Terence Crawford, born on September 28, 1987, is an American professional boxer. He is a two-time world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBO welterweight title since 2018, and previously the WBO lightweight title from 2014 to 2015.
Crawford was born in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in the North Omaha neighborhood of Omaha. He was raised by his mother, Debra Crawford, and grandmother, Mary Crawford. He has an older brother named Terrell, who is also a professional boxer.
Crawford began boxing at the age of nine, joining the Omaha Police Athletic League (PAL) gym. He had a successful amateur career, winning the National Golden Gloves Championship in 2006 and 2007. He also represented the United States at the 2007 Pan American Games, where he won a bronze medal.
In 2008, Crawford turned professional, signing with Top Rank. He made his professional debut on March 14, 2008, scoring a second-round knockout against Brian Cummings. He quickly moved up the ranks, racking up a record of 16-0 with 12 knockouts by the end of 2010.
In 2011, Crawford faced his first professional setback, losing a split decision to Breidis Prescott. However, he bounced back with a unanimous decision victory over Alejandro Sanabria in his next fight.
In 2014, Crawford faced Andrey Klimov for the vacant WBO lightweight title. He dominated the fight, winning by unanimous decision to become the world champion. He successfully defended the title three times before vacating it in 2015 to move up to the welterweight division.
In 2017, Crawford faced Julius Indongo for the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBC, and WBO light welterweight titles. Crawford dominated the fight, knocking Indongo down three times en route to a third-round knockout victory. This win made Crawford the undisputed world champion in the light welterweight division.
In 2018, Crawford moved up to the welterweight division, where he faced Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight title. Crawford dominated the fight, knocking Horn down twice en route to a ninth-round technical knockout victory to become the new WBO welterweight champion.
Crawford has since successfully defended his welterweight title multiple times, including a unanimous decision victory over Amir Khan in 2019 and a ninth-round knockout victory over Kell Brook in 2020.
In addition to his success in the ring, Crawford has also been praised for his charitable work outside of boxing. He has worked with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and the American Red Cross, and has also donated to various charitable causes in his hometown of Omaha.
Overall, Terence Crawford is one of the top boxers in the world, with a record of 37-0 with 28 knockouts. He is known for his technical skills, speed, and power, and has become a dominant force in the welterweight division.