2017 Fighter of the Year: Terence Crawford

In this column, I am a broken record on the subject of what constitutes a legitimate World Champion. Probably half the posts I write include disparagement of various alphabet-soup claims to world title status.

The sport of boxing needs this kind of attention. One of the primary weaknesses of boxing in the modern age has been a complete lack of any mechanism for verifying world title claims. Promoters, broadcast networks, and way too many writers refer to fighters as “world champions”...

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