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Crawford on Facing Klimov, Third HBO Bout, More

By Ryan Burton

BoxingScene.com recently spoke with rising lightweight star Terence Crawford (21-0) about his upcoming fight against Andrey Klimov (16-0).  The fight will open up the October 5th HBO telecast that will be headlined by Miguel Cotto's fight against Delvin Rodriguez.

The Nebraska native said that he had a great camp and that they didn't do anything different to prepare for Klimov.

"Training camp is going great.  We aren't doing anything different than we usually do.  We are doing our regular routine," Crawford stated.

Klimov was able to defeat John Molina Jr. by negating his pressure tactics. He was able to frustrate Molina, who is a very aggressive offensive fighter, with his movement. Crawford said that he has studied his opponent and knows what to expect in the ring.

"I thought he did well against Molina.  He did what he had to do to get the job done.  He moves a lot and mixes it up in there.  He does a lot of different things in there that frustrate a lot of people if you aren't on your game," Crawford told BoxingScene.com.

The 25-year-old Crawford took a calculated risk when he moved up to the junior welterweight division to face tough Colombian puncher Breidis Prescott on short notice which allowed him to make his HBO debut. Saturday will be Crawford's third appearance on the premium network and he is very appreciative of the opportunity given to him.

"Big risk equals big rewards is how I look at it," said Crawford.  "It is a blessing (to be on HBO) and to get that call to be on a second time and then a third time is a real blessing.  There is no other way to describe it."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by frantic fighter on 10-02-2013

[QUOTE=parrish duke;13802591]Ward started on showtime and left for HBO - people are so monkey see monkey do - ward is not a boring fighter, he shuts you down and kicks your ass. Showtime did not drop him . Crawford has…

Comment by frantic fighter on 10-02-2013

[QUOTE=MASTER1454;13802560]So, you admit to being a casual fan, right?[/QUOTE]only if you admit that Ward made his pro debut on HBO.

Comment by MoneyMayGoat on 10-02-2013

[QUOTE=parrish duke;13802591]Ward started on showtime and left for HBO - people are so monkey see monkey do - ward is not a boring fighter, he shuts you down and kicks your ass. Showtime did not drop him . Crawford has…

Comment by parrish duke on 10-02-2013

Ward started on showtime and left for HBO - people are so monkey see monkey do - ward is not a boring fighter, he shuts you down and kicks your ass. Showtime did not drop him . Crawford has some…

Comment by kingpinas on 10-02-2013

I believe it is a step down for Crawford. Klimov has just a record it is mismatch.

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