Terence Crawford

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Terence Crawford
Nickname(s) Bud
Rated at
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1987-09-28) September 28, 1987 (age 29)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 30
Wins by KO 21
Losses 0

Terence Crawford (born September 28, 1987) is an American professional boxer. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the unified WBC, WBO, Ring magazine, and lineal light welterweight titles since 2016; previously he held the WBO, Ring, and lineal lightweight titles from 2014 to 2015. As of December 2016, Crawford is ranked by The Ring as the world's fifth best boxer, pound for pound, and was voted Fighter of the Year for 2014 by the Boxing Writers Association of America and ESPN.

Crawford is a fast, hard-hitting, and highly technical fighter who is recognized for his ability to comfortably switch hit from orthodox to southpaw.

Amateur career highlights[edit]

2006 National PAL Championships, 132 lbs – gold medalist[1]
2006 Blue & Gold National Championships, 132 lbs – gold medalist[1]
2007 U.S. Pan American Games Box-Offs, 132 lbs – gold medalist[1]

Professional career[edit]

Debut and development[edit]

Crawford made his professional debut on March 14, 2008, knocking out Brian Cummings in Round 1. Compiling an early career record of 19-0 with 15 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 (26-4, 20 KOs). Prescott was originally scheduled to face WBA junior 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 nevertheless outboxed the hard hitting Colombian and secured a unanimous decision victory.[2][3] Crawford received a purse of $125,000, whilst Prescott received $50,000. This was the first time Crawford fought a 10-round fight and his first time fighting at the 140 lb. limit.[4]

Crawford vs Sanabria[edit]

Crawford fought Alejandro Sanabria (34-1-1, 25 KOs) on June 15, 2013. Held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, USA, the fight served as an eliminator for the WBO world lightweight title and was also for the vacant WBO NABO lightweight title.[5] In the 6th round, Crawford landed a devastating left hook, sending Sanabria to the canvas. Though Sanabria was able to return to his feet within the count, the fight was waved off by referee Laurence Cole, giving Crawford a TKO victory.[6][7] This was the last time Sanabria fought.

WBO lightweight champion[edit]

Crawford vs. Burns[edit]

Five months after besting previously undefeated Russian fighter Andrey Klimov in another elimination bout, Crawford traveled to Scotland to take on Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight title.[8][9] Crawford easily won the fight, boxing well on the outside and picking his shots against the overmatched but game Burns, winning the title and improving his record to 23-0.[10][11][12]

Crawford vs. Gamboa[edit]

Fighting for the first time as a professional in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, Crawford made his first title defense against undefeated Cuban fighter Yuriorkis Gamboa.[13] 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 4th-round TKO.[13] Gamboa won the early rounds using his speed advantage, but Crawford eventually adjusted, knocking Gamboa down once in the 5th round, again in the 8th, and finally twice in the 9th to secure a TKO win.[14] Crawford stated after the fight "I was warming up, getting used to his style in the first couple of rounds. I just wanted to test him out, I felt like I could make an adjustment with my jab, because he's always dropping his left hand. I thought I could get him with my jab in the southpaw stance."[15]

Crawford vs. Beltran[edit]

Held at The Century Link Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, Crawford made his second defense of the WBO title against Ring Magazine Number 1 contender Raymundo Beltran, earning a 12-round unanimous decision win.[16] After the fight, Crawford announced his intentions to leave the lightweight division to fight as a junior welterweight.

WBO light welterweight champion[edit]

Crawford vs. Dulorme[edit]

Crawford made his debut at junior welterweight on April 18, 2015 at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas against Thomas Dulorme, with the vacant WBO junior welterweight title on the line. The fight was stopped after Dulorme was knocked down three times in the 6th round, granting Crawford a TKO victory.[17]

Crawford vs. Jean, Lundy[edit]

With a dominant performance that mixed superlative boxing skills with crunching power, Crawford knocked out Dierry Jean (29-1, 20 KOs) on October 24, 2015 at CenturyLink Center, Nebraska to retain the WBO light welterweight title. Crawford landed 169 total punches out of 533 thrown, and an impressive 40 percent of his power shots. Over the last three rounds, Crawford out-landed Jean 59 to 9.[18] Crawford was ahead on all three judges scorecards at the time of stoppage (89-80, 90-79 twice).[19]

