Terence Crawford scouted for a round, then another round, then another round -- five rounds overall. As soon as he felt totally comfortable and got an opening in round six, though, the former lightweight champ and new junior welterweight titleholder struck like a cobra, and put Thomas Dulorme away with three knockdowns.
It all began when Crawford (26-0, 18 KO) faked Dulorme (22-2, 14 KO) with a jab, then landed a long, clean right hand on the button. Dulorme stumbled into the corner, where Crawford pounced with precision shots from both hands, dropping Dulorme for the first time.
The following knockdowns were both a matter of Dulorme being essentially finished on that first right hand, as Crawford stayed patient, put the pressure on again, and ultimately put his man away. BLH had it 49-46 for Dulorme at the time of stoppage, which was 1:51 of the sixth round, officially.
Crawford said he felt stronger at 140 pounds, and his team said in the lead-up to the bout that he hadn't trained to lose weight this time, with the extra five pounds giving him more time to train for his performance above anything else. If this is the sort of thing he can do with a solid opponent and a big junior welterweight, the division could be his for the taking pretty soon, particularly with it appearing Danny Garcia, the current champ, is headed to 147.
"I'm versatile. I feel like I can do whatever. As long as I train hard and put my mind to it, I can do whatever," Crawford told HBO's Max Kellerman.
The 2014 Fighter of the Year marches forward with another impressive win to start 2015, and a date with the winner of tonight's main event on HBO could come into play, too.