Terence Crawford Impresses Former NCAA Champion & UFC Star With His Insane Wrestling Skills

Published 08/17/2023, 1:33 PM EDT

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Terence Crawford recently stole the spotlight after his one-sided beat-down of Errol Spence Jr. In doing so, the 35-year-old became the first simultaneous undisputed champion in two weight classes in the four-belt era. Touted for his masterful boxing skills, Crawford recently earned praise from a highly-rated UFC prospect for his wrestling skills.

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A recent video that surfaced on the internet showed Crawford putting his wrestling skills on display. And to the surprise of the former NCAA champion Bo Nickal, Crawford held his own in the grappling department.

Bo Nickal praises Terence Crawford for wrestling display

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Bo Nickal’s recent comments got highlighted in an Instagram post that also featured the video of Terence Crawford wrestling. Renowned MMA page, ‘Betr Combat’ shared a post on Instagram that highlighted Nickal’s comments with the accompanying video. It mentioned the handle of both the stars and quoted, “Bo Nickal confirms wrestling is LEGIT” 

Undoubtedly, Crawford showcased some decent skills while he wrestled with a guy. So much so that it caught the attention of the undefeated UFC star. Considering his prowess, Nickal said, “Legit. Bud was being nice here.” Indeed, Bo Nickal’s opinions about the boxing star seem to have come out with utter honesty. Meanwhile, Nickal himself received some alarming reviews from his peers recently.

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Nickal, who came into the spotlight for a post with former President of the United States Donald Trump, has surely been under intense scrutiny. However, he received a bummer from the former UFC fighter, Demetrious Johnson while he was compared with the UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

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Johnson was discussing a potential scenario with Henry Cejudo, the former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion, in a YouTube interview. Johnson did, however, originally highlight Israel Adesanya’s takedown skills. But, the parallel got discussed since Cejudo inserted Bo Nickal into the scene on cue.

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Johnson made the comparison clear by saying, “See Here is the thing, I like Bo Nickal. The biggest thing about Bo Nickal is that you have a wrestler who hasn’t developed very good kickboxing. What I meant by kickboxing is that his rhythm on his feet. Israel Adesanya, all he has to do is have good takedown defense, mix up the kickboxing, and keep Bo Nickal guessing.”

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It’s not new if any comparison surrounds a star like Bo Nickal or Adesanya. Their skills have made them the yardsticks of those disciplines in the eye of many. However, his relatively young career in the UFC and MMA in general still leaves a lot to be desired.

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What are your thoughts on Nickal’s comments on Crawford? And what do you make of DJ’s analysis of Adesanya vs. Nickal? Let us know in te comments below.

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Akchhat Bachheti

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Akchhat is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, showcasing his love for the game and unwavering commitment to it through his articles. His fascination with the sport began when CM Punk made his debut against Mickey Gall in 2016, sparking his enduring passion. Since then, Akchhat has aspired to provide a comprehensive understanding of the sport and its participants.
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