Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Crawford Ready For Best Available Version of Dierry Jean

By Jake Donovan

Terence Crawford hasn’t seen ring action since April, nor was the search particularly simple in landing a televised slot or an appropriate opponent. 

Even with that in mind, the unbeaten fighting pride of Omaha didn’t so much as bat an eyelash when Dierry Jean (29-1, 20KOs) became the one boxer willing to accept assignment. 

Such a fight comes with its benefits, but also a big risk fo the Haitian-Canadian. It meant moving back up in weight and traveling 1,300 air miles from Montreal to the hometown of one of the best in the game today. Jean brings a four-fight win streak into his second career title challenge, as they headline the latest installment of HBO’s World Championship Boxing series, live from CenturyLink Center (Saturday, 9:30 p.m. ET). 

For the local favorite, it meant simply picking up where they last left off roughly one year ago.

“I wasn't surprised at all when (Jean) accepted the fight,” insists Crawford (26-0, 18KOs), who makes the first defense of his super lightweight title. “It’s a fight he wanted when we were both at lightweight. It’s a fight he was willing to take now that I’m at 140. Now he’s got it, so we’ll see what he can do with it.”

Few have been able to figure out what to do in the ring with Crawford, who is coming off of a career-best year. His 2014 campaign – for which he was recognized by several outlets as Fighter of the Year – began with a title-winning effort over Ricky Burns on the road in Scotland, followed by a pair of sold-out shows at home in Omaha. 

Included among the  homecoming performances was a thrilling 9th round knockout of previously unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa last June. The night served as the first ever HBO show to air live from Omaha, as well as the city’s first championship fight in more than 40 years. 

A subsequent 12-round win over Raymundo Beltran last November was his last piece of business at lightweight before moving up in weight. Six days before receiving his Fighter of the Year award, Crawford emphatically announced his 140 lb. arrival in knocking out Thomas Dulorme in six rounds to win the vacant super lightweight title. 

Showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, the 28-year old now openly embraces the challenge of the one boxer these days eagerly willing to jump into the ring with him. 

“The fact that he wants it makes me want it that much more,” Crawford says of the desire to win and look good doing so. “I had confidence in beating him at lightweight if we fought there. Now I’m up (at 140), I don’t have to cut muscle in order to make weight, I’m even stronger now.” 

Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Alex Saucedo Wants a Title Shot Soon After Lenny Z Bout Golovkin Signs Up for Advanced VADA Testing, Will Start Soon Loeffler: 'Structure in Place' for Canelo-Golovkin Rematch Deal Warren: Frampton Still Fights on August 18 - But No Warrington McGuigan: Postol is a Very Dangerous Fight For Josh Taylor Hearn: One Thing is Certain - Joshua Wants Wilder Next! Tony Bellew's Trainer: Andre Ward is The Ideal Legacy Fight Lolenga Mock Very Pumped To Face Avni Yilidirim Buboy: Pacquiao's Right Hand is The Weapon For Matthysse Euro News: Kabayal vs. Dimitrenko, Culcay vs. Rodriguez, More Bobby Gunn Continues Run on Big Bare Knuckle Fight Card Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter Purse Bid on Friday Jaime Munguia: Facing Canelo Would Be a Dream Fight For Me WBA's Mendoza Hopes For The Best With Celestino Caballero WBC Prez: Adonis Stevenson Must Face Gvozdyk, But... Photos: Leo Santa Cruz Putting in Work For Abner Mares Clash Canelo Set To Return To The WBC's Rankings in June Golovkin-Derevyanchenko: IBF Ruling is Expected Soon Naoya Inoue vs. Jamie McDonnell Showdown Lands on ESPN+ Photos: Naoya Inoue, Jamie McDonnell - Size Up in Japan Tiara Brown Inks Promotional Pact With Lou DiBella Stevenson-Jack Broadcast Peaked at 611,000 Viewers on Showtime Luis Nery vs. Jetro Pabustan is Finalized For June 9 in Tijuana Crawford vs. Horn: Pedraza, Shakur Stevenson Plan To Impress David Benavidez - Legal War Looms Between Sampson, Top Rank Whyte Questions The Courage of Pulev, Pressures Him To Sign Naoya Inoue Says The Goal is To Blast Out Jamie McDonnell Bellew: I Punch Harder Than Fury, He's Fighting a Cruiserweight Callum Smith: I'd Rather Wait and Fight Groves, Not Eubank Jr. Eric Molina Suspended By UK Anti-Doping For Failed Test Gilberto Ramirez vs. Roamer Angulo Lands on BoxNation News: Darragh Foley, Armin Mrkanovic, Thomas vs. Bunting Alex Saucedo Expects Big Crowd For Home Fight With Lenny Z Mayweather Certain Stevenson Will Fade in Jack Rematch, Too Bradley: Mikey Garcia is a Dangerous Fight For Lomachenko Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton Could Go To Neutral Territory Trainer: McDonnell Very Prepared, in Form For Naoya Inoue Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is Alleged To Have Beaten Man at Gas Station Wilder Dares Joshua To Back Up "F*** Him Up Bad" Boast Jono Carroll Believes He Has The Edge Over Declan Geraghty
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement