The Metroplex has been good to Boxing Writers Association of America 2014 fighter of the year Terence Crawford.
In June 2013, Crawford claimed the North American Boxing Organization lightweight title in a sixth-round technical knockout of Alejandro Sanabria at the American Airlines Center in Dallas as a co-feature event alongside Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez.
On April 18, Crawford, an Omaha, Neb., native, returns to the Metroplex to battle for the World Junior welterweight title against Thomas Dulorme in an HBO Boxing After Dark telecast from the College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington.
This upcoming event will be Crawford’s first bout as a welterweight and third fight since claiming the World Boxing Organization lightweight world title March 1, 2014 against Ricky Burns in Scotland.
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Standing at 5-foot-8, the 27-year-old right-hander enters the April 18 event with a 25-0 professional record in six years, including 17 knockouts.
Crawford’s opponent, the 5-foot-10 Dulorme, enters the match on a six-fight winning streak with a 22-1 professional record with 14 knockouts.
Here’s Crawford’s take on the upcoming fight:
What kind of fight can fans expect to see between you and Thomas Dulorme? I can’t call the fight because anything can happen in the fight game. We think he might come out there and box. He might come out there and bang. You never know what type of fight it’s going to be.
What do you think about the Metroplex as a boxing area? I like any place that supports me. When the fans come out and support the event, I like it.
Have you found lots of boxing fans here and excitement for the sport? Of course. And I have people that stay down here from Omaha. A lot of people move from Omaha to here. A lot of people from Omaha will drive down or come down because it’s not too far from where I stay. It’s a great place to have it.
How do you like the College Park Center that’s hosting the event? I like it. It’s nice. I feel like, come fight time, it’s going to be electrifying.
What are some of the challenges that moving up a weight class presents? The only challenge that it presents is me going in there and doing what I have to do. I feel like I have all the skills and the ability to do what I’ve got to and, come fight time, that’s what I’m going to do
How does moving up a weight class suit some of your strengths? I’m going to be stronger. I’m going to be more comfortable and I just feel like I’ll be more ready.
Being a Green Bay Packers fan, you do you think Dez Bryant had a catch at the end of the NFC Divisional playoff game against Green Bay? It was a catch, but, by rule, it wasn’t a catch, so they lost. They still would have lost even if they would have scored because we had too much time on the board.
Terence “Bud” Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) vs. Thomas “Thunder” Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs)
Vacant WBO World Junior Welterweight title
April 18, UT Arlington’s College Park Center
TV: 8:45 p.m. as part of a doubleheader on the HBO Boxing After Dark series