Of Chris Williams: Terence Crawford is failing to receive the praise some of his adoring fans feel he deserves for his sixth-round knockout victory over EBU champion David Avanesyan last Saturday night on the BLK Prime pay-per-view.
Avanesyan had already been knocked out in six rounds by Egidijus
Kavaliauskas in 2018 and soundly beaten by his former prime Lamont Peterson in 2017.
While Avanesyan entered the Crawford fight riding a six-fight winning streak, his wins were against second-tier opponents and not world-class fighters.
Some fans wondered why Crawford’s gloves split during the match, and they saw it as suspicious. People asked the obvious question afterward as to why both of Crawford’s gloves split during the fight.
The critics of Crawford’s performance point out that Avanesyan hit him a lot and looked slow, fighting at a pace generally seen by heavyweights rather than 147-pound fighters.
You could tell that Crawford has aged badly over the past four years and is not the same fighter he once was.
The fans feel that if Crawford was going to walk away from the Errol Spence fight, he should have fought one of these killers:
- Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis
- Vergil Ortiz Jr
- Regis Prograis
- Jermell Charlo
- Tim Tszyu
- Sebastian Fundora
Crawford will never receive the recognition that some believe he deserves because he is not fighting high caliber opposition.
He doesn’t deserve to be on the pound-for-pound list because of the mediocre opposition he’s faced, and he bailed when he had the chance to prove himself against Spence.
Crawford’s resistance at 147
- David Avanesyan
- Shawn Porter
- Kell Brook
- Amir Khan
- Jeff Horn
- Egidijus Kavaliauskas
“We all expected Bud to win that fight, and we’ve talked about how he’s knocked out his last nine opponents. We’ve all been talking about how big he is because he’s a pound-for-pound king,” Akin Reyes told the DAZN Boxing Show about WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford in his victory over David Avanesyan last Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska . .
“We want to see it happen. He [Crawford] fought a guy who came in with a six knockout streak that looked phenomenal against big undefeated prospects like Josh Kelly,” AKin said as he went overboard with his praise for 34-year-old EBU welterweight champion Avaneysan.
“The guy showed that, ‘I’m coming to fight, I’ve still got momentum,’ and Bud did what he did [scoring a sixth round knockout over Avaneysan].
“Let me address the arena and the nearly 18,000 people who came for Terence Crawford. He brings them out in Omaha and he never disappoints when it comes to excitement.
“I expected a stoppage win, but I didn’t expect a knockout to go to sleep, but Bud has proven that he is the hardest puncher in the division,Reyes said. “Can you argue that?”
“That’s a claim that I’ve been making for a while,” Barak Bess said of the 35-year-old Crawford as the hardest puncher in the division. “I also say the same. All I’ve been saying all weekend is “what do the fans want?”
“I’m sick of people trying to blame Bud for fights not happening“, Bess continued. “We now know that’s not the case, and you really can’t blame other fighters, and you can’t blame Errol Spence either.
“Obviously, it’s the politics behind the scenes, and what more do you want? All Bud gets in the ring with, he knocks them out. This is ten matches in a row.
“When GGG [Gennadiy Golovkin] did that and nobody believed he was fighting the top guys at the time when he had this 20-fight streak of knockouts, nobody believed it when Jim Lampley praised him on HBO.
“He fought a few times at 154 pounds and he’s a fighter at 160 pounds, and everybody gave him the praise they felt he deserved. But for some reason, with Terence Crawford, they don’t give him credit.
“He’s a small guy himself and he came into the division and stopped a guy who [Manny] Pacquiao couldn’t stop [Jeff Horn]. Pacquiao was unable to stop Jeff Horn. He’s big, a big guy.
“Crawford just came up [to 147], a little fellow, and stopped him. He stopped guys that other guys couldn’t stop or beat them better. He stopped Shawn Porter. No one in the world could do that.
“Porter was visibly injured in the second knockdown. The father threw in the towel because he saw his son getting hurt. This is a special fighter.
“Yes, we want to see him fight Spence, but don’t destroy his credibility because he hasn’t fought the guy you want to see fight yet. Of course I want to see him fight,” Bess said.
“I ignore all those critics who complain about this fight,” Reyes said. “The man [Avanesyan] has to feed his family and got the opportunity to fight a guy that will give a lot of other welterweights hell in there.
“When you take care of business and send a guy like that, that’s where the discredit comes. “Oh, this guy was this one. This guy was.
“Do your history, watch his last six games and look at what he was able to do with his [Avanesyan] last six opponents. It shows you how great Terence Crawford really is.
“Hopefully we’ll get the fight we all want, but that’s not to say Terence has to kneel and conform to what the other team and the other party want.
“It must make sense to him too. He has earned the right to agree to a fight that makes sense for him and his family just as it would for Spence. If Spence were to fight David Avanesyan, I would give him the same credit. I wouldn’t throw any shots at it.
“If it was the opponent in front of him. He did what he had to do with a live dog and he proved to the world that he’s still a pound-for-pound top dog, okay?
“At some point this fight will come up again, and this knockout. Maybe we’ll get Terence on our show and we’ll talk a little bit more about it,” Reyes said.