Dateline April 18th: Fast rising boxer/puncher/fighter extraordinaire Terence Crawford goes collegiate at University of Texas at Arlington when he takes on contender Thomas Dulorme for the vacant WBO superlightweight title.
In the current weak state of legitimate contenders and journeymen gatekeepers in most divisions, Crawford, 25-0, 17KO, is well poised in the short term to make a big impact on boxing. His laid back, hometown Nebraska manner outside the ring keeps him in training for bigger fights inside the ring with a fan friendly mix of skills, power, and just plain ol’ fighter mentality that steels him for these growing challenges.
Dulorme, 22-1, 14KO out of Puerto Rico, is no punk though. He’s a fairly big at the weight, in fact campaigning at welter before moving down. He’s a much bigger ranked contender than Crawford is used to with some skills of his own, so this is as much his big chance as it is Crawford’s. Unfortunately he dropped Robert Garcia as his trainer and seems to being trained by committee assembled by his management team. Crawford’s trainer is the undersung Brian “BoMac” Mcintyre who may not be well known, but seems to have been with Crawford for a while which counts for something in a tough fight and has seen him this far.
It’s a decent matchup compared to the fainthearted fare some touted boxers favor, so good luck gentlemen. Maybe we’ll get lucky enough to see the best man win with the loser putting up a good enough effort to quickly get back into the mix of things.