Terence Crawford is no doubt a rising star and one of the top pound for pound fighters in the sport of boxing. However, with that being said, he is not going to be the 2016 Fighter of the Year.
In his first fight of 2016, Crawford defended his WBO world lightweight title against Hammerin’ Hank Lundy. Lundy was able to tag Crawford early on but, like he always does, Crawford was able to adjust and get Lundy out of there.
Then Crawford had a unification bout with undefeated Victor Postol in September. He put Postol down more than once and made the fellow champion look average at best.
Last but certainly not least, this past Saturday, Crawford faced the rugged John Molina Jr. Crawford embarrassed Molina and made him seem unfit to share the same ring as him, which maybe he was.
While all of these are good wins, it’s far from Fighter of the Year resumé quality. Especially when you consider Molina was 1 for 4 in his last 4 fights prior to his bout with Crawford. Postol himself doesn’t have a great resumé with most of his fights taking place in the Ukraine.
I can’t deny Crawford had a decent year. For me, fighter of the year has to have more than just a Postol victory. If Sergey Kovalev got the win, that he deserved, against Andre Ward he would be my vote for fighter of the year. However, he didn’t, so be looking for our 2016 fighter of the year article coming soon.