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Crawford: Kavaliauskas Can Fight, No Matter What's Said

LAS VEGAS – Terence Crawford took the first step Friday toward solidifying his next fight.

The unbeaten WBO welterweight champion hopes his initial meeting with his promoters at Top Rank Inc. and ESPN leads to him boxing mandatory challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas on December 14 at Madison Square Garden. If that fight can be finalized, ESPN would televise Crawford-Kavaliauskas as the main event after a co-feature that’ll pit IBF lightweight champ Richard Commey (29-2, 26 KOs) against his mandatory challenger, Teofimo Lopez (14-0, 11 KOs).

“Hopefully,” Crawford told BoxingScene.com on Friday at MGM Grand. “We still haven’t had a sit-down to talk about the numbers or anything. We’ve got a date locked down. That’s the start of it, so I just had a meeting with Top Rank and ESPN. Hopefully, we can get that locked down and get everything in order for the fight that’ll happen December 14th.”

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Assuming a deal is completed, the 31-year-old Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, would be heavily favored to beat Lithuania’s Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KOs), the WBO’s No. 1 contender at 147 pounds. Kavaliauskas, also 31, settled for a 10-round majority draw with Ray Robinson in his last bout, but Crawford stressed that dismissive fans and media shouldn’t shun him.

“Listen, this guy is not a walk in the park,” Crawford said. “He’s strong. He’s undefeated. He’s got a deep amateur background, going to the Olympics I think twice. They look at him and say [about me], ‘He’s not fighting nobody because of who he is.’ But l’m like, ‘This dude can fight, no matter what you say. He’s my No. 1 contender for a reason.’ Me, as a fighter, I have never overlooked ‘em or take ‘em lightly or discredit him for getting to where he got to at this point.”

Robinson gave Kavaliauskas his toughest professional fight when they met March 30 at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Robinson’s hometown.

Two judges scored their 10-round encounter even (95-95, 95-95). The other judge scored their fight 97-93 for Robinson (24-3-2, 12 KOs), whose movement and southpaw stance troubled Kavaliauskas.

“Ray Robinson is tall, rangy and awkward,” Crawford said. “It probably threw him off a little bit, you know? But we’ve got two totally different styles, and that was that.”

Crawford last fought April 20, when he stopped England’s Amir Khan (34-5, 21 KOs) in the sixth round at Madison Square Garden. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by THEFRESHBRAWLER on 09-29-2019

[QUOTE=mathed;20065674]Bud's gonna stomp this guy out, get paid as much as Spencer and Porter combined, then troll all his haters on NSB to enjoy the victory. He's got these dudes shook for real, Hahaha! [IMG]https://proxy.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fmedia.giphy.com%2Fmedia%2FmSPevXqDPwqOI%2Fgiphy.gif&f=1&nofb=1[/IMG][/QUOTE] When you face no name…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-19-2019

[QUOTE=Curtis2;20066714]Yes, obviously Pac was much better 40 months ago as well as Crawford's much better today. Crawford completely dominated Horn whereas Horn was very competitive vs Pac. TR works well with all promoters & TV networks. Recent evidence shows current…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 09-19-2019

[QUOTE=Pigeons;20063775]You think Khan was offered $5M upfront? Or was he offered $4M and negotiated it up to $5M? Maybe Danny could have done the same thing if he A) picked up the phone or B) didn't take orders from Al.…

Comment by Curtis2 on 09-18-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;20066657]Was Pacquiao better 40 months ago? Why didn't Crawford want that shot 40 months ago? If he was 157 when he fought Postol, was that not big enough to fight Pacquiao @ 147? The point of the lesson is that…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-18-2019

[QUOTE=Curtis2;20066606]Your history lesson is ridiculous, that's almost 40 months ago, Crawford's 140 weight request with Pacquaio...Today at 147, Crawford would physically damage Pacquaio, for life. Hopefully Pac's corner throws the towel before this type of damage occurs....IF the fight happens...very…

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