Unified lineal junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford is taking advantage of an opening to get one more fight in 2016, and it appears an opponent has been found to seal the deal.
HBO and Top Rank were looking to have Crawford fight on Dec. 10, and the opponent looks like it is going to be John Molina Jr., according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.
Dec. 10 was originally the slot being saved for the potential heavyweight title fight between IBF champ Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko was forced out of the bout thought when he suffered an injury last week.
Joshua is still set to defend the heavyweight title, but it will instead come against either Eric Molina or David Price. As a result, Showtime will air the heavyweight clash, but HBO’s slot was left open, prompting the network and Crawford’s promoter to give him the slot seeing as he had already wanted another fight in 2016, but simply could not get one due to time and money constraints.
I'm told likely Crawford foe Dec. 10 on HBO is @johnmolinajr135. Will mark 1st TR/Haymon non-purse bid deal other than May-Pac in years.
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) October 28, 2016
Crawford is coming off the biggest win of his career when he took on then-WBC champion Viktor Postol in a junior welterweight unification bout this past July. Both men were considered the clear two best junior welterweights in the world, and this bout would settle the true No. 1.
The opening rounds were competitive, but it did not take long for Crawford to hit his stride and start taking the large lead by dominating the fight to the very end — winning the unanimous decision.
Molina is also coming off his biggest career victory when he upset Ruslan Provodnikov in June, winning the unanimous decision over the popular brawler.