In the not so distant past, when a gifted, young pugilist established himself as a top talent, he and boxing fans could look forward to a series of exciting duels against other gifted, young warriors. When you think about it, that’s kinda the whole point of this thing they call boxing, isn’t it? But the 21st century version of “The Sweet Science” is different. For over two years, everyone has known that Terence “Bud” Crawford is an exceptional talent, one of the best in the game, pound-for-pound. But instead of showdowns with other elite fighters in the welterweight division, Crawford has had to play not the fight game, but the waiting game.
There’s little point in discussing again the why’s and wherefore’s of this sad state of affairs. But it’s important to note that the clock is ticking and an athlete’s prime years can pass more quickly than we might expect. So while we wait for someone to finally do something about the fact that Terence Crawford is an elite-level talent in search of a viable challenge, let’s revisit why “Bud” is to be regarded so highly and how he has earned a big money showdown against someone named Porter, Pacquiao or Spence. As Lee Wylie puts it, Terence Crawford is a truly “complete” boxer, his tactical skill and ring smarts something to behold. If only we could behold them against the best of the best in the welterweight division before the sands in the hour glass, and Crawford’s peak, are gone for good. Check it out:
“Being the ‘face of boxing’ is too often equated with pay-per-view buys and marketability, and because Crawford still leaves one wanting in those areas, it’s easy to forget that we’re not waiting on his ascension. There are no more questions to be answered regarding whether or not Terence Crawford has the goods; the case is closed. He’s not on his way to the top; ‘Bud’ is already there, standing on the peak of the mountain …” — From “Case Closed” by Zachary Alapi