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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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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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