Crawford Hopeful Over Fighting Canelo – ‘That’s A Fight That I Would Take’

March 3, 2024
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Crawford Hopeful Over Fighting Canelo - 'That’s A Fight That I Would Take'

Terence Crawford still remains hopeful of fighting Canelo Alvarez at 168 pounds. 

Following Bud’s stoppage win over Errol Spence Jr. to become the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era, Crawford turned his attention to Alvarez. That would require him to jump up three weight classes in order to fight for his Undisputed Super Middleweight Belt.

A victory would make Crawford the first man to become undisputed in three weight classes. Canelo responded to the possible fight, by ruling it out, saying he would get no credit for beating a smaller man. But since then, Canelo has left PBC, while Crawford is a free agent as his one-fight deal with PBC for the Spence rematch has expired. That is why Bud is still optimistic he can make the fight. 

Crawford On Canelo

“Me and Canelo have never talked about fighting. Yeah, that’s a fight that I would take in a heartbeat, and I would look forward to taking it. But, no, I don’t think he moved because of Terence Crawford or Benavidez. I just think he’s handling his career the way he wants to. It’s always possible,” Crawford said 

Crawford could move up to 154 pounds if that fight does not happen. The American has been linked with the winner of Keith Thurman vs Tim Tszyu. The latter two fight on March 30, which will be PBC’s first PPV with Amazon Prime. It is a non-title fight, meaning Tszyu’s WBO Junior Welterweight Belt is not on the line. But provided that Tszyu comes through, the Australian could take on Bud.

Crawford’s Options

“Tszyu’s got a tough fight in front of him with Thurman,” Crawford said to the media “Hopefully, after that fight we can see the next move. We’ve got a few guys on the roster for my next fight – Tszyu/Thurman is one of them,” Crawford stated 

WBO President Paco Valcarcel also backed up those comments. Crawford is currently the WBO Super Champion at 147. This means Bud would become mandatory for Tszyu’s title if he moved to 154. That would begin his journey of becoming undisputed in a third weight class. Since Jermell Charlo is no longer the undisputed champion at 154 since all his belts have been relinquished or stripped, Crawford can navigate himself to the top of the division.

“Crawford will be here next week. We’re going to talk about that fight. I’m not authorized to tell. He loved to fight at 154, but I’m not authorized to make it public. I have been talking to Crawford for long now, but he’ll be in Puerto Rico this week on Friday. You are the first person I’ve talked to about the possibility of Crawford moving to 154,” WBO President Paco Valcarcel stated 

But that all depends on Crawford being able to agree on terms as a free agent. He is not the most active of fighters, generally boxing once a year. For someone who is the world’s number one pound-for-pound fighter, that does have to change. 

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