Crawford Manhandles Diaz
WBO and WBC junior welterweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) put on a boxing clinic on May 20, as he easily breezed through Felix Diaz (19-2, 9 KOs) in a title bout at Madison Square Garden.
While Diaz is a former Olympic medalist, Crawford made him look like a figurative punching bag. Crawford put in nearly all of the offense throughout the 10 rounds before Diaz’s corner threw in the towel.
Crawford easily had control over most of the first round, though Diaz scored with some shots when he moved inside. Diaz tried to do everything from apply pressure to cut off the ring to delivering harder shots, but Crawford had an answer for everything.
Diaz’s eye began to noticeably swell in the third round, and from that point on, Crawford basically just relied on his jab to get through the fight. By the time the halfway mark of what was scheduled to be a 12-round fight passed, the champion was practically toying with his challenger.
But then, it seemed maybe Crawford got too relaxed. Diaz landed a hard body shot in the seventh, and it was clear the champion was in a bit of pain. There was a slight glimmer of hope maybe Diaz could have a second wind and control the second half of the fight.
But that’s all it was — a glimmer. Crawford reserved himself a bit in the eighth and managed to stun Diaz and force him back into retreat. Then, it was back to punching practice again in the eighth, ninth and 10th rounds. After the 10th, Diaz’s corner had seen enough and stopped the bout, giving Crawford the win and a successful title defense.