WHAT IF: Terence Crawford Fought Adrien Broner?

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A fictional fight, which could get made in the fantasy universe, or maybe, just maybe, if the political walls come down and Al's guys get in with Bob's guys, is an Adrien Broner versus Terence Crawford clash.

Twitter didn't exactly break from all the Bud-love on Saturday night, but I was seeing the word “special” attached to the Nebraskan, and I heard the estimable Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman hurl superlatives at him and analysts like Frank Lotierzo and Lee Wylie are similarly gush-y.

I reached out to AB's coach, Mike Stafford, and asked him what he thought of Bud's outing versus former journeyman type Ray Beltran (5-3-1 in last nine outings), who graduated to contender status when he performed smartly against Ricky Burns in September 2013. Whaddya think of the Crawford decision win, Mike?

“Good boxing,” the Cinci-based tutor, who told me that his bratty and flashy hitter will fight in February or early March.

And what about if Crawford and Broner were to get it on?

“Be a good fight,” he stated. “But Adrien hits way harder than any lightweight, and he cuts off the ring better than these guys, so there you go.”

And, of course, the discussion is probably moot, because of the moats of capitalism and politicks, right? “Who knows, this is boxing, anything can happen?” he said, sagely.

I saw one or two Tweeters who aren't ALL in on the Crawford bandwagon, who noted that his last win, against Yuriorkis Gamboa, came against someone perhaps better suited for a lighter weight class…and that Beltran is solid and durable, but not an 'A' grade guy. Stafford is of the same mind on Gamboa. “Yes, he's real small,” he said. “And Beltran has a sparring partner mentality.” Oh, but wasn't Ricky Burns a step up in competition, and a telling showing? “A little, not much,” he said.

So, there is still room on the Crawford bandwagon for one more passenger…Mike Stafford doesn't want to join. Talk to me, readers..TC vs. AB, who would win, and how?

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-brownsugar :

Good fun fight... But Crawford is all business...a family man who has no tolerance for the foolish. Crawford is too smart...too professional...and has much better movement. Broner is no joke but he's abandoned fundamentals for flash....substance has been discarded in favor of shock value. He seems to believe he's the total package and I believe he has lost his passion for obtaining perfection and he hungers for attention rather than striving for improvement. Unless Broner goes back to the basics he has no chance.


-Radam G :

Good fun fight... But Crawford is all business...a family man who has no tolerance for the foolish. Crawford is too smart...too professional...and has much better movement. Broner is no joke but he's abandoned fundamentals for flash....substance has been discarded in favor of shock value. He seems to believe he's the total package and I believe he has lost his passion for obtaining perfection and he hungers for attention rather than striving for improvement. Unless Broner goes back to the basics he has no chance.
That is the way I see it too. Broner will be a goner.Holla!


-dino da vinci :

Great match-up and most likely a great fight. I lean towards the Nebraskan.


-The Commish :

Great match-up and most likely a great fight. I lean towards the Nebraskan.
Very interesting fight. However, when I first saw the thread, which reads "WHAT IF: Terence Crawford Fought Adrien Broner?" Before I read Woodsy's piece, I thought about both guys, but mostly about Crawford. All kudos to him for his dismantling of Yuri Gamboa and his masterpiece (in most rounds) against Ray Beltran. My thoughts about Crawford were, "Yeh, he is a fighter with skill, but just how much skill does he possess." Going into their fight, I thought Gamboa was making too big of a leap. He is too small to be a lightweight. I was right. He was so small that he made Crawford look huge. So, while Crawford looked terrific in beating Gamboa, you could see that one coming. The hometown crowd filled the arena and Top Rank/HBO had itself a new star. Then came this past weekend's title defense against Ray Beltran, who was billed as being tough, rugged, well-conditioned and determined. He was all of those things. But he was never a real threat. He does not possess the speed to deal with Crawford's speed, nor the kind of fight-ending power where one shot would make a difference. Of course, listening to Jim Lampley (who is about to be selected as an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame) and Max Kellerman, you would have thought you were looking at the reincarnation of Benny Leonard in a black body, boxing from a southpaw stance. "Look at that movement!" shouted Lampley. "And look at the pinpoint accuracy of those jabs, like threading a needle." It became too much, and I was forced to lower the sound. I think--and this is coming from someone who has no use for Broner whatsoever--that "The Problem" would be exactly that for Crawford. Lightning quick reflexes and a jab at least as fast and far more lethal. Do you think Broner really got up for Emanuel Taylor? I was told he merely was going through the motions in training for that fight. I think for Crawford, we'd see the best Broner we have yet seen, better than the one who wrecked Antonio DeMarco. This would not be a straight ahead, sloth-footed Ray Beltran TC will have in front of him. It will be one of the most skilled and quickest boxers the sport has seen in a long time. Of course, this is strictly a Dream Match, fought only right here on TSS. Marsa Bob & tsAH wiill never put this one together (though they should). As for Broner, I don't expect he will ever reach his full potential. He is an accident/tragedy/shooting/stabbing/feloney/disaster waiting to happen. Al Haymon would put Broner in with Crawford in a heart beat. Arum would not do the same in reverse. He has a real good thing going with the unbeaten lightweight champion and possible future jr. welterweight champion. A fight against Adrien Broner does nothing for either Arum or Crawford. Arum has to know this. Crawford v Broner? The only place that will happen is here on our TSS posts. -Randy G.


