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Terence Crawford 139.2 vs. Felix Diaz 139.4
(WBC/WBO World super lightweight title)

Ray Beltran 134.6 vs. Jonathan Maicelo 134.8

Shakur Stevenson 124.6 vs. Carlos Suarez 124.2

Konstantin Ponomarev 149.6 vs. Ed Paredes 150.2
Teofimo Lopez 134.8 vs. Ronald Rivas 135.4
Tong Hui Li 153.8 vs. Daniel Calzada 154.2
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 138 vs. Agustine Mauras 135.8
Steve Nelson 174.2 vs. Gilberto Rubio 173
Henry Lebron 130.2 vs. Johnny Estrada 131

Press Release: Undefeated world junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb. will make his 2017 debut, Saturday, May 20th, at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City.  He will be defending his unified WBC/WBO titles against former Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz  (19-1, 9 KOs) of Brooklyn by way of the Dominican Republic.  It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Crawford and promoter Bob Arum made themselves available in training camp on Thursday for a pre-fight week Q&A Session.  Here is the transcript:

Q: Most boxers do not call you out.  Diaz has been calling you out for the last couple of fights.  How do you feel about that?  Do you get annoyed?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  When you are at the top of the division, everyone wants to fight the guy at the top, especially when they can get their name out there to boost their ratings.  I didn’t take it as nothing really.

Q: So it didn’t take much to get the fight done?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Yes, of course, I never ran away from any challenge.  He’s got the skills, he’s a good fighter, he is an Olympic Gold Medalist and this is the fight that a lot of people were calling for, and we are here now.

Q: Diaz lost a razor close decision to Peterson that a lot of people thought he won.  Did you see the fight and what did you think?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  It was a real close fight.  Lamont was the favorite in that fight and he did what he had to do to get the job done, and this fight could be different.

Q: Is Diaz the type of opponent that can bring out the best in you?  Unlike Molina and Postol, do you think Diaz can give you a better challenge?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  We shall see.  A lot of people look a the fights and ask who will bring out the best in Terence Crawford, who is going to bring out this in Terence Crawford – we want to see Terence Crawford in these types of fights.  But again, I make my adjustments and it’s just that.  So we are going to have to see how the fight is going to go or what is going to happen.  I just fight the fight.

Q: Bob, what are your thoughts about going up against Diaz, and maybe he is the guy that can bring out the best in Terence?

BOB ARUM:  Felix Diaz in an Olympic Gold Medalist and that means something.  A Gold Medalist has a lot of confidence and a lot of credentials and ability.  I am delighted that he stepped up to the plate.  His promoter Lou DiBella was very helpful in making the fight and very cooperative.  It is going to be a terrific fight for the fans and Terence only wants to fight the best.  Whoever is the best that steps up is the one Terence is going to fight.  Terence has never ducked anybody.  The whole time he has been with Top Rank he has never ducked an opponent.  It’s not a question of matching him correctly.  It’s not a question of being cautious.  Terence will fight anybody who steps up to the plate.

Q: Are you looking forward to the day where you get in a big like, a la Chavez-Taylor or Hagler-Hearns where you have to dig deep?  Would you like that kind of fight?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  That’s what training is for.  That’s what you train hard for.  That’s what you prepare for because again, you never know what is going to happen in the ring.  You have to prepare yourself for whatever your opponent might bring.  I am prepared to go to hell and back to get the win.  I train to prepare for whatever.

Q: Even though Diaz is a Gold Medalist – there have been many Gold Medalists before him that didn’t make it as a pro such as Yuriorkis Gamboa [Editor’s note: Dumb example by the questioner. Gamboa was a world title holder at one point]– do you think he can bring this out of you?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  We have to see.  Like I said I have never fought the man yet, so I can’t say if he is my toughest opponent or not.

Q: When you look at Diaz’ resume, what stands out to you?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I don’t look at a fighter’s record.  If a fighter can fight, he can fight, and that’s that.

Q: Do you feel as though he has enough power to make you worry?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I never underestimate any opponent.  I just go in there and make sure I don’t get caught with anything – I don’t want to go in there and be careless.

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Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and No. 3 world-rated contender Felix Diaz announce their 12-round World Title fight. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with DiBella Entertainment, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Crawford vs. Diaz world championship event will take place on Saturday, May 20, at Madison Square Garden.

 

It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., already a two-division lineal world champion, has won five of his last seven bouts by stoppage.

 

The consensus Top-Five pound-for-pound fighter and 2014 Fighter of the Year will be making his second defense as the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine 140-pound world champion. Diaz. (19-1, 9 KOs), from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is a 2008 Olympic gold medalist.  A natural junior welterweight, Diaz has been forced to campaign at welterweight because viable opponents in the in 140-pound division have been running from him.

 

The only blemish on his record was a disputed 12-round welterweight majority decision loss to two-division world champion Lamont Peterson in 2015.  Diaz bounced back from that loss with a dominant unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated contender Sammy Vasquez.

 

 

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On May 6, 2017, two Mexican fighters get it on at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Cinco de Mayo.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) takes on Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs).

The bout will take place at the Canelo-weight of 164.5 pounds.

