I remember his fights with Nicky Piper. And Michael Nunn.
He beat Piper in a gruelling fight. With Nunn it was a surprise title shot,... Nunns opponent pulled out and Ashley a career light-heavyweight was surprisingly offered the title shot at Super-Middleweight. With only about 4 weeks notice.
He put up a brave effort but was clearly nowhere near Michael Nunns class. And got beat up and stopped.
Crawford never had much of a fanbase not even in British boxings heyday of the early 1990's , a fringe world class contender. Sort of fighter you casually follow and root for because you know he has come from a hardlife and has only gotten to title level on determination despite not being exceptionally skilled.
Last I heard he was having a hardtime in retirement and had attempted suicide a couple of times. Hope he is in a better place mentally.
Crawford Ashley was a Sky Sports staple through the 1990s having reigned as British, Commonwealth and European champion and fighting for world titles. But retirement came and depression and death loomed large. As he struggled to find himself after boxing there were multiple brushes with death...