P4P countdown: No 4: Terence Crawford
Luke G. Williams
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 fourth...
Name: Terence Crawford
BM online P4P ranking: 4th (up 2 places from last December)
Fight record: 31(22)-0
Report card: Last year was an excellent one for WBO /WBC super lightweight champion 'Bud' Crawford as he secured three wins over decent, albeit not sensational opposition, two by way of stoppage. Crawford's year began with a domination of Henry 'Hank' Lundy in February, triumphing via stoppage in the fifth, and ended with an eighth-round TKO of overweight and outgunned John Molina Jr. However, easily his most significant victory was his surgical July dissection of previously unbeaten and highly dangerous Ukrainian Viktor Postol. Crawford floored his opponent twice in round five and won extremely widely on the scorecards but was nevertheless criticised by some for being too conservative. That's a harsh judgement - before the fight many thought it would be close but Crawford proved just how good he was with a scientific masterclass. In May this year, Crawford outclassed Felix Diaz to extend his unbeaten professional record to 31-0.
Prospects for 2017: The legendary Manny Pacquiao would be the most lucrative contest out there for the 29-year-old from Omaha, but it looks like a showdown with Julius Indongo, the IBF/ WBA title holder, will be next on Crawford's agenda - giving him the chance, sanctioning bodies permitting, to hold all four major belts.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 65 - All of our panellists ranked Crawford in their top tens, with three placing him third. If he beats the awkward Indongo, Crawford may move even higher and he remains a real contender to top the P4P rankings in the next couple of years if he can land a high-profile, defining fight or two.
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 Martin Chesnutt.
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.