Crawford edges towards Pacquiao clash with Diaz win / Beltran, Stevenson score early victories

WBN / Top Rank 21/05/2017

Mikey Williams

Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford defeated No. 3 world-rated contender Felix Diaz in their scheduled 12-round World Title fight on Saturday night.

In a dominant display, the pound for pound star and 140 pound king dominated Diaz before forcing a retirement after ten completed rounds.

With the win, Crawford pushes to 31-0 and on to a possible fight with Manny Pacquiao later in the year.

Crawford (21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., is already a two-division lineal world champion and has now won six of his last eight bouts by stoppage. The champion made his second defense as the unified title holder. 

In the co-feature, hard-hitting Ray Beltran powered through Jonathan Maicelo in the second round despite being put on the canvas himself in the opening round.

Beltran is now 33-7-1 and closer to another world title chance, whilst Maicelo drops to 25-3.

Also on the bill, young contender and amateur standout Shakur Stevenson wasted little time taking out Carlos Suarez in the first session to make it two wins from two starts as a pro.

Stevenson is much touted as a future world ruler and is showing plenty of promise since ditching the vest on the back of medalling at the Olympics last summer.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with DiBella Entertainment, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Crawford vs. Diaz world championship event took place on Saturday, May 20, at Madison Square Garden. It was televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®