Crawford felt things out early, as he generally does, but once he saw the openings, he was clearly looking to pounce. He got that opportunity pretty early in the fourth, and hurt Brook badly, scoring a knockdown when Brook staggered into the ropes, and then finishing off pretty much as quickly as boxing resumed.
While beating the 34-year-old Brook (39-3, 27 KO) may not be what changes the minds of anyone who still doubted Crawford, or still doubts his place among the sport’s very elite (it’s not many, but there are certainly some who do), there can really be no question that Crawford is among the very best finishers in boxing, if not the very best finisher in boxing today. When he smells blood, he closes.
That was a big focus of the post-fight chatter, including from some fellow pros. See what they had to say after the fight’s sudden end:
Terrance Crawford a fuckinnnn dog!— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) November 15, 2020
Crawford finishes people in street fight mode! #P4P— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) November 15, 2020
By the way I still have Canelo as the P4P best in the world. We do have the eye test BUT who you fight is still a major factor. Canelo fought the better opposition.— Rougarou (@RPrograis) November 15, 2020
And he does it again @tbudcrawford ! Congrats!!— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) November 15, 2020
Jesus christ— caleb truax (@GoldenCalebT) November 15, 2020
Bud is a bad man, a lot quicker than I expected! #CrawfordVsBrook— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) November 15, 2020
Crawford is the best finisher in boxing! #CrawfordVsBrook— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) November 15, 2020
Buena victoria de @terencecrawford felicidades champ— Miguel Berchelt (@AlacranBerchelt) November 15, 2020
Bud turned up gears— Enzo Maccarinelli (@theRealEnzoMac) November 15, 2020
What makes Crawford so good for me is the ability to make adjustments in ring— Enzo Maccarinelli (@theRealEnzoMac) November 15, 2020
Just like that!!!!! Crawford adjusts like no one else. The slow start with him means NOTHING. Wow. The man is legit. #boxing— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) November 15, 2020
Great fighter. Flipped a switch! Thats why he's #1 P4P. Not one controversial or close win. Everything conclusive. Feel bad for Brook. Skillful dude. He has heart. Just doesn't respond to adversity well.— Stephen Edwards (@BreadmanBoxing) November 15, 2020
Crawford and Spence is the fight all the world wants to see hopefully we see it next year— Carlos Molina (@CarlosMolina562) November 15, 2020