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    Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

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    By Frank Lotierzo

    TERENCE CRAWFORD vs. FELIX DIAZ -- This weekend’s title bout between defending WBC/WBO and lineal junior-welterweight title holder Terence Crawford 30-0 (21) and the WBC’s third ranked contender Felix Diaz 19-1 (9) at Madison Square Garden, will not be automatic for Crawford but he is an overwhelming favorite to prevail. Terence is a complete fighter and based on his resume, physicality and versatility in the ring, he belongs among the top-3 pound-for-pound fighters in boxing and one of a select few who is legitimately undefeated - which cannot be said about light heavyweight champ Andre Ward and middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin. Yes, Ward and Golovkin still boast a pristine undefeated record, but many observers thought Sergey Kovalev beat Ward in his last bout and equally as many felt Daniel Jacobs shaded Golovkin in Gennady’s last fight.

    "I will share a ring with one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and I tip my hat to Crawford for accepting me as an opponent on May 20 because I am no pushover. I’m coming to bring my A-game and I couldn’t be more grateful to be able to showcase my skills on HBO and at Madison Square Garden, which is just 15 minutes from where I live. I will take full advantage of this opportunity.*I respect Crawford and believe he is a great fighter, but every king can be dethroned" said Diaz when the fight was officially announced.

    Diaz, 33, won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is getting his first title shot against Crawford. The only setback on his record was a disputed 12-round majority decision loss against two-division title holder Lamont Peterson back in 2015. The bout was contested at welterweight, seven pounds above the weight at which he will fight Crawford. Since losing to Peterson, Diaz has fought twice, winning by decision over previously undefeated Sammy Vasquez and stopping Levi Morales in the sixth round, both in 2016. Fighting a strong and tough welterweight in Peterson to a virtual standstill is a point in his favor. It’s enough to convince me that if Diaz loses to Crawford, it will be more due to his deficiency in boxing skill and versatility than it will be a matter of him being completely out-manned.

    The problem Diaz is his short and stocky frame. For him to score or get anything going offensively, he’ll have to get inside. Normally, Diaz attempts to force the action, something that won’t be easy for him to do against Crawford who is so good at fighting on the move from different angles. To make things worse for Diaz, Crawford has the strength and punch to stand his ground and better him trading one-for-one....and in most exchanges, Crawford will most likely be dealing more than one punch at a time. Stylistically its plausible Crawford can win by trying to potshot his way to a win, but he’s also capable of backing Diaz up, thus forcing Felix to defend more than having a chance to score.

    Diaz is a tricky guy but only a decent puncher. It’s impossible to envision him getting in on Crawford to mount any kind of a charge without paying a high price, and even if he were able to, trying to crowd Crawford to the point where he isn’t beaten to the punch inside and up the middle will be difficult. And if Diaz is forced to hook inside which is his only real choice, he’ll be vulnerable to Crawford’s under and over hooks and uppercuts.......and that’s what makes his task so monumental. For Diaz to win, he needs Crawford to show up disinterested. If Crawford isn’t properly motivated, Diaz may be able to bank a couple of rounds and perhaps steal the fight, but I wouldn’t count on that.

    What makes Crawford such a handful is that he does everything exceptionally well. He’s not the fastest fighter around, but he’s very fast with his hands and gets off real good when he cuts loose. He’s also very accurate with his punch placement. He hits you clean when he makes contact, and they’re the punches that can hurt an opponent and get him out. He also has an inside-outside game and makes his opponents pay while they are trying to get in on him, and also makes them pay if they get inside. Another problem he presents for Diaz is that he is one of a select few fighters who is just as comfortable bringing the fight as the aggressor or moving away to create space to utilize his reach. Diaz, being short, really does have an uphill climb.

    However, Diaz is a little unorthodox and that in itself is a weapon. He is also tough and stronger than he looks and I expect him to be more competitive with Crawford than were Crawford’s last few opponents. If somehow Diaz can get Crawford to punch down and miss, Terence will be vulnerable to counters. Then again, if that happens, look for Crawford to create a little more space and use his uppercut in order to get Diaz more upright. And that’s what makes Crawford an elite fighter; he will most likely have an answer for whatever Diaz attempts to do.

    Sure, Diaz might go the distance and have a moment or two, but he’s just not good enough to win unless Crawford literally gives the fight away or by some fluke is injured during the encounter. As of this time it’s impossible to envision any junior welterweight beating Crawford, and I wouldn’t be surprised if later this year or early next year, we’ll be saying that about him as a welterweight.*The real challenges for Crawford are probably awaiting him seven pounds north, and it just might be there that we truly see the best of him. But he simply has too many weapons at his disposal to lose at 140.

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    Last edited by AcidArne; 05-16-2017 at 09:38 AM.

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    Re: Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

    I'm smelling crow that I will eat or calling the upset of the year. Diaz is going win. Holla!

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    Re: Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

    Quote Originally Posted by Radam G View Post
    I'm smelling crow that I will eat or calling the upset of the year. Diaz is going win. Holla!
    Have you lost your mind brother lol? Diaz fought a competitive fight with Lamont Peterson but lost via decision in a fight that could have gone either way. However, Crawford is on another level in comparison to Peterson, thus I see Bud winning by unanimous decision or late round stoppage. The fight will be competitive early on, but Bud will figure Diaz out stylistically and dominate the mid to late rounds.

