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Kellerman interested in seeing Crawford vs. Broner

crawford44By Chris Williams: HBO broadcaster Max Kellerman was dreaming out loud last night in watching Top Rank fighter lightweight/light welterweight Terrence Crawford (20-0, 15 KO’s) box his way to a 10 round unanimous decision over Breidis Prescott (26-5, 20 KO’s) by saying he’d like to see the 25-year-old Crawford face WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) in a fight. Roy Jones Jr. of HBO also liked the idea.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s ever going to be a possibility due to the Top Rank – Golden Boy Promotions rivalry.

Broner is already interested in facing another one of Top Rank’s fighters in Brandon Rios, and that’s not going to happen either. I guess you can add Crawford’s name to the list of guys that Broner and other Golden Boy fighters won’t be facing.

I’d like to see Broner face Crawford if the fight were possible, but I think it would be a mismatch due to Broner’s much, much better power. He wouldn’t miss with his shots like Prescott did, and I think he would walk Crawford down and knock him out. However, there will never be a demand for the fight until Crawford starts fighting with a more exciting style because last night he was too boring.

The fans weren’t booing him on accident. They were booing him because he’s not interesting to watch unless your one of the rare fans that like to watch technicians and don’t care for action.

The bad news for Bob Arum of Top Rank is that Crawford doesn’t have the kind of crowd-pleasing style that will win him a lot of fans. He might impress the hardcore fan that just likes to see a pure defensive/boxer move around the ring, but he’s not going to please fans looking for punching power or pure speed like Floyd Mayweather Jr. Crawford is not another Pernell Whitaker.

I heard that comparison, and it made me want to laugh because I remember Whitaker in his prime, and when he first coming up. He was so much better than Crawford. Maybe you can compare the two when Whitaker was at the end of his career in his late 30s, but not when he was younger. Whitaker was both an offense and defensive fighter. Crawford is mostly just a defensive guy that jabs and counter punches with one shot at a time. He doesn’t throw combinations like Whitaker. Crawford is more like a poor man’s version of Whitaker once you take away his offense, speed and power.

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