Terence Crawford retained his WBO title last weekend with an impressive TKO over the previously undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa and it now seems like the sky is the limit for Crawford.
One thing that has been evident so far in his recent victories over fighters at world level has been the ease with which he has done it. We should have known we had something special as early as March 2013.
He took a fight with Breidis Prescott on two weeks’ notice and despite the fight being utterly dull, he won practically every minute of every round. It was also the first time he had fought at junior welterweight. People began to take notice.
His next steps took him towards a title fight with Ricky Burns. Burns was always on borrowed time with his world title as promoter Eddie Hearn always wanted a showdown with Crawford.
To his credit Burns lasted the distance with Crawford despite trying to open up. But he was no match for Crawford who never looked in trouble and won a unanimous decision.
His statistics are beginning to make interesting reading too. His percentage of shots landed minus those received was +12 for the Burns fight. If you add in his Prescott fight at +10 on the same plus minus ratio and the whopping +18 for the Gamboa fight you have an average of +13.33 in his three high-profile bouts.
Now that may not seem shockingly good but given he has very heavy hands and so far a good chin it all adds up to a guy who can be very, very dominant.
The immediate future would either be a move up in weight or unify at his current weight. He can build a name in the Junior Welterweight where there are plenty of good names I would fancy him to dismantle. Especially those at the bottom end of the Ring Magazine rated ten like Zab Judah for instance.
If he stays at his current weight then a fight with Miguel Vasquez would be the logical choice to unify world titles. Vasquez is no mug given he has only be beaten by Timothy Bradley and Saul Alvarez in his career, but I think Crawford is special and would find a way to win.
It may take a couple of years before we get anywhere near a super fight with Crawford but I will say it now. When Floyd retires Crawford will be the only challenger to Andre Ward at the top of the p4p rankings.
The guy hits hard, adjusts brilliantly to win fights and doesn’t care if he does it dull.