Terence Crawford may have received some boos from the crowd at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but the 140-pound Top Rank prospect made his HBO debut count, scoring a wide decision win over Breidis Prescott. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, and 97-93. BLH had it 97-93 for Crawford.
Nebraska's Crawford (20-0, 15 KO) showed some slickness and skills, in one of those performances from a largely unknown fighter that TV commentators feel the need to apologize for, and also insult fans watching who may not be "into" fights like this one -- and it was pretty bad, be real -- by explaining that, you know, they're just too stupid to appreciate what's happening.
I mean, I appreciate Springsteen's Nebraska, but I rarely listen to it. Give me The River, which is technically probably not as good, and is sloppier, but a lot more fun. Also, "Hungry Heart" is all sped up and weird.
But anyway, it might not be worth writing off Crawford as some unwatchable type. Prescott (26-5, 20 KO) is just not that good of a fighter, and had a hard time dealing with Crawford, who showed some really nice defensive reflexes in particular, and also closed the night nicely, attacking in a 10th round that he could have cruised through and easily won the fight.
Rios-Alvarado II is next. It probably won't look much like this fight.