BUD SMOKES BELTRAN Crawford Too Slick For Challenger, Gets UD12 Win

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Terence Crawford didn't have as many moments that left his hometown legion of rooters buzzing as maybe they would've expected coming into the main event from the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday evening. But that probably had quite a bit to do with the quite respectable grasp of the basics in foe Ray Beltran. Crawford's jab bothered Beltran and though he fought in retreat for much of the night, the native got mad love from the judges. After 12 rounds of smart pugilism, Crawford had his hand raised, by scores of 119-109, 119-109, 120-108.

He said after he will go to 140 next. He didn't offer any ideas on what he'd like to do next.

Crawford went 243-639 to 96-366 for the loser.

WBO lightweight champ Crawford (24-0 entering; from Omaha; age 27) was 135 (153 today) on Friday, while Beltran (age 33; born in Mexico, lives in AZ; 29-6-1 entering) was 134.8 (147 tonight).

In the first, Crawford started slow. Ray edged forward, slipped shots, but Crawford wasn't dialed in yet. He got cooking a bit more in the last third. Trainer Pepe Reilly told Beltran he liked his work. Crawford went 10-44 to 7-31 for Beltran.

In the second, Crawford went lefty. The jab kept Beltran at bay, and TC showed the faster hands.

In the third, TC's hand speed proved problematic. But Beltran isn't one to be easily put off. He edged forward, and his feel kept him from absorbing that many clean blows. Beltran landed a right, while TC backed up, and then ate a Crawford return.

In the fourth, TC was back righty to start. Beltran then faced a lefty, and TC again ate a right lead. The long right jab was a points scorer for TC. He had a 71 to 27 edge in ounces landed to this point.

In the fifth, Beltran edged closer. He knew he needed to step it up. A hook, then another, landed for Beltran. He was more aggressive and had a better round.

In the sixth, the jab was marking up Beltran. He came forward, but wasn't busy enough. He tried to corral TC on the ropes but the Nebraskan slithered away. Crawford was the ace boxer in that round, and showed a vast difference in skill.

In the seventh, Beltran landed straight rights, and the crowd got jazzed. But his left eye was getting more swollen. In the eighth, TC moved to his right and Beltran wasn't able to make him pay with left hooks.

In the ninth, Beltran landed a sharp right and later an overhand left, from a lefty stance. Beltran had Crawford clinching some here. In round ten, Beltran stalked, but was a step too slow, mostly. Crawford pressed on the gas in the waning moments. In the 11th, we saw TC step it up late, and he battered the Arizonan late. In the 12th, Crawford jabbed to the body, and then landed right hooks, and then jabs up top. He wanted a late KO, and he pressed with the O. He didn't get it, and we went to the cards..

Photo Credit: Chris Farina

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-The Commish :