-Carmine Cas :

I'd pick Crawford, it would not be an easy fight but I see Crawford being too multi-dimensional for Broner.


-SouthPawFlo :

Broner Beats Crawford, I don't think Crawford at 140 has the punching power to hurt him. And Broner's Speed and Combination Punching would be tough to deal with... But if Broner doesn't take his Training Camp Seriously, and doesn't come in focus Bud will outbox him....


-Radam G :

Broner Beats Crawford, I don't think Crawford at 140 has the punching power to hurt him. And Broner's Speed and Combination Punching would be tough to deal with... But if Broner doesn't take his Training Camp Seriously, and doesn't come in focus Bud will outbox him....
Wow! Interesting! Holla!


-Pazuzu :

It would be fun matchup. We won't know how much power Crawford has at Jr Welterweight until he has a few fights under his belt. But he was a big Lightweight, usually coming into the ring at 152 or 153 after re-hydrating. I suspect his power would still be there. Anyway, I'll take Crawford's skills over Broner's hand speed. If Broner is still standing still upright in the pocket, Bud would light him up.


-Radam G :

It would be fun matchup. We won't know how much power Crawford has at Jr Welterweight until he has a few fights under his belt. But he was a big Lightweight, usually coming into the ring at 152 or 153 after re-hydrating. I suspect his power would still be there. Anyway, I'll take Crawford's skills over Broner's hand speed. If Broner is still standing still upright in the pocket, Bud would light him up.
A matter of opinion. He was a fat-arse coming into that fight. It is not healthy or beneficial for a pug to gain over 15 to 20 pounds in under 24 hours. Besides fighting is done best when one is slightly hungry or hungry PERIOD! Don't forget our ancestors were hunters and gatherers. And hunger made them do it, and doing it well. It is safer to lose that much weight in 24 hours than to gain that much. A hungry pug is always more alert and more monster dangerous than a well-fed one. In other words, a bit of hunger give you a lot of killer instinct.
->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIVSYRUkRH4. Holla!


-ericfarrell85 :

Great fight if only because Broner can likely hurt Crawford, where the reverse carries a less favorable probability. Crawford can also be pushed to slug, we saw this against Beltran. Broner is fast enough to land shots, where Beltran wouldn't or couldn't. I still favor Crawford merely because he passes the eye-test for intelligent ring-discipline, where Broner is too much of a basket case for anyone to know which version will come to fight.


-The Commish :

Great fight if only because Broner can likely hurt Crawford, where the reverse carries a less favorable probability. Crawford can also be pushed to slug, we saw this against Beltran. Broner is fast enough to land shots, where Beltran wouldn't or couldn't. I still favor Crawford merely because he passes the eye-test for intelligent ring-discipline, where Broner is too much of a basket case for anyone to know which version will come to fight.
I agree that Broner is a "basket case." I think we all agree that he may go into this fight and not give 100%. However, in the type of "What if" questions, we have to figure that both guys will be at their best on fight night. We can't be thinking, "Well, Crawford is gonna' step into the ring at 100%, but Broner is only gonna' be at 80% of his best. 100% Crawford v 100% Broner. In that case, Crawford's hand speed and outstanding movement will provide for an interesting fight, but it will be neutralized by the hand speed, combinations and upper body movement of Broner. It'll be a lot like when Malignaggi fought Broner. Broner WUD 12. Geez, I hate picking Broner to win! -Randy G.