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Kavaliauskas: When I Beat Crawford - I'm One of World's Best!

WBO welterweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford is taking no chances when he returns to New York's Madison Square Garden Saturday evening in the main event position.

Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) will make the third defense of his welterweight crown against mandatory challenger Egidijus "Mean Machine" Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KOs).

Crawford is a tremendous favorite to win the fight, and many expect a knockout ending.

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Some believe the two-time Olympian is undeserving of the fight, after going to a draw with Ray Robinson in March.

But he's still the mandatory challenger under the WBO, and Crawford is still obligated to fight him or face the possibility of getting stripped.

Kavaliauskas is confident, despite the recent setback, and believes he has enough skill to shock the world at MSG - the same venue where Andy Ruiz shocked the world in June when he stopped massive favorite Anthony Joshua for the heavyweight crown.

"This is a great opportunity for me against the world's best fighter. When I win, I will be considered one of the world's best fighters. Terence Crawford is a great fighter, which is why I wanted this fight. I am ranked number one for a reason. I am here for a reason, and I can't wait for Saturday night," Kavaliauskas said.

"The way to win a title is to fight the best, and Terence is the best welterweight in the world. I want that title, and I will be the first Lithuanian-born boxer ever to win a world title."

Also on the card, Richard Commey (29-2, 26 KOs) will defend his IBF lightweight world title against unbeaten sensation Teofimo Lopez (14-0, 11 KOs) and Michael Conlan (12-0, 7 KOs) hopes to gain revenge on former 2016 Russian Olympic nemesis Vladimir Nikitin (3-0, 0 KOs).

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Comment by landotter on 12-11-2019

Never heard of this guy. Does not bode well. I honestly wonder how many times Crawford can get up for less than elite level fights. At some point he is looking past someone. When that happens, he will end up…

Comment by revelated on 12-11-2019

[QUOTE=Satir;20247559]If Crawford decides to stay in the pocket and trade with Kava it'll be a short night for Bud, Crawford better get a new bike and be Joshua in their rematch with Ruiz[/QUOTE] ...you clearly haven't seen Kavaliauskas fight very…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-11-2019

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;20247873]Yeah that's sad for Andrade but at least they keep him active. I remember Andrade used to fight once every two years prior to his new deal lol[/QUOTE]I don't think Crawford, Charlo, and Andrade have a problem with quantity. They…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 12-11-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;20247708]I understood what you were trying to say, and I agree 100%! The saddest Champion is Boo-Boo Andrade, who has GGG and BJ Saunders in his stable, and Canelo Alvarez on his platform, and still can't get a meaningful opponent!…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 12-11-2019

Crawford should get the job done.

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