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Terence Crawford: A champion without a challenger

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Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Promotions

Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Promotions

Terence Crawford snagged more eyes and turned those on-the-fence to full-on believing that this Nebraskan is in the Top 5 – if not higher – on pound-for-pound lists when he dominated Viktor Postol on July 23.

His total ownership of the skilled Postol didn’t surprise his crew, like trainer Brian McIntyre, but some pundits saw the tangle, which ran on HBO Pay-Per-View, as a 50/50 type of fight. They chastised themselves for seeing it as a pick-’em in the crystal clear rear view mirror.

There will now be heightened interest on what comes next for Crawford, age 28 (29-0, 20 knockouts), who now holds the WBC, WBO and THE RING magazine 140-pound belts.

I certainly am that much more curious.

So, what about it, Coach Mac; what’s next for “Bud?”

“November 12th, Omaha, that’s the word,” McIntyre said.

Any foes you all are targeting?

“Sh*t, we don’t know. We are trying to find someone,” he said.

I see 25-0 (16 KOs) Cali boxer Antonio Orozco is rated No. 1 by the WBC. Might he be in the mix?

Top Rank Promotions executive Carl Moretti, who told us it’s too early to declare a date and site on Bud’s third bout of 2016, said, “No, Team Orozco wants nothing to do with Crawford.”

The WBO says 39-2 (24 KOs) Filipino Jason Pagara is the No. 1 ranked hitter in their eyes, for the record.

Mac mentioned the guy who holds the IBF’s 140-pound crown, 36-year-old Eduard Troyanovsky (24-0, 21 KOs), a Russian known to Team Stream diehards, mostly. He beat Cesar Cuenca for the strap and bested him in a rematch. He’s slated to scrap with 16-1-1 (15 KOs) Japanese boxer Keita Obara on Sept. 9 in Moscow, so he’s focused on that goal for now.

None of those mentioned possibilities truly excite fight fans who are wondering just who can test, let alone beat, an athlete who I think is not yet at his pugilistic peak. If you, Dear Readers, have ideas or requests for Crawford’s next, fire them up in the comment section.