Crawford Hits Back At Critics As Inoue Takes P4P Top Spot – ‘Put Me In Any Category I Would Still Dominate’

December 28, 2023
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Crawford Hits Back At Critics As Inoue Takes P4P Top Spot - 'Put Me In Any Category I Would Still Dominate'

In today’s boxing news, Terence Crawford has hit back at his critics by claiming he would succeed in any weight division.

Crawford is coming off the biggest win of his career after stopping Errol Spence Jr. to become the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era. The victory made him the best pound-for-pound fighter, but he has now been moved to the second spot following Naoya Inoue’s win over Marlon Tapales to become the undisputed super bantamweight champion. Crawford’s record speaks for itself. In his 40 wins, Crawford has stopped 31 opponents as he remains undefeated. This has included stopping all of his opponents at welterweight.

Crawford’s win over Spence has been scrutinized after suggestions that ‘The Truth’ was weight drained after struggling to make 147. The suggestions only occurred after Spence’s defeat, something Crawford predicted before the fight. Now, he has hit back at his doubters.

Crawford On His Critics

“When I say I’m P4P best fighter in the world, this is what I mean. You could put me in any weight category if I was that size and I would still dominate. You definitely can’t say the same for everyone else. Some don’t have the style for smaller fighters or bigger fighters I do. There’s not one fighter I’ve fought professionally that can say I didn’t dominate them. I never liked to talk because I did my talking in the ring. But I’m really him, better ask somebody,” Crawford said 

Currently, Inoue has overtaken Crawford as the best pound-for-pound fighter. That will be critical in deciding who gets ‘Fighter of the Year.’ Crawford could still be the favourite in that regard since fighters from lower-weight classes are sometimes overlooked. There is also a lot of competition since Devin Haney and David Benavidez are other names in contention.

Crawford Vs. Spence

A factor which may work against Crawford is that he is no longer undisputed after he was stripped for failing to defend against Jaron Ennis. This is even if he was contractually bound to face Errol Spence. Crawford is preparing to face Spence in the rematch, which could take place at 154 pounds. The fight has yet to be announced since some outstanding issues remain.

The date and weight class need resolving, while there are still question marks over whether Spence will return to boxing. As of now, there is nothing to indicate that Spence has returned to training. In addition, following PBC’s deal with Amazon Prime Video, a Crawford-Spence rematch needs arranging, but it may not do big numbers like the first fight had done.

This is primarily because the first fight was so one-sided in favor of Crawford. Therefore, the appetite to see the rematch has fallen. But with a fight against Canelo Alvarez unlikely, Crawford must silence his doubters again. A win over Spence may do that, especially if the rematch takes place at junior middleweight.

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