Terence Bud Allan Crawford is an American professional boxer. He has held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the WBO welterweight title since 2018. Previously he held the WBO, Ring magazine and lineal lightweight titles from 2014 to 2015; and the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, Ring and lineal light welterweight titles between 2015 and 2017.
As of December 2019, Crawford is ranked as the world’s second best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec and ESPN, and fourth by The Ring and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. He is also ranked as the world’s best active welterweight by Boxrec, second by The Ring, and third by ESPN and the TBRB. Crawford was named Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2014, and by ESPN in 2014 and 2017.
Crawford took up boxing at the age of seven. He fought 70 official amateur bouts, losing only 12 times. As an amateur, he defeated future world champions Mikey Garcia and Danny García. After winning three amateur tournaments shortly before the 2008 Olympics, he became the highest-ranked lightweight in the US. However, his loss to leading contender Sadam Ali thwarted his Olympic ambitions.
Crawford made his professional debut on March 14, 2008, knocking out Brian Cummings in round one. He compiled a record of 19–0 with 15 wins by way of knockout against largely unheralded opposition. Crawford had his first notable bout on the undercard of the second fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado, against former WBO lightweight champion Breidis Prescott. Prescott was originally scheduled to face WBA light welterweight champion Khabib Allakhverdiev, who withdrew with an injured elbow. Crawford was originally supposed to meet Robert Osiobe on the same card, but accepted the offer to fill in for Allakhverdiev on three-days notice.
Crawford vs. Klimov
On August 21, 2013 it was announced that Crawford would fight undefeated Russian boxer and WBO #12 ranked Andrey Klimov in another elimination bout, which would see the winner challenge WBO champion Ricky Burns. The fight was scheduled for ten rounds and took place on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. Delvin Rodriguez on HBO at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on October 5. Klimov was coming off a majority decision win over fringe contender John Molina Jr. in June 2013. Crawford outclassed and outpointed Klimov, handing him his first defeat as a professional in a UD win.
Crawford vs. Burns
Crawford traveled to Scotland five months later to take on 30 year old Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight title on March 1, 2014. Burns’ promoter, Eddie Hearn, said he was pleased to bring the fight to Scotland, and admitted it was Burns’ toughest fight to date. Crawford easily won the fight, boxing well on the outside and picking his shots against Burns, winning his first world title. The judges scored the fight 117–111, and 116–112 twice in favour of Crawford.
Crawford vs. Gamboa
Fighting for the first time as a professional in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, Crawford made his first title defense against 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist and former unified featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa, who was a slight favourite going into the fight. This was only the second title fight ever held in Omaha, the first being in 1972, when heavyweight champion Joe Frazier defeated the Omaha/Council Bluffs product Ron Stander by fourth-round TKO.
Crawford vs. Beltrán
Held in front of 11,127 at The CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Crawford made his second defense of the WBO title against The Ring magazine contender Ray Beltrán on November 29, 2014. The winner of the bout would become The Ring’s lightweight champion. Crawford retained his world title earning a twelve-round UD win. The final judges’ scorecards read 120–108, and 119–109 twice in favour of Crawford. After the fight, Crawford announced his intentions to leave the lightweight division to fight as a light welterweight.
Crawford vs. Dulorme: On March 6, 2015 ESPN reported that Crawford would debut as a light welterweight, challenging for the vacant WBO title at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas against 25 year old Thomas Dulorme on April 18. At the press conference, Crawford told Dulorme, Come prepared because I am going to be ready. should expect a spectacular victory. This is my second world title at a different weight, and I am really going to be up for it.
Crawford vs. Jean: Top Rank announced on August 20 that Crawford would make his first defence at the CenturyLink Center in Nebraska, Omaha, on October 24 against Montreal based 33 year old contender Dierry Jean. Jean’s only loss as professional came in 2014 against light welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson, in Peterson’s hometown of Washington, D.C.. After the sole loss, Jean dropped down to lightweight where he won four fights in a row.
Crawford vs. Postol: On May 3, 2016 it was finally confirmed that Crawford and WBC champion Viktor Postol had officially signed a contract for the highly anticipated light welterweight unification fight on July 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Both fighters entered the ring with a matched record of 28 wins, no losses. Both men also entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the first time in their respective careers.
Crawford vs. Molina: Crawford was not due to fight next until 2017, however due to the Golovkin-Jacobs fight being postponed to early 2017, this freed up the December 10 date for HBO. Arum confirmed Crawford would take the date and look at potential opponents, including the then IBF champion Eduard Troyanovsky and Antonio Orozco. Arum announced a deal was in place for a fight between Crawford and 33 year old contender John Molina Jr. on December 10, 2016 at Crawford’s hometown at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Crawford vs. Diaz: Bob Arum spoke to ESPN in early February 2017 about Crawford’s next defence and possible opponents. He said that HBO had set a May 20 date for the fight and the venue would most likely be in Crawford’s hometown, Omaha. Mexican boxer Antonio Orozco, one of Crawford’s mandatory challengers and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz, who had been calling out Crawford, were the names mentioned. He went on to explain how Orozco’s promoters seemed to have little interest in the fight. Lou DiBella, promoter of Diaz, was eager to make a fight happen.
Crawford vs. Indongo: On July 1, 2017 Top Rank announced that a light welterweight unification fight between Crawford, and WBA and IBF champion Julius Indongo was agreed upon to take place on August 19 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska live on ESPN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K. The projected unification of every major world title in boxing will determine the light welterweight division’s first undisputed champion since Kostya Tszyu in 2004, and the first time all the aforementioned titles have been at stake in a single fight since Bernard Hopkins vs. Jermain Taylor in 2005.
Crawford vs. Horn: When Horn successfully made a voluntary defence of his WBO welterweight title by stopping Corcoran, this set up the fight between Crawford and Horn. Following his win, Horn was challenged to a big money fight at light middleweight by 42 year old Anthony Mundine, before eventually defending his WBO title against Crawford. Horn admitted his interest in the fight where he would be seeing a purse of around $2 million with his trainer, Glenn Rushton, also very much interested in the Mundine fight.
Crawford vs. Benavidez: In front of 13,323 in attendance, the largest crowd he had drawn to date, Crawford came on strong in the final round to score a twelfth-round KO win to retain his WBO welterweight title. The fight was halted at 2 minutes and 42 seconds. Crawford used an in and out style of fighting to land his shots, and then got away before Benavidez could hit him. Towards the end of round twelve, Crawford knocked down Benavidez, who fought with an injured knee, with a left-right combination, the final punch being a right uppercut.
Crawford vs. Khan: On November 16, two-time Lithuanian Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas knocked out Roberto Arriaza in the third round of their bout. After the fight, Arum hinted Kavaliauskas would likely challenge Crawford for the WBO welterweight title in early 2019. Kavaliauskas stated he wanted to fight the best in the division and called out Crawford. A week later, it was reported 37 year old, former world champion Luis Collazo was in line to challenge Crawford, in what would be Crawford’s first of three bouts in 2019. The fight would main event a Top Rank card on ESPN on March 23, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Crawford vs. Kavaliauskas: Having called for the opportunity since November 2016, Kavaliauskas eventually faced Crawford on December 14, 2019. Early in the fight Crawford appeared to have been knocked down, however it was not ruled a knockdown. After a close first half of the fight eventually Crawford won by stoppage in the ninth. After dropping the Lithuanian in the seventh round with an overhand right, and twice further in the ninth with explosive punches, the referee intervened to save Kavaliauskas further punishment.
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