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WBO champion Terence "Bud" Crawford will meet the undefeated mandatory challenger Egidijus "Mean Mashine" Kavaliauskas next Saturday in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Next Saturday P4P superstar Terence Crawford will compete to defend his WBO welterweight title.  In Madison Square Garden in New York, the 32-year-old world champion, who has not yet recorded a single defeat in his battle record, meets an equally undefeated opponent.

Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) won the WBO welterweight belt in June 2018 through a dominant victory over Australian Jeff Horn.  With that title win, he won a significant belt in a third weight class after winning light and super lightweight honors at the World Cup.  Since then, the man from Omaha (Nebraska, USA) has defended his place at the top twice.  Jose Benavidez Jr. and Amir Khan did not make it through the full distance of twelve laps.

On Saturday, the Lithuanian Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KOs) wants to try his luck, even if it is considered a blatant "underdog" in specialist circles.  Betting odds where Crawford is a 25-1 favorite sound like an easy win for the champion.  However, it would not be the first time that an outsider has been wrongly underestimated!

With a long amateur career, in which he participated twice in the Olympic Games, Egidijus Kavaliauskas brings good boxing training.  As a professional, the 31-year-old has been unbeaten in 22 fights so far and, as his 17 KO victories show, has some punch.  In his last fight, last March, Kavaliauskas had to be content with the American Ray Robinson.

Even if a clear Crawford victory can be assumed, the Latvian athlete should not be buried too soon!  In the event of the expected victory of the defending champion, the boxing world hopes for a unification match against Errol Spence Jr. in summer 2020.