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Terence Crawford is pushed hard in New York

Terence Crawford pulls out the win, while Teofimo Lopez is spectacular. Jack Hirsch reports from Madison Square Garden
Terence Crawford
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New York • December 14

WHAT was supposed to be a stroll in the park for WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford instead turned into a fast sprint – but nevertheless he got the job done in impressive fashion, turning back the spirited challenge of Egidijus Kavaliauskas at 44 seconds of the ninth round in front of 10,101 at Madison Square Garden (Top Rank promoted).

In the early going the Oxnard-based Lithuanian proved to be a genuine threat, matching the champion’s skill-set by effectively counterpunching off a tight defence.

Then shockingly in the third round a right stunned Crawford, who clinched and took a knee. It was a borderline call, but Crawford got the benefit of the doubt from referee Ricky Gonzalez, who ruled it a slip.