Terence Crawford will make his return to action in a WBC and WBO junior welterweight title defense on May 20, according to ESPN.com, with two fighters in the running to step in as his opponent in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Mandatory challenger Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KO) is one of the possible opponents, along with former Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (19-1, 9 KO). Either man would be an underdog, but both are contenders and solid, quality fighters. It’s also worth noting that it’s a division Crawford has all but cleaned out, as he holds a decisive victory over Viktor Postol, still largely considered the No. 2 man at 140.
Crawford (30-0, 21 KO) last fought on December 10, routing John Molina Jr and stopping the tough but outclassed veteran in the eighth round on HBO. Right after that fight, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail, and expected to serve 53, due to an incident at an auto body shop where he destroyed property.
Promoter Bob Arum wants to make the fight with Diaz, and Dan Rafael at ESPN.com speculates that Orozco’s promoters at Golden Boy don’t want to make the fight, either. Plus, as he notes, Orozco was hospitalized in December trying to make weight for a fight with Fidel Maldonado Jr, and he could be moving up.
If we get Crawford-Diaz, do you see any hope for Diaz to pull the upset, or even make a truly competitive fight of it?