Terence Crawford: Last fight recap/video (pre Kavaliauskas)
WBO welterweight world titleholder Terence Crawford faces Egidijus Kavaliauskas in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing card Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET, with undercard bouts on ESPN+ starting at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Will Crawford vs Kavaliauskas resemble Terence's last fight?
Crawford, of course, is coming off a spectacular 6th Round TKO of Amir Khan (then 33-4) on April 20.
According to CompuBox, Crawford landed 88 of 211 punches (42%) while Khan landed 44 of 182 (24%). And Crawford was ahead on all cards at the time of the stoppage, 50-44 and 49-45 twice.
FightSaga had it 49-45 in Crawford's favor.
Crawford vs Khan Odds
Not surprisingly, Crawford was a huge favorite. Paddy Power and betfair listed Crawford as 1/10 favorite while Amir was the 11/2 underdog, respectively, on both ends. Hence, a successful $100 wager on Terence would have yielded $10 while the same successful bet on Khan would have generated $550 in profit.
Big Questions / Key Takeaways
Although experts heavily favored Crawford, many didn't entirely rule out Khan because of his speed. We wanted to see how much, if any, Khan's speed, range and experience would hamper the WBO champ. After all, sans Yuriorkis Gamboa, Crawford had never faced an opponent as fast, slick and polished as Amir Khan. And let's not forget the Gamboa bout was at lightweight and Crawford, despite being much rangier, was hurt in that bout and had to dig deep to win. Those who gave Khan a chance to win pointed to that bout.
We thought the fight would be a bit closer than it was but Terence completely nullified Khan's speed and took control from start to finish.
Crawford has improved since the Gamboa fight in 2014 and seems to be even better at welterweight than he was was lightweight or jr welterweight.
Crawford vs Khan summary
Terence wasted no time, hurting - and dropping - Khan in the opening stanza. And it was more of the same in Round 2 as a wobbly and defensive Khan was again stunned by Terence but the latter maintained his composure and got more settled as the round ended.
In Round 3, a determined Khan started circling Terence and measured him from the outside with a few jabs but TC was well-defended. Not to be outdone, Crawford then switched to southpaw and landed some sweet counter hooks. Khan's legs buckled at the bell.
Crawford started teeing off again on Khan in Round 4. Still in a southpaw stance, Crawford landed a nasty flurry that badly hurt Khan. A hard left hook from Crawford rocked Khan moments later. Crawford, and the general pace of the fight, slowed in Round 5.
Round 6 TKO
In one of the most bizzare moments in recent memory, the fight was stopped after Crawford landed an unintentional low blow. While Khan was recovering, the referee called the fight after a conversationw with Khan and trainer Virgil Hunter.
Most observers initially thought Khan was looking for an easy way out, hoping to win the fight on a foul. However, the referee revealed revealed that Khan's trainer, Virgil Hunter, asked for the fight to be stopped.
The fight was one of Crawford's best performances.