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Rios vs Alvarado II results: Terence Crawford outboxes Breidis Prescott in HBO debut

Junior welterweight prospect Terence Crawford didn't wow the live crowd, but he scored a solid win in his HBO debut, beating fringe contender Breidis Prescott by unanimous decision.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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.

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