Let me tell you something that you already may know. Terence Crawford is a slow starter. It takes him a few rounds to analyze his opponent, to get their timing down. Regardless, once he does he appears to be in a class all by himself. Last night’s fight against undefeated Viktor Postol was no different.
Through the first four rounds, you could argue it was an even fight or that Postol was ahead on the scorecards. However, round five would leave no doubt in anyone’s mind who is going to win the fight. Crawford dropped Postol, not once but twice. One of the knockdown came in the first few seconds of the round. So, what was once an even fight or maybe even Postol being ahead, was now Crawford well in the lead. From that round on, it was all Crawford.
Yes, Crawford is fast and powerful truth manage comes from his counterpunching ability, at times it almost seems inhuman. To quote my friend and boxing aficionado James Griggs-
“Crawford is able to break up his opponents combinations but unlike a lot of other fighters. Some wait for that second or third punch before they counter, not Crawford. As soon as he feels that first punch hit in his gloves he is already landing a shot of his own.”
The question now on everyone’s mind is, “Who can beat Terence Crawford?” That is still very much uncertainty but I can tell you this, it’s a short list. I fully expect Top Rank to try to sign Manny Pacquiao to fight Crawford this October. With Pacquiao’s retirement in sight, Top Rank has pay per view void that they need to fill. So, why not try to pit Crawford against Pacquiao in hopes that he can beat the Filipino superstar and passes the torch, so to speak. After what we saw last night, I truly believe Pacquiao-Crawford would be one hell of a fight.
Thanks for reading and being a fan of the sweet science.