2019 Dec 14

Terence Crawford vs. Egidijus Kavaliauskas

12 rounds, for Crawford's WBO welterweight title

Terence Crawford has had an excellent career so far recording 35 victories in as many bouts. He has stopped 26 out of the 35 opponents he has faced and he is now widely recognized as the nr1 pound-for-pound fighter alongside Vasyl Lomachenko. He has beaten many good fighters but he still needs a few more career defining fights, many of those have been difficult to make because of promotional issues. So he faces whoever they put in front of him and this time it is Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1). Kavaliauskas is known as the mean machine and he has been very dominant up until his most recent fight when he fought Ray Robinson from Philadelphia. He was a big favourite going in to that fight but struggled badly and the fight ended in a majority draw. Many observers thought he should have lost that fight as did one of the referees that had it 97-93 for Robinson while the other 2 had it 95-95. Kavaliauskas will not have an easy time getting to Crawford without getting tagged with hard shots in return. Crawford is just so incredibly good that it will take another very good special fighter to be able to beat him and for Kavaliauskas to do that he will have to perform on a level he has never shown before.

Crawford is in a bad mood because he still is waiting for the big fights. He has a gear few others have and he will dispatch of mean machine early. Kavaliauskas has a plodding straight forward style which will suit Crawford excellently and Crawford will land something big early in this fight and stop him.

The Pick: Terence Crawford to win by ko/tko
Odds: -200 (1.50 decimal odds)
Units: 10
Start time: 9pm ET / 6pm PT