- Terence Crawford TKO-9 Egidijus Kavaliauskas (0:44)
- Teofimo Lopez TKO-2 Richard Commey (1:13)
- Michael Conlan UD-10 Vladimir Nikitin (98-92, 99-91, 100-90)
- Josue Vargas UD-10 Noel Murphy (98-92, 98-92, 98-92)
- Edgar Berlanga TKO-1 Cesar Nunez (2:45)
- Julian Rodriguez UD-8 Manuel Mendez (79-72, 80-71, 80-71)
- George Kambosos Jr SD-10 Mickey Bey (94-95, 96-93, 97-92)
Round By Round
Terence Crawford vs Egidijus Kavaliauskas
Round 1: Crawford comes out in the southpaw stance as he measures with a jab, looking for a place to land. Left hand falls short for Crawford. Crawford jabs a couple times and backs Kavaliauskas off for a second. Crawford pokes another jab and makes contact this time. Kavaliauskas misses on a jab to the body. Crawford misses on two jabs as Kavaliauskas backs off. Kavaliauskas lands a jab to the body. Now Crawford gets in a straight left hand following a jab. Straight left to the body makes partial contact for Crawford. Double jab comes from Crawford again. Crawford 10-9.
Round 2: Crawford jabs a couple times at center ring and then sticks a stiffer one on a third attempt. Kavaliauskas makes contact on a jab upstairs. Right hook lands to the body for Crawford. Right hook grazes Kavaliauskas, then Crawford targets the body with a left hand. Kavaliauskas lands a jab over Crawford’s lead right hand. Straight left to the body doesn’t land clean for Crawford. Clean left hand lands for Kavaliauskas this time! Jab to the body scores for Kavaliauskas. I think Kavaliauskas landed the best shot of the round and I’m going to give it to him. Kavaliauskas 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Crawford measures with an active jab that doesn’t land but keeps Kavaliauskas on the outside. Right hook from Crawford falls short. Crawford steps forward and both fighters take each other’s measure at center ring with little punching from either man. Left hand from Kavaliauskas makes partial contact. Clean shots land for Kavaliauskas and stuns Crawford! Crawford takes a step back Crawford gets in a straight left hand. Both fighters trade and land as Crawford wants to mix it up now. I’m going with Kavaliauskas again here. Kavaliauskas 10-9.
Round 4: Hard left to the body lands for Crawford, then a right jab upstairs. Crawford backs Kavaliauskas up and lands a jab over the top. Crawford getting more aggressive and Kavaliauskas gets in a straight left hand, then a left to the body moments later. Right hook from Crawford glances off Kavaliauskas’s head. Crawford continue to walk in and is getting more physical with Kavaliauskas, forcing exchanges. Counter uppercut from Crawford doens’t quite find the range. Right hook lands to the body for Crawford, then a straight left hand shortly after. Crawford 10-9, 38-38.
Round 5: Kavaliauskas lands a shot and Crawford comes right back after him and lands two to the head. Crawford lands a jab, the misses on a right hook. Kavaliauskas lands a counter at center ring. Counter right lands for Crawford this time. Crawford pushes Kavaliauskas back and throws two hooks. Kavaliauskas gets caught with a few shots along the ropes and Kavaliauskas looks like he’s starting to break under the pressure. More hard shots lands for Crawford to end the round. Crawford 10-9.
Round 6: Crawford comes out to center ring and gets caught with a lead left hand from Kavaliauskas. Crawford tries to draw out a counter opportunity. Kavaliauskas tries a jab to the body and makes contact. Crawford lands a jab over Kavaliauskas’s left hand. Crawford measures with two jabs but Kavaliauskas won’t fall for the bait. Left hand to the body lands for Crawford. Kavaliauskas gets in a left hook upstairs as Crawford come in. Crawford 10-9, 58-56.
Round 7: Crawford takes center ring and measures with a right hand before stabbing Kavaliauskas down to the body with a straight left. Kavaliauskas tries a right hand and makes contact. Now Kavaliauskas gets in a combination on Crawford and lands well. Crawford tries to respond and gets in one right hook upstairs. Crawford tries to double the right hook but Kavaliauskas goes down to the body. Hard shots fro Crawford shake up Kavaliauskas who crumbles down the the canvas! Kavaliauskas gets up but Crawford strafes him with hard shots but Kavaliauskas responds with his own punches! Crawford 10-8.
