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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS WITH TERENCE “BUD” CRAWFORD

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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World Championship Boxing: Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz: TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 

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Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz World Championship Boxing Saturday, May 20 | 7PM Championship Boxing returns to “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on Saturday, May 20th with a must-see match-up between two top Junior Welterweight warriors! Undefeated World Champion TERENCE “BUD” CRAWFORD returns to “The Mecca of Boxing” to defend his unified WBO / WBC / Ring Magazine titles against former Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender FELIX DIAZ. Two division champion, and top pound-for-pound superstar Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), from Omaha, Nebraska, returns to New York City to make his Madison Square Garden Arena debut.

 

“Bud” has won five of his last seven fights via knockout, and will be looking for his 31st consecutive career victory when he steps into The Garden’s famed ring on May 20th. Top rated contender Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) is the first boxer from the Dominican Republic to ever win an Olympic gold medal. The hard hitting southpaw will look to prove himself as the best 140-pound fighter in the world by handing Crawford the first loss of his career. Tickets are on sale NOW MORE UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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CES MEDIA ALERT: “HAMMERIN'” HANK LUNDY OPEN MEDIA WORKOUT

WHO:

Junior welterweight world-title challenger and former NABF and NABO lightweight champion “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pa.

WHAT:

Open media workout (public welcome).

WHERE:

Marion Anderson Recreation Center
740 S 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 685-6594

WHEN:

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 2016, 2 p.m. ET

WHY:

Boxing’s most feared road warrior and former two-time regional lightweight champion, “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy, hosts an open media workout at the Marion Anderson Recreation Center in Philadelphia to promote his Feb. 27th HBO World Championship Boxing main event bout in New York City against undefeated Terrence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) for Crawford’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title.

This event is open to the public.

Promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing, Lundy puts the finishing touches on his training camp next week before heading to New York for the biggest fight of his storied career, a 10-round junior welterweight bout against Omaha’s Crawford, considered by many as one of the sport’s rising stars and top pound-for-pound fighters.

The event, promoted by Top Rank Boxing and CES, features two televised bouts, beginning at 10 p.m. ET with a 10-round WBO Latino lightweight title fight between reigning champion Felix Verdejo (19-0, 14 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and unbeaten challenger William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs) of San Paolo, Brazil.

For more information, visit http://www.cesboxing.com or http://www.toprank.com, or follow on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cesboxing or http://www.twitter.com/trboxing using the hashtag #CrawfordLundy to join the conversation. Updates are also available on http://www.facebook.com/cesboxing, http://www.facebook.com/trboxing or http://www.facebook.com/trboxeo.

— CES —
Contacts:
Michael Parente, CES Boxing, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.
Lee Samuels, Top Rank, (702) 738-1083 or lee@toprank.com.
Kevin Flaherty, HBO, (212) 512-5052 or kevin.flaherty@hbo.com.
Patrick Byrne, HBO, (212) 512-1361 or Patrick.byrne@hbo.com.
Larry Torres, Madison Square Garden, (212) 631-5178 or larry.torres@msg.com.

Crawford Finishes Dulorme in 140 Pound Debut!

BudStory by:  Robert Uzzell

Terence Crawford made his debut a junior welterweight (super lightweight) by winning by strategic a sixth-round TKO over Thomas Dulorme.  Crawford spotted Dulorme at least three of the first six rounds with Dulorme using pressure, volume, and movement.  In the sixth frame, however, Crawford came to life and found the opening that Dulorme gave him.

The opening round saw Dulorme firing shots, most of which were missed or blocked.  Crawford didn’t land anything of note and Dulorme took it on activity alone.

In rounds two and three a chess match ensued in which Dulorme carried the action, while Crawford countered on occasion. You had the eerie feeling that Craford might be setting up Dulorme as Mayweather did to Hatton.

The fourth went to Dulorme as he increased his output with body and head shots, while Crawford stayed in his shell.

In the fifth, both guys let the jabs flow, and while Dulorme continued to fire at will, you had the sense that Crawford was about to explode….

And explode he did in the sixth!  Crawford let his hands go and rocked Dulorme with a right hand, the final punch in a combination of punches.  The ensuing assault put Dulorme down and on unsteady legs as he beat the count of nine.

Dulorme got on his bike and attempted to survive the round but was dropped again.  Dulorme was game and quickly rose back to his feet. Crawford closed in for the kill and he got his prey, as Dulorme went down and the fight was called off by referee Rafael Ramos.

