WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) and John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) will be doing battle this Saturday night on HBO Boxing from the beautiful CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Molina, 33, and Crawford had been on good terms during the buildup to their fight this Saturday night on HBO. Neither fighter has doneny real trash talking about the fight. The 29-year-old Crawford came the closest to doing some trash talking when he told Fight News, “Don’t blink” when telling them what to expect on Saturday.
Crawford can punch, but he’s not one of those one-punch KO artists that we’ve seen in the past and present. Crawford is not a Julian Jackson type of a puncher and he never will be, especially after he moves up to the 147lb division in the near future. Crawford has only knocked out three out of his last five opponents. He can definitely punch, but he’s kidding himself if he thinks he’s some kind of destroyer inside the ring.
That’s not to say that Crawford couldn’t become a big knockout artist if he set his mind to becoming a fighter like that, but he doesn’t seem willing to put his chin on the line for him to get the knockouts that we see from guys like Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. We don’t see a sense of urgency from Crawford like we do from a guy like Golovkin or someone like Errol Spence Jr.
“I’m excited to be defending the belts again in the city that built and supported me,” said Crawford to fightnews.com. “I’m excited for Kevin Ventura and Steven Nelson to fight on the same card as me. Happy for them and like they have been writing in the media, they will start the night off and I will finish it…. don’t blink.”
It’s not really a great match-up between Crawford and Molina, which is why the fight hasn’t caught on with the boxing public. Molina has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights, and the only reason he got the fight is likely because of his recent win over Ruslan Provodnikov. The results of that fight clearly opened doors for Molina that were previously shut to him.
Crawford needs to try and make it exciting on Saturday night, because he was less than impressive in his last fight against former WBC light welterweight champion Viktor Postol last July in his debut on HBO PPV. Crawford played it safe down the stretch and didn’t try and finish off Postol. Crawford ran around the ring in the 12th, sticking his tongue out at Postol rather than fighting hard to try and KO him. With the fight being on HBO PPV, it looked bad. Many of the boxing fans were angry about it.