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Terence Crawford - Body Snatcher

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Terence Crawford has a nickname that fits his reserved introverted personality.

“Bud” or “T-Bud”. A simple alias for, by all indications, a very nice guy.

Amicable only in between bouts. Once fight night gets closer, as well as in the

ring, T-Bud flips from Mr. Polite to outright savage! This scribe would love to

introduce Terence Crawford a fresh new nickname:


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The 32-year-old generational talent from Omaha, Nebraska, doesn’t just defeat

opponents, he snatches their boxing soul! Fighters morale and confidence

destroyed upon realization Crawford is eons above their peak.

We’ll start with one of his most recent bouts. In October of 2018, undefeated

27-0 Jose Benavidez Jr, from the Benavidez fighting family, had his shot with

Terence. For 11 rounds Benavidez was unable to find his mark. The end came in

the 12 th . Fifteen months later Benavidez has yet to resume his boxing career.

Reach? Fair enough.

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Enter Jeff Horn. “The Hornet” was riding a high after shady judging gifted him the WBO

Welterweight Title over Manny Pacquiao. He also entered that bout undefeated

at 18-0-1. Crawford took the Aussie out in nine one sided rounds! Since that

encounter Horn has gone 1-1, knocked out cold by unheralded Michael Zarafa

with his only win over a badly aged 43-year-old Anthony Mundine.

Not convinced yet?

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Julius Indongo burst on the scene late in 2016 with a road victory over Russian

Champion Eduard Troyanovsky. Picking up the IBF and IBO lightweight titles. He

captured the WBA title next, with an Undisputed Fight showdown against Terence

Crawford as his reward. You could not enter a fight with more momentum than

the undefeated 22-0 Indongo did against Crawford.

He lasted all but 3 rounds. A vicious body shot ended his reign subsequently making Crawford the Undisputed Champion before moving up to welterweight. Indongo was stopped in the second round of his next bout and needed a 4-1 fighter to get back in the win

column. More?

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No Crawford victim had his morale shattered worse than Felix Diaz. Prior to facing

Crawford, Diaz was 19-1. His only loss a dubious majority decision loss to Lamont

Peterson. It was one of those “losses” spectators knew who the real victor was.

That performance made him one of the divisions most avoided men in 2017. His

confidence sky high! Avoided by almost everyone. Except Crawford.

Diaz was embarrassed in his bout with Crawford. Systematically destroyed! His

corner saving him from further unnecessary punishment. It was so bad, while

Diaz’ trainer yelled out instructions, Crawford had time to snap back saying “he

won’t do that” grinning, shaking his head. This while action was taking place mind

you. Diaz was shockingly upset in his next bout and it took great matchmaking to

get him back in the win column earlier this year.

Ricky Burns and Victor Postol also had similar run ins. Burns losing 2 of his next 3

bouts after being humiliated in front of his home crowd by Crawford. Postol

entered an undefeated Champion as well (28-0) only to be humbled by Bud.

Going 1-1 in his next 2 bouts and currently has a modest two fight win streak.

The list goes on but I’ll stop there.

By my count, that’s four undefeated fighters and four former champions

demoralized by Crawford. Felix Diaz should have been undefeated and Burns had

two losses when he entered the ring with Crawford. Pristine records and elite

level fighters second guessing their line of work after a date with T-Bud.

That kind of work deserves a fitting nick name:




Terence “Bud” Crawford will defend his WBO welterweight world title against undefeated mandatory challenger Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas Saturday, December 14 at Madison Square Garden as part of a special ESPN-televised tripleheader that will immediately follow the 2019 Heisman Trophy Presentation (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). ESPN Deportes will provide the Spanish-language telecast.

  • Article written by:

  • Manuel “Hopper” Dominguez

  • @manueldstaytru

( photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

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