Crawford tops Brook in 4th in welterweight title struggle

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Terence Crawford began sluggish and completed quick, stopping Kell Brook with a barrage of punches within the fourth spherical Saturday evening to retain his welterweight title.

Crawford remained unbeaten and saved his place on the legendary pound-for-pound greatest listing with a powerful stoppage of the veteran Brook, who fought nicely for 3 rounds earlier than succumbing to Crawford’s energy.

Crawford turned the struggle round with an enormous proper hand that despatched Brook into the ropes and prompted referee Tony Weeks to provide him an 8-count. When the struggle resumed, he landed a half dozen punches to the pinnacle earlier than Weeks waved the struggle to a detailed at 1:14 of the fourth spherical.

“Kell is an incredible expertise, I can’t take nothing away from him,’’ Crawford stated. “However he misplaced to a greater man tonight.’’

Brook stated he thought he was controlling the struggle when he received hit with the punch that despatched him throughout the ring.

“By no means in my profession, no person has ever completed that to me, not even in sparring,’’ Brook stated.

Crawford, who scored his twenty eighth knockout in operating his file to 37-0, took his time within the opening rounds to determine Brook, who used his jab and pace to win early rounds. After switching from an orthodox stance to southpaw he started touchdown at a greater tempo earlier than unleashing a proper hook early within the fourth spherical that despatched Brook (39-3) staggering throughout the ring.

The British challenger was held upright by the ropes however when the struggle resumed, he was unable to defend himself as Crawford landed a flurry of punches earlier than Weeks stopped the bout.

Struggle statistics confirmed Crawford touchdown 36 of 111 punches to 26 of 109 for Brook. It was the eighth straight title knockout for Crawford.

Crawford stated after the struggle that he needed to struggle Manny Pacquiao subsequent, a struggle that was in negotiation earlier than Crawford turned to Brook as an alternative.

“I’m trying to safe a Pacquiao struggle,’’ the Nebraska fighter stated.

Promoter Bob Arum stated he has had negotiations to match Crawford with Pacquiao, with a attainable struggle someday within the spring within the Mideast.

The struggle adopted a weird ending in a 115-pound title rematch that left Joshua Franco nonetheless holding the belt he gained in his first struggle with Andrew Moloney in June.

Franco’s eye swelled up from what was dominated an unintentional head butt within the first spherical of the scheduled 12-round bout. After the ringside doctor dominated Franco couldn’t go on on the finish of second spherical as a result of his eye was shut, the struggle was referred to as a no contest.

Nevada Athletic Fee officers reviewed the replay a number of instances, spending a complete of 26 minutes earlier than upholding the no contest choice by referee Russell Mora. Because the ready went on, the ESPN broadcast staff was adamant on the air that they might see no head butt and that Moloney ought to have been declared the winner as a result of the attention harm was attributable to punches.

Arum was furious in regards to the choice, protesting to no avail to Bob Bennett, head of the Nevada fee.

“That is an absolute shame,” Arum stated. “There was no headbutt. Andrew Moloney ought to be the brand new champion.”

The struggle was a rematch of their first struggle when Franco knocked Moloney down within the eleventh spherical and scored a unanimous choice over the previously unbeaten Australian.



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