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Boxing fans who have watched Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) evolve into one of the sport’s best all-around fighters may have the nagging feeling that something is lacking when he takes on Felix Diaz on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, New York. 

This isn’t to say Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) is a bad boxer or that the opportunity to fight at one of sports premier venues should be passed up, but Crawford has so thoroughly dominated the competition at the lightweight and junior lightweight ranks over the past few years one has to wonder when he will get the kind of fights that can launch him into the stardom his talent deserves.

The 29-year-old Crawford still has plenty of reasons to stick around in this division, but unless Diaz can make good on his promise and throw a wrench into Bud’s career path this weekend, fights like these will simply feel like a prelude to something more.

    

Crawford vs. Diaz Fight Info

When: Saturday, May 20 at 10:15 p.m. ET

Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City

TV: HBO

Live Stream: BoxNation (UK Only)

Tickets: ScoreBig.com

Crawford is defending his WBC and WBO world super lightweight titles against Diaz. It’s his second defense after beating the lanky Viktor Postol by unanimous decision in July 2016. The then-undefeated Postol represented the greatest threat to Crawford’s rise to the upper echelon of the sport, but he succumbed to the crafty Nebraska native’s talents.

Crawford then made rather easy work of John Molina Jr (8th-round TKO), setting up this fight against Diaz, who is moving down in weight to box at 140 pounds.

The 33-year-old Diaz is a heavy 10-1 underdog, per OddsShark.com, but he has some good qualities to him. He’s a southpaw with a sterling amateur career that saw him win an Olympic gold medal at junior welterweight. Though his knockout record isn’t great, he’s used to fighting in the mid-140s, so he may be better able to handle some of Crawford’s stinging blows.

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