LAS VEGAS – Welcome to a sea of peace called Terrence Crawford, in a world clouded by uncertainty, where the floor seems to explode beneath your every step.
There is no possibility of puncture in his world. can not help it. Crawford goes out there and works on his craft for a few rounds, switching right wing to right wing, experimenting with uppercut angles, figuring out how much leather he can take.
Then, after about an hour of contemplation and meditation, he delivers Amen.
Among other things, Crawford has knocked out seven opponents in a row. Four of them are dropped in rounds 9 to 12. Sean Porter, easily the most skilled man he’s met, will be no different.
After nine gripping, too many rounds, Crawford lofted in the 10th, knocking Porter down twice. Sean’s father and trainer Kenny Porter decided that his son would not take the shot anymore.
Thus lost to Shaun Stoppage for the first time in Fantastic Almost’s career. This is the man who lost people close to Keith Thurman and Errol Spence. This, too, was close to the judges’ card, with two giving Crawford five out of nine rounds and the other giving her six.
But with Spence seated and a fight for welterweight supremacy, Crawford invited the audience to compare scores.
“You saw what I did to him,” said Crawford, referring to Porter, “and then you saw what he (Spence) did to him.”
Spence made a split decision on Porter two years ago at Staples Center. He got an important knockdown in the 11th. Porter, perhaps realizing that the scorecards weren’t kind, began swinging wildly at Crawford in the 10th. He took a hard left hand that knocked him down but didn’t hurt him, and then he took the right hand to the side of the head which did both.
“My baby was at a loss and I can’t let it go on,” Kenny said.
Crawford leads 38-0 with 29 knockouts, and Porter falls to 31-4-3. The four men who defeated Porter were unbeaten at the time.
Crawford also cements his position as the No. 2 or No. 3 pound-for-pound boxer, depending on where you rank him and Spence.
It would be a great event, but Spence is more of a technician, with a carving knife to the left, and Crawford is just an outstanding great athlete, with an average streak we’ve rarely seen since Mike Tyson. .
There’s only one person really qualified to compare.
“He’s the best I’ve ever fought,” Porter said. “My timing was off, but he wouldn’t let me get into my rhythm. Whatever it is, he’s got it. It’s like Jerry Maguire when they were talking about ‘Kwan’. He’s got that. ,
“It was like Sean was fighting him blindfolded,” Kenny Porter said.
According to CompuBox, Crawford probably won the fight with his head movement. Porter needed a high-volume jab knight, and he connected at only 13 percent. Porter found Crawford on 67 power shots compared to 65, but again Crawford had a better percentage.
After the second knockdown, Porter repeatedly slammed the canvas with his gloves, knowing that his chance had passed. Elidar had three such days on dirt tracks in 1978.
“He’s a clever fighter,” said Crawford. “I can’t say anything bad about him. He came after me like I thought it would, trying to hit me, but I was able to turn him away and find some angle.
“I love him. He’s a good friend of mine. I didn’t want to fight him, but I couldn’t fight with the other champions of the division, so it was the next best thing. We’re all really talented, we Everyone has different styles. But I’m calling out Spence, so he might just stick his tail out of his butt and fight me.
Spence holds the IBF and WBC titles and is in line to meet Yordenis Ugas, the WBA champion who retired Manny Pacquiao.
Meanwhile, top-ranked boss Bob Arum walked into the ring with the satisfied smile of the 90-year-old working promoter.
Although this was Crawford’s final fight on his Top Rank contract, Arum is willing to pursue the relationship, especially if it pits Crawford against Spence, promoted by Al Hemon, or unified 140-pound winner Josh Taylor, who With top rank.
The battle between the two is interesting on paper. On canvas, you have a great fighter. Unfortunately for fans of suspense, he doesn’t really believe in great fights.