The announcement of a clash between Errol Spence Jr (28-0, 22 KOs) and Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) has had many talking. After all, it is one of the most significant clashes to be made in all of combat sports. Hundreds of thousands have already tuned in just to see them talk at press conferences in New York City and Los Angeles. With this in mind, we present Crawford’s top five fights. Be sure to follow Big Fight Weekend for more on Spence-Crawford and for our piece on Spence’s top five fights which will come out at a later date.
Crawford’s Top Five Fights
5. Ricky Burns
Crawford began his career as a lightweight, making his professional debut in March 2008. Nearly six years later, he received his first ever title shot. At the age of 26, he made the trip to Glasgow, Scotland to face reigning WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns. To date, it remains his only fight outside of the USA. Crawford won a clear unanimous decision with scores of 116-112 (x2) and 117-111. The victory was the first of 17 world title fights for Crawford.
4. Thomas Dulorme
In 2015, Crawford moved up in weight to the super lightweight division. Due to his previous status as the WBO’s lightweight champion, he was sanctioned to fight for their super lightweight title against Thomas Dulorme. Going into the sixth, the judges had Crawford up by a single round. Early in the sixth round, however, he landed a hard right from which visibly stunned Dulorme. Crawford dropped Dulorme and continued to land flush, dropping Dulorme twice more before the fight was stopped. With the win, he became a two division champion.
3. Viktor Postol
In 2016, Crawford received his first opportunity to unify world titles. Like Crawford, Viktor Postol was undefeated in 28 fights. Postol was knocked down twice in the fifth round was deducted a point in round eleven for hitting behind the head. Crawford won the bout with scores of 118-107 (x2) and 117-108 to become unified champion for the first time in his career. It would also be his last time going the distance in a fight. Since the Postol bout, he has won all 10 of his fights by stoppage.
2. Julius Indongo
Prior to 2017, the last undisputed champion at 140 lbs was Kostya Tszyu, whose reign ended in 2003. While Crawford held the WBO and WBC belts, Julius Indongo had the IBF and WBA titles. In what is arguably one of his most dominant performances, Crawford knocked down Indongo in rounds two and three before the bout was stopped in the third.
Crawford’s undisputed reign was short-lived as he did not defend against IBF mandatory Sergey Lipinets. He proceeded to vacate all belts and move to welterweight, where he defeated Jeff Horn for Horn’s WBO welterweight title.
1. Shawn Porter
Considered his most challenging opponent to date, Crawford defended his WBO welterweight title against Shawn Porter in 2021. Going into the tenth round, two judges had Crawford up by a round while the third had him up by two. In round ten, he dropped Porter twice before Kenny Porter, Shawn Porter’s father and trainer, put a stop to the fight. During a post fight press conference, Porter went on to announce his retirement from boxing. On the other hand, the bout marked Crawford’s final fight with Top Rank Boxing, making a showdown with Spence more feasible.