Mosley Reacts To Spence’s Defeat, Spence’s Health And Charlo’s Attempts At History

November 15, 2023
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Shane Mosley has given his take on Errol Spence Jr.’s defeat to Terence Crawford.

The ‘Truth’ was dominated in a bout where Crawford stopped the former unified welterweight champion in the ninth-round.

Three knockdowns and the failure to make it a competitive fight raised questions over whether Spence looked strong at 147.

After all, prior to the fight, there was an expectation that Spence’s size would prove problematic for Crawford. 

Following the fight, there was speculation that the weight cut may have taken its toll on Spence.

Although that may have been the case, the ‘Truth’ refused to make any excuses and congratulated Crawford.

However, it is telling that Spence requested a rematch at 154. And for Mosley, he felt that Spence did not look himself. 

Mosley On Spence

“But looking at the fight and watching how Spence was moving around, I think that he was very weak. I know that people say, ‘Oh, that’s an excuse.’

“No, that’s not an excuse. I know it’s happened to me before. I won my fight, but it has happened where I felt such a way where I felt like, ‘Oh my God. I can’t do anything,” Mosley

This naturally begs the question: would a rematch at 154 make a difference? Well, Crawford also admitted that making 147 was ‘tight,’ which suggests that he may only be stronger at junior middleweight.

And that does not spell good news for Spence, as Mosley backed Crawford to win once again. 

“I would still go with Crawford at 154, but I think Spence will do a whole lot better. I think it’ll be the fight that we’re looking for. Anything can still happen at 154 because I think Speence will be a little bit stronger,” Mosley

Bradley On Crawford-Spence

Tim Bradley has warned Spence from taking a rematch with Crawford for the sake of his health. 

Spence suffered a comprehensive defeat, as Crawford dropped the welterweight three times. The ‘Truth’ was dominated so much that a ringside doctor checked him over at the end of the fourth round.

Although that may have been the case, in the post-fight presser, Spence indicated his desire for a rematch at 154.

The rationale suggested that Spence would feel stronger at the weight, however, Crawford also admitted that 147 was tough for him, negating any advantages that Spence may get. 

And given that Spence has achieved what most fighters never will, having become a unified welterweight champion with big paydays, Bradley advised the ‘Truth’ not to take the rematch. 

“You don’t want to go out like this. I understand, but you need to evaluate your health. You need to evaluate your health. You need to evaluate your getting back in the ring and the risk of coming along with that, especially with a fighter of Crawford’s nature. 

“Maybe you need to have a couple of fights, man, have a couple of fights. Bro, you didn’t have a fight for a whole year, and you got in the ring with Crawford. Come on, man. You’re killing me. Come on, Al [Haymon]. You’re better than this, man. A whole year off. Crawford fought in December. You know he was coming in sharp,” Bradley

Charlo On Making History

One man who is equally throwing himself in danger is none other than Jermell Charlo.

Charlo is intent on making history when he faces Canelo Alvarez on September 30th, 2023. The American will jump up two-weight classes to fight for Canelo’s 168 lb undisputed titles.

Victory would put him in the history books by becoming undisputed in a second weight class.

The American has already achieved such a feat at junior middleweight, however, this fight will be the first time that Charlo fights above 154. 

That is why a victory would put Charlo as one of the best in his era. 

“I made history before. It feels good. I know that feeling. I know that urge, that feeling, that hunger.I want my kids to be able to say ‘My dad was able to do something no boxer has ever done.’ That was to move up two weight divisions to become undisputed in two weight division. That’s the dream. It’s beyond a dream. Now I have the opportunity to do it in two weight divisions. I have to seize that golden opportunity,” Charlo

Outside of Canelo, there is also another historic fight that could emerge. Following Crawford’s win over Spence, Bud turned his focus towards a fight with Charlo.

However, if Charlo were to suffer a loss to Alvarez, moving back down to 154 to face a prime Bud would not be easy. And yet, the WBO recently ruled that his WBO belt would be stripped after the Canelo fight. 

As such, Tim Tszyu would become the WBO champion. And as Bud has been elevated to become the WBO super champion at 147, he is mandatory for Tszyu if he moves up to 154.

As such, if things play out, Crawford could face Charlo after beating Tszyu. With that being said, there is a chance to make history.

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