Terence Crawford enters the ring this weekend in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska with professional record of 31-0 with 22 KOs. He is the recognized World Champion at 140 pounds. He already has the WBC and WBO alphabet-soup belts and if he defeats Julius Indongo, he collects the WBA and IBF versions as well.
That’s how important Crawford has become as a fight: even the alphabet-soup clowns are acting rational for the opportunity to brush up against his legitimacy.
These are the fights that got him here:
UD Ricky Burns, March 1, 2014
Crawford was so confident at this point in his career that he did not even think twice about traveling to Burns’ backyard of Glasgow to face a veteran title-holder in Burns.
TKO 6 Yuriorkis Gamboa, June 28, 2014
Gamboa has dropped off consideberably since this fight, but at the time, he was viewed as a potential pound-for-pound top 10. Crawford appeared to have some trouble with his speed early. But then he adjusted and broke the Cuban down.
UD Viktor Postol, July 23, 2016
Postol came into this bout off from an extremely impressive stoppage of Lucas Matthysse. Crawford paid a ton of respect to Postol’s straight right, but otherwise had his way with the Ukrainian. This win made Crawford a true Champion of the World.