By Tré Berry III🖊️
Saturday, 🗓️December 14th marks the return of the great undefeated former 2-division Lineal Champion & current WBO Welterweight Titlist ♛🇺🇸Terence “Bud” Crawford (35-0-0, 26KO👊), and he will return once again to 🏟️Madison Square Garden in New York City to combat against unbeaten Lithuanian #1 WBO contender 🇱🇹Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17KO👊). If you are scared to mention Kavaliauskas full name more than 3 times with fear of your furniture levitating and floating around in your house – then he arguably has the best nickname in the sport of boxing today to make it much easier to refer to him as – that nickname being “The Mean Machine”.
Crawford is looking to make the 3rd defense of his WBO Title, and to win his 14th World Title fight in a row, while the Mean Machine wants to expand upon his amateur experience and make a giant splash on the grand stage against one of the P4P best of the sport in present time. The last time we seen Crawford in action was 6 months ago on April 20th where he was at Madison Square Garden, and dominated former Unified Champion 🥈🇬🇧Amir Khan through 6 rounds to where Khan took it a step further and embarrassed himself by checking out of their contest after a punch strayed low south of the border, and Khan elected essentially not to stick it out and endure the punishment he was absorbing, thus quitting as a result of the low blow, giving Crawford the unsatisfying victory from Bud’s vantage point.
While Khan was the ranked #2 contender, Egidijus was ranked at #1, so Bud continues to look for the best viable options that the WBO can roll out for him as he and 88 year old Top-Rank Promoter 🗣️Bob Arum continuously look for ways to break down the invisible barrier between them and PBC fighters / Management to get the ball rolling with the best of the division going at it.
The Mean Machine’s last outing was against improved Welterweight contender 🇺🇸Ray Robinson (⚠️no relation), and that fight resulted in a draw, with Edigijus able to maintain his mandatory positioning afterwards. It wasn’t one of his best outings – also having to do with Robinson making life difficult for him in spots, but with Kavaliauskas finally getting a shot at a World Title, plus much more with that Titlist being one of the sports best, we should get to see his best effort come Saturday night. Most likely it will not be enough against Crawford, but he can make things a little interesting if he is on his A-game.
As for this fight between Bud and the Mean Machine, this headlines a strong card filled with much individual talent, and a couple of higher profile fights on the undercard that will be addressed in later write-ups. This event will be shown on regular 📺ESPN for full coverage.