Crawford stops Lundy to retain WBO title

NEW YORK (AP) Terrence Crawford stopped Henry Lundy 2 minutes, 9 seconds into the fifth round to retain his WBO World Championship Super Lightweight title Saturday night.

The bout picked up where the fighters left off at their final press conference Thursday, when they exchanged words before Crawford shoved Lundy in front of photographers.

Crawford (28-0) drew blood in the fourth round, opening a cut along Lundy's right eye. Crawford then dropped Lundy (26-6-1) for a standing eight count with a combination early in the fifth, and after the fight was restarted, Crawford's assault continued until referee Steve Willis stopped the fight.

While the main event was explosive from the opening bell, the earlier semi-main event between Felix Verdejo and Willian Silva in the WBO Latino Championship Lightweight division was an exhibition of scientific boxing. Verdejo took a 10-round, unanimous decision over Silva to improve to 20-0.