Unified Super-Lightweight World Champion Terence Crawford defends his WBO and WBC belts against Felix Diaz live on BoxNation on Saturday 20th May at the ‘Mecca of Boxing’ Madison Square Garden in New York.
The American switch-hitting sensation added the WBC strap to his WBO crown back in July 2016 with an impressive points victory over the previously unbeaten Viktor Postol. He followed up this victory with a successful defence against John Molina Jr in December.
BoxNation viewers have witnessed Crawford’s rise in the pound-for-pound rankings over the years up close and personal, and now get a chance to catch the Omaha hero square off against southpaw Diaz.
Diaz earned a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics for his native Dominican Republic and now gets his first shot at World honours in his 21st fight. The 33-year-old has just one sole career blemish on his record against Lamont Peterson back in October 2015.
Since taking the 0 from much-fancied Sammy Vasquez and outpointing Adrian Granados, he has thrown himself into contention to face the top dogs.
Potential super fights await Crawford who has established himself as one of the men to beat in World boxing under the guidance of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Crawford himself has expressed an interest in fighting the winner of former foe Ricky Burns’ unification with Julius Indongo, with all four World Titles up for grabs, but has acknowledged the bigger fights may lie up at Welterweight.
‘Bud’ goes into his ninth consecutive World Title fight as the firm favourite but lines up against a recognised southpaw for the first time in over five years who will pose a serious threat.