Advertisement
Advertisement

Crawford looking forward to home coming against Beltran

By Ryan Burton

WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford was in Las Vegas this past weekend for the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley pay-per-view mega event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.  A ceremony was held by Top Rank and the WBO to give Crawford the belt that he won in March when he dethroned Ricky Burns.

Crawford is a former sparring partner of two-division champion Tim Bradley and also wanted to support his friend in his rematch against Pacquiao.  In his opinion, Bradley tried too hard to load up on his punches and spent too much time looking for the knockout.

"I think that he was loading up on his punches too much.  When he was boxing him early on he was having success.  He just loaded up too much," said Crawford.

The Omaha, Neb. native also had his eye on Ray Beltran's victory over Arash Usmanee that served as the evening's co-feature fight.  Beltran is now Crawford's mandatory challenger and will likely be his next opponent.

"I thought Beltran fought a good fight.  He did what he had to do to win.  He got the job done and won an unanimous decision," Crawford stated.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum announced on Thursday that Crawford's return to the ring would take place this summer and that it would be a homecoming fight.  He mentioned that a casino venue in Council Bluffs, Iowa would likely host the fight. 

Council Bluffs sits on the east bank of the Missouri river, a short driver from Crawford's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.  Crawford said that fighting close to home is a dream come true.

"It would be real big to fight (close to Omaha).  That is what all of the fans back home have been hoping for.  I hope everybody comes out to Omaha to support your boy," Crawford told BoxingScene.com.

Send questions or comments to [email protected] . You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ringsidewriter

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mathed on 04-15-2014

I'd favor Crawford over both Gamboa and Beltran personally.

Comment by McLeechin on 04-15-2014

Crawford is going to stink up another win.

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 04-15-2014

This fight should be fun and a real test for Crawford..

Comment by Hougigo on 04-15-2014

[QUOTE=jrrod02;14429579]I heard on ESPN deportes that Gamboa was looking at making a fight with Crawford, or the other way around. Wonder if there are any truths to this rumor, because Crawford/Gamboa is a pretty good scrap.[/QUOTE] Gamboa is gonna do…

Comment by sugarsmosley_ on 04-15-2014

crawford-beltran, an ok fight. that should be on HBO2 tho

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Eric Molina: If No David Price - Bring on David Haye Showdown! Del Valle Provides a Tough Litmus Test For De La Hoya, Team Says Canelo: I'm Making History - Golovkin is Older and Fought Nobody! Rosado, Monroe Exchange Harsh Words Ahead of Sept. 17 Fight Ray Edwards, Former NFL Veteran, Inks Boxing Promotional Pact Rosado-Monroe Winner Could Get Canelo Next, Says Golden Boy VP Diego De La Hoya: Just Having The Last Name is Not Enough Jermall Charlo is NOT Yet on Board For Julian Williams Defense Tommy Oosthuizen Resumes Career With a Stoppage Win Peralta Parks Cab in The Garage, Ready For Guerrero Rematch De La Hoya: Canelo in The Process of Being a Worldwide Superstar Canelo vs. Smith: Sadam Ali, Eddie Gomez Added To The Card Kid Galahad: Brook Will Beat Golovkin in Style, Box His Ears Off! Malignaggi: I Wouldn't Mind a Shot at David Peralta Next P. Fury: Brook in a Win-Win Position Against Gennady Golovkin David Price Eager To Face Joseph Parker on Joshua Card Crolla Very Motivated To Topple Jorge Linares in 'Legacy Fight' Ricky Burns, if He Beats Relikh, To Land Adrien Broner Next? Mayweather vs. Pacquiao PPV: Strange Twist in Waiter Lawsuit Lauren's Trainer: Svensson Never Fought Anyone on This Level Teddy Atlas: Nobody at 147 is in a Hurry To Face Errol Spence Abel Ramos Breaks Down Juan Jesus Rivera in Six Rounds Edwards Gaining Steam in Camp as Casimero Bout Nears "Fighting Words" - Guerrero, Angulo and the Right Time To Go Canelo: Ready To Face Golovkin? He Has To Be Ready For Me! Two Olympians Investigated For Gambling Allegations in Rio Sammy Valentin Joins WBO Drug Free Kids Movement In Tampa Canelo, Smith No Longer VADA Testing - No Cause For Concern Peralta: I Was a Sad Cab Driver, Now I'm a Happy Boxer Hasanboy Dusmatov Denies Promotional Deal, Eyes Olympics Video: J. Mayweather Discusses Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook Video: Badou Jack Talks James DeGale Unification, More Photos: Shakur Stevenson Sports TMT Hat at Homecoming Parade Video: J. Mayweather Discusses Mayweather vs. Pacquiao II Ian Tims Joins MGM, Will Return Soon Chocolatito vs. Cuadras: Ryan Martin Added To The Card Video: Peralta on The Journey From Cab Driver To Contender Video: Robert Guerrero Reflects on Shocking Loss To David Peralta Langford Not Bothered By Trash Talk From Eubank Jr. and English Kovalev's Promoter: Tickets For Ward Bout Are Reasonably Priced
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement