Terence Crawford: I am going to do me

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

By Miguel Maravilla 

The top pound for pound fighter in the world is back this weekend as Nebraska’s WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (36-0, 27 KO’s) will take on former world champion Kell Brook (39-2, 27 KO’s) of England. Crawford squares off against Brook, Saturday night at the “Bubble” at MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on ESPN.

“Training is great this camp. Everything is going according to plan. We plan on looking spectacular come Saturday,” Terence Crawford told media. “I’m sharp as a razor right now,”

Crawford’s last fight was nearly a year ago as he stopped Egidijus Kavauliuskas in eleven rounds last December and prior to that fight a sixth-round stoppage over former world champion Amir Khan. When asked if the inactivity would affect him for this Saturday.

“Not at all. I feel good and strong. I can fight at the end of the day. Being out of the ring is not going to affect me in any way shape or form,” Crawford said.

His opponent, Brook made a splash in the summer of 2014 as he captured the IBF welterweight title by edging out Shawn Porter via majority decision. Defending his title three times before moving up two divisions to middleweight as he was stopped by Gennady Golovkin in leaving it all in the ring. In his next fight Brook was stopped by Errol Spence in relinquishing the IBF welterweight title.

“Kell Brook has fought a lot of good opponents. I’m not focused or worried about what he brings to the table. I will adjust to whatever he brings,” Crawford on Brook. “He hasn’t fought anyone like me. He can say, I never fought anyone like him. I’m not worried about what people are saying that he is washed up. We are preparing for the best Kell Brook,” Crawford added.

Since the two defeats. Brook has won three consecutive fights and is coming off a seventh round KO over Mark Deluca early this year in February.

“I didn’t get to see his last fight,” Crawford said about Brook’s last fight.

During the virtual conference, a reporter told the champ that Brook vowed to stop or knock him out. Crawford responded.

“Let’s see. Words don’t mean nothing. He will have to live up to them words. He is supposed to feel that way. He is not the only opponent believing they are going to knock me out. It’s nothing new for me,” Crawford said. “I am fighting him. That is all that matters. If he feels that I haven’t fought anyone at 147 or have no credibility than it should be a cakewalk for him,”

There was some buzz about a potential showdown between Crawford and Manny Pacquiao. That fight however never came through as Crawford is promoted by Top Rank and Pacquiao by PBC. For now, Crawford will settle for the Englishman and former world champion Brook.

“He was never on my radar. This is a fight he wanted. Once the Pacquiao fight fell through. He was the next option. I must have been on his radar. We are fighting this weekend and that’s what it is,” Crawford said. “I will get in the ring and sense my opponent. Once we are in the ring, I am going to do me. If the knockout comes or if not, I’ll be prepared to go 12 rounds,”

A win here for Crawford will add Brook to the list of fighters he’s defeated. Winning his first world title over Ricky Burns, Crawford traveled across the pond to Scotland defeating Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight title. Moving up to super lightweight, Crawford piled wins over Thomas Dulorme, Viktor Postol, and Julius Indongo in becoming the unified super lightweight champion. Then picked up the WBO welterweight title in stopping Jeff Horn back in 2018.

“Kell is a former champion. If I win, I wouldn’t say that is my biggest win. I’d say my biggest win was against Jeff Horn because he was coming off the Pacquiao win,” Crawford said.

It’s no secret, with a Crawford win there will definitely be an uproar for a showdown with IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. who is slated to take on Danny Garcia next month. In what is the most anticipated fight in the welterweight division Crawford and Spence could find themselves determining who is the best welterweight.

“I really never felt that I need Errol Spence for my legacy or career. I have accomplished so much that I don’t need him. If that fight don’t happen, I really don’t feel it would hurt my legacy. Just the legacy of the welterweight division,”

Saturday night Crawford looks to handle his business and prove why he is considered the best pound for pound.

“I’m looking forward to this weekend. Watch out for a great show. I’m looking to give a great performance,” Crawford stated. “I just want to show everyone, I’m the best. Prove all the doubters wrong and that I’m the best fighter in the world,”

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  • Hope a Crawford vs. Spence fight happens before they lose or get too old, especially Crawford who is turning 34. I would put my money in Spence by razor thin decision. For sure public will be in attendance if it’s happening.

    • Terence crawford I wish you the best in your boxing career keep on doing what you doing and we all know how hard it is to come from the bottom keep your head up my brother One Love from Baltimore Maryland coming from the hardest City all the best God bless you

  • The phrase “doing me” refers to the speaker focusing on their own well-being. “The act of taking care of yourself first. Making yourself happy. Not trying to please others.”

    • I will say that Crawford in the photo looks focused, in-shape, and ready to make a statement from his hard work in the gym.

  • Spence just keeps waiting for little Crawford to slow down a bit more and get a bit older. It sucks that Spence wasn’t honorable enough to fight Crawford 2 or 3 years ago and still continues to duck him even today. Spence needs to show some degree to honor and integrity and order sorry ass, hiding in the shadows, Al Haymon, to make the fight.

    • Well said, people saying bud has no names to brag about, hard to get names when people keep ducking you.

      • Where were you all when everybody was ducking Gennady Golovkin? Now everybody and their grandfather want to fight GGG.

    • Brent you are so right and all the boxing world knows it but they talk bad about bud instead of his across the street chicken shit spence how do you not want to fight the guy that they say is the best and better than you spence his team are scared of the same thing thats going to happen to brook no matter how he wins.

      • Beating a dead horse here same was said about Mayweather until he beat Pacquaio. No one is afraid it’s about business and everyone knows that, PBC has all the ranked welterweights other than Crawford. No one was saying this when Arum was matching Pacquaio against only top rank fighters. As a fan I’m also upset the best don’t always fight but pointing the finger at Spence & PBC makes no sense. I will finish with this Spence is definitely better than Crawford’s last opponent who gave him all kinds of trouble.

  • Why doesn’t Crawford fight Triple G or Jacob’s or Spence or the Charlos or Callum Smith or Camp and then Finally Canelo.

    • remeber bud crawford isnt a true welterweight he is a 140 pounder he cant go from 140 to 160

  • Crawford has past every test put in front of him.I think this is his touphest test yet .crawford should pass this test.but has bad intentions when he hits. that’s why I am a fan .but I think Brook looks to be up for this test .will the best man win .god bless both fighters I think this will be a good one can’t wait

  • Watching Crawford as a young fighter in the amateurs ranks you could see the mean streak… Today as a adult professional the mean streak has become more intense. Terrence “Bud” Crawford by TKO round 7/8…

  • The best version of Brook gives TC a decent fight but I fear that his moving up and down the weights will have an impact.

  • It’s time for the Crawford / Spence fight, I’ll take Crawford… Brook will be just a stepping stone up and coming fighters… he’s basically done

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