Terence Crawford scored another stoppage victory on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)
By Chris Robinson
On Saturday night, Oct. 24, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford scored a first successful defense of his strap with a stirring 10th round TKO victory over tough contender Dierry Jean.
Once again showcasing HBO’s airwaves, Crawford (27-0, 19 KO’s) was too strong and precise for his Haitian-Canadian foe, who drops to 29-2 with 20 knockouts.
Crawford came out the gates fast, registering a knockdown in the first round, before settling down and controlling the tempo of the rounds thereafter. Crawford often switched back and forth between orthodox and southpaw, and from either stance he was able to strike with fast and powerful blows.
Jean deserves his credit for hanging in the contest but he was outclassed in just about every aspect of the match.
Crawford scored knockdowns in rounds nine and ten, as referee Tony Weeks jumped in immediately upon the bout’s third knockdown to wisely call a halt to the action. With 11,020 partisans erupting from within the CenturyLink Center in Crawford’s hometown of Ohama, Neb., he was again a king on this night.
There is now talk of a looming April date with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and Crawford insists he is available for such an assignment.
Stay tuned for more updates and follow-up thoughts on a possible Pacquiao vs. Crawford duel.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com