Terence Crawford

  • WINS
    40
  • Losses
    0
  • Draws
    0
  • ko's
    31
  • Alias
    Bud
  • Height
    173
  • Reach
    188
  • Division
  • Welterweight
  • Age
  • 36
  • Country
  • USAUSA
  • Born in
  • Omaha
  • KO PERCENTAGE
  • 77.5%
  • Bouts
  • 40
  • ROUNDS BOXED
  • 233
  • Stance
  • S

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Biography

A Family Affair

 

Born on September 28, 1987, in the vibrant city of Omaha, Nebraska, Terence “Bud” Crawford emerged from humble beginnings to become one of boxing’s most formidable champions. Raised in the heart of North Omaha, Crawford’s early life was shaped by the challenges of urban living. Despite the adversity he faced, Crawford was blessed with a strong support system, anchored by his mother, Deborah Crawford, and his tight-knit family.

 

From an early age, Crawford’s destiny seemed intertwined with the sport of boxing. A legacy of pugilists ran through his family—his grandfather, father, and uncle had all laced up their gloves at the C.W. Boxing Club, a local institution renowned for producing top-tier talent. It was there, under the watchful eye of gym owner Carl Washington, that Crawford’s journey into the world of boxing began.

 

Carl Washington, a neighbor of the Crawford family, recognized young Terence’s potential and extended an invitation for him to join the gym. Sensing an opportunity to provide a positive outlet for the energetic youngster, Washington hoped to steer Crawford away from the dangers of the streets and towards a more constructive path. Under the guidance of esteemed trainer Midge Minor, Crawford found a mentor and father figure who would play a pivotal role in shaping his future.

 

However, Crawford’s journey was not without its challenges. Tempted by the allure of the streets, he found himself drawn into the tumult of adolescence—a journey marked by trials and tribulations. Yet, through it all, his passion for boxing remained unwavering, serving as a beacon of hope amidst the chaos.

 

In a moment that would forever alter the course of his life, Crawford faced a brush with mortality when he was shot in the head during a game of dice. Miraculously, he survived the ordeal, but the incident served as a wake-up call—a stark reminder of life’s fragility and the need to embrace change.

 

Determined to carve out a better future for himself, Crawford immersed himself in the sport, honing his skills and channeling his energy into becoming the best boxer he could be. His amateur career was marked by success, with notable victories at the 2006 National Pal Championships and the 2006 Blue & Gold National Championships. In 2007, he continued to make waves, earning gold at the U.S. Pan American Games Box-Offs and securing bronze at the U.S. National Championships and the Pan American Games Qualifier.

 

Professional Debut

 

In 2008, Crawford made the transition to the professional ranks, debuting with a resounding victory over Brian Cummings. His performance caught the attention of boxing aficionados, who marveled at his skill and potential. As his professional career progressed, Crawford’s star continued to rise, with knockout victories over the likes of Michael Williams and Travis Hartman propelling him to prominence. However, it was in 2013 that Crawford truly announced himself on the world stage, scoring a decisive victory over Breidis Prescott—a win that catapulted him into contention for a world title.

Career Highs

 

The following year, he traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, to challenge Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight world title. In a masterful display of skill and determination, Crawford dominated the bout, capturing the title with a wide unanimous decision victory. Defending his title against the undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa and the experienced Ray Beltran, Crawford showcased his versatility and resilience, solidifying his status as one of boxing’s elite. His performances earned him the distinction of Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2014—a testament to his dominance and impact on the sport.

 

In 2017, Crawford made history by becoming the undisputed champion of the super lightweight division, defeating Julius Indongo to unify all four major world titles. With this remarkable achievement, Crawford cemented his legacy as one of the sport’s all-time greats, proving himself to be a force to be reckoned with in multiple weight classes.

 

Moving up to the welterweight division, Crawford continued to excel, capturing the WBO World Welterweight Title with a victory over Jeff Horn in 2018. He followed this up with impressive wins over Jose Benavidez Jr., Amir Khan, and Egidijus Kavaliauskas, solidifying his status as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

 

However, it was his highly anticipated showdown with Errol Spence Jr. in July 2023 that would define his legacy. Facing off against the undefeated welterweight champion, Crawford delivered a masterclass performance, securing a ninth-round TKO victory and becoming the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era.

 

As he continues to etch his name into the annals of boxing history, Terence Crawford stands as a testament to the power of perseverance, determination, and unwavering belief in oneself. From his humble beginnings in Omaha to the summit of the boxing world, Crawford’s journey is a source of inspiration for aspiring athletes everywhere—a reminder that with dedication and hard work, anything is possible.

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