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Terence Crawford starts slow but dusts Kell Brook with fourth-round TKO to retain WBO title

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Heading into Saturday's fight against Kell Brook, the only knock on Terence Crawford was that he hadn't faced the upper crust of the welterweight division. Many considered the Englishman to be his toughest test to date.

Crawford made a case for being the top fighter in the world by overcoming a slow start to score a fourth-round TKO to retain his WBO welterweight championship at "The Bubble" from the MGM Grand conference ballroom in Las Vegas, Nev. DAZN News had the fight scored 30-27 for Brook before the stoppage.  

With Crawford taking his time, Brook (39-3, 27 KOs) took advantage of the opening three rounds. He kept Crawford at bay by using a stiff jab and the straight right hand. Crawford looked a little befuddled as he continued to switch stances with some success but not enough to gain an advantage. But it just seemed to be a matter of time as Crawford started to get into a flow halfway through the third round, connecting with the left hand and using his speed advantage to slither away from Brook's attempted power shots. 

The Nebraska native came out with a different look to begin the fourth round that paid in dividends rather quickly. Crawford threw a chopping right hand over the top of a Brook jab that severely wobbled the former champion and sent his head through the middle rope to score a knockdown. Brook took the count to recover but it only delayed the inevitable. Smelling blood in the water, Crawford smashed Brook with piston-like left hands, which forced referee Tony Weeks to step in to put an end to the onslaught at the 1:14 mark.

The question is now what will be next for Crawford. People want to see Crawford take on unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. if he can get by Danny Garcia on Dec. 5 or eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Crawford's promoter Bob Arum feels Spence doesn't want anything to do with his fighter, and talks will be revisited for a Pacquiao bout in the Middle East in the first quarter or early second quarter of 2021.

Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) is now 15-0 with 12 knockouts in championship fights and has won his last eight via stoppage.

Terence Crawford vs. Kell Brook fight card results

  • Terence Crawford def. Kell Brook by TKO at 1:14 of the fourth round to retain the WBO Welterweight title
  • Joshua Franco and Andrew Maloney ends in a no-contest
  • Joshua Greer Jr. and Edwin Rodriguez go to a majority draw  (77-75 Rodriguez, 76-76, 76-76)
  • Raymond Muratalla def. Luis Porozo by knockout at 2:40 of the third round
  • Vegas Larfield def. Juan Alberto Flores via TKO at 1:07 of the third round
  • Duke Regan def. Sebastian Gutierrez by unanimous decision (40-35, 40-35, 40-35)

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Terence Crawford stops Kell Brook to retain title

Just when it appeared it was going to be a long fight, Crawford decided to bring it up a notch.

Brook lunged forward and Crawford stunned him with a short right hook to send the Englishman's head through the ropes. Crawford landed a barrage of shots and referee Tony Weeks ruled it a knockdown because the ropes held Brook up. 

Sensing he had Brook for the taking, Crawford landed a chopping right hand to wobble Brook's knees. Crawford then threw continuous piston-like left hands which battered Brook. Seeing that Brook wasn't going to last too much longer, Weeks stepped in to put an end to the beating at the 1:14 mark of the fourth round to retain the WBO welterweight title. 

What's now next for Terence Crawford? Errol Spence Jr.-Danny Garcia winner? Manny Pacquiao? Let's see what happens.

Crawford-Brook Round 3

Have to be impressed so far with Brook. He adjusted well to Crawford switching stances and started finding a home with the straight right hand. Crawford is starting to pick up the pace but he needs to get on the inside as that's been the problem with Brook in his losses to Gennadiy Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. He needs to do it right now. (10-9 Brook, 30-27 Brook)

Crawford-Brook Round 2

Brook is frustrating Crawford with the power jab to the point where the latter keeps switching stances to try and figure out how to combat it. 

How does Crawford make the adjustment as Plan A is not working? He needs to be first everytime and not let Brook get the jab going. (10-9 Brook, 20-18 Brook)

Terence Crawford-Kell Brook Round 1

Crawford with his customary slow start and Brook made him pay by continuously pumping the jab to the body and head. At the end of the round, Crawford got loose in connecting with the left hand. 

