Terence Crawford

Weightclass: Welterweight

  • 33wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 24kos

AGE:
30
Birthplace:
Omaha, Nebraska
Height:
5'8"
reach:
70"
Managers:
Brian McIntyre
Trainers:
Esau Diegez, Brian McIntyre

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Terence Crawford

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.

fight history

  • 2018

    WON WBO W WORLD TITLE – In his last fight on 6-9-18 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (9th round) against previously undefeated defending champion Jeff Horn (18-0-1): the bout headlined at the MGM Grand – it drew a crowd of 8,112, and Terence dominated the fight; he consistently out-boxed and out-worked Horn, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; Horn was cut over his right eye in the 4th round, and Terence wore him down in the following rounds; Terence scored  knockdown with a series of punches when Horn’s glove touched the canvas in the 9th round – he rocked Horn with a series of punches when the action resumed, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:33; after eight rounds, Terence led by shutout scores of 80-72 on all three scorecards.

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  • 2017

    6TH WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, 3RD WBC SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, WON WBA & IBF WORLD TITLES – On 8-19-17 in Lincoln, NB, he won by knockout (3rd round) against previously undefeated left-handed defending WBA-IBF champion Julius Indongo (22-0): the four-title unification bout headlined at Pinnacle Bank Arena – it drew a crowd of 12,121, and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Terence fought in the left-handed stance for the entire fight – Indongo boxed and moved well in the 1st round, but Terence scored a knockdown with a left hand that dazed Indongo in the 2nd; he scored a devastating knockdown with a left hand to the body that dropped Indongo flat on his back in the 3rd round, and he was counted out at 1:38…

    5TH WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, 2ND WBC SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – 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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