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 some six years now, everyone has known that Terence 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, reduced as he is to feasting on has-beens such as Amir Khan and Kell Brook, or lesser lights like Egidijus Kavaliauskas and David Avanesyan.
But that all changes come July 29th when, at long last, Crawford will test his mettle against the other big cat in the welterweight division, one Errol Spence Jr. It only took four years, but finally, Crawford vs Spence is a reality and, barring something unforeseen, will soon be upon us. In the meantime, let’s revisit why “Bud” is to be regarded so highly and why the bookies see him as a slight favorite to prevail later this month. As Lee Wylie puts it, Terence Crawford is a truly “complete” boxer, his tactical skill and ring smarts something to behold. 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