This Friday, undefeated, welterweight, Henry Crawford (22-0-1, 9 KOs) intends to make a positive impression on the boxing world as he fights on ShoBox: The New Generation, in Red Rock, Oklahoma. He will be featured in what has been termed a meaningful 10 round fight against Miami’s highly touted, Antwone Smith (16-1. 8 KOs). Not one to typically blow his own horn, the modest Crawford considers this fight an important stepping stone, “It is time to show everyone what Henry Crawford is all about. I’m being given the opportunity to box in a significant fight on ShoBox. This is important to me. I am not going to waste this chance to gain exposure. It’s my dream to win a title; this will help me get there. I’m ready.”
Crawford’s trainer, Mike Skworonski, said, “Antwone Smith is going to have his hands full. Henry has amazing technical skills and fast hands. He is in the best shape of his life. You’ll see, he’s ready to go 15 rounds, never mind 10!”
Crawford commented about his training, “I am constantly in the gym preparing. I train locally. I am comfortable here and live a disciplined life so I don’t need a training camp. I worked with Kendall Holt, Pawel Wolak, Ossie Duran and Jeremy Bryan. They gave me great workouts and helped me prepare. Kendall has the speed, Wolak gives me pressure, Duran and Bryan helped sharpen my boxing skills. This is going to be a good fight.”
Crawford, a two-time NJ Golden Gloves champion, is no stranger to hard work and dedication. He and his wife have four children and in addition to training each day he also has a full time job, and manages his own boxing career. “I hope Smith comes in hungry because I’m going to take of business. Not only do I want to show the world what Henry Crawford is all about, I have a family to feed!”
Crawford is promoted by Main Events.
The fight will be shown on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation at 11:00pm ET/PT as part of a triple header which also includes: Allan Green vs. Tarvis Simms; and Marcus Johnson vs. Victor Villereal.