Thursday, 18 May 2017 01:30

Crawford vs. Diaz: Is TC looking past the former Olympian?

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The seemingly avoided universally recognized Super Lightweight champion, Terence Crawford, is scheduled to take on another respectively eluded boxer/puncher in Felix Diaz to comprise this weekend's main event on HBO's World Championship Boxing.

While many fans are asking themselves, 'so what', when deliberating the idea as to whether or not they should tune in to the Home Box Office special feature, most ring savvy boxing pundits recognize the intriguing pairing as a potential "trap" fight for the undefeated Omaha native.

Although most Race and Sports Books list the reigning Junior Welterweight bad-ass as an almost 20 to 1 betting favorite leading into this Saturday night's contest, the odds aren't necessarily an indictment of Diaz's lack of skill, ability, or willingness to pull off the upset.  But the numbers do reflect the 29 year old champ's stature within the boxing community.

Crawford is considered by most to be one of the best pound for pound fighters in the entire sport, and a potential heir apparent to Floyd Mayweather's consideration as the next great pugilist to come from the United States.

But before "Bud" looks ahead to a possible super fight opposite Manny Pacquiao in November, he should stay focused on the spoiler from the Dominican Republic.

Felix Diaz is not just a good fighter, he's a very, very good fighter who has an unusually high ring I.Q. and can fight with several different styles proficiently at multiple ranges.  Although the 5'5" sharpshooter is listed as a southpaw, Diaz can also "switch-hit" and give his opponents looks from the orthodox position.

And while Diaz usually competes at 147 pounds, or doesn't possess world class power, fight fans shouldn't be surprised if TC has a very tough time this weekend on HBO.  

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