By Bill Green
Photo: Chris Cozzone
When fight fans tune into Saturday night’s highly anticipated rematch between Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mike “Mile High” Alvarado on HBO, they may want to take note of the opening televised bout as undefeated Omaha, Nebraska prospect Terence “Bud” Crawford (19-0, 15 KOs) takes on Columbian power puncher Breidis Prescott (26-4, 20 KOs) in a scheduled ten round jr welterweight matchup.
Prescott’s original opponent, WBA world champion Khabib Allakhverdiev, injured his elbow thus opening the way for Prescott vs Crawford to materialize. Crawford agreed to step in, in hopes of showing HBO/Top Rank why he is considered to be one of the next young rising stars in boxing. FightNews spoke with Crawford before he takes on what most believe his toughest challenge to date.
FightNews: How did this fight materialize?
Crawford: I was scheduled to fight on the card regardless against Robert Osiobe (14-5-4, 6 KOs). We got a call and they said Prescott’s opponent hurt his elbow. So, they offered us the fight. My entire team looked it over, we discussed the positives and negatives. But, in the end, the chance to fight on HBO was pivotal. We received the call for a reason and I believe it’s the right time. I put in a 9 week training camp and worked my tail off for this opportunity.
FightNews: I heard that the fight with Osiobe was going to be for a NABO title, is this fight for a minor title or eliminator?
Crawford: Nah, it’s a scheduled 10 rounder but definitely a meaningful fight, great exposure and it will be the opening bout on HBO. I’m happy with how things played out.
FightNews: Are you worried about Prescott’s power or experience?
Crawford: Right now, Im not worried about anything like that. I feel like my style is different than all of his past opponents. I just believe it’s my time. All of the top names that I fought and beat in the amateurs are now champions. Fighters like WBO featherweight champ Mikey Garcia, NABF super featherweight champ, Diego Magdaleno and WBC/WBA light welterweight champ Danny Garcia are already stars in the sport. So, I know that I belong and deserve a fight like this one and my time is coming.