"I knew he was frustrated", Crawford said. Crawford has shown versatility few others have as he can fight inside and out, he has good power and excellent technique and he adds to that package exceptional ring IQ and a mean streak.
Junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford showcased his considerable skills at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, doing pretty much whatever he wanted against a fearless but outclassed Felix Diaz.
"Once he gets all four belts he's going to fight Pacquiao with my new partner Warren Buffett", Arum said.
"A lot of great fighters and a lot of great fights have happened in Madison Square Garden", Crawford said. And I move up and I have two, three fights, and they're telling me to move up.
It was the first time that Diaz (19-2, 9 KOs) has lost at 140 pounds, and the first time his corner has been forced to stop a fight.
During the buildup to the fight, Beltran's lawyer said looking impressive would help Beltran's chances of getting a green card and becoming a permanent resident of the United States.
Defensively, Crawford understands how to control the range to keep his opponents outside of their preferred distance, and in addition to his feet, he's good at moving from the head and waist to avoid shots. "When I was arguing with my managers about finding the biggest fights out there, Crawford was No. 1 since he is the best out there and it's such an unbelievable opportunity to finally get that fight with him".
Diaz's best round was the seventh, when he buzzed Crawford with a left, but the moment passed quickly.
Joel Diaz gave Felix one last round but it was clear there was no point.
Afterwards, his trainer said: "I stopped the fight because I didn't want him to take any more punishment".
In the chief supporting bout Saturday night, Raymundo Beltran put himself in line for a title shot by scoring a one-punch knockout of Peru's Jonathan Maicelo in the second round of a lightweight eliminator.
On the undercard, U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson won for the second time as a pro when his fight against Carlos Suarez was stopped in the first round.
Dominican Republic's Felix Diaz, left, punches Terence Crawford during the seventh round of a super lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 20, 2017, in NY.
"First of all the Garden is iconic for me being a NY guy and so the opportunity to do this card in the Garden, I jumped at it", Arum said.
Maicelo (25-3, 12 KOs) appeared to be OK as he was carried out, motioning his hand to a crowd that included numerous Peruvian's fans.
Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) is one of the most gifted boxers in the sport, and he showcased his talents once again in Saturday's HBO Boxing main event.