Terence Crawford proved himself to be elite and one of the best fighters in the world by beating down Felix Diaz. After Saturday night it is clear that Terence “Bud” Crawford is a top 3 pound for pound and the king at 140 lbs. Felix Diaz talked his way into the fight by calling out Crawford repeatedly and eventually got the fight. What he got was a complete beat down and was shut out by Crawford who was even toying with Diaz at times (patting him on head). Diaz the former gold medalist who is trained by coach Joel Diaz had a few moments by catching Crawford with hard shots but was not following up.
Crawford who came out in the southpaw stance dominated from start to finish and got the best of Diaz. Fighting at Madison Square Garden “The Garden” for the first time Crawford fought like he normally does, calm and collective. The stage was not too big for the Omaha native who is cool customer and is poised as any fighter in boxing today. Crawford figured out Diaz and then just picked him apart until Diaz corner stopped the fight after the 10th round. Terence Crawford improved to 31-0 and notched his 22nd knockout over Diaz who drops to 19-2 9KOs.
In the co-main event Ray Beltran scored the vicious one shot knockout over Jonathan Maicelo in the 2nd round to secure the lightweight IBF title shot. Beltran caught Maicelo with a left hook that landed right on the chin and immediately sent him to the canvas causing the referee to stop the fight. It was quick and it was brutal! The knockout if a candidate for knockout of the year and one of the best so far. With the win Beltran is line to fight Robert Easter Jr next and challenge for the IBF 135 pound title.