Terence Crawford defeated Jose Benavidez by a 12th round knockout last Saturday night in a fight that showed that the WBO welterweight champion isn’t going to be the same dominant force at 147 as he was at 135 and 140. For the first time in a long time, Crawford looked vulnerable.
Less than 2 weeks after becoming the unified IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO light welterweight champion with a 3rd round knockout over IBF 140 lb. champion Julius Indongo on August 19, Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) has vacated his International Boxing Federation title.
Crawford, 29, didn’t have much of a choice, as the IBF had ordered a purse bid for this Thursday, August 31, for Crawford’s mandatory defense against #1 IBF challenger Sergey Lipinets. Rather than participate in the purse bid and wind up having to defend against the little-known contender Lipinets, Crawford vacated his IBF title.
Former light welterweight unified champion Terence Crawford 33-0, 24 KOs) beat up and stopped WBO 147lb champion Jeff Horn (18-1-1, 12 KOs) in the 9th round knockout on Saturday night in his debut at welterweight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford, 30, knocked Horn down in the 9th round.
Terence Crawford Challenges Jeff Horn for the WBO Welterweight Title Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and Streamed LIVE by ESPN+
Unbeaten WBA/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) held onto his titles in stopping #1 WBA, #2 WBC, #2 WBO challenger John Molina Jr. (29-7, 23 KOs) in the 8th round on Saturday night in front of a large crowd of Crawford fans at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford ran around the ring most of the fight, jabbing, holding, jabbing and pot shotting the very slow 33-year-old Molina Jr.
In the 8th, Crawford suddenly stopped moving and threw a flurry of shots that hurt Molina Jr. Crawford then finished Molina off with three right hands to the head and right to the body. The referee Mark Nelson then halted the fight. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:32 of the 8th.
John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) has his work cut out for him this Saturday night when he challenges undefeated WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) for his two titles plus his Ring title on HBO Championship Boxing on December 10 at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.
This is going to be a tough match for the 33-year-old Molina Jr., because he’s had a lot of bad luck inside the ring in the last four years in losing five out of his last ten fights. It’s unknown why the sanctioning bodies are still ranking Molina Jr. so highly given all of his many defeats.
Unbeaten Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) become the undisputed 140 lb. champion in defeating IBF, WBA 140 lb. champion Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout on Saturday night in front of a large sellout crowd at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
WBA/WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) could be making his last fight at 140 when he facing unbeaten IBF champion Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) on August 19 in a fight televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is the fight that Top Rank wants for the 29-year-old Crawford’s career. They feel it will help increase his popularity if he can unify the light welterweight division. I don’t know if it necessarily will.
Unbeaten light welterweight champions Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) and Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) will be facing each other this Saturday night in August 19 in a unification clash on ESPN at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) could be defending his WBO welterweight title next against former WBA 147 lb champion Luis Collazo (38-7, 20 KOs) on March 23, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com.
WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) has reportedly suffered a leg injury during training, and he won’t be able to defend his title against his mandatory challenger Felix Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) on September 16 as previously planned.
Bangkok, Thailand — Thai boxer Wanheng Menayothin grabbed his 51st straight victory Wednesday in a long but lop-sided bout against a fighter from the Philippines, defending his WBC title and surpassing the undefeated record of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The 105-pound minimumweight champion, nicknamed the “dwarf giant” for his compact build and heavy hitting style, won on points after a bruising 12 rounds against Pedro Taduran in the Thai city of Nakhon Sawan.
Boxing is a fringe sport with a limited number of casual viewers and a much smaller cadre of dedicated fans—those who can name more than five or six current champions out of the sixty-eight possible slots. Other barriers to following the sport include constantly changing champions, worldwide nationalities (and with it, worldwide names), lack of cohesive schedules, and most importantly, lack of coverage by the general sports media.
On September 16th, 2017, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) will attempt to climb a hill that few fighters have summited. In this era of multiple sanctioning organization champions, it is a common feat to pick up a belt in several weight classes. However, the feat of a welterweight or junior middleweight defeating the perceived “best” middleweight has only happened in a few rare instances.
Throughout the boxing world there are many fighters that for one reason or another never achieve their full potential. This can be due to any number of reasons: a thirst for money over glory, the lack of a fighters’ mentality, or problems with mental health. Over the next few weeks I am going to invite the readers to explore the history of some of these cases of wasted talent with me, and hopefully make some helpful suggestions to the fighters and their training team as how to get them back on track and moving forward.
MEET the true Joys in women’s basketball—Love Joy, Lyla Joy and Leah Joy Sto. Domingo from Sto. Nino in Marikina.
The eldest, Love Joy, 19, plays for the University of the East women’s team.
In her four-year stint under Coach Ai Lebornio, she has already made a name for herself, winning the Rookie of the Year award four years ago and late last year, got herself an early birthday and Christmas gift as she was selected in the UAAP’s Mythical Five, together with National University’s trio of MVP Afril Bernardino, finals’ MVP Gemma Miranda, and Jack Danielle Animam, together with De La Salle University’s Mary Snow Penaranda.
Up until two months ago, it was thought that boxing discussions this week would center around Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, depending on the outcome of their fight that was to be held last weekend. Was a clear winner determined? Was there a beatdown, mentally or physically, that would require time for the loser to recover? More importantly to the fans, and just as intriguing, would be what would be what would be next for both.
Tony Bellew (30-3-1, 20 KOs) confirmed that he’s retiring following his 8th round knockout loss to IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksander Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday night.
Tony Bellew was hoping to get a title shot against one of the heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker, but it looks like he’s going to have to settle for a rematch with36-year-old David Haye. That fight is the 34-year-old Bellew’s best payday available to him, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
Lomachenko vs. Pedraza LIVE on Saturday at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and broadcast on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET
Undercard broadcast begins at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+
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