Weight Class: Welterweight

Terence Crawford

36 Wins

0 Losses

0 Draws

27 KOs


Age: 32 Date of Birth: September 28, 1987
Height: 5'8" Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska
Reach: 74" Stance: orthodox

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Terence "Bud" Crawford


Biography

At the age of 31, Terence is a 10-year pro. A three-division world champion, he is universally considered one of the best in the ring today – “pound for pound” – and considered by many to be the best.

He is one of boxing’s brightest rising stars. In addition to his exceptional ability in the ring he has a fierce competitiveness that reminds some observers of a young Roberto Duran.

Terence 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 vacated the title to move up in weight, won the WBO junior welterweight world title in April, 2015, and made two successful title defenses. Terence made his third WBO defense and won the WBC title in a title unification bout in July, 2016, and defended the unified titles two times. He unified all four world titles at 140 pounds in August, 2017. In the four-title era, Terence is one of only three fighters, with Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor, to hold all four unified titles. Terence vacated those titles to again move up in weight and won the WBO welterweight title in June, 2018.

He had a couple more honors come his way after that – the street in Omaha where he grew up was named for him, and he won the ESPY award for “2018 Fighter of the Year.”

In his last fight on October 13 in Omaha, Terence made the first defense of the WBO welterweight title with a 12th-round TKO win against previously undefeated Jose Benavidez Jr.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Terence Crawford is a bona fide attraction. Not only did his welterweight world title-retaining 12th-round knockout of Jose Benavidez Jr. take place in front of his largest crowd to date, 13,323 at the CHI Health Center in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, the card drew the largest viewership for any boxing or MMA event on broadcast or cable television so far in 2018.

The full telecast averaged 2.245 million viewers and peaked at 2.708 million in the later stages of the main event, according to Nielsen Media Research. The telecast also drew ESPN’s largest boxing audience since the Manny PacquiaoJeff Horn card averaged 2.8 million viewers in July 2017 as the network kicked off its long-term deal with Top Rank.

Crawford outclassed Benavidez before scoring a violent, 12th-round knockout to retain his 147-pound title for the first time before a raucous crowd … and he gave the hometown fans a show.

After dominating virtually the entire fight … Crawford knocked Benavidez down with a thunderous right uppercut with about 45 seconds left in the fight. He battered him until referee Celestino Ruiz stepped in to wave off the fight at 2 minutes, 42 seconds as the crowd went wild.

The knockout capped an outstanding performance from Crawford, regarded as one of boxing’s pound-for-pound best fighters in the world.

Two-time fighter of the year Crawford began the fight working his jab and going to the body with it before switching to a southpaw stance about halfway through the round, as he often does, and he stayed that way for most of the rest of the fight. Benavidez looked like he wanted to set up a right hand, but he could never find a clean home for it.

Crawford landed to the body in the second round and made Benavidez take a step back and shake his head. He did that several times in the fight. Crawford picked up the pace in the third round, repeatedly landing combinations to the head and body and again forcing Benavidez to take a step back.

The body shots were key, said Crawford.

Benavidez had a strong fourth round, his best of the fight, and landed several clean blows. A strong left hand to the head caught Crawford. But Benavidez fought only in spurts. In the fifth round, for example, he spent a long stretch planted in the middle of the ring as Crawford went after him and landed a chopping right hand to the head before forcing him back as the round came to an end.

After Crawford stung Benavidez with a flurry of punches early in the ninth round, a seemingly dejected Benavidez went back to the ropes and motioned for Crawford to come at him. He did and landed some more punches. He continued to land combinations to the head and body, while Benavidez rarely got off more than one punch at a time.

With Benavidez fading in the final round, Crawford tagged him with the hellacious uppercut that knocked him down. He surprisingly made it to his feet and continued, but Crawford went right to him and blasted him with a pair of right hands, and Ruiz stopped it as Benavidez was falling to the canvas again.

Crawford led 110-99, 108-101 and 107-102 going into the 12th round. [End Rafael item]

Terence’s six fights in Nebraska since he won the world title – five in Omaha and one in nearby Lincoln – have drawn impressive 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 12,121 on August 19, 2017. His last fight on October 13, 2018, topped them all with 13,323.

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.

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 right-handed. 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.”…

Terence lives with his girlfriend, Alindra Person, and has three sons, a daughter, and a stepdaughter…

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]…

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 on 8-22-07 he won a 33-12 decision against Mason Menard of Rayne, La.; in the Challenger’s Bracket Round 3 on 8-23-07 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, a good body puncher…is very effective fighting in the right-handed and left-handed stances…is experienced against top opposition…had a strong amateur background…has a strong family boxing background…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 34 fights…187 total rounds…107 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.5 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 74 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 4 (4-0)…10 rounds – 4 (4-0)…

Titles

  • Facebook: facebook.com/TBudCrawford
  • Instagram: @tbudcrawford402
  • ESPY “2018 Fighter of the Year"
  • WBO welterweight world champion, 1 successful defense
  • World championship fights: 12-0, 9 KOs
  • Former WBC super lightweight world champion, 3 successful defenses
  • Former WBO junior welterweight world champion, 6 successful defenses
  • Former WBA super lightweight world champion
  • Former IBF junior welterweight world champion
  • Former WBO lightweight world champion, 2 successful defenses
  • Boxing Writers Association of America “2014 Fighter of the Year”
  • 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
2018

1ST WBO W WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 10-13-18 in Omaha, NB, he won by TKO (12th round) against previously undefeated Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-0): the bout headlined at the CHI Health Center and drew an attendance of 13,323; the early rounds were close – Terence won the 1st round on two scorecards and swept the 2nd and 3rd on all three scorecards, then Benavidez rallied and won the 4th round on two scorecards; but Terence consistently landed the harder punches and wore down Benavidez with repeated body punches – Terence won the 5th and 6th rounds on two scorecards, then swept the 7th through the 11th rounds; Terence scored a devastating knockdown with a right uppercut in the 12th round – Benavidez got up, but Terence staggered him with an unanswered series of punches and the referee stopped the fight as Benavidez was falling to the canvas again at 2:42; after 11 rounds, Terence led by scores of 110-99, 108-101, 107-102…

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.

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.

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.

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.

2014

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

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).

Terence Crawford Q&A

When did you start boxing and why?

At 7, because I was fighting in the neighborhood and the owner of the boxing club lived right behind me and asked me if I wanted to join the boxing gym.

What is your first memory in the sport?

Going to the gym and hitting the speedbag

Which fighters do you pattern yourself after?

I don’t pattern myself after any fighter. I pull elements from multiple fighters.

Who are your favorite current or recent pro fighters?

Floyd Mayweather, Pernell Whitaker, Roy Jones, Jr., Muhammad Ali, Marco Antonio Barrera, Sugar Ray Leonard

Do you have a hidden talent?

Debating

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I have 12 dogs.

Who are your favorite pro sports teams and non-boxing athletes?

Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Lakers, Nebraska, Creighton basketball, LSU, Duke, New York Yankees

What’s your favorite movie?

Menace 2 Society

What’s your favorite TV show?

Martin and Dragonball Z

Do you have a favorite quote?

Work Time!!!! (in Bo Mac’s voice)

What artists are most heavily featured on your playlist in camp?

Depends on the day

Do you have any superstitions or pre-fight rituals?

No

Where do you want to be 5 years from now?

On the beach, chilling

If I wasn’t a professional boxer, I would be…

playing basketball or football

What or who is the biggest motivation in your life and why?

My family because we never had anything growing up so I want to provide for my family members so they never have to want for anything