Madison Square Garden will be rocking on Saturday night as another in a long line of excellent boxing events will hit the Big Apple. Terence Crawford will put his WBO, WBC and Ring Magazine 140-pound titles on the line when he takes on challenger Felix Diaz. Their bout will serve as the main event of an HBO World Championship Boxing card and at Friday’s weigh-ins, everything went off without a hitch.
Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) captured Olympic gold in ’08 for his native Dominican Republic. He’s been terrific as a pro, scoring wins over the likes of Adrian Granados, Emmanuel Lartey and Sammy Vasquez. He lost a majority decision to Lamont Peterson in a pivotal matchup in October ’15, but has since rebounded with two wins. His latest conquest came last December when he took Levis Morales out in the sixth, which led to his first-ever chance at capturing a world title. He took to the scale first on Friday and came in at 139.4 pounds.
Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) has quickly become one of boxing brightest young stars and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time in the near-future. “Bud” captured the WBO lightweight belt in 2014 when he dominated Ricky Burns via unanimous decision. After making two successful defenses, the Omaha, neb., native moved up to junior welterweight where he quickly scooped up that division’s WBO crown in ’15 by knocking out Thomas Dulorme in the sixth. He added the WBC version by pummeling Viktor Postol last July and is coming off an eighth-round TKO of John Molina Jr. in December and on Friday, he took another step toward greatness; he weighed in officially at 139.2 pounds.
The action will go live on HBO beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT.
HBO Boxing Weigh-in Results:Terence Crawford (139.2) vs. Felix Diax (139.4)
Ray Beltran (134.6) vs. Jonathan Maicelo (134.8)