Terence “Bud” Crawford, the Omaha native considered to be one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, has scheduled his next fight.
Crawford will take the ring against Egidijus Kavaliauskas on Dec. 14 at Madison Square Garden. It is part of a tripleheader that starts at 8 p.m. It will be shown on ESPN immediately following the Heisman Trophy presentation.
“Egidijus Kavaliauskas is a two-time Olympian, and I can’t take him lightly,” Crawford said in a press release. “He’s got everything to gain and nothing to lose, and that makes him dangerous. I never overlook any opponent, and this will be no exception. I’ll be ready for anything and everything he brings.”
This will be Crawford’s first fight since he knocked out Amir Khan in six rounds on April 20.
Crawford (35-0, 26 knockouts) retained the WBO welterweight title with the victory against Khan. He won that belt against Jeff Horn in June 2018 and has successfully defended it twice since. The Kavaliauskas fight will be Crawford’s fourth since moving up in class to welterweight.
Kavaliauskas is a 31-year-old Lithuanian who made his professional debut in March 2013. He’s 21-0-1 in his career with 17 knockouts. His last fight came in March, a 10-round draw against Ray Robinson in which he retained the NABF welterweight title (the NABF is a federation within the WBC, one of the four major sanctioning bodies).
According to WBO regulations, Crawford must defend his welterweight title within nine months of his last fight. Kavaliauskas is currently the No. 1 challenger according to the WBO’s rankings.
Elsewhere in the welterweight division, Manny Pacquiao holds the WBA title, and Errol Spence Jr. unified the IBF and WBC titles by defeating Shawn Porter on Sept. 28.
Those three fighters are all represented by Premier Boxing Champions. Crawford is represented by Top Rank, which has made it difficult to schedule a bout with those from a different promotional agency. Kavaliauskas is a Top Rank fighter.
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Boxing has been a lifelong passion for Terence "Bud" Crawford, shown here in 1998 or '99 at age 11 at the C.W. Boxing Club in Omaha.
By 2005, Terence "Bud" Crawford was one of the nation's top amateur boxers in his weight class.
Terence "Bud" Crawford celebrates his victory over Carlos Molina at the 2006 Golden Gloves tournament. Crawford went on to fall in the national championship bout.
Terence "Bud" Crawford received a hero's welcome when he returned to Eppley Airfield from Scotland after winning the WBO lightweight title.
Fighting for the first time as a professional in Omaha, Terence "Bud" Crawford defended his WBO lightweight title with a technical knockout victory over Yuriorkis Gamboa at the CenturyLink Center in June 2014.
Terence "Bud" Crawford's first professional fight in Omaha drew a crowd of nearly 11,000 people to the CenturyLink Center.
Terence "Bud" Crawford again defended his title at the CenturyLink Center in November 2014 with a 12-round unanimous decision over Ray Beltran. It was Crawford's last fight as a lightweight.
Terence "Bud" Crawford received the Sugar Ray Robinson Memorial Fighter of the Year Award during a ceremony in New York City in April 2015.
Terence "Bud" Crawford's sons — Tyrese, left, then age 2, and Terence III, right, then age 4 — carry their father's title belts during the Native Omaha Days parade in August 2015.
Terence "Bud" Crawford knocked out Dierry Jean at the CenturyLink Center in October 2015 to retain his junior welterweight title.
Terence "Bud" Crawford has represented both Nebraska and Creighton in the ring, often wearing gear from one of the schools before and after fights. He was honored on the field at Memorial Stadium during Nebraska's game against Iowa in November 2015.
This award-winning photo of Terence "Bud" Crawford was taken in February 2016 as the champ trained in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for his upcoming fight against Hank Lundy.
Terence "Bud" Crawford once again defended his junior welterweight title in February 2016 with a technical knockout over Hank Lundy in front of a sellout crowd at the Theater of Madison Square Garden.
Terence "Bud" Crawford added another honor to his impressive résumé in July 2016 when he collected the WBC super lightweight title and the 140-pound lineal crown to go with his WBO junior welterweight championship after winning a unanimous decision over Viktor Postol at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Terence "Bud" Crawford dominated John Molina Jr. in December 2016 at the CenturyLink Center, winning every round on each judge's scorecard before earning a technical knockout victory in the eighth round.
Terence "Bud" Crawford's next title defense took place in the main arena at Madison Square Garden on May 20 against Felix Diaz. "This is where all of the great champions fought, and I want to be a big part of it," he said at a press conference announcing the fight.
Terence "Bud" Crawford, sporting Omaha shorts, lands a punch on Felix Diaz at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Crawford won after the fight was stopped after the 10th round.
Terence Crawford celebrates his third-round knockout win over Julius Indongo at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, August 19, 2017. The victory made Crawford boxing's only undisputed champion.
Terence "Bud" Crawford scored a knockout win in the 12th round against Jose Benavidez. The event in Omaha drew 13,323 fans and was Crawford's first defense of his WBO welterweight title.
Terence "Bud" Crawford defeated Amir Khan on April 21, 2019, in Madison Square Garden. More than 14,000 fans saw the champ retain his WBO welterweight title.