Can Crawford bring that momentum into the second round? (10-9 Brook)

Crawford-Brook time

It is now time for the main event as Terence Crawford defends the WBO welterweight title against former IBF titlist Kell Brook.

Some people say Brook will be Crawford's toughest test. Will he be? We are about to find out.

Joshua Franco and Andrew Maloney go to a controversial no-contest

Joshua Franco and Andrew Maloney go to a no-contest. 

Before the third round started, referee Russell Mora refused to let Franco come out as his right eye was completely swollen shut. Mora said the damage was caused by an accidental headbutt in the first round when, upon replay, there was no headbutt to speak of.

After a long delay, the Nevada State Athletic Commission finally went to instant replay to where there was no clash of heads. Thirty minutes passed by and the head of the NSAC Bob Bennett and Robert Byrd declared they headbutted each other to cause the swelling.

It's pretty sad in this day and age that with technology at your fingertips, Bennett and Byrd still couldn't get right when the viewing audience and people inside the venue could see the obvious. 

Maloney was robbed of once again becoming a world champion. What incompetence by the NSAC, which has sadly become the norm for them when they used to be the gold standard of combat sports. 

The fight is ended but who is the winner?

Before the third round began, Mora wouldn't let Franco continue as the right eye is swollen shut and the fight is stopped. 

When the fight ended, Mora kept being insistent that it was an accidental headbutt that caused the damage but that wasn't the case. The eye closed because of punches and it was clear as day. 

In the state of Nevada, instant replay is allowed. After a long delay, the Nevada State Athletic Commission is finally going to take a look and see if an accidental headbutt occurred. If they did, the fight would be declared a no-contest. 

But remember, this is the state of Nevada and their record of getting things right is spotty.

Franco-Moloney Round 2

At the beginning of the round, referee Russell Mora called for a time out so the ringside doctor could examine Franco's right eye. He was able to open it but not for long as Moloney kept going right at the eye and not letting up. By the time the round ended, Franco couldn't see out of the eye. 

Mora keeps saying it was due to an accidental headbutt but there was no clash of heads whatsoever. Let's see what happens here. (10-9 Moloney, 20-18 Moloney).

Joshua Franco vs. Andrew Moloney Round 1

Moloney couldn't have asked for a better start. He was the aggressor and threw nonstop, which didn't give Franco too much time to get into any type of rhythm. (10-9 Moloney)

The main card is about to begin

After a bit of delay, the two-fight card is about to begin as Joshua Franco and Andrew Maloney square off in a rematch for the former's WBA (regular) super flyweight title. 

They fought back in June with Franco winning by a narrow unanimous decision to capture the gold. 

Can Franco have a repeat performance or can Maloney regain the belt? This should be a fun one.

Break in the action

This is the time to hit the bathroom, grab some more food and drinks before the two-fight main card begins in a few minutes.

Joshua Greer Jr. and Edwin Rodriguez fight to a majority draw

Greer and Rodriguez battle to a majority draw (77-75 Rodriguez, 76-76, 76-76). A hard bout to score but one that leaned towards Greer, who appeared to win the last two rounds. Greer could have made it easier for himself by not taking rounds off. Doing that allowed Rodriguez to garner confidence and into the fight. 

Greer should look at this as a loss. This is one where he should have won going away. Instead, he let it slip through his fingers.

Mometum starting to shift

We are in the fifth round and Rodriguez is starting to gain some momentum. Rodriguez is applying good pressure while Greer is content by not doing too much offensively whatsoever. Time for Greer to get moving in the last three rounds.

Featured preliminary bout is underway

The main event of the preliminary card is underway as touted prospect Joshua Greer Jr. (22-2-1, 12 KOs) takes on veteran Edwin Rodriguez (11-5-1, 5 KOs). A tough test for Greer to see where he's at during this point of his career.

Crawford vs. Brook fight night

Hello everyone, welcome to DAZN News' live coverage of the Terence Crawford vs. Kell Brook fight card. An exciting evening is upon us as pound-for-pound contender Terence Crawford returns to the ring against Kell Brook. So grab the refreshments, get on the couch, kick back and relax for a great night of action.

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