Sunday, 28 February 2016 19:12

Terence Crawford: Sky is the Limit (KO Highlights)

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Saturday night in front of a packed house at the theater in Madison Square Garden, Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) earned his 28th professional victory with a 5th round TKO victory over Hank Lundy (26-6-1, 13 KOs).

It was Crawford's second successful title defense of his WBO junior welterweight title that he won last April defeating Thomas Dulorme.

After some competitive moments in the first few rounds, Crawford came on strong in the 5th round, wobbling Lundy badly two straight left hands. Crawford would then follow up with a couple of powerful combinations that sent Lundy to the ropes before he dropped Hank with another straight left.

Lundy was able to get up at the count of 7 but Crawford immediately rushed in to continue his onslaught, forcing referee Steve Willis to stop the fight with 51 seconds remaining in the round.

Crawford landed 89 of a total of 247 punches he threw (36%) and amazingly connected on 49 out of his 84 power punches (58%). In comparison, Lundy landed 47 of his 211 punches thrown (22%) and 31 out of 85 of his power punches (36%).There was bad blood building between the two fighters leading up to the fight.

But afterwards, both fighters showed respect towards one another.

"Much love, good fight," Lundy said after the fight.

"He gave me my respect and I gave him his respect," Crawford said. "I respect him for taking the fight and being a person willing to take any fight anywhere against anyone."

The win over Lundy reinforced that Crawford is not only one of the best boxers in the world, but he’s also a knockout artist who is dangerous with both hands. After a spectacular performance like this one, the question is: What’s next for the 28 year old star from Omaha Nebraska?

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum talked about Crawford’s next fight options after the fight.

We're looking to match him as tough as we can," Arum said. "One of the possibilities is [former junior welterweight titleholder] Ruslan Provodnikov.

"That would be a great fight”.

While Crawford versus Provodnikov would be an entertaining fight, fans would rather see him face the winner of Pacquiao vs Bradley 3, especially if the winner is Pacquiao. Or, a unification bout with WBC junior welterweight champion Viktor Postol.

Whoever Crawford fights next, it’s clear that he is poised for super stardom over the next decade. And although he currently fights at junior welterweight, they’re already talk that Terence, with his size and skill, can move up 2 or possibly 3 more weight classes over the next few years.

The sky is definitely the limit for Terence Crawford.

Crawford vs Lundy highlights below.

Jason Leach

I was born in Queens NY, but currently reside in Hackensack NJ. Became a diehard boxing fan in the 1980’s watching Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.

I’ve enjoyed watching and talking about sports for as long as I can remember. In late 2012 I began to pursue a sports writing career with the Harlem Times. Within a few months I was covering events such as the Big East Tournament and the Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight at the Barclays Center.

Love boxing because of the Sweet Science, the history of great champions, and knowing at any moment a fight can be over with one punch.