Round 8: Counter right hand lands for Kavaliauskas. Crawford steps forward and lands two right hands from the orthodox stance. Kavaliauskas tries two jabs as Crawford covers up. Right hand from Crawford just misses upstairs, but he lands it the second time, then lands a short right to the body. Kavaliauskas lands a shot in return and Crawford fires back with two uppercuts. Combination comes from Crawford but Kavaliauskas defends them pretty well. RIght hook lands for Crawford, then more shots land as Kavaliauskas tries to smother him. Crawford 10-9, 78-73.
Round 9: Crawford comes out right away and lands a few clean shots that hurt Kavaliauskas badly. Crawford follows it up and puts Kavaliauskas down again! Kavaliauskas gets up but he’s in bad shape. Right hook from Crawford immediately puts Kavaliauskas down and it’s over. Crawford TKO-9.
Richard Commey vs Teofimo Lopez
Round 1: Lopez comes out with a jab that misses and he gets caught with a counter. Commey lands a right hand over the top. Now Lopez lands a stiff jab upstairs. Lopez tries to follow up with two punches but they fall a little short. Lopez lands another jab but Commey gets one back just moments later. Lopez lands another jab on the inside of Commey’s. Lead left hook partially lands for Lopez. Lopez counters with a right uppercut from Lopez. Both fighters landed leather but I think Lopez edged it. Lopez 10-9.
Round 2: Commey misses on a counter right hand upstairs. Commey makes contact on a left hook to the body. Commey jabs three times but doesn’t land them. Left hook from Lopez knocks Commey off balance. MONSTER SHOT FROM LOPEZ PUTS COMMEY DOWN HARD! Commey tumbles over and eventually gets up but is on shaky legs. Lopez goes on an assault and doesn’t stop throwing punches until the referee steps in to stop the fight! Lopez TKO-2!
Michael Conlan vs Vladimir Nikitin
Round 1: Nikitin feints and tries a jab to the body. Conlan uses a throw away jab to the body as he tries to gauge Nikitin’s response. Jab from Conlan partially lands upstairs. Nikitin lunges on a couple of punches to the body that don’t land well. Conlan throws a left to the body but it doesn’t land with much authority. Straight right lands to the body for Nikitin. Left to the body scores for Conlan again. I’m slightly edging the round to Conlan but it was a toss up. Conlan 10-9.
Round 2: Both fighters trade jabs downstairs. Nikitin lands a right hand to the body during an exchange. Left hand from Conlan gets blocked by Nikitin. Now Nikitin throws a flurry with Conlan on the ropes but doesn’t land anything of significance. Counter uppercut lands for Conlan. Nikitin lands a left hand this time. Nikitin falls short on a big right hand. Three punches come from Conlan as Nikitin covers up. Nikitin throws a mauling flurry but still doesn’t land anything clean. Conlan 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Conlan throws a few jabs as Nikitin gets more aggressive and pushes Conlan to the ropes. Nikitin can’t take advantage and Conlan gets back to center ring where he throws a couple of left hands to the body and head. Clean shot lands for Conlan that makes Nikitin go down but it’s ruled a slip as Conlan had stepped on his foot at the time. Jab lands for Conlan upstairs, then a check hook makes partial contact. Right hook to the body makes a little contact and then Conlan turns it into a glancing right uppercut. Conlan isn’t spectacular but he’s winning the rounds to me. Conlan 10-9.
Round 4: Conlan pokes with a jab at center ring. Nikitin looks to touch the body but he can’t find the range, which has been a problem for him since the opening round. Right hand to the body misses for Nikitin. Conlan lands a jab and straight left to the body. Check hook lands clean for Conlan as he gets back to the ropes. Nikitin bulls his way forward and throws another ineffective flurry. Right hook from Conlan makes contact upstairs. Conlan throws two body shots with his left hand that land pretty solid. Conlan 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Jab to the body makes contact for Conlan. Nikitin makes contact on a counter right hand now. Counter right lands to the body for Conlan as he switches back to an orthodox stance. Right hand lands for Nikitin, who is having a little bit better time of it with Conlan fighting orthodox. Big right hand from Nikitin whiffs. Nikitin throws several punches as Conlan ducks down low. Right hand from Nikitin lands, and then gets in another with Conlan on the ropes. Nikitin 10-9.