[br] title="BUD SMOKES BELTRAN Crawford Too Slick For Challenger, Gets UD12 Win"[/br] Terence Crawford didn't have as many moments that left his hometown legion of rooters buzzing as maybe they would've expected coming into the main event from the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday evening. But that probably had quite a bit to do with the quite respectable grasp of the basics in foe Ray Beltran. Crawford's jab bothered Beltran and though he fought in retreat for much of the night, the native got mad love from the judges. After 12 rounds of smart pugilism, Crawford had his hand raised, by scores of 119-109, 119-109, 120-108. He said after he will go to 140 next. He didn't offer any ideas on what he'd like to do next. Crawford went 243-639 to 96-366 for the loser. WBO lightweight champ Crawford (24-0 entering; from Omaha; age 27) was 135 (153 today) on Friday, while Beltran (age 33; born in Mexico, lives in AZ; 29-6-1 entering) was 134.8 (147 tonight). In the first, Crawford started slow. Ray edged forward, slipped shots, but Crawford wasn't dialed in yet. He got cooking a bit more in the last third. Trainer Pepe Reilly told Beltran he liked his work. Crawford went 10-44 to 7-31 for Beltran. In the second, Crawford went lefty. The jab kept Beltran at bay, and TC showed the faster hands. In the third, TC's hand speed proved problematic. But Beltran isn't one to be easily put off. He edged forward, and his feel kept him from absorbing that many clean blows. Beltran landed a right, while TC backed up, and then ate a Crawford return. In the fourth, TC was back righty to start. Beltran then faced a lefty, and TC again ate a right lead. The long right jab was a points scorer for TC. He had a 71 to 27 edge in ounces landed to this point. In the fifth, Beltran edged closer. He knew he needed to step it up. A hook, then another, landed for Beltran. He was more aggressive and had a better round. In the sixth, the jab was marking up Beltran. He came forward, but wasn't busy enough. He tried to corral TC on the ropes but the Nebraskan slithered away. Crawford was the ace boxer in that round, and showed a vast difference in skill. In the seventh, Beltran landed straight rights, and the crowd got jazzed. But his left eye was getting more swollen. In the eighth, TC moved to his right and Beltran wasn't able to make him pay with left hooks. In the ninth, Beltran landed a sharp right and later an overhand left, from a lefty stance. Beltran had Crawford clinching some here. In round ten, Beltran stalked, but was a step too slow, mostly. Crawford pressed on the gas in the waning moments. In the 11th, we saw TC step it up late, and he battered the Arizonan late. In the 12th, Crawford jabbed to the body, and then landed right hooks, and then jabs up top. He wanted a late KO, and he pressed with the O. He didn't get it, and we went to the cards.. Photo Credit: Chris Farina
Nice display of boxing from Crawford. But doesn't anybody like the Lightweight Title any more? Guys win it then leave it (Adrien Broner is one major example). Beltran fought a tough battle against a talented, well-trained fighter. I would give him a good shot to capture lightweight honors once Crawford heads North in weight. With so many 140 lb'ers looking to head to welterweight, Crawford has to be considered the best shot at capturing at least one of the jr. welterweight belts. With Pacquiao talking of a move down in weight, how about Pacman v Crawford? Hmm. -Randy G.


-Radam G :

Nice display of boxing from Crawford. But doesn't anybody like the Lightweight Title any more? Guys win it then leave it (Adrien Broner is one major example). Beltran fought a tough battle against a talented, well-trained fighter. I would give him a good shot to capture lightweight honors once Crawford heads North in weight. With so many 140 lb'ers looking to head to welterweight, Crawford has to be considered the best shot at capturing at least one of the jr. welterweight belts. With Pacquiao talking of a move down in weight, how about Pacman v Crawford? Hmm. -Randy G.
Wow! I made the mistake of listening to a scrap with the sound on. These talking head are so full of bullsyet. They are light years away from the days of "Tell it like it is" (Uncle) Howard Cosell. Listening to their bulljive, I thought that I had died and went straight pugilistic hell. T-Craw looked aight. Not outta sight. He is a ?ocksure pug ready to be exposed. Oh! He's good! Make no mistake about it. But I'm not impressed a bit. T-Craw dancing with Da Manny? Don't do it. I'll say let's see T-Craw with Mikey or Broner. Holla!


-Radam G :

I've been called a hater umpteen times for not getting on the bandwagon with everybodee and dey momma and their co-dependent sidekicks. But able about 18 months and a couple of scraps of the next super, super hype, he proves me to be right 98.5368799 percent if the time. I see a lot of greatness in T-Craw, but a lot of serious flaws. And people around him acting as if the flaws don't exist. The first and the main flaw in T-Craw is his diet. The second is his affiliation with poIson personalities of the wrong types of homies. And the third, he is living a big lie trying to get in, and make his style of family fit it. T-Craw knows what's up. It is not my j-o-b to be calling him out. And about his hypocrisy, getting on my shoutee SHOUT! But dude is on his way to becoming a millenium Donald Curry. Maybe even a problematic late, great Johnny Tapia. It be must be something bad in the atmosphere and water for Wild, Wild West pugs. T-Craw ought to be "leaving on a jet plane" outta Nebraska A-S-A-P!
->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzVdEyHicz8. Holla!


