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NEWS; PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: TERENCE CRAWFORD TKO 9 ERROL SPENCE JR.

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Terence Crawford TKO 9 Errol Spence Jr.

Terence Crawford has been universally recognized as one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighters for the better part of the last decade.

But the one major knock on “Bud” was that a win against a highly reputable opponent was missing from his resume.

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That all came to an end on July 29, when Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) reeled in “The Big Fish,” Errol Spence Jr., and delivered a career-defining performance in a major showdown more than five years in the making.

The win resulted in Crawford collecting all of the welterweight belts and the prestigious Ring Magazine title. Being crowned the undisputed champion also resulted in Crawford’s elevation to No. 1 in The Ring’s pound-for-pound rankings.

The fight was considered somewhat of a 50-50 matchup going in, although Crawford was the slight betting favorite. But the Nebraska native delivered a one-sided beating that will be remembered for ages to come.

Experts predict winner of Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr. - Los  Angeles Times

Crawford had a stunning, stone-cold showcase, knocking down the Texan once in the second, twice in the seventh, then mercifully forcing referee Harvey Dock to step in and stop the one-sided action in the ninth.

Crawford connected with 185 shots against Spence, who fired back 96 of his own but failed to evoke any concern from Crawford. Bud seemingly dominated every second of the contest from stern to stem.

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The long-anticipated event was also a commercial success by all accounts, generating nearly 700,000 pay-per-view buys domestically and more than $21,000,000 in ticket sales at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A sequel is in store for 2024. Spence exercised his contractual right to a rematch, but it remains to be seen at what weight a fight will be contested. Crawford and Spence have both stated that a move up to 154 pounds is imminent.

After years of pounding the table for high-profile fights, the 36-year-old Crawford is finally in an advantageous position to fight anyone at any weight he pleases.

Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford make weight ahead of blockbuster  clash - 'We're about to make history' - Eurosport

Clashes against the likes of Ring Magazine 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo and undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez could follow.

The three-division champion could quickly add world titles in other weight classes, should he turn in more prolific performances like he did against Spence.

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