P4P countdown: No 3: Terence Crawford
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came third...
Name: Terence Crawford
BM online P4P ranking: 3rd (up one place from last June)
Fight record: 32-0 (23 KOs)
Report card: 2016 was an excellent year for 'Bud' Crawford as he secured three wins (two of them stoppages) over decent, albeit not sensational opposition in the form of Henry 'Hank' Lundy, John Molina Jr. and Viktor Postol. In 2017 he fought just twice, a marking time fight against Felix Diaz and a four-belt unification against previously unbeaten Julius Indongo. His ruthless three-round demolition of the Namibian made Crawford the first male four-belt champion since Jermain Taylor and confirmed him as the undisputed king of the super lightweights.
Prospects for 2018: Having cleaned out super lightweight, Crawford has now moved up to the stacked welterweight division in search of a world title in a third weight class, and some potentially titanic showdowns with some of boxing's biggest names. First up for the Nebraskan is likely to be WBO champ Jeff Horn in April. Beyond that the affiliation of most of the division's big guns with the PBC may prove a difficulty for Top Rank-aligned Crawford.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 85 - Crawford was only seven points away from topping our poll indicating the high esteem in which our panel hold him. All ten of our panel put him in their top tens, three placed him in second and two gave him top spot. Should Crawford conquer 147lbs in the same style he dominated 140, then he may yet ascend to first place in the future.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.