NEW YORK—Unbeaten American Terence Crawford kept his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization junior welterweight titles by stopping Dominican southpaw Felix Diaz after 10 rounds.
Crawford improved to 31-0 with his 22nd victory inside the distance while Diaz fell to 19-2 in the feature at Madison Square Garden.
The Dominican was rocked by a left hook to the head in the eighth round and another early in the ninth as Crawford dominated, tapping the 2008 Beijing Olympic champion on the head in the 10th to embarrass him before Diaz’s cornermen stopped the bout after the round. Crawford, who has won five of his past six fights inside the distance, called out Filipino Manny Pacquiao after the triumph but indicated he was also up for a unification showdown with undefeated champ Julius Indongo.
“Pacquiao. That’s the only fight out there we’re really looking for,” Crawford said. “If not that, Indongo. He came to my fight. I’m ready to go with anybody.”