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Kelly Pavlik stopped to chat about his new podcast, called “THE PUNCHLINE“, and who he’d target if he was still boxing.

 

Pavlik was attending the historical first fight card at MGM National Harbor, featuring Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa.

 

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I caught up with Tevin Farmer at MGM National Harbor during the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa fight card.

 

Tevin talks about what he would do next if he ran the show, and how he overcame losses earlier in his career.

 

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Things got hot at the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa title fight last night at MGM National Harbor.

 

Two top fighters in boxing’s 130 pound division crossed paths and the results were explosive!

 

Gervonta Davis and Tevin Farmer had words for each other.

 

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Keep tuned in leading up to tonight’s Top Rank boxing card on HBO. The triple-header begins at 10:00pm. We’ll keep you posted on undercard action until then, and the televised fights afterwards here at TheFightJournal.com.

 

Notable attendees I’ve seen so far are US Olympian Shakur Stevenson, who makes his pro debut later this month, former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, heavyweight hopeful Amir Mansour, Gervonta Davis, and Tevin Farmer, a Philadelphia boxer with interest in tonight’s main event winner.

 

HBO Televised Card

Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko defended his WBO World super featherweight title by defeating Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa via corner stoppage at the end of nine rounds.

Sosa landed his fair share of shots against Lomachenko and won the first round on my card. It was not enough, however, as Lomachnko fought with footwork and hand speed not yet seen in this universe.

Sosa, already experiencing possible weight troubles, ran out of gas as the pack was too much to handle on this night.

No shame for Sosa who stepped up when others stepped aside. Lomachenko vows to try to get fights with every champion at 130. If he fails, he’s moving up to 135 and mentioned fighting Mikey Garcia in a dream fight.

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Oleksandr Gvozdyk, 13-0 (11 KOs) took Yunieski Gonzalez, 18-3 (14 KOs) out early in this lopsided affair three one sided rounds. Gonzalez never got started, as Gvozdyk dominated from the start, leading to a knockdown in round three.  He continued to batter Gonzalez until his corner did what referee Harvey Dock should’ve done earlier- they waved the fight off to save a seriously beaten Gonzalez.

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WBO Cruiserweight champion Aleksandr Usyk retained his title with unanimous decision over Michael Hunter to open the HBO telecast.  Usyk started out fast, but Hunter had plenty of answers early.

Hunter fights an awkward style, similar to John Thompson of  ESPN Boxino fame.  Hunter was hurt several times and was hit with every shot in the book, but kept going.  This fight had plenty of action and shots landed by both fighters.

Referee Bill Clancy might want to change his name to Steve Smoger III as he  could’ve stopped the fight on numerous occasion.  However, he allowed Hunter every possible opportunity to recover.  All three judges scored it 117-110.

Usyk is now 12-0, 11 KO’s while Hunter loses for the first time and he is 12-1, eight KO’s.

 

Early undercard results

Hometown fighter (Waldorf, Maryland) Michael “Yes Indeed” Reed won a ten-round unanimous round over tough-as-nails Reyes Sanchez. Reed threw everything but the bathroom sink, including the Manny Pacquiao (also of Top Rank’s stable) ‘slide’ left hand.  Sanchez however would not go away.

Reed didn’t have the power to put Sanchez away, but his quickness was too much for the taller fighter. landed solid shodts to the body throughout the contest and mixed in some straight left hands from distance.

Reed raises his record to 22-0, 12 KOs.  Sanchez drops to 26-10-2.

 

Philadelphia’s Jesse “Hard Work” Hart won the NABO and USBA title with a crushing uppercut in the fifth round to stop Alan Campa.  Hart had little trouble setting Campa up for his money shot.  With the win, Hart will most certainly be looking for a World title shot sometime in 2017.  Hart remains undefeated and moves to 22-0, (18 KOs).    Campa drops to 16-3, (11 KOs).

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Local fighter Patrick Harris won an eight-round decision over durable Omar Garcia.  Plenty of back-and-forth action between the fighters as the more talented Harris landed solid shots, while Garcia played the catch-and-counter game all night.  All three judges saw it the same, however, at 80-72 for Harris.  Harris moves to 11-0, 7 KOs.

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In the opening bout, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, (16-0, 13 KOs), opened the doors of the new MGM Nationa Harbor by knocking out Ramses Agaton, (17-3-3, 9 KOs) in the fourth round.

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All photos by By Paul “Paparazzi” Jones | Photo © Paul “Paparazzi” Jones


Main Event

Vasyl Lomachenko 129.6

Jason Sosa 130 (Sosa cane in at 130.4, then 130.2 prior to making weight)


WBO World Cruiserweight Title Fight

Oleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs) – 199.4

Mike Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs) – 198.0 


Oleksander Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs) – 174.2

Yunieski Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs) – 174.8

Undercard Weights

Mike Reed 141.2 vs Reyes Sanchez 141.4


Jesse Hart 168.0 vs Alan Campa 165.6


Egidijus Kavaliausks 148.2 vs Ramses Agaton 147.0

Patrick Harris 136.0 vs Omar Garcia 136.6

Promoter: Top Rank

Venue: MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland

TV: HBO