student's boxing success – he was named the 2014 fighter of the year – she messaged him on Facebook, asking if he remembered her. They later met for lunch in Omaha, and he talked little about his boxing but asked a lot about her work in Africa.
That led to his joining her group for two trips, last year and this year.
"He didn't ask for any special privileges," Nollette said. "He went with the flow, he was engaged with people and they loved him."
He helped install beds and mattresses and did a lot of other work, she said, and witnessed meetings between genocide survivors and perpetrators in Rwanda. In Uganda, he met with a sports minister and leaders of a boxing organization, and told of growing up in an Omaha area that included gangs.
Touched when leaving Africa, he donated all the clothing he brought with him that he wasn't wearing.
"Terence thinks way beyond boxing," said Nollette, who is on the advisory committee for the B&B Academy fundraising project. "His legacy will be so much bigger than boxing." [End Kelly item]
From the Omaha World-Herald, by Tony Boone [May 5, 2013 – excerpts]: Crawford liked to fight even at a young age. And Carl Washington knew that.
The founder of the C.W. Boxing Club was Crawford's neighbor. Crawford's grandfather, father and uncle had all trained at Washington’s gym.
The 7-year-old Terence didn't know any of that. And he didn’'t know Washington, who lived behind them.
"Carl saw me on the streets," Crawford said. "He knew I was one of those little bad kids that wanted to fight around the corner."
One day, Washington asked him if he wanted to box.
Crawford’s response: "I told him I don't talk to strangers, and I went home to tell my mom."
By the time Debra Crawford heard her son's story, Washington was at the front door. It was then Crawford learned of his family's history with boxing. He was at C.W. soon after.
But his fighting didn't stay in the gym, even though trainer Midge Minor tried to keep it there.
"I was getting kicked out of school for fighting. Midge kicked me out of the gym because we were getting into it. I didn't care," Crawford said. "I played football. I played basketball. I wrestled. In all those sports, I was getting into it with my teammates. I just had that temper. If it didn't have anything to do with fighting, it wasn't fun. That’s what I liked to do, fight."
Minor had a feeling early on that Crawford had a gift for boxing.
"I knew it from the first time he came in the gym," he said. "He had that heart. I knew he was going to be a fighter."
But C.W. Boxing’s longtime trainer, now 73, wasn’t sure if his prodigy would make it.
"I had to kick him out of the gym because he was bad," Minor said. "I told Carl to get him because he had a fighter's attitude. We started working together, and I kind of raised him."
Crawford's father, Terry, was in the Navy. He was rarely around. And when he was, his son said, the elder Crawford wasn't at the house. His mother mostly raised him and his two sisters alone.
Minor became a father figure for Crawford. But in his teenage years, his boxer developed an interest in roaming the streets of north Omaha with friends. Trouble often ensued.
"I used to do things that I thought I'd never do, hanging out with the wrong crowd," Crawford said. "It was a bad influence. I would get into stuff because of friends, all that negativity."
Minor came down hard on him. To keep Crawford off the streets, he would bring the teen to his house after school to watch boxing tapes before they would go to the gym. Crawford often tried to hide when Minor showed up to get him. His mom always blew his cover and turned him over.
"That was the time in my life that I needed my dad to be the father I needed him to be," he said. "I had nothing else to do but run around in the neighborhood. Midge stopped all that before it started. If it wasn't for Midge, there's no telling where I’d be at right now."
How quickly things can go south was driven home in September 2008, only a few months into Crawford's pro career.
"That whole day was messed up," he said. "I should've been home. I was training for a fight. I was supposed to be on ESPN two weeks after that."
Crawford's fateful day began with an argument with his mom. Later, he and some friends were thrown out of SeptemberFest, an Omaha Labor Day celebration, by security. Crawford was nearly hit with a nightstick. When he began to protest, a guard sprayed Mace into his eyes.
After catching a ride back to north Omaha, Crawford began using an outdoor hose at a friend's house to rinse his eyes. He was having no success, and his friend's father wasn’t pleased.
"Turn my water off, boy," Crawford recalled him yelling. "You don't pay water bills here."
Upset, he left to clean up elsewhere. It took an hour, he said, to see clearly. During that hour, he received a phone call about a dice game around the corner. He knew he shouldn't go. He went anyway.
The dice game grew heated. Crawford knew he needed to leave.
In the driver's seat of his car, however, he paused to count his money. At that moment, a bullet crashed through the back window and hit him in the head behind his right ear.
With blood dripping down his shoulder and back, Crawford drove to the hospital. It was there that he realized his lifestyle had to change.
"That's when I sat down and just thought about life," he said. “You’re supposed to be in the house getting ready for a fight, and you're out here shooting dice and getting shot. You hang with those types of people, that's what happens. Guilty by association, I should say."
Crawford was fortunate. The bullet didn’t enter his skull.
"It went through the window, hit me and bounced out," he said. "The only reason, the doctor said, that it didn't go through was because the window slowed it down. I was blessed.
"Ever since then, I've got a purpose. I could’ve been dead at that moment."
If the shooting was a wake-up call for Crawford, fatherhood was a full-blown alarm.
Upon finding out his girlfriend, Alindra, was pregnant, he knew his life had fully changed.
"When my son came, it was like everything stopped," Crawford said. "It was time to grow up and be a man. I'd seen the light. I didn't want my son growing up with his dad in jail, his dad dead or him seeing me do negative things. I just stopped everything to be a better role model for my son."
The father often credits his son for bringing balance to his life.
"I don’t want my son growing with the things that I grew up with," he said. "I want him to grow up with better things. I don't want him growing up with the gang violence. I want him to be in college or sports, whatever he wants to do. I don't want him turning that wrong turn."
Minor, and Crawford's current co-manager Brian McIntyre, had visions of Crawford becoming Omaha's first Olympic boxer since Carl Vinciquerra in 1936. Their fighter had a bigger goal.
"To be honest, I never wanted to be an Olympic gold medalist," Crawford said. "Midge and BoMac, they wanted me to stay in the amateurs and win a gold medal because they know how tough it is coming out of Nebraska. I wanted to be a world champion." [End Boone item]…
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 to the lefthanded stance very effectively…is experienced against very good opposition…had a strong amateur background…has a strong family boxing background…
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 29 fights…146 total rounds…66 world championship rounds…
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5 rounds…
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 68 %...
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 3 (3-0)…10 rounds – 3 (3-0)…9 rounds – 1 (1-0)…