Photos: Terence Crawford, Felix Diaz - Ready For MSG Battle

By Keith Idec

Terence Crawford and Felix Diaz made weight Friday for their super lightweight title fight Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Mikey Williams/Top Rank.

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The 29-year-old Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, weighed in at 139.2 pounds for their 12-round fight. The official weight for the 33-year-old Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs), a southpaw from the Dominican Republic, was 139.4 pounds.

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HBO will televise Crawford-Diaz as the main event of a “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader. The telecast is scheduled to begin at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

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“I’m very excited to be in the big room,” Diaz told Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher through a translator following the weigh-in. “I’m very excited to display my talent come Saturday.”

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Crawford is listed by most Internet sports books as a 25-1 favorite over Diaz, but Diaz is viewed by some as a very live underdog. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist has lost only a majority decision to WBA welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) in October 2015.

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“I’m gonna become a world champion tomorrow,” Diaz said. “Everything will happen tomorrow. Wait to see what happens.”

The fighters scheduled to participate in the opener of HBO’s broadcast also made weight Friday.

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Phoenix’s Ray Beltran (32-7, 20 KOs, 1 NC) weighed in at 134.6 pounds for his 12-round lightweight fight against Jonathan Maicelo. Maicelo (25-2, 12 KOs, 1 NC), a native of Peru who trains in nearby Hackensack, New Jersey, weighed in at 134.8 pounds.

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The Beltran-Maicelo match is an IBF lightweight eliminator. The winner eventually will get a shot at the IBF 135-pound championship.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JoeMan on 05-20-2017

This could potentially become a FOTY candidate because of Diaz's aggressive style. Or become a dud because of Crawford's running style like he did in the Postol fight. Nevertheless, Felix Diaz is one of the fighters to watch this year.

Comment by KingHippo on 05-20-2017

[QUOTE=KingHippo;17683736]Meh. Division is boring. And where the fock is Kid Blast???[/QUOTE] You know what, I take that back. Diaz could actually pull this one.

Comment by Raimondo on 05-20-2017

Diaz beats anybody on Crawford's resume. If Crawford looks good in this fight then he's truly the real deal.

Comment by millcitymauler on 05-19-2017

Damn.... Diaz has got some Manson-lamps on him!

Comment by steeve steel on 05-19-2017

Just re-watched Diaz vs Peterson! The man has some skills, that's for sure. Got robbed that night. It's unfortunate he doesn't have more power though... Crawford by UD.

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