Terence Crawford was voted the Sugar Ray Robinson fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America yesterday.
‘Bud’ gets the nod from the Boxing Writers Association of America. His 2014 campaign earned him the honors of being named Fighter of the Year, where he beat out other the finalists in Gennady Golovkin, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, and Naoya Inoue.
“It’s a surprise to me because that’s something I never thought I’d be able to accomplish,” Crawford said. “Now that it’s happened, it kind of feels like it’s not real. But I will say that my performance in the ring on those three nights last year brought the best out of me.
“I was as sharp as I could be. Everything fell into place at the right time, and I’m looking for a big year again in 2015.”
“I’m going to continue taking the biggest and best fights out there. I don’t want to take no step down,” said Crawford, a native of Omaha, Nebraska. “I want to prove I’m the best fighter in and around my division and one of the best in any division. To be great, you got to set your sights on the Pacquiaos and the Mayweathers. Those are the kind of guys I want to fight and beat.”
It’s great to want to be great, I just hope Crawford takes his time and doesn’t rush up the scales too quickly trying to chase big fights. He’s still a young fighter and still has plenty of time to seal his own legacy. But I’ll say that Crawford is a deserving winner, so hat’s off to him!