HBO Terence Crawford vs Felix Diaz & Raymundo Beltran vs Jonathan Maicelo
BY KID HERSH
HBO World Championship Boxing from Madison Square Garden, New York.
First up was Raymundo Beltran (32-7-1, 20KO's) vs Jonathan Maicelo (25-2, 12KO's). The referee was David Fields. In the first round we had an accidental clash of heads early in the round that sent Beltran to the canvas. Fields ruled it a knockdown from a punch, but then later on had to have the doctor take a look at Maicelo's cut above his left eye from the head butt. Beltran would actually end up dropping Maicelo at the very end of the round from a left hook but Fields ruled that one a slip! In any case it mattered not, because Beltran landed a left hook in the second round that put Maicelo down and out with a one-punch knockout that could be a good contender for knockout of the year. All in one punch Beltran won the fight (from being in the hole), bailed the commission out (from bad calls), and secured his green card (his situation where he may be deported but not if he has a standing in society). He had a very emotional post fight interview with Max Kellerman.
Main event time featuring Terence Bud Crawford (30-0, 21KO's) vs Felix Diaz (19-1, 9KO's). Steve Willis was the referee. In the first round it was all Crawford and his jab as he was employing the exact game plan that he needs to in order to keep Diaz on the outside as the shorter fighter he is. In the second round it was more of the same but Diaz was getting "rambunctious", as Jim Lampley put it, to end the round as he caught Crawford with some unpredictable wide punches that he throws at times. In the third round Diaz was working his way inside at times and landing the right hook in spots more frequently than we typically see. Crawford was pulling away in the fourth round, however, getting into rhythm while busting up Diaz and landing punches at will. Crawford was really putting on a show and showboating in the sixth and seventh rounds - dropping his hands and toying with Diaz. In the eighth round Crawford started to target the body more and really hurt Diaz at the end of the eighth round with body shots. He was then dishing out serious punishment on Diaz throughout the ninth round, with Diaz looking very beaten up and his output diminishing to near nothing on offense. The fight looked like it was coming to a close and it did after the tenth round when Diaz only landed four punches and was just trying to survive at this point while Crawford is picking his punches and not even trying to take him out like he easily could.