SAN DIEGO, October 24, 2015 – Undefeated super lightweight Terence Crawford. Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) put on the show his fans in Omaha wanted to see, winning his first title defense with a tenth round TKO win over the admirable effort of Dierry Jean (29-2, 20 KOs) of Canada.
The 2014 Fighter of the Year reconfirmed all the reasons he earned the honor from the majority of boxing writers. Crawford demonstrated thoughtful aggression putting him in the elite ranks of today’s boxing talent.
At the end of the first round, Crawford switched from an orthodox stance to a southpaw stance, and scored his first knockdown of the bout. He stuck with his southpaw approach for all but brief moments here and there the rest of the fight. It took Jean several rounds to adjust. Jean had to know from studying Crawford’s previous bouts this was a possibility, but he still appeared unprepared and ill equipped.
Jean took plenty of straight rights and hooks from both sides as Crawford moved him around the ring. Jean was hit hard and wobbled several times, but didn’t go down again until the ninth round when Crawford hit him with hooks to the head, including one that connected to the back of Jean’s head as he went down, bitterly complaining about it to referee Tony Weeks. In the tenth, the onslaught became too much. If Weeks hadn’t stopped the fight, Jean’s corner was about to do it.
CompuBox stats show Crawford landing 169 total punches to Jean’s 51; Crawford landed 40 percent of his power punches (83 for 207); Jean just 25 percent (39 of 158). Jean took all the punishment he could, but wasn’t able to marshal enough offense to offset it.
Crawford thanked his fans in Omaha for coming out to see him. “Nebraska showed up once again. I’m just blessed. At home I feel the vibe and the electricity, I just want to put on a good show,” Crawford told HBO’s Max Kellerman.
Crawford said he took the pre-fight remarks of Jean and his trainer to heart. “You can look to your left and see those two guys that called me out, twice. Did you get what you were looking for?” Crawford asked them. “Then his (Jean’s) manager guaranteed me he was gonna walk away to Canada with my belt, and that was disrespectful. I take things personal,” said Crawford, who still appeared plenty irritated even after he’d won the fight.
Crawford says his attitude comes from his background. “From where I come from, we used to fight all the time. Anybody that’s here today can tell you where I started from. That was from the bottom, street fighting, getting shot, working up the rankings, and here today.”
Crawford found equal motivation in the potential for a good performance to position him as Manny Pacquiao’s next and final opponent. Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank was in the audience; he promotes both Pacquiao and Crawford. Arum has said publicly April 9, 2016 will be Pacquiao’s return to the ring for one final fight in his career. Crawford has been talked up as getting the nod.
“I’m ready. Bob, make it happen!” said Crawford. “I’m going to let my handlers talk to Bob Arum, Team Pacquiao and let’s see if we can make it happen.”
How might the fight with Pacquiao go? “You gotta watch it and see,” smiled Crawford. We’ll be happy to, Bud. Save a seat for Warren.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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