Terence Crawford will defend his WBO welterweight title when he fights Egidijus Kavaliauskas this weekend.

Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) is regarded as one of the greatest pound-for-pound talents in the sport and blasted through Amir Khan in six rounds last time out.

He will take on mandatory challenger Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KOs) at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, on a thrilling fight card that also features Michael Conlan’s Olympic rematch with Vladimir Nikitin.

Kavaliauskas drew his last fight – with Josh Kelly’s most recent opponent, Ray Robinson – but is a two-time Olympian for Lithuania and previously knocked out the dangerous David Avanesyan.  

Here’s everything you need to know.

What time is the fight?

The fight takes place on Saturday 14 December.

The ring walks are expected to take place at 23:30 ET, which is 4:30 GMT. So get some coffee in.

Where is the fight?

The fight is at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. It’s the fourth time Crawford has boxed at the venue. Kavaliauskas has never fought there before.

How can I watch and stream the fight?

The fight will be shown live on ESPN in the United States.

No broadcaster in the United Kingdom has picked the fight up. However, you can legally stream it for $14.99 (£11.25) using Fite.TV.

What are the odds?

  • Crawford to win: 1/20
  • Kavaliauskas to win: 10/1
  • Draw: 25/1

What have they been saying?

Crawford: “Kavaliauskas is a two-time Olympian and I can’t take him lightly. He’s got everything to gain and nothing to lose and that makes him dangerous. I never overlook any opponent, and this will be no exception. I’ll be ready for anything and everything he brings on December 14 when I return to my second home, Madison Square Garden.”

Kavaliauskas: “I have prepared my whole boxing career for a fight of this magnitude. Crawford is an excellent fighter, but I fear no man. Nobody has seen the best of the ‘Mean Machine’ yet. I am going to shock a lot of people on December 14, but it won’t be a surprise to me. I earned this title shot. It is my time.”

Who is on the undercard?

  • Richard Comney vs Teofimo Lopez (IBF lightweight title)
  • Michael Conlan vs Vladimir Nikitin (featherweight)
  • George Kambosos Jr vs Mickey Bey (lightweight)
  • Josh Vargas vs Noel Murphy (super lightweight)
  • Edgar Berlanga vs Cesar Nunez (super middleweight)
  • Julian Rodriguez vs Manuel Mendez (super lightweight)

What’s our prediction?

Crawford to win via stoppage in the first six rounds.

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