In his next bout against Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs), Crawford showed exactly why he's been earmarked as America's next great prizefighter. He defended his junior welterweight championship on February 27, 2016 with a scintillating fifth-round TKO of Lundy before a sellout crowd of 5,092 at the Theater of Madison Square Garden. Crawford connected with 89 of 247 punches (36%), compared to 47 of 411 for Lundy (22%). Lundy won a fast paced first round. Crawford then overwhelmed him with head and body punches which found the mark by volume and accuracy. Lundy went down in a corner in the fifth round. He beat the count, but the bout was soon stopped.[20]

Unified light welterweight champion[edit]

Crawford vs. Postol[edit]

On May 3, 2016 it was finally confirmed that Crawford and Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) had officially signed a contract for the highly anticipated super-lightweight 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 won by unanimous decision and unified two light welterweight world titles before a crowd of 7,027. Crawford also claimed the vacant Lineal and The Ring Magazine titles.[21] Crawford scored two flash knockdowns in the fifth round, on going away on all three scorecards 118-107, 118-107 and 117-108. ESPN.com also scored the fight 118-107 for Crawford. 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, adding to Crawford's advantage. With the victory, Crawford staked his indisputable claim to division supremacy and set himself up for much bigger fights, possibly against a returning Manny Pacquiao. Crawford's purse for the fight was $1.3 million.[22]

Crawford vs. Molina[edit]

Crawford was not due to fight next until 2017, however due to the potential Golovkin-Jacobs fight being postponed to early 2017, this freed up the December 10 date for HBO. Arum confirmed Crawford would like to take the date and was also looking at potential opponents, including the then world titleholder Eduard Troyanovsky (25-0, 22 KOs) and Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs).[23] Arum announced a deal was in place for a fight between Crawford and 33 year old contender John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) on December 10, 2016 at Crawford's hometown at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Molina previously defeated Russian contender Ruslan Provodnikov in a 12-round unanimous decision in June 2016, where he claimed the vacant WBO International super lightweight title.[24][25] Molina weighed 144lb at the weigh in which meant he lost right to fight for Crawford's world titles. Although being a voluntary, had Crawford lost the fight, he would have lost his belts. For the fight to go ahead, Molina gave $400,000 of his purse to Crawford, adding to his already agreed purse of $1.5m.[26]

Crawford held onto his titles in stopping Molina in the 8th round in front of a large crowd of Crawford fans in Omaha. Crawford ran around the ring most of the fight, jabbing, holding and pot shotting an out of shape Molina. In round 8, Crawford threw a flurry of shots that hurt Molina. Crawford then finished Molina off with three right hands to the head and a right to the body before referee Mark Nelson then halted the fight. In the post fight interview, Crawford felt he should be 2016 'Fighter of the Year' for his wins over Molina, Hank Lundy and Viktor Postol, "I feel like I got it. I just have to wait until the results come in." Crawford also reiterated his desire to unify the division before a possible move up to welterweight. Crawford landed 184 punches from 419 thrown, Molina landed 41 of 287 thrown, a 14-percent connect rate.[27][28]

Crawford vs. Diaz[edit]

Bob Arum spoke to ESPN in early February 2017 about Crawford's next defence and possible opponents. He said that HBO reserved May 20 for the fight and the venue most likely to be in Crawford's hometown of Omaha in Nebraska. Mexican boxer Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs), one of Crawford's mandatory challengers and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs), 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, however Lou DiBella, promoter of Diaz, is eager to make a fight happen.[29] Arum spoke to The Ring on March 1 saying that Crawford's opponent had been narrowed down to Felix Diaz or Adrian Granados. Amir Imam, ranked number 1 by WBC at 140 was also in the mix, but Arum said that he found it difficult to make a deal with his promoter Don King.[30] Terms were finally agreed on March 22 for Crawford vs. Diaz at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on May 20, 2017 live on HBO. Contracts were to be signed shortly after.[31][32] A week after the fight was announced, the location was changed. The new venue was confirmed to be Madison Square Garden in New York. This would be the first time Crawford would fight at the arena.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Car body shop incident[edit]

