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MANILA – Terence Crawford managed to wow his home crowd as he took his final bout as a lightweight.
The Omaha, Nebraska native made sure that the 11,127 people in attendance at the CenturyLink Center got their money’s worth as he put on an impressive performance against former NABF champion Ray Beltran.
While Beltran was able to connect with his own clean shots, he had no answer for Crawford’s piston-like punches that were landing at will. The precision and accuracy in his shots were simply too much for the Mexican fighter, who endured the same type of punishment for the entire twelve rounds of action.
While both men managed to stay on their feet all throughout the entire 36 minutes of boxing were hard punches were traded, it was Crawford to was way ahead at the punch tally, as he connected with 38% of his total punches compared to Beltran’s 26%. Crawford manages to keep an undefeated slate at 25-0, along with his WBO 135-pound title. Beltran, on the other hand, drops to a 29-7-1 record.
But despite years of success at lightweight, Crawford also announced that he would be moving up to junior welterweight at 140 lbs.
"This is it [at lightweight]," the 27-year old fighter told HBO’s Max Kellerman during the post-fight interview. "This is it -- like Michael Jackson."