Terence Crawford Returns: Who’s next?

 
 
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By Wilmar Patino:

 

Terence Crawford 29-0 (20 KO’s) will be returning to the ring on Dec. 10 on HBO vs an opponent that is still being determined, but there are a couple of options for Terence Crawford. Names thought to be in the mix are Russian world titleholder Eduard Troyanovsky (25-0, 22 KOs), a good fighter but totally unknown outside of his home country, and mandatory challenger Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs), who would be a huge underdog. Probably the biggest fight out there for Crawford would be against former titlist Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs), although he is linked to a possible fight with titleholder Ricky Burns (41-5-1, 14 KOs) of Scotland. Crawford easily beat Burns to claim a lightweight world title in 2014 before they both eventually moved up in weight.

It has been nearly 5 months since Crawford fought and beat former WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-1 12 KO’s) in a unification fight. Since beating Postol and unifying the WBO and WBC titles Crawford has been rather quiet and patient. Now it seems he’s back and ready for the next challenge. Another name that seems to be floating around is the former gold medalist from the Dominican Republic, Felix Diaz (18-1 8 KO’s) who recently eked out a win against previously undefeated Sammy Vasquez. “If Crawford is looking for a really good opponent for December, let’s make the fight with Felix Diaz,” Lou DiBella, Diaz’s promoter, told ESPN. “Diaz was going to fight in the Dominican Republic [on Dec. 10] to keep busy to be ready for this kind of opportunity. OK, Felix Diaz is high risk, low reward, but he fought in front of a lot of people in his last fight. More people saw that fight than probably saw Crawford’s last fight.” So a fight with Diaz is probable and one that can set up a big fight for the winner in 2017.

Terence Crawford had a slow but steady rise to the top and is justifiably rated at the top of the 140 lb. division. His future looks very bright as he challenges himself to become the face of boxing, only time can tell. In the meantime Terence Crawford has begun some light training and is ready to fight anyone who has the courage to challenge him on December 10th. Crawford has been quiet as of late, but I thought I’d leave you with a video to remind you of why we should all get excited for Crawford’s return in December. Hopefully 2016 will close out in an amazing fashion considering we already have Kovalev vs Ward and Lomachenko vs Walters in the month of November, adding Crawford to the mix would be a great way to end the year. Stay updated and come back to smackhisface.com for more!