Yesterday, September 28, the world champion in three weight categories and the 4th number of the “pound-for-pound” rating according to The Ring, American Terence Crawford (36-0-0, 27 KO), turned 33.
Crawford made his professional debut in March 2008, at the age of 20, after an unsuccessful selection for the Beijing Olympics. The fighter did not immediately manage to reach prominent positions, and for the first five years of his career, he opposed mediocre opposition.
In March 2013, Crawford scored his first major victory, outboxing Colombian gatekeeper Braidis Prescott (26-4-0, 20 KO) * in ten rounds, and then began to rapidly gain momentum.
A year later, he went to the first championship fight of his career, in Glasgow clashed with the WBO lightweight champion (up to 61.2 kg), Scotsman Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO), and defeated him by unanimous decision. In his first title defense, Crawford had a hard test in the face of Athens Olympic champion, Cuban techie Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0-0, 16 KO), whom he knocked out in the 9th round.
In April 2015, the American became the champion in two weights, knocking out in the fight for the vacant WBO welterweight title (up to 63.5 kg), left by Chris Aljieri, strong Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme (22-1-0, 14 KO).
In June 2016, after two successful defenses, Crawford entered the first unification fight of his career, competing for the WBC title against undefeated Ukrainian Viktor Postol (28-0-0, 12 KO) and confidently beating him. After two more defenses, the American achieved a major career achievement – undefeated Namibian Julius Indongo (22-0-0, 11 KO) was beaten in a fight for all four titles, and Crawford became the first undisputed champion in 140 pounds since Kostya Tszyu.
In June 2018, Crawford moved up to welterweight (66.7kg) and fought undefeated Australian champion Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO), stopping him in the 9th round. And from that moment on, the career of an American, tied to a long-term contract with Top Rank, stopped going up because of the promoter squabbles.
Crawford is currently pursuing non-ambitious title defenses and is looking forward to partnering with Showtime, which hosts most of the division’s elite fighters. We can only wish him good luck.
* all records at the time of the meeting with Crawford