Terence Crawford Counts Down To Fight Night

Nov. 24, 2014, Omaha, Nebraska — WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford “the Pride of Omaha” works out during media day in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday for his upcoming world title defense against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran of Mexico.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, Crawford vs. Beltran will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha,NE. It will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

— Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank

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-brownsugar :

Beltran is solid as a block of granite but he's as basic as a box of Bisquick PanCake Mix ( just add water). Crawford could get a late round TKO if he stays focused and uses his far better and more varied skills.


-The Commish :

Beltran is not the biggest puncher in the world, but he is a rough, tough hombre. While rawford has a fast pair of hands and feet, Beltran has seen it before--he has served as a longtime sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao. However, he doesn't have the "sparring partner" mentality, where the fighter holds back after drilling his opponent with a stiff shot (if you knock the boss out, you become an ex-well-paid sparring partner!). Beltran knows his job against Pacquiao and gives him some rugged work, which is how Pacquiao likes it. But he also knows just when to pull back. In actual competition, Beltran does not hold back. He makes up for his lack of a big bomb with a heavy work rate, a stiff jab and some nifty counter-punching. He is on an unbeaten run of five fights, stretching back to a majority decision in 10 over then over once-beaten Hank Lundy. Beltran's last stoppage came against 40'ish loser Darien Ford, who fell in the second round and promptly retired. It was his seventh straight loss. Beltran will not stop Crawford. His only hope is to outwork work him with constant, effective pressure and clean counter-shots. However, Crawford's hand speed, timing, accuracy and footwork make him a difficult target to hit with counter-shots. Beltran's only hope will be to pour on pressure and hope to slow Crawford with body shots. I see this going the distance in a fast-paced fight, with Crawford retaining his title by unanimous decision. -Randy G.


-brownsugar :

Beltran is not the biggest puncher in the world, but he is a rough, tough hombre. While rawford has a fast pair of hands and feet, Beltran has seen it before--he has served as a longtime sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao. However, he doesn't have the "sparring partner" mentality, where the fighter holds back after drilling his opponent with a stiff shot (if you knock the boss out, you become an ex-well-paid sparring partner!). Beltran knows his job against Pacquiao and gives him some rugged work, which is how Pacquiao likes it. But he also knows just when to pull back. In actual competition, Beltran does not hold back. He makes up for his lack of a big bomb with a heavy work rate, a stiff jab and some nifty counter-punching. He is on an unbeaten run of five fights, stretching back to a majority decision in 10 over then over once-beaten Hank Lundy. Beltran's last stoppage came against 40'ish loser Darien Ford, who fell in the second round and promptly retired. It was his seventh straight loss. Beltran will not stop Crawford. His only hope is to outwork work him with constant, effective pressure and clean counter-shots. However, Crawford's hand speed, timing, accuracy and footwork make him a difficult target to hit with counter-shots. Beltran's only hope will be to pour on pressure and hope to slow Crawford with body shots. I see this going the distance in a fast-paced fight, with Crawford retaining his title by unanimous decision. -Randy G.
You right about Beltran Commish ... He's teak tough alright...... His only downfall is his lead feet. I think if he stands in front of Crawford the way he stood in front of Hank Lundy and most of his opponents.... Beltran gets busted up, dissected and taken apart piece by piece. Save me some crow if I'm wrong.


-stormcentre :

Apparently, a few months ago, Spadafora (whilst sparring) beat the bejesus out of Beltran and another top lightweight, whose name escapes me now. I didn't see it, but I heard about it from a reliable ringside source. Even aside from this, I'd still like to see Paul, or the Pittsburg Kid, get a shot at the/one of the lightweight titles out there. Crawford doesn't get his hands back to cover his chin as much/fast as I would like if I were training him. So, I won't be surprised to see Beltran catch or drop him. But, not sure he will beat Crawford if Gamboa didn't - as I doubt Beltran would beat Yuriorkis.


-Radam G :

TC is going to be in a storm -- a punching hail storm. But I can see him making it through the night, and winning the fight. Dude gets hit a lot to be in such a top slot. Holla!