Terence Crawford continued to drum up hype for a future Errol Spence fight tonight.

As did he solidify his own pound for pound credentials with a knockout win that saw him have to come back from some early adversity against an opponent most expected him to be comfortable against in truth.

But this is professional boxing at the end of the day.

The hurt business.

A particular endeavor, where, at the highest level like Crawford operates at, one where he knows even if he slacks up that one per cent in preparation or isn’t 100% switched on mentally on fight night — that’s all it takes for a momentary lapse in concentration and opportunity to let these hungry challengers try to snatch away his title.

Alas, Crawford moves on into the holiday season in good mood after tonight’s knockout win and will look to re-access where he can make a move in 2020 at 147 lbs.

It has been slow progress for him in recent years however in terms of landing fights with the big name welterweights.

Indeed, he’ll need to somehow convince his promoters to speak with their rivals who have most of the best welterweights signed at this time.

Otherwise, broadcaster ESPN is no doubt going to get frustrated with these type of opponents he’s currently facing — for what in many people’s opinion is the best American boxer today in Crawford.

Speaking of great American boxers, former pound for pound maestro Andre Ward chimed in on his thoughts on Crawford’s win tonight:

(Hat tip Fight Hype YouTube)