-thegreyman :

Those are some decent match-ups Radam- Crawford would do well against Broner, though maybe not so well against Garcia, though the latter would certainly be an interesting fight. Bring it on!


-Pazuzu :

Nice display of boxing from Crawford. But doesn't anybody like the Lightweight Title any more? Guys win it then leave it
There's money to be made at 140 lbs, especially if Pac is back in the mix. I thought Crawford looked good last night, but he didn't knock my socks off. I'd like to see him take a few fights at 140 before going after Pacquaio. Some guys get up to Jr. Welterweight and find their punch doesn't have the same mustard it did at 135 or 130 lbs. There are all kinds of good fights for Crawford to make as he gets himself sorted out at 140 lbs. Peterson, Matthysse or Provodnikov could all be great scraps.


-amayseng :

Crawford has some serious skills, the most important thus far is the way he commands the ring and the action. He does just enough clearly to win rounds without putting himself in harms way. However, I am with Radam, I see some serious flaws as well, against someone with great footwork and agility and decent punching power he will have a lot of trouble. Thus far I enjoy watching him box.


-brownsugar :

Those are some decent match-ups Radam- Crawford would do well against Broner, though maybe not so well against Garcia, though the latter would certainly be an interesting fight. Bring it on!
It would be a fun fight..TheGrey..... Crawford has too much poise and discipline... But Broner has a punchers chance .


-brownsugar :

A very enjoyable fight...Crawford just touches his opponents... and then he touches them more. When they get tired of getting touched and try to escalate Crawford opens up too. He dominates when they go into a shell....and he dominates after his prodding instigates his opponents to let their hands go. And he does all this while effortlessly moving backward forward or circling. It'll be harder to dominate the junior welters, but as he acclimates to the higher weight I think we'll see Crawford ascend to a new plateau of abilities. He has obviously been applying a lot of polish since his dramatic win over Gamboa. I think Crawford will continue to bloom if guided correctly during the first year of his move up.


-MCM :

Radam piques my interest. I don't know one way or another, and I've heard Radam (I don't know whether 2nd or 3rd person is more app) cast similar light on other fighters, not necessarily falsely. I'll tell you this much: I'm not impressed with Crawford's corner. I love loyalty but if a man outgrows his corner --well, any good teacher wants his student to move on --and he can still show loyalty. As for the question of the diet, I don't know, Crawford strikes me as the good son in a tough and tumble family, in a bad neighborhood. Neighborhoods haunt men. Especially where men hunt their neighbors. But although I agree Crawford needs to train outside of Omaha, I think he should still come to Omaha to fight. I know the crowd wasn't goosebumps last night, but give Omaha another chance. They sure hit it out of the park on June 28.


-Radam G :

Radam piques my interest. I don't know one way or another, and I've heard Radam (I don't know whether 2nd or 3rd person is more app) cast similar light on other fighters, not necessarily falsely. I'll tell you this much: I'm not impressed with Crawford's corner. I love loyalty but if a man outgrows his corner --well, any good teacher wants his student to move on --and he can still show loyalty. As for the question of the diet, I don't know, Crawford strikes me as the good son in a tough and tumble family, in a bad neighborhood. Neighborhoods haunt men. Especially where men hunt their neighbors. But although I agree Crawford needs to train outside of Omaha, I think he should still come to Omaha to fight. I know the crowd wasn't goosebumps last night, but give Omaha another chance. They sure hit it out of the park on June 28.
YUP! You nailed it. He can come home to fight. But he doesn't have to live in dangerous conditions. He has RISEN! The sorry, ratchet hoodlums of his hood are jealous of him making it BIG. And he cannot pick and choose who will or won't commit crimes on him. It is like the rain. If you are out in it, you will get wet. Dude has been shot once. How many more times are it going to take? Holla!