By William Hill
Last Updated: 13th December 2019
Terence Crawford will fight at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night as he bids to defend his WBO world welterweight title against the undefeated Egidijus Kavaliauskas.
Much of the talk around Crawford’s future has centred on a potential welterweight unification bout with Errol Spence Jr., who holds the WBC version of the same title, but Crawford will have to emerge victorious on Saturday before he can look any further ahead.
We preview the big bout in New York and pick out the best odds ahead of fight night.
Crawford the pound-for-pound number one?
It’s difficult to look past Crawford here, with a win priced at 1/16, due to the bulldozing approach he has applied to each of the three divisions in which he has fought.
The 32-year-old’s undefeated record hosts names such as Julius Indongo, Jeff Horn and Jose Benavidez Jr. among others. Crawford has not only held world titles in all three weight classes, but he held the undisputed world light-welterweight title between 2016 and 2017 and is considered by some to be the best current active boxer in the world right now.
That said, 2019 has thrown up many high-profile upsets and as NABF and WBO intercontinental welterweight champion, Kavaliauskas will believe that he can do the business and win on Saturday, records and accolades aside. He’s 8/1 to come out on top.
Crawford too strong to look past
Though Kavaliauskas is the mandatory challenger for Crawford’s belt, the latter is not one for looking past fights and focusing his mind elsewhere, something that will be necessary in order to come through this fight on Saturday.
With nine of his last 10 fights finishing by way of KO and TKO, Crawford remains a devastating puncher at welterweight level. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him take out Kavaliauskas before the final bell and you can get this at 4/9.
However, if you take into account the Lithuanian challenger’s record, he is yet to be knocked down in his 22-fight career, meaning a Crawford win on points could be nice value at 2/1.