Terence Crawford is set to defend his WBO lightweight title in what he says will be his final fight at the weight, as he headlines once again in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, where he sold over 10,000 tickets to rabid fans back in June for a win over Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Crawford (24-0, 17 KO) is a rising star and potential pound-for-pound type of fighter based on what he's shown so far, but Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KO) is no pushover. While "tough," "gritty," and "game" are often tags applied to overmatched foes, the 33-year-old Beltran has earned them. He's a savvy veteran who knows the tricks of the trade and has been in with good fighters, and a few of his six losses were questionable, too.
Crawford, 27, will be looking to make a statement before moving up to junior welterweight, where he'll likely target a title right away. Though Manny Pacquiao has spoken of moving down to 140, which might mean that the belt stripped from Chris Algieri is in his sights, Crawford, too, could be right in that mix. If Pacquiao doesn't go down to 140, then Crawford's move up would open him to a title shot right away. Or, if a few things twist and turn different ways, we could potentially see Pacquiao vs Crawford.
Here's Crawford's workout:
And here's Beltran: