Terence Crawford announces press conference for upcoming fight in Omaha

Terence Crawford announces press conference for upcoming fight in Omaha
Posted at 4:24 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 17:24:28-05

Omaha native and undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford and the number one contender John Molina Jr. will host a press conference Thursday Nov. 10 at the CenturyLink Center.

The news conference is being held to discuss Crawford and Molina's upcoming fight on Dec. 10 at the CenturyLink Center here in Omaha. The conference will be open to the public and starts at noon with doors opening around 11:30 a.m. Fans should enter the grand hallway doors and take the elevator or escalator to the second floor.

The Creighton Bluejays originally had a game scheduled that night against Longwood, but Top Rank promoter Bob Arum worked with Creighton officials to have the game moved back to Dec. 9. Creighton's game against Longwood will take place a 6:30 p.m.

The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 8:35 p.m. CT Dec. 10. 

Crawford has won four of his last six bouts by stoppage and will be making his first defense as the World Boxing Organization/ World Boxing Council/ Ring magazine 140-pound world champion.

Molina is currently rated No. 1 by the World Boxing Association and No. 3 by the WBC and WBO. Molina is coming off a victory over junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov on June 11.

It was thought that Crawford might be next in line to fight Manny Pacquiao, but no progress has been made thus far on a fight being solidified. After his victory over Jessie Vargas in a WBO title fight Saturday, Pacquiao said that he would not choose his next fight and that he would talk to promoter Bob Arum.

Pacquiao went on to say that he would fight anyone, and said "Crawford at 140? Not a problem." There were originally disputes as to what weight class the two would fight at if there were to be a fight, but if his latest comments are any indication, it sounds like Pacquiao is willing to fight Crawford at 140. 

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