With the win, Terrance Crawford moves to 26-0 (18).  He is the new WBO World super lightweight champion.  Dulorme falls to 22-2 (14).

Crawford is the real deal, but I’ll stop short of calling him the next big thing or the future of the 140 pound division.  There are guys out there named Broner, Matthysse, Postol, Peterson, etc., who might have a say in who the boss will be at 140.

 

Terence Crawford vs. Thomas Dulorme: Saturday, April 18 Live on HBO

HBO Release:  Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) Fighter of the Year TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD is movin’ on up — to the junior welterweight division — where he will take on THOMAS “Thunder” DULORME, the No. 2-world-rated contender, for the vacant WBO World Junior Welterweight title. Crawford vs. Dulorme will take place Saturday, April 18, at College Park Center located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted By Top Rank®, in association with Gary Shaw Productions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Crawford-Dulorme world championship event will go on sale Tomorrow! Friday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. CT. Priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable fees, tickets can be purchased at College Park Center box office, online at http://www.utatickets.com/ or http://www.utacollegepark.com/ or by phone at (817) 272-9595.

“I am ready to do bigger and better things at 140,” said Crawford.

“I’m here to prove to the world that I am the best fighter in the junior welterweight division,” said Dulorme. “Crawford has an undefeated record but he’s never won a fight at 140 lbs. I’m envisioning a hard-fought victory, one that I will bring back home to my people of Puerto Rico.”

“Dulorme is a good, well-rounded boxer. We are excited because the 140 pound division will bring the best out of Terence,” said Brian McIntyre, Crawford’s co-trainer and co-manager. “The 140 division is loaded with top fighters. This is great for Terence as everyone will soon see.”

“Terence had a breakout year in 2014 capturing the world’s attention with three career-best world championship victories en route to earning Fighter of the Year accolades,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “He will be looking continue that momentum on April 18 when he returns to HBO, on the hunt for another world title against Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico.”

“I’m very pleased that I was able to get this fight done with Top Rank,” said Gary Shaw. “Terence Crawford is considered one of the best Lightweights in boxing, but he is moving up to junior welterweight where he will face a very determined and talented Thomas Dulorme, who’s undefeated at 140 pounds. I want to thank HBO for showcasing what I perceive is another great fight for the fans. I smell an upset in the making. This will be the start of a great run of fantastic fights for HBO.”

“With Terence Crawford’s star having emerged in 2014, the question now is how high that star ascends or if his opponent Thomas Dulorme will invert the trajectory,” said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming, HBO Sports. “As lightweight champion last year, Crawford earned his BWAA Fighter of the Year honors with bold, stylish victories against top competitors, a streak which continues in stride up the scale against the hungry Dulorme, who is undefeated at 140-lbs. It will be a split-site doubleheader not to be missed on our late night Boxing After Dark franchise.” Continue reading

Crawford Entered Ring at Jr Welterweight for Gamboa

Story by: Chester Rivers

Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A, WBO lightweight champion Terrance Crawford defended his 135 lb championship against challenger Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KO’s). The only problem was Crawford entered the ring unofficially 152 lbs. During their pre-fight instructions, there was no doubt as to who was the larger man. Crawford dwarfed the 5’5 1/2″ Gamboa as the two fighters stood nose to nose will receiving instructions from the referee. If ever there was a time to bring back the same day weigh in the time is now.

Weighing in on the same day ended in the early 1980′s. Because promoters were in fear of losing money when one fighter would come in overweight and the other fighter refusing to fight because of this issue.

It was proposed that the fighters would have a 24 hr weigh in window to make the agreed upon weight. At the moment either fighter make weight that would be his official weight for the fight regardless of his weight at the time he steps in the ring. Most fighters today take full advantage of this loop hole by campaigning nearly 20 lbs. lighter than their natural body weight.
What would be the impacted of this reform?

It would force fighters to fight at their natural body weight. Fighters such as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr and now Terrance Crawford would not have a 10 to 15 lb weight advantage over their opponent. It would also have a drastic change on who holds the title. Can you imagine Canelo Alvarez, who normally weighs around 167 on fight night campaigning at super middleweight? Would he still be as successful fighting guy his on size? Crawford knocked Gamboa down several times before knocking him out in the ninth was staggered by a Gamboa punch in the eight. What would have been the result if the both were the same size?

While others are arguing about reform in boxing because of perceived corruption with the commissions and judging, lets start with the reform that can protect the health of the fighters by bringing back the same day weigh in and forcing fighters to pick on guys their own size.