Terence "Bud" Crawford continued to prove why many to believe him to be the best American boxer in the game today this weekend.
Lithuania's Kavaliauskas was the mandatory challenger for Crawford's welterweight title, even though the contender nicknamed "Mean Machine" didn't win his previous fight.
Egidijus "Mean Machine" Kavaliauskas WBO Welterweight Championship fight headlines a Tripleheader with Richard Commey vs. Teofimo Lopez, and Mick Conlan vs. Vladimir Nikitin as chief support for a special post-2019 Heisman Trophy ceremony event LIVE from Madison Square Garden on ESPN and ESPN+ on December 14.
"I wanted to knockout the crowd", Crawford said. "When I started letting my hands go, I started landing more fatal shots".
In a tougher than expected tussle, heavy Crawford finished the heavy underdog challenger off with a right hook to the left ear 44 seconds into the ninth.
"I thought I had to entertain you all for a little bit", Crawford said. He's a strong fighter, durable.
Terence Crawford remains undefeated after a strong finish against mandatory challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas in NY. He landed a big right uppercut that hurt Kavaliauskas and forced him to hold as the crowd chanted "Crawford!" Crawford was able to punish Kavaliauskas at the start of the ninth round and dropped him one more time.
Crawford said afterward he wasn't hurt by that shot and it wasn't long before he was the one doing more damage. However, referee Ricky Gonzalez ruled it a slip.
Crawford took a hard shot early in the seventh, but then started to answer and finally caught Kavaliauskas with a bow right next to the ear that sent him to the canvas. He got up, but Crawford then threw a right hook that brought the two-time Olympian back on the screen and the fight was immediately dismissed. But this fight definitely seemed more hard than the first three after it had arrived in welterweight and won all four main belts at 140.
He's still searching for better opposition in the deep 147-pound division and promoter Bob Arum indicated Crawford may look next to veteran Shawn Porter, who is coming off a competitive loss to Errol Spence Jr.in a unification bout in September.
It is likely that the showdown could happen towards the end of next year pending Spence's rehabilitation following a auto accident and pending their respective TV networks and promoters being able to work out a deal. Then Porter could be the next choice. Crawford was ahead on all three scorecards when their fight was stopped (79-72, 79-72, 78-73).
"I'll fight anybody. I've been saying that for I don't know how long", Crawford said.
Regardless Crawford was in a load of trouble after absorbing an overhand right on the chin. He ended the fight with a shot of blows in the corner and may move on to the next £ 135 unification fight with two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasiliy Lomachenko.
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