For the second straight week, one of the two best pound for pound fighters in the world hopped into the ring and reminded the boxing world why they are pound for pound elites. Both fighters scored knockouts, defended their titles and captured our Fighter of the Week award. Vasyl Lomachenko honors last week, this week was Terence “Bud” Crawford’s turn. The Omaha native ran his record to 35-0 (26) by absolutely taking apart former two-division world champ Amir Khan in six one-sided rounds making the second consecutive successful defense of his WBO 147-pound title.
Despite the unusual ending, Crawford was in total control throughout the affair, dropping Khan with a solid right hand and left hook in the opening round. and Bud, typically a slow starter, pounced on his hurt opponent, battering him up against the ropes for the remainder of the round and set the pace for the rest of the fight. Khan tried to slow the fight down in the second round but a patient and precise Crawford wobbled Khan again. Crawford switched to his southpaw stance in the third and really settled into his comfort zone began badly outboxing and out killing the Brit. Peppering him with his right jab. Khan, clearly on the defensive struggled to get any real offensive attack going besides a few right hands in the fifth round which was perhaps his best action of the fight but he also ate some shots from Crawford in the exchanges. Early In the sixth, Crawford caught Khan very low, during the recovery time, Khan appeared in excruciating pain and trainer Virgil Hunter said his fighter was unable to continue. Giving Crawford the sixth-round TKO victory.
Despite being one of the two best fighters in the world Crawford finds himself in somewhat of a rough spot. Getting a unification bout or a huge money fight will be difficult to make as Crawford is currently represented by Top Rank all of the other welterweight champions are with Al Haymon and PBC. There would have to be a cross-promotional deal and a fight with IBF champ Errol Spence would be the best fight that could be made. Bud and his team called out Spence, a Dallas native and seem to want the unification fight. However, Spence has expressed interest in fighting the other champions on “his side of the street”. If Haymon doesnt make any of his top welterweights available for a fight with Crawford, we could be looking at more one-sided mismatches in the future for Crawford.