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Crawford vs Diaz Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction – 5/20/17

Crawford vs Diaz

Crawford  vs Diaz Live Stream Terence Crawford and Felix Diaz fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden for the WBC World super lightweight title.

Terence Crawford enters this fight with a 30-0 record that includes 21 knockouts. This will be Crawford’s fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a December win over John Molina Jr. Crawford will be defending a belt for the seventh time in his career and continues to prove he’s arguably the best pound for pound boxer in the United States. Crawford is a balanced boxer who can outbox his opponent with high IQ and patience or use his punching power to end a fight. Crawford has won five of his last seven fights by knockout and that includes being the only boxer to knock out Dierry Jean. a victory here may give boxing fans that Crawford and Manny Pacquiao bout everybody has been waiting to see. This will be Crawford’s second fight in New York.

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Felix Diaz enters this fight with a 19-1 record that includes nine knockouts. Diaz has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Levis Morales. Diaz gets the biggest fight of his career and deserves it after his recent performance and victory over Sammy Vasquez. Diaz is a 5’5” southpaw from the Dominican Republic with a 67 inch reach and enters the ring with great confidence and is known to showboat from time to time. Diaz doesn’t pack of ton of punching power, but he’s usually the aggressor in the ring and is going to try and outwork his opponent with heavy combinations. Diaz has a brawler feel to his style where he can be a bit wild at times. Diaz also has a strong chin with his only loss coming by majority decision against Lamont Peterson. This will be Diaz’s first fight in New York.

The odds for this fight are inflated simply because of the name of Crawford  vs Diaz Live is a respectable opponent who went from being a gold medalist to beating some quality pro boxers without any major hiccups. Diaz has the athleticism and the constant workrate to give Crawford a run for his money and possibly, possibly pull off the upset. If you’re betting this fight, Diaz is worth a serious look to put a few dollars on. However, if we’re picking the fight and saying who should win, Crawford should remain undefeated. Crawford is the smarter boxer and will be able to take advantage of Diaz’s wildness. Crawford also has a major advantage in punching power, and Diaz hasn’t faced anyone as balanced or powerful as him if we’re being honest.

I like Crawford, but these odds don’t indicate it will be closer than some think.
Come May 20, I will be ready for whatever Félix Díaz brings to the ring that night,” said Crawford.  “It’s going to be a great experience fighting at Madison Square Garden in the big arena where all the greats have fought.  I’m looking forward to that night.” “We’ve got our work cut out for us fighting against another Olympic gold medalist,” said Brian McIntyre, Crawford’s trainer and co-manager.  “It’s an honor to fight in the arena at Madison Square Garden.  It’s a step up going from The Theater into the big room.” “First, I would like to thank the man upstairs for making my dream come true.  I would also like to thank Lou DiBella, Al Haymon, HBO and my manager Jose Nuñez for working around the clock to get me to this point,” said Díaz.  “The time has finally come. 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.” “Félix Díaz is an Olympic gold medalist, a seasoned professional and the best fighter Terence Crawford has ever fought.  We have been chasing this fight for a year because Felix and our team believe we can win.

The fans will win when they see a terrific, competitive fight on May 20th,” said Lou DiBella, the promoter of Díaz. “On May 20, unified champ Terence Crawford faces gold medalist Félix Díaz in a fight to light up Madison Square Garden,” said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports.  “Holding two belts and a place on any top pound for pound list, Terence Crawford looks to have his 2017 debut make a big statement in the Big Apple.

Fans will see both fighters’ mettle tested at the Mecca of Boxing.” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., is a two-division world champion who has won five of his last seven bouts by stoppage.  He unified the 140-pound titles in a battle between consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighters on July 23, 2016, successfully defending his WBO junior welterweight title for the third time by winning a unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol.  That victory also garnered him The Ring title, designating him the lineal champion.  He made his first defense of his unified titles on December 10, stopping No. 1 contender and one-time world title challenger John Molina Jr. in front of a record crowd at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.  The consensus Top-Five pound-for-pound fighter will be looking to keep building on his star-making 2014 which featured three world championship victories as well as Fighter of the Year honors from the Boxing Writers Association of America and major media alike.  Crawford, 29, captured the vacant WBO junior welterweight crown on April 18, 2015, via a devastating sixth-round knockout of once-beaten No. 2 world-rated contender Thomas Dulorme.  His title defenses include  stopping No. 2 world-rated contender Dierry Jean in front of a packed house at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on October 24, 2015, knocking out Top-10 contender Hank Lundy in the fifth round on February 27, 2016, at a sold-out Theater at Madison Square Garden, and headlining his first pay-per-view on July 23, where he totally dominated Postol.  Crawford began his career-best year on March 1, 2014, just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his professional debut. Crawford  vs Diaz Live

He captured his first world title, the WBO lightweight title, dethroning defending champion Ricky Burns on Burns’ home turf of Glasgow, Scotland.  Scoring a powerful and unanimous decision, Crawford put the boxing world on notice with his virtuoso performance as he pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns, rocking the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances.  He followed that with a dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of undefeated former world champion and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa on June 28, 2014, in a Fight of the Year nominee.  It was one of the most-watched fights of the year with over 1.2 million viewers catching the live, first-time airing of the fight, according to Nielsen Media Research.  He concluded 2014 on November 29 with a thorough shellacking of one-time world title challenger and No. 1 contender Ray Beltran, winning 11 of the 12 rounds.

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Crawford, who is friendly with Warren Buffet, is only the second Nebraska native to be recognized as a boxing world champion.  Perry “Kid” Graves, from Rock Bluff, captured the welterweight crown, knocking out Johnny Alberts in Brooklyn, in 1914, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Díaz (19-1, 9 KOs), from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, now living in New York, ended his outstanding amateur career with an exclamation point — winning the 2008 Olympic light welterweight gold medal.  He was the first Dominican fighter to win Olympic gold and only the second Dominican athlete, joining Félix Sánchez, who won gold in the 400 meter hurdles in the 2004 Summer Games.  A natural junior welterweight, Diaz has been forced to campaign at welterweight because viable opponents in the in 140-pound division have been running from him.  The only blemish on his record was a disputed 12-round welterweight majority decision loss to two-division world champion Lamont Peterson in 2015, a fight most observers thought Díaz deserved to win.  Díaz bounced back from that loss with a dominant unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated contender Sammy Vasquez and sixth-round stoppage of Levis Morales, both in 2016.  A southpaw with excellent skills and movement and strong punching power, Díaz, 33, is world-rated No. 3 by the WBC.  He is very experienced against very good opposition.    – World Junior Welterweight Champion and top pound for pound fighter TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD will make his 2017 debut, Saturday, May 20, at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden.

This will also be his debut headlining in the big room — a testament both to his talent and his growing popularity. Crawford  vs Diaz Live Stream will be defending his unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine titles against former Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender FÉLIX DÍAZ in a marquee all-action fight.  It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.     Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with DiBella Entertainment, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Crawford vs. Díaz world championship event will go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. ET / 7:00 a.m. PT.  Priced at $250, $150, $100, $75, $50 and $35, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at and “Crawford vs. Díaz was made for The Garden and I anticipate a battle between these two warriors worthy of its moniker as the Mecca of Boxing,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.


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