Terence Crawford remains undefeated, and the WBO's welterweight champion, after defeating Egidijus Kavaliauskas aka 'Mean Machine' with a two-punch combo in the ninth round. Crawford made his team sweat a bit, including a borderline second round knockdown (which went down as a "slip"), but the 32-year-old champ recovered swiftly.
Crawford commented after the fight that he wanted to keep things close, but there's no denying the better fighter won, adding yet another impressive victory to his long resume.
Crawford dropped his opponent three separate times, but it wasn't until the ninth round that he was able to deliver the proper pairing of direct hits to bring Mean Machine to the mat. Finally, the official stepped in and made the right decision, giving Crawford the vindication he so often seeks in the ring.