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Undefeated world junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford will put his titles on the line against No. 3-rated contender Felix Diaz in a 12-round bout on Saturday, May 20 at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with DiBella Entertainment and Madison Square Garden, the Crawford vs. Diaz world championship event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., already a two-division lineal world champion, has won five of his last seven bouts by stoppage. The consensus top-five pound-for-pound fighter and 2014 Fighter of the Year will be making his second defense as the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine 140-pound world champion.
Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs), from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is a 2008 Olympic gold medalist. A natural junior welterweight, Diaz has been forced to campaign at welterweight because viable opponents in the 140-pound division have been running from him. The only blemish on his record was a disputed 12-round welterweight majority decision loss to two-division world champion Lamont Peterson in 2015. Diaz bounced back from that loss with a dominant unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated contender Sammy Vazquez.
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