Felix Diaz had some value as a live underdog for Saturday’s boxing picks, but he wasn’t live for very long in his bout with light welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
The sharps all arrived at the same conclusion: Terence Crawford would win Saturday’s light welterweight title fight with Felix Diaz, and he would win by stoppage in the late rounds. Diaz had enough of a puncher’s chance to be worth a flyer at +1100 on the boxing odds board, but that wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for the former Olympic gold medalist.
The sharps knew what they were talking about. Diaz was game, and he touched the champion once or twice, but Crawford (–3000) dominated as the fight wore on, and Diaz’ corner threw in the proverbial towel after the end of the 10th round. If you had Crawford by TKO/KO/DQ at +110 and UNDER 10.5 rounds at +150 in your boxing picks, well done.
Saturday’s fight spoke to just how talented Crawford is – and why he’s the No. 5 pound-for-pound boxer in the world according to Ring Magazine. The champion, now 31-0 with 22 knockouts, came out in a southpaw stance to complicate matters for Diaz (19-2, 9 KOs), a natural lefty. Crawford’s positioning and command of the ring were outstanding; Diaz was all straight lines, and Crawford boxed circles around him.
After a few rounds of Mayweather-esque jabbing and holding, Crawford brought out the big guns. He landed heavy combinations on Diaz, repeatedly pinning him in the corner and taking advantage of openings, but not risking himself in the process. The challenger had no answers at this point other than sheer will and determination. Crawford toyed with him, even patting Diaz on the head like a child while he was covering up. Where’s the sportsmanship?
In theory, the Diaz camp could have stopped the fight one round earlier to save their overmatched client some of that beating and embarrassment, but again, Diaz was a game opponent and kept swinging until the end. He certainly put up more of a fight than Julio Cesar Chavez did against Canelo Alvarez. That’s all you can ask for in a live dog.