Brian McIntyre excited to see Terence Crawford rule at 147 pounds

Trainer Brian McIntyre (left) and undefeated former two-division champion Terence Crawford

 

The man behind the man.

 

Long before Terence “Bud” Crawford was scooping up world titles, building an undefeated resume and inching his way to the top of every pound-for-pound list in boxing, Brian McIntyre was his man with the plan.

 

Well, maybe not even McIntyre (affectionately referred to as “BoMac” among friends) could have foreseen the incredible run that was in the future for the vastly talented Crawford. However he realized a long time ago that he had a special fighter on his hands.

 

Since Crawford turned pro back in March of 2008, McIntyre has astutely guided his career. And now BoMac sits in an enviable position atop the fight game, handling a boxer many are calling the best fighter in the world.

 

After racking up 22 straight wins, Crawford waltzed into Glasgow, Scotland, in March of 2014, and relieved (then-champion) Ricky Burns of his WBO lightweight title.

 

Over the next three-and-a-half years, Omaha, Nebraska, native Crawford went on to win nine world title fights adding the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO junior welterweight belts to his collection along the way.

 

Crawford now set his sites on the vastly talented 147-pound class.

 

It looks like Bud’s first fight at 147 pounds will be for a world title when he challenges current WBO champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn. There are a few Is to dot and a few Ts cross but it looks like it’s a go.

 

Crawford will make his welterweight debut on April 21, when he tentatively faces Australia’s Horn, the previously unknown Aussie who became a player in the game when he upset eight-division champion and superstar Manny Pacquiao, last July, to pick up the WBO 147-pound title.

 

While Horn was set to face Pacquiao in a rematch, the fight couldn’t be made due to Pacquiao’s commitment to his political career in the Philippines and the fight had to be shelved.

 

So in steps Bud.

 

UCNLive.com caught up with Crawford trainer McIntyre to get his thoughts on the upcoming bout and where he sees Crawford in the welterweight title mix.

 

“We were just waiting to see what Top Rank and ESPN wanted to do but the Horn fight looks definite and that is great. We will be ready,” said McIntyre.

 

Crawford was clearly the best fighter in the world at 140 pounds and is now stepping into a loaded division at 147. Crawford, a supremely talented and quietly confident fighter, is excited to test himself against the best at welterweight.

 

“Since as far back as age 12 or 13, when he was going all over the place fighting top amateurs, he was always making it look easy,” said McIntyre. “He is such a talented fighter and he always wants to be number one. He is so determined. I was watching him all those years ago and how incredibly determined and talented he was, always wanting to get better, and I knew this guy was a special fighter. We cleaned out the division at 140 and we are now looking forward to taking on the best at 147. We are all excited for the challenge.”

 

While McIntyre realizes you can’t sleep on a fighter who pulled off an upset over Manny Pacquiao, he doesn’t see anything from the overachieving Horn that might pose too much of a problem for Crawford.

 

“Just his determination,” said McIntyre. “He’s a very determined guy and goes hard all night. But other than that, I don’t see where he can compete at the skill level with Bud. I like Terence stopping him mid or later rounds.”

 

In a division that boasts names like WBA/WBC titleholder Keith Thurman, IBF titlist Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter, to name a few, it is clear that there are a lot of potentially great fights out there for Crawford.

 

“We are just going to take the Horn fight first and focus on that,” said McIntyre. “There is no looking past him. Once we get that win under our belt, we will sit down with Top Rank and ESPN and see what they wanna do. Like I said, I’m excited for the challenges at 147 pounds. Whatever name they give us, whatever fighter wants to step up and make that money, wants to challenge us, we will be ready.”

 

 

 

Questions and comments can be sent to Bill Tibbs at hwtibbs@shaw.ca and you can follow him at twitter.com/tibbs_bill.

 

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