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Crawford Tops Lomachenko, Wins ESPY For 'Fighter of the Year'

By Keith Idec

Terence Crawford won the 2018 “Fighter of the Year” award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

The unbeaten WBO welterweight champion won the award over WBO lightweight champ Vasiliy Lomachenko and UFC fighters Rose Namajunas and Georges St-Pierre. Crawford received his award at ESPN’s 26th annual awards show, which was televised live by ABC from the Microsoft Theater.

Top Rank, Crawford’s promoter, announced the three-division champion won the award through its Twitter account Wednesday night. Top Rank and ESPN are partners in a deal through which Bob Arum’s company provides content exclusively for television’s biggest sports cable network.

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Since the previous ESPYs were awarded last July, the 30-year-old Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) produced a pair of dominant victories.

The Omaha, Nebraska, native demolished Namibia’s Julius Indongo in their 140-pound title unification fight August 19 in nearby Lincoln. Crawford floored the previously unbeaten Indongo (22-2, 11 KOs) twice on his way to a third-round knockout at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Crawford’s win made him boxing’s undisputed 140-pound champion and the sport’s first fully unified champion in any division since Jermain Taylor owned the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO middleweight titles after defeating Bernard Hopkins by split decision in July 2005. He gave up his IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO titles following his victory over Indongo to move up to the welterweight division.

Crawford made an dominant debut at 147 pounds as well. He easily handled Australia’s Jeff Horn (18-1-1, 12 KOs) on his way to winning by ninth-round technical knockout June 9 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Arum has said Crawford will return October 13 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Phoenix’s Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-0, 18 KOs) and Lithuania’s Egidijus Kavaliauskas (20-0, 16 KOs) are two of Crawford’s options for his first welterweight title defense.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WhatDisButtonDo on 07-20-2018

Lomachenko or Crawford deserved. Canelo nor GGG should have getting the nod over them. Canelo/GGG fought to a draw last year. Lomachenko moved up and fought the man at 135. Crawford was undisputed and beat Horn. You could maybe make…

Comment by MEXfistology on 07-20-2018

[QUOTE=Jab jab boom;18949394]yeah, who do you think should've won it? Canelo for beating that bum Chavez jr, getting a gift draw and using peds? Or maybe Mikey garcia for beating the always beatable broner and some other stiffs.[/QUOTE] This ain't…

Comment by Dr.Cool on 07-19-2018

This is an award given by espn. Now that TR has a contract with espn, it is nothing more than the "TR boxer of the year." Everyone knows that. It is a glorified sham, another way to hype up Bummed,…

Comment by Tony Trick-Pony on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=MEXfistology;18949314]Lmao so all of a sudden this hypejob gets rewarded for beating a paper champion who got a gift decision against pacquiao..neither Crawford nor lomachenko are pound for pound best, lomachenko needs to beat Mikey and move up to 147,…

Comment by Julia Slobberts on 07-19-2018

This award is a sham. Charlie Z would have won it several times if the judging were fair.

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