Terence Crawford TKO’s Egidijus Kavaliauskas in Round 9 to retain his WBO welterweight title
Terence “Bud” Crawford faced Egidijus Kavaliauskas aka “Mean Machine” in defense of his WBO welterweight title. The championship bout took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 15 (AEDT). The contest headlined the fight card presented by Top Rank Boxing live on ESPN.
The scheduled for twelve rounds encounter didn’t go the distance. In the ninth round Crawford caught Kavaliauskas with several hooks dropping him to the canvas. The challenger got up, however the champion dropped him again, forcing the referee to wave the fight off, declaring the win by TKO at 0:44 of Round 9.
Ultimately, Terence Crawford made the third successful defense of his WBO welterweight title and updated his record to 36-0, 27 KO. Egidijus Kavaliauskas suffered the first defeat in his professional boxing career and dropped to 21-1-1, 17 KO.
In the co-main event Richard Commey (29-3, 26 KO) squared off against Teofimo Lopez (15-0, 12 KO), making the second defense of IBF lightweight title. The contest also ended prior to the final bell.
In the second round the latter unloaded a barrage of punches on his opponent forcing the referee to stop the contest, declaring his victory by TKO. Ultimately, Lopez became a new champion in the division.
Also on the card, featherweights Michael Conlan (13-0, 7 KO) and Vladimir Nikitin (3-1, 0 KO) met in the rematch. Their first encounter at 2016 Summer Olympics ended in favor of the latter.
The pair went a full ten-round distance. The verdict heard a unanimous decision in favor of Conlan, who took the revenge.
The complete fight results can be found below.
Crawford vs ‘Mean Machine’ results
Terence Crawford def. Egidijus Kavaliauskas by TKO (R9)
Teofimo Lopez def. Richard Commey by TKO (R2).
Michael Conlan def. Vladimir Nikitin by unanimous decision (98-92, 99-91, 100-90).
Josue Vargas def. Noel Murphy by unanimous decision (98-92 x3).
Edgar Berlanga def. Cesar Nunez by KO (R1).