Terence Crawford is your new WBO lightweight titlist after an effective and mostly dominant performance today in Glasgow, where he dethroned Ricky Burns to win his first world title on scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112. BLH had it 118-110 for Crawford.
Crawford (23-0, 16 KO) started a bit slow, but once he figured Burns out, the fight was his. After about the fourth round or so, Crawford took over the fight, able to outquick and outfox Burns (36-3-1, 11 KO), who may have felt the effects of his broken jaw from last year's controversial draw against Ray Beltran, or the effects of two back-to-back iffy performances, or the effects of all of that plus the fact that he was simply not quite as good as Crawford.
Crawford did some nice body work early in the fight to seize the momentum, and Burns just couldn't find him much of the night, backing up as usual and flailing, which he sometimes will do, catching little more than air the majority of the time. Crawford may not be a legend in the making, but right now he's as good as it gets in an admittedly weak 135-pound division, and he was just too good for Burns at this stage of Burns' career.
That said, Burns never quit on himself in the fight, and had moments throughout, hanging in and looking for big shots. But he appeared befuddled by Crawford's speed, timing, and accuracy, and by trying to figure out a remotely effective offensive game plan for himself. Burns was hurt a handful of times during the fight, but never bothered Crawford. It was an outclassing, but one Burns took pretty well, all things considered.
How did you have the fight, and how good do you think Terence Crawford really is right now? How high can he climb in the sport?