By Dan Ambrose: You can include HBO commentator Roy Jones Jr. being firmly a true believer in WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) after his 12 round unanimous decision last night over former WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) in their fight on HBO pay-per-view. Jones not only sees the 28-year-old Crawford as the No.1 fighter at light welterweight now, but he also thinks he would give major problems to the top three welterweights in the division, including unbeaten #2 IBF Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs).
Crawford beat the one-dimensional and quite slow Postol by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 118-107, 117-108 and 118-107. The Crawford vs. Postol fight took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nwevada. The fight was televised on HBO PPV for $49.99 to $59.99. For boxing fans wanting entertainment/excitement, the gave very little of that due in part to Crawford’s constant movement, clinching and Postol’s inability to cut off the ring to force Crawford to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: As I watched Terrence Crawford’s clinical display against Viktor Postol I kept saying to my girlfriend that it was ‘just like watching Floyd Mayweather Jnr’. In terms of pure boxing ability, being compared to Floyd Mayweather Jnr is the loftiest of praise that can be bestowed upon a boxer.
An anti-fan of the stick and move counter punch style, my girlfriend retorted bluntly that Bud Crawford’s performance was about as boring as his interviews during fight week. That in a nutshell is the caveat with Crawford, he simply doesn’t have the brash, controversial personality to offset his often cautious and cerebral fighting style. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: After beating Victor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) tonight to claim his WBC light welterweight title, Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) appears to feel that he’s in the position to call the shots for a fight against Manny Pacquiao that he and his promoter Bob Arum BADLY want. Crawford says that if a fight between him and Pacquiao takes place this year on November 5, then Pacquiao will need to move down to 140lbs to fight him for his WBC/WBO light welterweight titles. Crawford won’t fight Pacquiao at welterweight.
“It will be at 140,” Crawford said via ESPN.com, when asked what weight he would consider a fight against Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank’s fighter Terence Crawford may not have proven that he’s American’s next big star tonight, but he did prove that he was good enough to beat WBC light welterweight champion Viktor Postol by a 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Crawford got a couple of knockdowns in the 5th of Postol. The first knockdown was a trip after Crawford hit Postol with a weak right hand. Postol tripped over Crawford’s lead foot. The second knockdown was a slip by Postol while retreating. Neither knockdown should have counted in my view. Postol lost a point in round 11 on a rabbit punch. It was a fair call. I didn’t see a warning given to Postol before that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: unbeaten WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) boxed his way to a very, very boring 12 round unanimous decision over WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol 28-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night to win Postol’s WBC belt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were 118-107, 118-107, 117-108.
Crawford knocked Postol down twice in round five in flash knockdowns in which Postol’s gloves touched the canvas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: In an incredibly dominant performance, undefeated #1 WBO featherweight Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) totally obliterated a badly over-matched Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda (26-1, 23 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round to capture the vacant WBO featherweight title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Undefeated welterweight Jose Benavidez (25-0, 16 KOs) stayed unbeaten with an unimpressive 10 round unanimous decision over Francisco Santana (24-5-1, 12 KOs) tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The judges scored the fight 100-90, 96-94 and 98-92. Benavidez was the A-side fighter, the Top Rank fighter. I had the fight scored a draw. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Unbeaten light heavyweight 2012 Olympian Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) had to get up off the deck from a 1st round knockdown to come back and defeat former two-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-6-1, 15 KOs) by a 6th round knockout on Saturday night on HBO pay-per-view from the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Undefeated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (11-0, 8 KOs) stayed unbeaten with an impressive 1st round knockout win over the always tough George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (34-3-3, 24 KOs) in stopping him in the 1st round in middleweight action on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) is hoping to take a big step forward in his career tonight in his fight against WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) in their fight on HBO PPV. Crawford sees himself as the replacement for superstars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the sport. Crawford and Postol will be fighting on HBO pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Crawford is around the same age as both of them when they became huge PPV attractions. Crawford hasn’t shown the same kind of talent that we saw from Pacquiao and Mayweather when they both young at 28. However, it might not matter that Crawford doesn’t have the talent of the guys he replaces at the top of the sport.
There’s an empty spot at the top right now and the boxing public may be willing to accept a lesser fighter like Crawford as the top guy. Read the rest of this entry »