Welterweight kingpin, Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs), is inarguably one of the best boxers in the world. He returned to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska this past weekend to headline his first outing on BLK Prime. Crawford defended his WBO title against David Avanesyan (29-4-1, 17 KOs).
Before last weekend’s bout, Crawford was widely considered to be the frontrunner for a potential matchup with reigning WBA, WBC, and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. However, after defeating Avanesyan in a one-sided contest on Saturday night, it seems that Crawford has now firmly usurped Spence as the dominant force in the welterweight division.
Despite being 35 years old, Crawford showed absolutely no signs of slowing down or losing a step as he secured a 6th-round KO victory against Avanesyan. Crawford boxed beautifully throughout the fight, utilizing crisp combinations and flashy footwork to confuse his opponent and land powerful shots to the body and head.
Avanesyan applied pressure early, but he was unable to match the power and precision of Crawford’s offense. As the fight progressed, it became increasingly difficult for Avanesyan to land any clean punches as Crawford effectively nullified all of his advances. In round 6, Crawford finally landed a clean shot that sent Avanesyan crashing to the canvas. This marked the 10th straight KO victory for Crawford.
Terence Crawford Vs. Errol Spence Jr – Analysis
Terence Crawford was supposed to be fighting Errol Spence this winter. The two had seemingly agreed in principle to fight in Vegas in November. However, negotiations broke down over allocation percentages between the two parties. At this point, it is unclear if any of the proposed terms are even still on the table or if the two parties are even interested in working things out. The fight between the two would be the biggest fight in boxing. It is hard to see these two not fighting at some point in the near future.
Both men are undefeated, and a fight between them would decide an undisputed World Welterweight Champion. There is little doubt that the winner of this fight would go down as one of the best fighters of all time.
Errol Spence was initially a slight favorite due to his youth, height, and reach advantage. However, three car accidents and ring rust may play a factor in the bout. Errol Spence looked good in his fight against Yordenis Ugas earlier this summer. the three-belt champ held firm on his impressive knockout record and flattened out the Cuban challenger with pinpoint accuracy and authority. However, he also took substantial damage and may not have been at 100% going into the fight.
If Spence is not 100% against Crawford in the ring, it could be a long night for him. Crawford is a skilled switch hitter and is patient on the inside while mixing up speed and power on the outside. He also has not seemed to age at almost 36 years old and continues dominating his opponents.
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