At the age of 30, Terence is a 10-year pro. A three-division world champion and the current WBO welterweight world champion, he is one of boxing’s brightest rising young stars.
Boxingscene.com’s Keith Idec reported [July 18, 2018 – excerpts]: Terence Crawford won the 2018 “Fighter of the Year” award at the ESPYs in Los Angeles.
The unbeaten WBO welterweight champion won the award over WBA lightweight champ Vasiliy Lomachenko and UFC fighters Rose Namajunas and Georges St-Pierre.
Crawford received his award at ESPN’s 26th annual awards show, which was televised live by ABC from the Microsoft Theater. [End Idec item]
Terence 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.”
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. He made his third WBO defense and won the WBC title In a title unification bout in July, 2016, then defended both titles two times.
After unifying all four world titles at 140 pounds in August, 2017, he vacated them to again move up in weight to the welterweight division.
In his last fight on June 9 in Las Vegas, Terence won the WBO welterweight world title with a ninth-round TKO against defending champion Jeff Horn.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Terence “Bud” Crawford put the welterweight division on notice in a major way.
Crawford, already a winner of world titles in two weight classes, aimed to make a big impression in his first fight in the talent-rich 147-pound division that several of the sport’s best call home, and he did so by utterly dominating Jeff Horn.
Crawford punished Horn in a one-sided fight, stopping him in the ninth round to win a world title in his third division on Saturday night in the main event of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card before 8,112 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska, came into the fight already universally considered one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. The near-flawless performance against Horn should only burnish his reputation.
Last August he became only the third fighter of the four-belt era to unify the titles of all four major sanctioning bodies when he blitzed Julius Indongo in a third-round knockout to take his two belts and become the undisputed champion at 140 pounds.
Crawford, who came out immediately in a southpaw stance, caught Horn with a hard left hand in the first few seconds of the fight to knock him off balance. Crawford’s speed advantage was evident immediately in a round Crawford appeared to win easily.
Crawford was in total control the entire fight, including the third round as he landed right hooks, straight left hands and clean jabs that rocked Horn’s head back. Horn, who suffered a small cut over his right eye in the fourth round, had no answers for anything, and it didn’t get much better.
Crawford, meanwhile, looked like he was having fun. He stuck his tongue out and wound up with some punches as he nailed Horn with heavy shots from all angles, especially straight lefts, in what was easy work.
In the eighth round, Crawford, who is adept at switching stances, turned right-handed and continued to find a home for his blows. He had Horn in big trouble as he lashed him with crushing punches that probably would have put opponents away when he fought in the smaller junior welterweight and lightweight divisions. But Horn sopped up the enormous punishment and showed a great chin to take the shots.
But he could take them for only so long. Crawford continued to pound him in the ninth round, landing two right hands and a left that hurt him badly and forced him to touch his gloves to the canvas for a knockdown. Crawford was all over him when the fight resumed, and as he blasted him with both hands, [the] referee jumped in to stop the fight at 2 minutes, 33 seconds.
The welterweight division was on notice. [End Rafael item]
Terence’s five fights in Nebraska – four in Omaha, his hometown, and one in nearby Lincoln – have drawn big 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 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 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.