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Terence Crawford vs. Israil Madrimov: Tale of the Tape

Terence Crawford will have been out of the ring for over a year by the time he faces Israil Madrimov in August.

Crawford was last seen in July of 2023 as he produced a career-defining performance to stop Errol Spence Jr. in the ninth round, becoming the undisputed welterweight champion in the process.

Initially it looked as if Spence was going to activate a rematch clause, then there were rumours of a blockbuster clash with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for Crawford.

Both fights failed to materislaise, however, and instead Crawford has turned his focus to Madrimov and a chance to become a four-weight world champion as the WBA and WBO interim super welterweight belts are up for grabs.

Both men come into this bout with unbeaten records as Madrimov has managed 10 wins and one draw in an 11-fight professional career.

The Uzbekistani fighter’s draw came in a bout with Michel Sorro that was ended early due to an accidental head clash, so it shouldn’t be viewed as any kind of blemish on what is essentially a flawless record.

Fighter Bio

Terence Crawford

Israil Madrimov

Odds

-600

+400

Age

36

29

Nickname

Bud

The Dream

Height

5’8”

5’8.5”

Reach

74”

68.5”

Weight

Super Welterweight

Super Welterweight

Trainer

Brian 'BoMac' McIntyre

Joel Diaz

Record

40-0 (31 KOs)

10-0-1 (7 KOs)

Last fight

Win against Errol Spence Jr (July 29th, 2023)

Win against Magomed Kurbanov (March 8th, 2024)

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Terence Crawford Profile 

Terence Crawford has compiled a perfect 40-0 record since making his debut back in 2008 and he is widely regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound active fighters, sitting at the top of ESPN’s list and second with The Ring Magazine, behind Naoya Inoue.

Crawford hails from Omaha, Nebraska, and he began boxing at the age of seven. The southpaw fought 70 times as an amateur and claimed 58 wins, but missed out on a place at the 2008 Olympics after a defeat to  Sadam Ali.

The American opted to move into the professional ranks that year and he claimed a first round stoppage win over Brian Cummings. Crawford flight 12 times between March 2008 and July 2010 before his first serious test against a fighter with a winning record.

Crawford stopped the 15-6 Anthony Mora in the first round and followed that up with another eye-catching display as he stopped Derrick Campos in the second.

In March 2013, Crawford made a statement with a comprehensive points win overt knockout specialist Breidis Prescott and followed that up by inflicting a first stoppage defeat on Alejandro Sanabria, in what proved to be the Mexican’s final bout.

He finished the year off with a points win over the previously unbeaten Andrey Klimov, which then earned a first chance for Crawford to become a world champion.

Bud claimed his first world title in convincing fashion, producing an exceptional technical display to beat Ricky Burns via unanimous decision as an away fighter at the SEC in Glasgow to claim the WBO lightweight crown.

Victories over Yuriorkis Gamboa and Raymundo Beltran followed, and he then stepped up to super lightweight/light welterweight to claim the vacant WBO title against Thomas Dulorme.

Crawford would become an undisputed champion for the first time in that weight class with a devastating third-round win over the previously unbeaten Julius Indongo.

After seeing off Indongo, he became a three-weight world champion in 2018 by taking the WBO welterweight belt from Jeff Horn, who had claimed a win over Manny Pacquiao the previous year.

Crawford was able to dominate a welterweight division packed with quality as he overcame the likes of Jose Benavidez Jr, Amir Khan, Kell Brook and Shawn Porter.

His last bout came against Spence Jr in what was considered a 50-50 fight by most pundits in the build-up. Crawford was perhaps the marginal favourite, but few had predicted the dominant display he produced as he dominated the previously unbeaten Spence throughout before claiming an early finish in the ninth round.

Strengths: Master technician, reliable jab, exceptional defence, power, precision Weaknesses: First bout at super welterweight/light middleweight

Strengths

Weaknesses

Master technician

First bout at super welterweight/light middleweight

Reliable jab

Exceptional defence

Power

Precision

Israil Madrimov Profile

Like Crawford, Israil Madrimov enjoyed a stellar amateur career before turning professional as he won gold medals at the 2017 Asian Championships and 2018 Asian Games.

Madrimov’s first professional bout in 2018 was a high-level contest as he faced Vladimir Hernandez for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental super-welterweight title, on the undercard of Dmitry Bivol's world title defence against Jean Pascal.

Madrimov announced himself as a serious contender as he scored a knockdown in round three and went on to record a TKO win in the sixth, while he was ahead on all three judges' scorecards when the fight ended.

The 29-year-old Uzbekistani won his first five fights inside the distance before being taken all the way himself by Eric Walker and then Emmany Kalombo. 

Madrimov stopped Michel Soro with a ninth round TKO in 2021 and the pair met for a rematch the following year, with that bout going down as a draw after finishing early due to a clash of heads that resulted in an injury to Soro.

The Dream became a world champion for the first time in March 2024 as he stopped the previously unbeaten Russian Magomed Kurbanov in the fifth round to claim the vacant WBA world super welterweight title.

Madrimov’s first defence of his belt comes against Crawford in what will clearly be the biggest test of his career, but he has passed every examination he has faced so far. 

Strengths

Weaknesses

Intensity

Lack of experience

Power

Movement

Athleticism

Defence

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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