If not Pacquiao, give me Indongo - Crawford

He hasn't said he would take Crawford-Indongo to pay-per-view, too, but HBO Sports executive vice president Peter Nelson might not be willing to televise Crawford's next fight so soon.

Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs), already recognized among boxing's pound-for-pound best, took Diaz's best shots and answered with stinging combinations to swell both of his eyes.

Crawford successfully defended his WBC and WBO titles and now could seek a matchup with Manny Pacquiao if he elects to move up to 147 pounds.

Crawford has hardly looked at being best pound-for-pound as a priority but a fight with Pacquiao could determine where he stands among the elite.

"I'm ready for whatever".

Promoter Bob Arum said Crawford could next look to unify titles against Julius Indongo this summer. Originally the plan by Stevenson's promoter was to bring tonight's card to the Prudential City in Newark, but Top Rank made a decision to hold off on having Stevenson fight in his hometown until he would be the headliner. "I just told myself to stay focused and do what I had to do". So we're here now and that's everything I have to say.

Indongo's promoter Nestor Tobias, who was also ringside for Crawford's fight, confirmed that talks for the mega showdown are underway. I'm real excited and happy that he got the chance to get the fight.

It's one Diaz (19-1, 9 Kos) has sought for some time, asking for his shot at Crawford on social media. He spent most of the night eating counterpunches. Not only did Crawford have his way with the native of the Dominican Republic, he displayed his growing nasty streak inside the ring as well, taunting Diaz and viciously stalking him until trainer Joel Diaz saved his fighter by throwing in the towel after Round 10.

In the middle of the fight, Crawford even would entice Diaz to throw punches by mocking him in the ring. "That's what I wanted to do". So I thought I had the advantage with a jab contest. Diaz is going to bring hunger to this fight as he is now in his 30's and he would like to close out his career in the bigger paydays.

Although Terence will more than likely pull out a competitive but decisive victory this evening, the humble and soft-spoken "Corn-husker" should be commended for taking on an ostensibly avoided fighter like Felix Diaz.

Outside the ring the past 12 months have been at times hard for Crawford due to various legal issues but you wouldn't have known last night.

So the question remains: Can anyone give Crawford a serious challenge?

"That's what we do it for and it's why we bleed, sweat and put our lives on the line - to be remembered in the sport of boxing", said Crawford, who is surely only an elusive marquee victory away from fulfilling that aim.

  • Julie Sanders