Round 6: Conlan feints and throws a jab to the body, followed by a one-two from the southpaw stance. Right hook makes partial contact for Conlan. Right hook lands to the body for Conlan this time. Conlan turns orthodox again and Nikitin lands a right hand upstairs right away. Nikitin lands a body shot on the inside and Conlan gets back on the move. Right hook to the body scores again for Conlan. Straight left hand lands square on Nikitin’s face. Counter left uppercut lands to the body for Conlan. Conlan 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Two jabs come from Conlan at range, keeping Nikitin at a distance where he can’t touch him back. Nikitin rushes his way on the inside and Conlan scores with a check right hook. Conlan ducks two shots from Nikitin. Check right hook lands for Conlan. Conlan turns orthodox again and tries to maul Conlan on the ropes for a moment. Right hook lands down to the body for Conlan. Both fighters trade and Conlan looks like he’s getting in the more accurate shots. Conlan 10-9.
Round 8: Conlan starts with another quick jab and then blocks a few shots from Nikitin. Straight left hand lands for Conlan as he measures Nikitin’s movement. Nikitin lands a right hand this time, then gets in another short punch upstairs. Counter right lands to the body for Conlan. Conlan lands a low blow and the referee calls a timeout to give Nikitin time to recover. Nikitin doesn’t take much time and tries to get back to work and Nikitin throws a clubbing right hand behind the head. Right to the body and an uppercut lands for Nikitin. Nikitin continues to throw and Conland tries to fight him off but this is what Nikitin wants. Short right hand from Conlan buckles Nikitin’s legs for a moment. Both fighters exchange to finish the round. Conlan has a big cut on his right eye from that violent exchange. I’m giving the round to Nikitin for the cut. Nikitin 10-9, 83-88.
Round 9: Nikitin tries to press and ends up exchaning with Conlan at the center of the ring. Two clean body shots lands for Conlan. Another right hook lands for Conlan to the body from a southpaw stance. Another counter left uppercut to the body scores for Conlan. Jab and right hand partially lands for Nikitin. Right hook lands to the body for Conlan. Conlan throws another left hand to the body, followed by a sharp right hook to the ribs. Nikitin lands a right hook moments before the bell. Conlan 10-9.
Round 10: Nikitin comes forward with a few short jabs that don’t land and Conlan counters with a straight left hand to the body. Conlan jabbing on the outside and ducks a combination from Nikitin before forcing a break. Straight left hand lands upstairs for Conlan. Conlan whips a left hook from the southpaw stance and it makes solid contact. Counter left to the body lands for Conlan. Nikitin flurries but Conlan ducks most all the punches. Conlan starts celebrating in the ring and throws two more punches. Conlan 10-9, 98-92.
Tonight at 9 pm ET on ESPN for the main card, and starting early at 5:45 pm ET on ESPN+ for the prelims, Top Rank closes up 2019 with a big card from Madison Square Garden, featuring a main show tripleheader headlined by Terence Crawford defending the WBO welterweight title against Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, plus Richard Commey putting his IBF lightweight title on the line against Teofimo Lopez.
Wil Esco will be here for round-by-round updates of the main card at 9 pm ET.
Crawford, 32, has won titles at 135, 140, and 147, and is considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. He’s a big favorite tonight against the 31-year-old Kavaliauskas, a Lithuanian battler coming off of a draw against Ray Robinson.
The most interesting matchup for most fans is the co-feature, with the 32-year-old Commey of Ghana taking on 22-year-old Brooklyn fighter Lopez, seen as a top rising star in the sport. The show will also feature a featherweight bout between Michael Conlan and Vladimir Nikitin, a rematch of their Rio 2016 fight where Belfast’s Conlan was defeated in very controversial fashion by the Russian.
Prelims (ESPN+, 5:45 pm ET)
- Josue Vargas (15-1, 9 KO) vs Noel Murphy (14-1-1, 2 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
- Edgar Berlanga (12-0, 12 KO) vs Cesar Nunez (16-1-1, 8 KO), super middleweights, 8 rounds
- Julian Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KO) vs Manuel Mendez (16-6-3, 11 KO), junior welterweights, 8 rounds
- George Kambosos Jr (17-0, 10 KO) vs Mickey Bey (23-2-1, 11 KO), lightweights, 10 rounds
Main Card (ESPN, 9:00 pm ET)
- Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KO) vs Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KO), welterweights, 12 rounds
- Richard Commey (29-2, 26 KO) vs Teofimo Lopez (14-0, 11 KO), lightweights, 12 rounds
- Michael Conlan (12-0, 7 KO) vs Vladimir Nikitin (3-0, 0 KO), featherweights, 10 rounds