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13 NOVEMBER 2018

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Terence Crawford Focused And Ready For Dulorme

By Marc Livitz: 2014 provided the brightest of horizons for Terence Crawford. The undefeated lightweight champion from the midwest city of Omaha, Nebraska had a banner year as he faced some of the sport’s toughest opponents. Additionally, for one of his bouts, he traveled to hostile territory to do so as well. To hear Crawford (25-0, 17 KO’s) speak in regards to his life in and out of the ring is quite the pleasant experience. The soft spoken and tactful champion prefers to talk scores inside the ropes and leave the trash talk and spitefulness to either other fighters or one day which will never come.


"I don’t feel a need to do that because it’s just not me" said "Bud" Crawford during an international media call on Monday. "I can’t do that because it would be fake. I mean what I say and I’ll be a showman in the ring. All the unnecessary stuff outside isn’t me and I don’t feel the need to do that."


The Boxing Writers Association of America gave Terence the top vote for "Fighter of the Year" for 2014 after his impressive wins over Ricky Burns (in his backyard of Glasgow, Scotland), Yuriorkis Gamboa (KO 9) and Raymundo Beltran. In doing so, he’s become a hometown favorite, which has allowed him to hold his last two bouts at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. This Saturday evening, Crawford will move up to junior welterweight to face Puerto Rican fighter Thomas Dulorme (22-1, 14 KO’s) at the College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. He’ll be returning to the same area where he knocked out Alejandro Sanabria two years ago to win the WBO NABO lightweight title.


A repeat performance in 2015 would indeed be something to remember for the man from Nebraska, yet the modest fighter is not looking more than one day ahead. He commented, "I couldn’t even imagine thinking about that right now. I’d be so happy. It means a lot me. I went over to Scotland to fight Ricky Burns and came back for a tough fight with (Yuriorkis) Gamboa. Then, I faced Ray Beltran and he’s a great fighter. I felt great about my performances and my year."


Terence admittedly found himself up against a few issues with keeping in check with the 135 pound weight limit tied to the lightweight division. Hence, he’s decided to move upward into an area which has more than its fair share of big name fighters, yet "Bud" is not jumping ahead of himself in any way. He doesn’t seem to be worried about falling behind with a move up to 140 pounds. "I don’t worry about losing speed or punching power", he said. "I’ll look at neutralizing their speed. I’ll be stronger, faster and I’ll get the experience that I need. There’s no particular fighter I’m looking for because I just want to fight the best."


Without question, Crawford is an exciting fighter in the ring and some have already begun to draw comparisons between the Nebraskan and names of the past. Legendary promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, Inc. was asked if he had a name or likeness that came to mind when he observes the champion from Omaha. Arum indicated that he thought of former welterweight champion Donald Curry, who fought from 1980 to 1997. The "Lone Star Cobra" who hailed from Fort Worth, Texas amassed a record of (34-6, 25 KO’s) and held numerous versions of the welterweight crown in the mid 1980’s.


"The guy who comes most to mind from the standpoint of boxer/puncher was a guy we promoted for a number a years named Donald Curry", said Arum. "He was really a top flight fighter for many years who many said would be the next Sugar Ray Leonard, but it didn’t work out that way. Terence has the right people helping him go in the right direction.”


Crawford agreed and was quick to credit his manager, Cameron Dunkin as well as his trainer, Brian McIntyre. Said Terence, "I’d been telling my promoter, Cameron Dunkin for years to put me in there. He got the best fights for me and that’s why they’re the managers and I’m the fighter."


The undefeated champion is ready prove his worth in the junior welterweight ranks, yet he’s looking neither past Dulorme nor stealing the show by way of knockout. "I respect all fighters and I’ve never underestimated anyone", he said. "I never go into training camp thinking that I’m going to knock this guy out. The ultimate goal is taking care of business this Saturday."


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April 13, 2015

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