From Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) wants the entire world to know that he DOES want to manage IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. at a unification fight so that he can convince the fans that he’s the numberone welterweight in all of boxing. Crawford wants his promoter Bob Arum to sit with Spence’s management afterwards April 20 to collect a deal for them to fight each other. It would be a shared network struggle, since Spence struggles for Premier Boxing Champions on Showtime, and Crawford is with Top Rank on ESPN.
Crawford has to get passed challenger Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) next month on April 20 until he will begin thinking about confronting IBF welterweight champion Spence Jr. (25-0, 21 KOs) at a unification fight.
“” I want the struggle. Allow me to only say that right now,” Crawford believed to TMZ. “Just to show the world ’m also the best welterweight from the branch. I feel confident fitting up with anyone. ICAN box, I could bluff, ” I could switch, I could punch, I’m quite slow. ”
Although Crawford is ranked high in lots of these fans’ pound-for-pound lists, that kind of stuff doesn’t even mean anything in regards to real life fighting. This ’s guesswork. The one issue that means anything is real fighting, and Crawford remains unproven because he’s never faced any of those fighters at all those weight classes he’s fought at. Crawford merged the 140 pound division, however he did it contrary to this beatable guys: Thomas Dulorme, Viktor Postol and Julius Indongo. Not one of those are leading players in 140 at 20-19.
All the items that Crawford talks about with him switching stances and boxing isn’t going to do much to maintain Spence off of him. Crawford isn’t any more effective when he moves out of the orthodox [right-handed] stance into the southpaw [lefthanded ] posture. All that stuff is blown out of proportion from broadcasters, who seem it, but fail to identify that there’s no more profit for Crawford if he switches stances. It’s just a waste of movement contrary to over-matched fighters that have little ability. Whenever you see Crawford switching stances needlessly against the kind of Jeff Horn, Jose Benavidez and Julius Indongo, it makes you wonder why he’s ’s wasting his time doing that against guys that doesn’t even need to complete so to beat. Crawford will want to perform a lot more than switching stances always against Spence if he wants to attempt to retain off him. All the switching stances didn’t even make a difference in his last fight against Jose Benavidez Jr.. Crawford was still getting struck, and he had been having issues with the size and the pressure out of Benavidez, who isn’t even a big puncher.
Crawford’s promoter Bob Arum said this on his Social Networking website about needing to do the Spence fight following Following a Khan struggle on April 20:
“Errol Spence said he’s ready to fight Terence Crawford. We are prepared to achieve that next, once Bud [Crawford] is powerful against Amir King Khan on April 20. It’s what fight fans need. Al [Haymon], if I call you or will you call me? ”
Getting the Spence-Crawford made might end up being too tricky for it to do this right now. Crawford still isn’t wellknown, and that’s going to change after his battles Khan on April 20. Crawford should beat some commendable welterweights or junior middleweights to build his name up. Spence still has four good fights that will need to be made against Shawn Porter, Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. People are Premier Boxing Champions fighters, plus they’r e doable struggles for Spence. Crawford is located on the other side of their fence in battling Top Rank on ESPN.
This ’ll be quite a fantastic fight. But after that struggle, there’s very little for Crawford in terms of doable conflicts that Top Rank can come up with.
It’therefore suspicious that Vargas will accept take the struggle with Crawford if it means he’ll have to chase him across the ring the way Viktor Postol did. Vargas may very well say maybe not, which will leave Top Rank either fitting Crawford contrary to 37-year-old Luis Collazo (39-7, 20 KOs) or #5 WBO Kerman Lejarraga. Neither of the struggles is going to do much to raise Crawford’s profile. Collazo is nearing 40-years-old, and then he ’s never been hugely popular fighter at the U.S.
Lejarraga is definitely an not known with casual boxing fans at the United States, so that’s maybe not just a wonderful option either. Crawford is at a terrible position at which heor even rsquo;s not going to raise his level of popularity with all the guys that Top Rank needs to match him against.
WBC light welterweight champion Jose Carlos Ramirez is referring to needing to go up to fight Crawford because of his WBO title, however he’s a star and if he remains at 140 a tiny bit more, ” he ’s likely going to lose his World Boxing Council light welterweight title to Regis Prograis or even Josh Taylor. Spence is in an improved position to turn into a huge star in the next two years than Crawford is.
There is 1 way for Crawford to turn into star by moving around 154, however he probably accept that path because it could be too hard and would necessitate one to just have a big livelihood risk. In case Crawford could move up to junior middleweight, then be at Jermell Charlo,” Jarrett Hurd, then Erislandy Lara and Jaime Munguia, his fame would skyrocket. Crawford or his promoters at Top Rank wouldn’t even take that path. They’ll possess Crawford stay at 147, and also try and turn him into a superstar by fitting him against the kind of Khan, Kavaliauskas, Jessie Vargas, Lejarraga and Collazo. These will be the same type of fighters that Crawford was fighting when he had been at 140. Ring Magazine, the ones that have Crawford at no 2, did it predicated on his own wins over those guys. Not one are deemed elite fighters in 140 today. Shop around. Not one of those are leading players in light welterweight. Postol simply got beat by Josh Taylor. Regis Prograis did a better job knocking outside Indongo than Crawford did in quitting him two rounds.
“Crawford-Spence looks to be today what Canelo-GGG had been a couple of years ago. “My pound-for-pound list at the moment; Crawford is still towards the very top followed closely by [Vasiliy] Lomachenko. Canelo is currently at #3, and Spence is at top five at no 4,” Kellerman stated.
You can argue that Spence vs. Thurman or even Manny Pacquiao is at least as big if not bigger than Spence-Crawford. In case Thurman started fighting more frequently, he could be hot. There’s discussion that Thurman and Pacquiao is going to be confronting each other second. The winner of this struggle will probably be an outstanding opponent for Spence to manage. Pacquiao said he had been going to struggle Spence second, however it appears like he’s changed his mind and won’t even be doing that whatsoever.
Here’s Kellerman’s top 10 pound-for-pound list:
1. Terence Crawford
2. Vasiliy Lomachenko
3. Saul Canelo Alvarez
5. Oleksandr Usyk
6. Gennady Golovkin
7. Naoya Inoue
8. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
9. Mikey Garcia
10. Anthony Joshua
Kellerman’s top 10 pound-for-pound list is faulty. You can’t even put Crawford at no 1, depending on the weak resistance he battled at 140, and his both weak resistance at 147. Crawford’s two conflicts in welterweight attended against Benavidez, with a knee problem and never contemplated that an elite guy, and Jeff Horn, a fighter that acquired a controversial decision over Pacquiao at a foul-plagued struggle in 20 17 at Brisbane, Australia.