In a fight that was never about being challenged — we knew that going into the affair — Terence Crawford still delivered on what was expected of him. He dominated his overmatched opponent, Dierry Jean, closed the show before the final bell and delighted his hometown fans in Omaha, Nebraska, who continue to show up to watch the future brightest light in the sport before he gets big enough that perhaps he stops coming back.
Crawford scored multiple knockdowns en route to a 10th round TKO victory over Jean. Throughout the early stages of the bout, Jean had brief moments of success, a solidly landed punch here or there, which only portended further doom, the inevitable counter from Crawford, which was perhaps the only reason Jean was able to have those moments to begin with. Crawford is fine taking a shot to deliver his own, to do the hard work of laying a trap so that he can unleash his own attack.
Already one of the world’s top 5 pound for pound fighters, Crawford’s rise continues and likely will know no bounds. It’s a question of, which of those stars that inhabit the welterweight division are up for a fight?