Bud Light: Crawford TKOs Jean

By Robert Ecksel on October 24, 2015
Bud Light: Crawford TKOs Jean
Crawford is methodical and effective in the ring, but a scintillating performer he is not.

WBO World super lightweight champion Terence Crawford successfully defended his title by stopping Dierry Jean at 2:30 of round 10…

Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, in a fight televised live on HBO, WBO World super lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs), hailing from Omaha, successfully defended his title by stopping Dierry Jean, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, by way of Haiti, at 2:30 of round 10.

Fighting out of the red corner in orange and brown trunks, Crawford was as methodical and effective as usual. He did what he needed to do. He slowly but surely broke his man down with a clever array of punches. But whatever his gifts, which are not off the chart, a scintillating performer he is not.

Jean, fighting out of blue corner in black trunks with white trim, is at best a gatekeeper. He had no business fighting for a title. At the age of 33, his best years are behind him, and there’s a sneaking suspicion that he was given the shot to make the 28-year-old Crawford look good.

Much was made of the fact that Jean sparred with Manny Pacquiao in advance of the fight and presumably it was fruitful. Jean said of Pacquiao, “He taught me how to fight a southpaw.” But when Crawford switched from orthodox to a southpaw stance, Jean was clueless as to what to do.

If nothing else, Jean brought Pacquiao into the discussion, which is apparently where he belongs. With the final fight of his career tentatively scheduled for April 9, Crawford is being groomed to be the opponent, whether he deserves to be the opponent or not. Despite Max Kellerman’s gushing over Crawford and his pound-for-pound ranking and viability as a pay-per-view attraction, he has a long way to go before he becomes a marquee fighter, and maybe even a longer way to go before he defeats Pacquiao.

I’d rather see him fight Viktor Postol or Broner or Mauricio Herrera or Provodnikov. I’d rather see him fight someone in his weight class who is also in his prime, rather than move up in weight to fight a fighter who may or may not be damaged goods but who will nonetheless provide a handsome payday.

Boxing is a business, that’s obvious, and a dirty business at that. But it is also a sport that demands competitive matches if it’s meant to be taken seriously. Crawford vs. Jean didn’t come close to meeting that criterion. Maybe, if we’re lucky, Pacquiao vs. Crawford will succeed where the fight with Dierry Jean did not.

Should Pacquiao defeat Crawford, he’ll get a nice check and pat on the back as he bids boxing a fond farewell. If Crawford defeats Pacquiao, he’ll be crowned king of the ring, even though he will not have earned that appellation.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 04:55pm, 10/25/2015

    gordon analla-For my part I say there is a world of difference between a sport like wrestling, whether High School or on up to the Olympics where athletes cut weight to “pin” opponents in the lowest weight class possible…..and a sport where guys are using diuretics and God knows what else so they can boil down to a weight class where they can literally “brain bash” smaller guys….big difference in my view. BTW the real Irish Frankie is gone now, God rest his soul….I am more Gimpel than anything else, I guess.

  2. gordon analla 01:13pm, 10/25/2015

    I really like Terence Crawford, although I’m sorry I did not see this fight.  But what bothers me is, that according to an article I read, Terrance put on another 13 lbs.  This concept of weighing in two days or so before the fight is scary.  It seems if the limit is 147 lbs. or whatever, then that’s what it should be.  There’ s been cases of people hydrating up to 18 lbs.  And in some case middleweights are in actuality fighting light heavies.  It’s bad for boxing and more importantly the fighters. 

    I would like to know what “Irish” Frankie thinks.  It was better in his day.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 04:05am, 10/25/2015

    Welterweight Crawford….yea that’s right….welterweight if ever there was…. bullies and beats up little peanut head Dierry and we all say this guy is a P4P candidate like right now. Meanwhile Ward is roaming the boxing playground looking for a Special Ed student to terrorize because he’s already P4P whatever that’s supposed to mean.

  4. raxman 12:48am, 10/25/2015

    and here we have another case of the damage modern boxing does to itself. Last year Crawford looked to be the breath of fresh air the sport needed. a truly ambidextrous and skilled boxer/puncher. he came into the spot light in Scotland took Burns out and then backed up by dismantling a game albeit ring rusted and possibly out of his weight class Gamboa. it was enough to earn him the FOTY nod by many.
    and then it turns a bit - on the face of it giving Beltran a shot was fair because he should have had the title Bud won from Burns - the problem was Crawford followed up with 2 guys who are just not world class.
    its that whole risk vs reward thing. Crawford has reached the level now that he wont fight a live opponent unless there’s big money in it.
    ok fight Pacquiao - fair enough. he’s not yet proven to be shot, although fighting a guy that can move in a direction other than fwd hardly seems the sort of swans song Pac would want (his style is far better suited to walk up fighters). ‘
    lets just hope that after Crawford beats Pac, he works at taking on some of the talent at 140

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