With a ninth round stoppage of a very game Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, Terence Crawford made another successful defense of his WBO welterweight title, and closes out 2019 with a solid win — and, frankly, a hope for bigger fights in 2020.
Crawford was caught a few times early by the Lithuanian challenger, but all in all wound up looking like Terence Crawford: focused, determined, hungry, and a little bit mean between the ropes, as he turned things up and dropped Kavaliauskas once in the seventh round and twice more in the ninth, forcing the stoppage.
Fans will hope to see Crawford face one of the big-name PBC guys next year — Errol Spence Jr would be the golden ticket, but fights with Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, or Danny Garcia would also be nice (Manny Pacquiao seems out of the running, as Bob Arum wasn’t interested in doing that fight when he had both under his banner and isn’t interested now).
Here’s what some pros had to say as “Bud” closed out another win on Saturday:
T bud a real life— Michael Dutchover (@MDutchoverbox) December 15, 2019
I bet Crawford ko but man they don't let fighters rumble out of adversity at all anymore. Saad Muhammad and Gatti would be journeymen in this era.— Stephen Edwards (@BreadmanBoxing) December 15, 2019
Crawford has a Ray Leonard, Ike Williams level mean streak. Watch Leonard finish Lalonde and Mayweather Sr. Williams finish Jack. Its Sadistic. They're boxers in style but Murderers at heart. And it comes out before they get guys hurt. They make them hurt.— Stephen Edwards (@BreadmanBoxing) December 15, 2019
“The Mean Machine” got broken DOWN by a MEANER MOFO!— Sergio Mora (@TheLatinSnake_) December 15, 2019
Bud’s a Beast! #CrawfordMachine
Bud a DOG— DBest@It (@DemondNicholson) December 15, 2019