American boxing stalwart Terence Crawford walked out victorious in his first bout of 2020 with knocking out Kell Brook in the fourth round of the WBO welterweight title matchup at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Extending his streak to 37-0 with 28 KOs, this win marks Terence Crawford’s fourth straight successful WBO welterweight title defense, the title he won all the way back in June 2018 against Jeff Horn.
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Since the onset of the COVID-19 disrupting all sports activities including boxing, this was the first time Terence Crawford has stepped inside the ring this year and it was showing its impact in the beginning.
The early rounds were slow for the champion, as Brook landed some heavy blows in the start. However, Crawford quickly regained his pace and sealed the deal in the fourth round, starting with a swashbuckling right hook to the Briton, sending him coiled up in the ropes and the 33-year-old followed up with a barrage of punches.
Check out the staggering KO in the clip below, courtesy of Top Rank:
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“I was trying to find my rhythm. That is why it was so competitive at first. I couldn’t get my shots off,” said Crawford after the match, while also shedding praise to the contender for the belt.
“Kell is a tremendous talent. He came and he tried to take my title. He was in shape. He made the weight. There were no excuses to be put on the table. He came off of three wins,” the champion added.
On the other hand, the loss marks Brook’s third defeat in his last five bouts and is now at 39-3 with 27KOs.
“Never in my career, nobody has ever done that to me in sparring or anything,” an overwhelmed Brook said after the match, “I got caught with a shot I didn’t see. I’m gutted because nobody could’ve gotten me in better condition.”