Terence Crawford is almost unanimously considered among the top two or three fighters in the world. Over the course of nearly a decade and through three divisions, Crawford has displayed incredible talent and a wide array of abilities in staying unbeaten through 36 professional fights. When a fighter of that caliber is out of commission for nearly a year, the return is significant.
It also gives us an excuse to do another podcast, and we’ll take it.
Last weekend was a boxing weekend. Not great, not bad, just a boxing weekend. But in a lot of ways simply returning to a sense of normalcy, even if that means entertaining a somewhat mediocre fight weekend, is comforting.
Many boxing fans hoped for a big showing from Devin Haney on DAZN. Teófimo López delivered against Vasiliy Lomachenko at lightweight and Gervonta Davis followed that up with a huge knockout of Leo Santa Cruz one division south, thus pressure was on Haney to look good whether he accepts it or not. And on the heels of news that Saul “Canelo” Álvarez is a free agent, DAZN could have used the boost. Instead Haney coasted to a decision win over Yuriorkis Gamboa, exciting only a few.
Luis Ortiz also managed the rare bicep punch knockout against Alexander Flores on FOX not long into the 1st round. It was the main event of an all-heavyweight card, meaning there’s the entire setup and punchline.
This weekend Terence Crawford takes on Kell Brook, one of the few remaining welterweights who isn’t somehow aligned with Premier Boxing Champions, on ESPN. Crawford is about a 10-to-1 favorite to defeat Brook by some of the more conservative estimations, likely due to both Crawford’s dominance and Brook’s slide since about five years ago.
On this episode of the Knuckles and Gloves Boxing Radio podcast, Aris Pina and Patrick Connor join forces to recap last weekend’s action and preview Crawford-Brook. Don’t worry, there’s even a little history in there, plus a live reaction to the WBC announcement of a “Bridgerweight” division. Don’t ask. Just listen.
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