Manny Robles: “Bud Crawford is one of the best welterweights ever”

08/04/2023 - No comments

In a recent conversation with “Little Giant Boxing”, boxing coach Manny Robles opened up about his thoughts on the fight that happened over the week and shared his boxing insights.

In Robles’s view, the recent fight displayed the true talent of Crawford, whom he compared to the perfection of a pitcher in a baseball game.

“Crawford’s an incredible fighter. One of the best welterweight fighters I have ever witnessed,” Robles said, further adding that what Crawford did in the ring was a historical moment in boxing. “That’s what Crawford was like on Saturday night. He pitched a perfect game.”

The coach emphasized Crawford’s ability to pitch a perfect fight, despite his opponent being none other than Errol Spence, probably the best welterweight fighter in the world.

One aspect of Crawford’s performance that stood out to Robles was his calm demeanor and precision.

“What impressed me the most is he makes it look so simple, no pressure. It almost seemed like he was there by himself, like a sparring session,” Robles explained.

Crawford’s approach was in control and calculated. Robles acknowledged the crucial role of Crawford’s right jab, describing it as very precise and on point.

“It’s a masterpiece. The jab, just like it is for any fighter, is always key. His jab was on point and on top of that, it was a power jab,” Robles highlighted.

Crawford’s Unraveled Power

Crawford, being not a southpaw but fighting better than most southpaws, impressed Robles with his level of skill and precision. Crawford’s 2-1 combination in the second round, according to Robles, was a key to his victory.

“It’s scary to know that Crawford had another gear, meaning he could turn it up another level but never went there,” he said.

Despite being 35 years old, Crawford showed no signs of slowing down, which Robles found remarkable.

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When asked about the possibility of one of his fighters having the opportunity to fight Crawford, Robles described it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity not only to fight for a world title but to fight the best fighter in the division. It would be an honor,” Robles shared.

Discussing the rankings, Robles acknowledged that while both Crawford and Inoue were incredible fighters, he would give the edge to Crawford.

“IInoue is an incredible fighter and it’s not what he did to Fulton, it’s just as big, just as incredible. But I would have to give the edge to Crawford,” he explained.

The Spirit of Boxing

Emphasizing the importance of risk-taking in boxing, Robles shared a powerful observation about the current state of the sport.

“More fighters are scared of losing than they are winning. You got to take a risk, that’s boxing,” he stated.

Towards the end of the conversation, Robles extended an invitation to the boxing community to train at his gym, The Knockouts Boxing Gym, located at 9201 California Avenue in Southgate, California. He assured that everyone is welcome to get some good work in, regardless of their professional level.

“If you’re a pro, if you’re looking for sparring, if you want to lose weight, you’re more than welcome,” Robles added.

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