Crawford to Fight Felix Diaz May 20
Junior welterweight titleholder and top-10 pound-for-pound boxer Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) has an opponent for his next title defense: He will fight top contender Felix Diaz on May 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael confirmed the fight with Diaz’s promoter Lou DiBella:
BREAKING NEWS: Unified junior welterweight Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) has an opponent for his May 20 HBO-televised main event at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. He will face contender Felix Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs), the 2008 Olympic gold medalist from the Dominican Republic. Lou DiBella, Diaz’s promoter, told ESPN he has made a deal with Top Rank. "All material terms are agreed to. We are waiting for the paperwork," DiBella said on Wednesday. Diaz appeared to be the only legitimate candidate all along since the other three mentioned prominently over the past couple of months were not realistic: Antonio Orozco has another fight scheduled for April 1, Amir Imam was unacceptable to HBO and Adrian Granados, coming off a grueling loss to Adrien Broner in February, was not available for May 20.
Crawford last fought in December, where he knocked out John Molina Jr. in the eighth round of their fight in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Diaz, an Olympic gold medalist, boasts a professional record of 19-1.