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    Re: Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

    Frank is a top boxing writer and I love his stuff. Generally, I am in complete agreement. But in this case, I respectfully disagree with some assessment's of Diaz.

    Diaz is a very live underdog on Saturday. Yes he is short as Frank points out but in watching tapes of Diaz fight, he has the ability to overcome the height disadvantage. How? His timing is just so precise. He often out jabs much taller fighters with a precisely timed jab. He gets into the correct range to throw and often finds a home for his sharp overhand left to land accurately. The guy can flat of fight and has skills.

    On the power note. Take a look closely at some recent Diaz bout. Late in those fights, he came on strong often times hurting and dropping his opponents. Not a one punch guy but a heavy handed guy. His punches take a cumulative effect.

    One other note...take a look at Crawford's opponents and notate how many southpaws he fought. I don't see any high level southpaws though certainly he probably faced soem in his amateur days. My point being it has been a long time since Crawford has seen a southpaw and a skilled one to boot.

    Also, one last side note. Top Rank wanted Amir Iman as the opponent this Saturday. HBO did not approve. Only when faced with losing the date did Top Rank grudgingly sign off on Diaz. They know the risk.

    I see a close fight and a debatable decision on the horizon. Crawford will probably be busier but I suspect the cleaner punchers in less volume will be landed by Diaz. Can Diaz get a decision not being the name fighter? We will see, I thought he beat Peterson and did not think the judges gave him the just credit in the backyard of Peterson for the work he did in that fight.

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    Re: Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

    Quote Originally Posted by Shoulder Roll Defense View Post
    Have you lost your mind brother lol? Diaz fought a competitive fight with Lamont Peterson but lost via decision in a fight that could have gone either way. However, Crawford is on another level in comparison to Peterson, thus I see Bud winning by unanimous decision or late round stoppage. The fight will be competitive early on, but Bud will figure Diaz out stylistically and dominate the mid to late rounds.
    Nope! I haven't lost my mind. Diaz is just gonna kick T-Craw's behind. Dude has had too many distractions in the Wild Kingdom of Omaha. He is in the "City that never sleeps" now. And the judges aren't going to give him any breaks.

    In this scrap, Diaz is the hometown boy. And Lou D'Bella is a strong influence on the judges. He will let Diaz out of the cage for real. And the judge will see it and favor the domicile Empire State pug. T-Craw will be lucky to get a draw. Holla!

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    Re: Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

    Quote Originally Posted by Radam G View Post
    Nope! I haven't lost my mind. Diaz is just gonna kick T-Craw's behind. Dude has had too many distractions in the Wild Kingdom of Omaha. He is in the "City that never sleeps" now. And the judges aren't going to give him any breaks.

    In this scrap, Diaz is the hometown boy. And Lou D'Bella is a strong influence on the judges. He will let Diaz out of the cage for real. And the judge will see it and favor the domicile Empire State pug. T-Craw will be lucky to get a draw. Holla!
    You are still my dog, but eat your crow and enjoy my friend. Did I not hit the nail on the head last night with my prediction? Pound for pound, skill for skill, Crawford is top three in my opinion. Once Bob sacrifices Manny in a changing of the guard fight, he will be number one. He just needs the opportunities and fights to prove that he is a true great. Holla!

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    Re: Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

    Quote Originally Posted by Shoulder Roll Defense View Post
    You are still my dog, but eat your crow and enjoy my friend. Did I not hit the nail on the head last night with my prediction? Pound for pound, skill for skill, Crawford is top three in my opinion. Once Bob sacrifices Manny in a changing of the guard fight, he will be number one. He just needs the opportunities and fights to prove that he is a true great. Holla!
    TC is so good it is ridiculous, he is truly the example of mastering your craft.

    The only competition for him is Loma, M Garcia and a move up to 147 where he might actually be better if he hydrates better and can carry his power up although being hit by bigger guys may take a minor adjustment.

    at 147 Brook may be too much though I see him beating everyone else including Thurman.

    TC has hit that elite category (Floyd, prime Pac, Bhop,) where it just looks like he is a level above and everyone he fights is just trying to catch up.

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    Re: Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

    Quote Originally Posted by Shoulder Roll Defense View Post
    You are still my dog, but eat your crow and enjoy my friend. Did I not hit the nail on the head last night with my prediction? Pound for pound, skill for skill, Crawford is top three in my opinion. Once Bob sacrifices Manny in a changing of the guard fight, he will be number one. He just needs the opportunities and fights to prove that he is a true great. Holla!
    Yup! You hit the nail on the head. Bud is aight. Holla!

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    Re: Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

    Manny had best stay away from this guy. Bud has a real mean streak in there and a take-no-prisoner approach. Manny would be slaughtered IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kid Blast View Post
    Manny had best stay away from this guy. Bud has a real mean streak in there and a take-no-prisoner approach. Manny would be slaughtered IMHO.
    YUP! The king of the Wild Kingdom of Omaha -- T-Craw -- can fight Mikey Garcia. And Da Manny will referee the scrap. Holla!

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