If you are a fan of boxing, you probably know who Terence Crawford is. He is one of the best fighters in the world, holding multiple world titles in three weight classes. He is also widely regarded as the number one pound-for-pound boxer by many experts and media outlets. But how much do you really know about him? Here are some facts and highlights of his impressive career.
Terence Crawford was born on September 28, 1987, in Omaha, Nebraska. He started boxing at the age of seven and had a successful amateur career, winning several national tournaments and defeating future world champions Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia. He missed out on the 2008 Olympics after losing to Sadam Ali in the trials.
Crawford made his professional debut on March 14, 2008, knocking out Brian Cummings in the first round. He won his first 19 fights, mostly by knockout, before facing his first notable opponent, Breidis Prescott, on the undercard of Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado II. Crawford won a unanimous decision and impressed many observers with his skills and versatility.
Crawford won his first world title on March 1, 2014, when he traveled to Scotland to face Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight belt. Crawford dominated the fight and won by a wide margin on the scorecards. He defended his title twice, knocking out Yuriorkis Gamboa and Raymundo Beltran, before moving up to light welterweight.
Crawford became a two-weight world champion on April 18, 2015, when he stopped Thomas Dulorme in six rounds to win the vacant WBO light welterweight title. He then unified the division by adding the WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal titles with a fifth-round knockout of Viktor Postol on July 23, 2016; the WBA (Super) and IBF titles with a third-round knockout of Julius Indongo on August 19, 2017; and the WBA (Regular) title with a third-round knockout of Jeff Horn on June 9, 2018. Crawford became the first undisputed champion at light welterweight since Kostya Tszyu in 2004, and the first male boxer to hold all four major belts (WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO) simultaneously since Jermain Taylor in 2005.
Crawford moved up to welterweight in June 2018 and has defended his WBO title six times so far, beating Jose Benavidez Jr., Amir Khan, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, Kell Brook, Shawn Porter, and Errol Spence Jr. by knockout or technical knockout. His most recent victory over Spence Jr., who held the WBC and IBF titles, was a unification bout that cemented Crawford’s status as the best welterweight in the world.
Crawford is known for his ring IQ, counter-punching abilities, and switch-hitting skills. He can fight effectively from both orthodox and southpaw stances, often changing mid-fight to confuse or exploit his opponents. He has a record of 39 wins and no losses, with 30 wins by knockout. He has been named Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2014, and by ESPN in 2014 and 2017.
Terence Crawford is undoubtedly one of the greatest boxers of his generation and one of the most exciting fighters to watch. He has achieved remarkable feats in his career and has shown no signs of slowing down. He is still hungry for more challenges and more glory. Who do you think he should fight next? Let us know in the comments below.