Terrance Crawford The Newest And Biggest Boxing Prodigy
Written By Zaina Cummins
Terence Crawford has been one of the biggest prodigies of Top Rank. He has held the WBO welterweight title since 2018 and has only improved his unbeaten professional career. Now he has 37 wins, however, he is yet to be tested against some of the top-rated champions of his division.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) overcame a slow start by making the calculated adjustment to move southpaw. From there, he went on to dismantle former 147-pound titleholder Kell Brook on Saturday in a fourth-round TKO inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Although Brook (39-3, 27 KOs) looked fantastic on the scales Friday in his first return to welterweight since losing his IBF title in 2017 and looked sharp off the start behind his jab, Crawford’s precise counter punching and nasty ability to finish opponents when hurt turned out to be the difference.
“I was just trying to gauge the distance and I was trying to find my rhythm in between getting my distance together,” Crawford said. “That’s why it was so competitive early, I couldn’t get my shots off.”
Although Crawford flirted with moving to southpaw in each of the opening two rounds, he clearly lost both by not throwing enough in return. Typically a slow starter, Crawford gained enough information he needed to make the key adjustment, which was moving lefty on a full-time basis in Round 3 and effectively taking away the Brook jab that had been the foundation of his early success.
“I just stepped forward a little and tried to throw a little more punches but not too much,” Crawford said. “Then I caught him a couple of times.”
Crawford hurt Brook in Round 4 with a surprising counter right hand that was half hook and jab, which caused him to stagger into the ropes. Crawford followed up with a clean left hook before referee Tony Weeks jumped in to rule a knockdown and separate them.
Whether or not the victory leads Crawford to finally step in against an active and elite fellow champion at 147 pounds remains to be seen. When asked what needs to happen for him to finally face off against unbeaten unified champion Errol Spence Jr., who takes on Danny Garcia on Dec. 5, Crawford looked over at the direction of his Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum with a look that suggests his patience is running thin.
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