Former WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford is confident he can become a two-weight title holder on Saturday night when the American shares the ring with Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme in Texas.
The 27 year-old, named by many as the Fighter of the Year for 2014, has never tasted defeat in 25 professional bouts and believes the move up in weight has come at the right time for him to reign once again in another division.
“I feel very comfortable at this weight, because I was struggling a lot to give what my body was asking at 135 pounds. I am much stronger and I think I’ll be faster in this new weight, “said Crawford.
“This is the right time to move up before I started having serious problems because I struggled hard to make weight for the Beltran fight.
“I feel like I need to use my career momentum to my advantage and I feel like I’ve got the momentum right now. I don’t want to take any steps backward, I want to keep moving up.
“I know I have a good opponent in Dulorme on Saturday and I have put in a lot of preparation. He is a fighter who likes to change guard like me, has a good right hand and likes to throw left hooks. I come prepared for anything he can do in the ring.
“I think he is a good boxer. He’s got a sharp, nice jab, he’s got a nice right hand. He likes to throw the little right hook. He moves well. He switches like me and I don’t have anything bad to say about him. Come Saturday I feel like I’m going to make my adjustments in the ring and do what I’ve got to do to get the job done.”
Opponent Dulorme, 25, has lost just once in his 23 contests against Luis Abregu in 2012 and has since gone on a six-fight winning streak ahead of this weekend’s bout at the University of Texas.