Terence “Bud” Crawford(35-0, 26KOs) will put his WBO welterweight title on the line undefeated mandatory challenger Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17KOs) Saturday, December 14 at Madison Square Garden. Crawford and Mean Machine will be headlining a tripleheader presented by Top Rank and will be televised via ESPN.
Also fighting on the card we have IBF lightweight champion Richard commey defending his title against the electrifying and charismatic Teofimo Lopez. We also have Irish sensation Michael Conlan taking on undefeated Vladimir Nikitin, these two have history since they fought in a highly controversial Olympic quarterfinal bout back in 2016.
Crawford, the pride of Omaha, Nebraska, has been making big waves and has accomplished a lot so for in his campaign. He has won titles in 3 weight classes as well as being the unified, undisputed champion at super lightweight before moving up to welterweight. Crawford is 13-0 with 10 KOs in world title bouts with notable wins over , Felix Diaz, Jose Benavidez Jr, Jeff Hornet and Amir Khan. Crawford’s stance switching, fast hands and quick footwork tend to prove to much for his fellow pugilists and he is very good at adapting in the ring.
“Mean Machine” is the fourth undefeated fighter Crawford will face in five bouts and has represented his homeland in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Mean Machine has never been knocked down as a pro nor as an amateur he will be a big test for Crawford come fight night.