Max Kellerman asked Terence Crawford what was his reason for going southpaw. Like myself during the fight, Max wondered if Terence wanted to prove something by fighting southpaw all night. The answer that he gave was just as perfect as his dominant performance over Felix Diaz. Crawford could have given us the politically correct answer by saying he wanted to challenge himself or he was trying a new strategy. Instead, he gave an answer which reminded me why I love the sport of boxing so much. In front of a hyped up crowd in Madison Square Garden, he let everyone know that it was his ring and he can do whatever he wanted in there. It was a statement reminiscent of when John L. Sullivan would tell everyone that he could lick any son of a bitch in the room. With the way that Crawford performed, it was hard to argue that statement.
From the opening bell, Crawford showed phenomenal ring generalship by using movement and popping that right jab early. To his credit, Felix Diaz showed he would not be intimidated and came out pretty aggressive. Even landing a few nice shots. But in typical Crawford fashion, he kept his composure and took control of the fight. By Round 4, Diaz was already battling swelling under his eyes. By this time, Crawford was landing uppercuts at will and there was nothing Diaz could do about it. By Round 6, Diaz looked to be fighting on pure heart by trying to get on the inside. While he was being aggressive, it was not enough as Crawford would establish his strength advantage by pushing him off when they got up close. At one point, it seemed as if he was toying with Diaz, letting him know that Diaz was still standing because he allowed it. Between the trash talk, sticking his tongue out, and even head patting, it was no secret who was the superior fighter in this bout. As the fight came to a close, it was clear Diaz was no match for Crawford. He was being measured very well and taking some very hard shots. By round 9, you can see referee Steve Willis watch Diaz closely to see if he should stop the fight. After a onslaught from Crawford in round 10, Joel Diaz made a phenomenal call when he refuse to let Diaz take any more punishment and threw in the towel. In my opinion, it was as good a call as when Eddie Futch stopped Joe Frazier from taking any more punishment in the the Thrilla in Manilla.
After the fight, Max asked Crawford who he would like to face since hit seemed there was no one at 140 who could give him a challenge. Once again, Crawford let everyone in attendance know that he was the best by calling out the legendary and future hall of famer Manny Pacquiao. I could not disagree with him, as I too feel the 140 pound division has no one who can challenge him. Do not get me wrong, I like Julius Indongo and commend him for beating Ricky Burns and Eduard Troyanovsky in their own backyards. But, Crawford is on another level and I see him beating Indongo quiet Easily. With that being said, I would like to see Crawford at the 147 pound division to challenge guys like Thurman, Garcia, and of course Manny Pacquiao. He is a champion who wants to be great, and the truth is he needs those fights to prove he belongs in the upper echelon of the boxing world.