Terence Crawford vs. Hank Lundy possible for 2/27

Terence Crawford vs. Hank Lundy possible for 2/27

WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) failed to get the Manny Pacquiao fight on April 9th after being passed over by WBO welterweight champion Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley. Instead of getting the Pacquiao fight and making a huge killing, it’s looking like Crawford, 28, will need to settle for a fight against lightweight Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) on February 27th on HBO at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Pacquiao not ready to announce next opponent

Pacquiao not ready to announce next opponent

According to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao won’t be naming his next opponent tonight after all. Pacquiao, 36, was supposed to name his next fight on April 9th on the 84-year-old Arum’s truTV fight card tonight in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Arum had two of his Top Rank fighters Tim Bradley and Terence Crawford scheduled to be there, and it was a dead cinch that Pacquiao was going to make his old promoter a very, very happy man by naming one of those guys as his next opponent. But unfortunately for Arum, Pacquiao won’t be naming his next opponent as of yet.

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Arum: ‘Waiting on Pacquiao’ / Wants Crawford Over Khan

Arum: 'Waiting on Pacquiao' / Wants Crawford Over Khan

Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, has stated he is hopeful that Manny Pacquiao will select fellow Top Rank star, Terence Crawford as the opponent for the Filipino’s career swansong in April 2016, rather than Britain’s Amir Khan.

Both Crawford and Khan are said to still be in the frame, as Arum says the decision is solely Pacquiao’s to make, though when you consider the obvious financial benefits to the TR boss of making an in-house fight with Crawford over one with Khan – who is advised by Al Haymon and has his own promotional company – it’s pretty clear to see who is most likely getting the call.

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Crawford stops Jean

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Undefeated WBO 140lb champ Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) did what everyone thought he would do tonight in smacking around little lightweight Dierry Jean (29-2, 20 KOs) for nine rounds until the non-competitive sparring match was halted in the 10th round by referee Tony Weeks at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Crawford vs. Jean: Top Rank marinates Terrence for Pacquiao 

Crawford vs. Jean: Top Rank marinates Terrence for Pacquiao 

Unfortunately, Terrence Crawford’s 2015 is not going the way Top Rank wanted it to and by year’s end it will be considered somewhat of a loss. Sure, Crawford’s bank account gets bigger and there’s nothing wrong with that but his 2014 fighter of the year momentum has all but faded. In the spring, Bob Arum spoke of names such as Lucas Matthysse and Manny Pacquiao as possible opponents in Crawford’s near future.

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Terence Crawford: 140 lbs. Dierry Jean: 140 lbs.

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Saturday’s HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The main event features Terence Crawford defending his title against Dierry Jean in a 12-round junior welterweight bout.

The telecast kicks off with the exclusive replay of the Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux middleweight unification fight plus the flyweight showdown Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria. Both fights took place Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden.

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Crawford Looking at Future Pacquiao Fight

Crawford Looking at Future Pacquiao Fight

WBO light welterweight champion, Terence Crawford (28-0, 18ko) has insisted he isn’t looking past Dierry Jean (29-1) this Saturday night in Omaha, but is looking forward to victory propelling him towards the big fights regardless; Manny Pacquiao chief among them.

The maiden defence of the title Crawford won against Thomas Dulorme last time out in April is expected to be a relatively routine piece of business for the man voted 2014’s ‘Fighter of the Year,’ and talk has already begun about him moving up in weight once again, this time to 147 lbs.

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Chavez Jr. picks Pacquiao to KO Terence Crawford

Chavez Jr. picks Pacquiao to KO Terence Crawford

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum recently said this past week that if he can’t get a rematch between his fighter Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year, Arum will look to match Pacquiao up against Terence Crawford, the WBO light welterweight title holder. Arum promotes both fighters, so it would be an in house fight for him and easy to make.

While some fans think Crawford would be a dangerous opponent for the 36-year-old Pacquiao, former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. believes Pacquiao would have no problems beating the slender Crawford. Chavez Jr. thinks Pacquiao would KO Crawford.

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Thomas Dulorme can upset Terence Crawford

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Terence Crawford (Bud) had a wonderful 2014. His win over Yuriorkis Gamboa, put him, and Nebraska on the boxing map.

In a spectacular performance Crawford floored the undefeated former unified featherweight titleholder four times. At first the Cuban Olympic gold medalist appeared to be putting on a boxing clinic, however the Omaha fighter stayed calm, made adjustments, and completely turned the fight around in the 5th with a knockdown. His switch to southpaw, proved effective, and definitely demonstrated his ability to adapt.

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Terence Crawford – One of America’s Best

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Weigh-In Results: Terence Crawford 139.8 – Thomas Dulorme 139.2
Diego Magdaleno 136.8 – Luis Solis TBA
Mike Tufariello 158.5 – Eddie Tigs 159
Anthony Barnes 169 – Martinez Porter 169.25

By my reckoning, and that of most in the know, Terence “Bud” Crawford (25-0, 17ko) is one of boxing’s brightest stars. Last years Boxing writer’s Fighter Of The Year will make his 140lb debut this Saturday when he steps up in weight to face Thomas Dulorme (22-1, 14ko) in Arlington, Texas for the vacant WBO strap.

The fight will be screened as part of a split card on HBO in America and Boxnation in the UK.

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