P4P countdown: No. 6: Terence Crawford
Luke G. Williams
Over the Christmas and New Year period, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising nine of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came sixth ...
Name: Terence Crawford
BM online P4P ranking: 6th
Fight record: 30(21)-0
2016 report card: It was an excellent year 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. All in all, it was a good year which put him right in the mix for Fighter of the Year honours.
Prospects for 2017: Potential contests against Manny Pacquiao or Adrien Broner would be the most lucrative contests out there for the 29=year-old from Omaha, however both are likely to flounder as a: Crawford is likely to propose too strong a threat to Pacquiao and b: Broner is likely to price himself out of such a contest. Crawford has also expressed his interest in either a rematch with Ricky Burns (who now holds the WBA title at this weight) or a showdown with Julius Indongo, who sensationally wrested the IBF crown from Eduard Troyanovsky in 40 seconds in November. Both of these fights look more likely to occur than a Pacquiao or Broner contest.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 46 - In a statistical quirk resulting from the departure of a couple of Crawford fans from our panel, the Omaha man ranks slightly lower now, in sixth, than he did in the summer. Nevertheless, all of our panellists ranked him in their top tens, and on one list he was as high as second. He is within striking distance of solidifying a place in the top five and is 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 and Michael Montero.
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.