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Crawford looks to continue surge against Lundy

Can Terrence Crawford take over as the next great American of the middle divisions in boxing? He is certainly on his way.

Can Terrence Crawford take over as the next great American of the middle divisions in boxing? He is certainly on his way.

Is Terence Crawford the next great American middling-weight boxer? He certainly seems to be capable of rising to a level, maybe not quite like Floyd Mayweather Jr., but perhaps as the king of those weight classes.

Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) is still flirting with stardom, but has a chance to make a case for himself when he defends his WBO World super lightweight title against Henry Lundy in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. And as they say, if you can become a star at Madison Square Garden, you can become a star anywhere.

Crawford’s team tried hard to get him fights against both Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, but after unsuccessful tries he just has to keep building momentum by doing what he has been doing — beating everybody who crosses his path. Eventually bigger names like Ruslan Providnikov, Lucas Matthysse and Mauricio Herrera won’t have a choice but to accept the fight against him. But all of those guys rejecting fights against him make up for his fight history that might not have many notable opponents on it.

Crawford is a massive favorite over Henry Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs), a South Philly puncher, who is more the man a fighter has to beat to get a title shot, and a title contender himself. Lundy lost four of his last eight fights, though he did do the distance in three of them and lost the other by technical decision.

Few have ever really beat Lundy. Viktor Postol earned a unanimous decision victory over him to win the WBC International super lightweight title in 2013, but he had a mixed decision loss to Reymundo Beltran, prior to that. He also lost a split decision to Thomas Dulorme and technical decision to Herrera, but most recently stopped Carlos Winston Velasquez in the fifth round.

Crawford just has a much deeper set of skills than Lundy. While Lundy gets buy on his punching, Crawford has both speed and power. He has precision and the ability to fight in both southpaw and orthodox. Crawford is great at knowing when to attack and when to throw his punches. Lundy is more of the kind of guy who just keeps throwing and hopes for the best.

In boxing all it takes is one good punch to rattle the world, but that punch might be hard for Lundy to land as Crawford tries to take over the place Mayweather vacated with his retirement.

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