WBO welterweight titleholder Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) has just taken home the 2018 ESPY award for best fighter in a ceremony last night in Los Angeles. In winning the award Crawford beat out fellow nominees including Vasily Lomachenko and MMA combatants Georges St. Pierre and Rose Namajunas.
Once Crawford took the trophy he offered these thoughts:
“It’s a long time overdue,” Crawford said. “I felt as if I should have won last year, but this year is a surprise and I’m glad to have it.”
Crawford had been coming off a big year where he unified all four major world titles to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world. He then vacated those titles with nothing left to prove at 140, moved up to welterweight, and in his first fight took the WBO title off the hands of Jeff Horn in dominant fashion last month.
Crawford is currently expected to make his first welterweight title defense this fall on October 13th, but an opponent has not yet been formally announced.