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  Crawford Derails Brook - "Ain’t Nobody"

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank

 

In the main event in the Las Vegas “Bubble” Welterweight Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KO’s) and Kell Brook (39-3, 27 KO’s) took the ring in a fight that had the boxing world brimming. The defacto Pound4Pound best fighter in the world seemingly had his work cut out for him with the battle tested Brook. It was a must-see boxing event.

In the first round the fighters were cautious as they surveyed the landscape. Crawford is a notoriously slow starter, this allowed Brook to start landing a pretty consistent jab that kept Crawford, who started the fight in the orthodox stance, at bay.

The second round began much as the first round left off with Brook taking the initiative using a good jab and one-two combos that once again kept Crawford tentative. Crawford began to close the distance a bit in the latter portion of the round and was starting to feel more comfortable in the pocket.
 

The fight was growing in intensity in round three. You could see Crawford was really starting to turn up the heat. Brook was still holding his own, but the tide was turning, and so was Crawford’s stance. Turning from Orthodox to Southpaw you could just feel Crawford was about to take over the fight.

With Crawford growing in confidence in round four the gap was closing and Brook was finding it harder and harder to not only land but even throw any effective punches. Then like a spring-loaded trap Crawford uncorked a right hand flush on the cheek of Brook. The power of that blow catapulted Brook into the ropes and before Crawford could fire off more damage the ref declared it a knockdown which gave Brook a moment to collect himself. That wasn’t enough. Being one of the best closers in the business Crawford swooped in on Brook landing power shot after power shot. It was over for Brook as the ref jumped in and halted the fight before Crawford could do any more damage.

With the victory Crawford retains his WBO World Welterweight Title and more importantly he solidifies his spot as the best Pound4Pound fighter in the world.

Captured effortlessly,
That's the way it was...
...And now we're flyin' through the stars
I hope this night will last forever. - Rufus

Reflecting on his loss Brook shared, “Never in my career, nobody has ever done that to me in sparring or anything. It was one of them… I got caught with a shot I didn’t see. I’m gutted because nobody could’ve gotten me in better condition. I was bang on the limit. Maybe I could’ve been a bit more relaxed and loose and let the shots go.”
 

On his victory Crawford said, “I was trying to gauge the distance. He had good distance. I was trying to find my rhythm in between getting my distance together. That’s why it was so competitive at first. I couldn’t get my shots off. Kell is a tremendous talent. He came and he tried to take my title. He was in shape. He made the weight. There were no excuses to be put on the table. He came off of three wins.He lost to the better man.”

“I already said who I want {next}. I want Pacquiao. I want to revisit that fight. That was a fight that should’ve happened right now. But being that the pandemic happened, and they weren’t going to allow fans in the Middle East, they had to put a hold to that. Everything was 95 percent done. We had the venue. The money was almost there. It wasn’t quite there. That was the only thing we were waiting on.”

Bob Arum announced, “Terence Crawford showed, once again, why he is the best welterweight in the world. It was a dominating performance over a very good fighter in Kell Brook. Terence ranks up there with all the great welterweights I’ve promoted.”
 

The fight between Super Flyweights Joshua Franco (17-1-2, 8 KO’s) and Andrew Moloney (21-1, 14 KO’s) turned into a nightmare in a matter of two rounds. In a rematch of their battle earlier this year, a fight Franco won, Andrew Moloney was on fire. Before the end of the first round Francos eye was swelling in an angry fashion. Ref Russell Mora said a clash of heads caused the swelling, but it was clear the heads never clashed. The swelling to Franco’s eye was the cause and effect of numerous pinpoint jabs.

After the second round was over the doctor stepped in and stopped the fight because Franco could no longer see. Thanks to an inept call by Mora followed by the Nevada Commission not having the gonads to overturn the miscue, even after reviewing very conclusive video footage for almost half an hour, the bout was declared a no contest after two rounds.

Moloney got screwed, everyone watching knows it. A rematch should take place but something tells me Franco vs. Moloney 3 will never see the light of day. Oh yeah, the WBA World Super Flyweight Title was on the line.
 

On a personal note it was disappointing to see Team Franco talking trash to Moloney as they scurried into the dressing room with a belt they do not deserve to keep. It was a classless act from a team that knows full well what transpired in the ring.

After the fight Andrew Moloney stated, “They took this away from me. The injury was caused by a punch. I can’t believe this. I was in control of the fight and on my way to a clear victory. I deserved this win. I landed 50 punches on that eye. It was not even close.”

Promoter Bob Arum said, “This is an absolute disgrace. There was no headbutt. Andrew Moloney should be the new champion.”
 

Bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr (22-2-2, 12 KO’s) was looking to get back in the win column in this fight against Edwin Rodriguez (11-5-2, 5 KO’s). After losing his last fight Greer changed corners, took on Shakur Stevenson as a coach and threw away that ridiculous pillow. The outcome? A kiss your sister majority draw. Final scores tallied 77-75 for Rodriguez and 76-76 twice. With the draw Rodriguez sends Greer back to the drawing board.
 

Middleweights Tyler Howard (19-0, 11 KO’s) and KeAndrae Leatherwood (22-8-1, 13 KO’s) squared off in a rather awkward looking eight round affair. While Howard was trying to fight his way through a nasty cut over his left eye his opponent Leatherwood was busy holding and going to the canvas on his own volition. Finally, a punch helped send Leatherwood to the canvas. That sealed the deal for Howard who took a unanimous decision on all cards, 77-74, 76-74 and 77-73.
 

Lightweight Raymond Muratalla (11-0, 9 KO’s) took an early look at Luis Porozo (15-5, 8 KO’s) and after he processed the intel he unleashed fury in round three. Porozo went down twice from body shots and then Muatalla closed the show with a straight right hand that put an end to the show. This one came to a halt at the 2:40 mark of round three.
 

It was a solid performance by Featherweight Duke Ragan (3-0, 1 KO) who took an easy unanimous decision over Sebastian Gutierrez (1-1, 1 KO). Final scores on the four round scrap read 40-35 across the board.
 

After two hard fought rounds Bantamweight Vegas Larfield (2-0, 2 KO) dispatched Juan Alberto Flores (2-1-1) after dropping him three times in round three. Officially the end came at the 1:07 mark of the third.



 

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