On September 21, 2016 Crawford was found guilty of two counts dating back to April, when he turned himself into the police. He was charged for theft of services, criminal mischief, third-degree assault and trespassing. The assault and theft charges were later dropped. A sentence hearing date was set for December 15. The incident took place at a local car body shop. Crawford had made a partial payment, but refused to pay the remainder after he wasn't satisfied with the work being done and amount being charged. He started to lower the car himself, damaging the hydraulic lift.[34] At the hearing, Crawford was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but would be serving 53 days.[35][36][37] Crawford was incarcerated for only 8 hours, before being released after his attorney posted a $10,000 bond.[38]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
30 fights 30 wins 0 losses
By knockout 21 0
By decision 9 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
31 N/A N/A Dominican Republic Félix Díaz N/A – (12) May 20, 2017 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Defending WBC, WBO, The Ring, and lineal light welterweight titles
30 Win 30–0 United States John Molina Jr. TKO 8 (12), 2:32 Dec 10, 2016 United States CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. Retained WBC, WBO, The Ring, and lineal light welterweight titles
29 Win 29–0 Ukraine Viktor Postol UD 12 Jul 23, 2016 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO light welterweight title;
Won WBC, vacant The Ring and lineal light welterweight titles
28 Win 28–0 United States Hank Lundy TKO 5 (12), 2:09 Feb 27, 2016 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBO light welterweight title
27 Win 27–0 Canada Dierry Jean TKO 10 (12), 2:30 Oct 24, 2015 United States CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. Retained WBO light welterweight title
26 Win 26–0 Puerto Rico Thomas Dulorme TKO 6 (12), 1:51 Apr 18, 2015 United States College Park Center, Arlington, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBO light welterweight title
25 Win 25–0 Mexico Raymundo Beltrán UD 12 Nov 29, 2014 United States CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. Retained WBO lightweight title;
Won vacant The Ring and lineal lightweight titles
24 Win 24–0 Cuba Yuriorkis Gamboa KO 9 (12), 2:53 Jun 28, 2014 United States CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. Retained WBO lightweight title
23 Win 23–0 United Kingdom Ricky Burns UD 12 Mar 1, 2014 United Kingdom Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland Won WBO lightweight title
22 Win 22–0 Russia Andrey Klimov UD 10 Oct 5, 2013 United States Amway Center, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Alejandro Sanabria TKO 6 (10), 0:17 Jun 15, 2013 United States American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO lightweight title
20 Win 20–0 Colombia Breidis Prescott UD 10 Mar 30, 2013 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 Brazil Sidney Siqueira TKO 6 (8), 2:47 Nov 10, 2012 United States Wynn, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Chile Hardy Paredes TKO 4 (8), 0:40 Sep 13, 2012 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States David Rodela KO 2 (6), 2:30 Jun 8, 2012 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Canada Andre Gorges KO 5 (6), 0:44 Apr 14, 2012 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Puerto Rico Angel Rios UD 8 Sep 10, 2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Derrick Campos TKO 2 (6), 2:31 Jul 30, 2011 United States Softball Country Arena, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Anthony Mora KO 1 (6), 1:58 Feb 26, 2011 United States Heartland Events Center, Grand Island, Nebraska, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Ron Boyd TKO 1 (6), 2:28 Jul 31, 2010 United States Sovereign Bank Stadium, York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Marty Robbins KO 3 (6), 0:51 May 1, 2010 United States Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Corey Sommerville TKO 2 (4), 1:25 Dec 19, 2009 United States Cotton Eyed Joe, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Steve Marquez TKO 1 (4), 2:35 Oct 31, 2009 United States Cambria County War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Miguel Delgado TKO 3 (4), 1:02 May 2, 2009 United States Cambria County War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Lucas Rodas KO 1 (4), 1:52 Mar 21, 2009 United States U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Travis Hartman UD 4 Mar 7, 2009 United States Valencia Ballroom, York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Michael Williams TKO 2 (4), 1:14 Nov 8, 2008 United States Valencia Ballroom, York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Aaron Anderson UD 4 Aug 22, 2008 United States Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Damon Antoine UD 4 Jul 26, 2008 United States Valencia Ballroom, York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Filiberto Nieto RTD 1 (4), 3:00 Apr 3, 2008 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Brian Cummings KO 1 (4), 0:26 Mar 14, 2008 United States Athletic Club, Denver, Colorado, U.S. Professional debut


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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
John Molina, Jr.
WBONABO lightweight champion
June 15, 2013 - March 1, 2014
Title next held by
Raymundo Beltrán
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Ricky Burns
WBO lightweight champion
March 1, 2014 – March 24, 2015
Title next held by
Terry Flanagan
Title last held by
Juan Manuel Márquez
The Ring lightweight champion
November 29, 2014 – March 24, 2015
Title next held by
Jorge Linares
Lineal lightweight champion
November 29, 2014 – March 24, 2015
Title last held by
Chris Algieri
WBO light welterweight champion
April 18, 2015 – present
Preceded by
Viktor Postol
WBC light welterweight champion
July 23, 2016 – Present
Title last held by
Danny García
The Ring light welterweight champion
July 23, 2016 – present
Lineal light welterweight champion
July 23, 2016 – present
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
ESPN Fighter of the Year
Canelo Álvarez