Crawford vs Diaz

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Tonight starting at 10:15 pm ET on HBO, BLH will have live coverage of two fights from Madison Square Garden, headlined by Terence Crawford defending his WBC and WBO junior welterweight titles against Felix Diaz.

Crawford (30-0, 21 KO) last fought in December, when he dominated John Molina Jr, so this is his first fight of 2017. Diaz (19-1, 9 KO) is a former Olympic gold medalist for the Dominican Republic (Beijing 2008), and as a pro was probably at his best in a narrow and debated defeat against Lamont Peterson back in 2015.

Crawford has emerged as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing and someone you always want to see in action.

The co-feature will be a lightweight bout between veteran Ray Beltran (32-7-1, 20 KO) and Jonathan Maicelo (25-2, 12 KO). Some minor titles are on the line, and the fight is set for 12 rounds.

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Terence Crawford is facing one of the biggest challenges of his career on Saturday night when he battles Felix Diaz on HBO (10:15 p.m. ET/PT), but if you don’t know much about Diaz, you’re not alone. Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) is the 2008 Olympic gold medalist from the Dominican Republican, but in the biggest fight of his career, he lost a close decision to Lamont Peterson.

Considering Peterson is probably a level below Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) when it comes to boxing ability, you might not think Diaz has a great chance to score an upset on the man who’s No. 11 on the Forbes Pound-For-Pound Moneymakers list. But Diaz could have the ability to surprise.

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, 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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