Keith Thurman: “When It Comes To Anybody On This Side Fighting A Bud Crawford, I Just Think Crawford Needs To Get Away From Bob”
By: Hans Themistode
Keith Thurman doesn’t truly enjoy getting involved in the personal business of other fighters. Yet, as the years have gone by, the former unified welterweight champion can’t help but notice the tenuous and somewhat disrespectful working relationship between WBO 147 pound champion Terence Crawford and his current promoter Bob Arum.
While the two have worked with each other for years now, their association has reached a rocky point. Ever since the two paired up several years ago, Arum has failed to lock in any notable fights for his pound-for-pound star. As of late, fans of Crawford have grown tiresome of the apparent no-names he has continued to face in the ring. Recently, Crawford was last seen in November of 2020, dismantling former IBF belt holder, Kell Brook. Although at one point, Brook was considered arguably the best in the division, now, he’s clearly a shell of his former self.
For Thurman, he’s sat back and listened as Crawford has called for a showdown against himself, as well current unified champion Errol Spence Jr. Yet, no matter how loud he yells, his cries have fallen on deaf ears as Arum has been unable to negotiate a high profile against anyone from the stable of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC). Not only does Thurman believe that Crawford needs to pry himself away from the grip of Arum due to his failure to land him a big fight, but more than anything, Thurman just doesn’t feel Crawford gets the respect he deserves.
“When it comes to anybody on this side fighting a Bud Crawford, I just think Crawford needs to get away from Bob,” said Thurman during an interview with FightHype.com. “Bob doesn’t even give him the credit that he deserves, his promoter doesn’t even respect him. He needs to get away from that man.”
In just a few short months, Crawford will be given the opportunity to walk away from Arum as their promotional agreement is set to expire later on this year. With Arum’s Top Rank stable bereft of any top talent at 147 pounds, many have pointed to the PBC as the most likely landing spot for Crawford.
But while signing with his crosstown rival would allow Crawford to face some of the bigger names in the welterweight division including Thurman, Spence Jr., Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas, Shawn Porter and a long list of others, Thurman doesn’t necessarily believe that coming across the proverbial street is what Crawford needs to do.
The former three-division world champion can face several high-quality fighters without inking a promotional agreement. Just, more importantly, Thurman is simply of the mindset that Crawford needs to move on from his long-time promoter.
“Be his own man if that’s what he needs to be and I think he’ll be able to negotiate better fights from there.”
Errol Spence Jr.: “Once I Get That Belt, I Want That Fight With Terence Crawford But If It Don’t Happen, I’ll Probably Just Move Up”
By: Hans Themistode
Errol Spence Jr. promises he’s a man of his word. Several years ago, the unified welterweight champion stated that a showdown with WBO belt holder Terence Crawford is in his near future. But, first things first, the Dallas native expressed a desire in “cleaning up his side of the street.” Meaning, he wanted to collect every single welterweight world title in his PBC stable before attempting to negotiate a deal with team Crawford.
While fans were seemingly willing to wait initially, many have grown impatient. Despite their frustrations, Spence Jr. (27-0, 21 KOs) has continued on his path and will move one step closer to making his dreams a reality. The powerful southpaw is currently scheduled to take on Manny Pacquiao on August 21st, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao, the WBA “Champion in Recess” is likely to regain full champion status according to WBA President, Gilberto Mendoza.
If everything goes according to Spence Jr.’s plan, he said he’ll immediately turn his attention to Crawford. But, if for some reason negotiations break down, Spence Jr. explained that he has a plan B.
“Once I get that belt, like I told Al (Haymon), I want that fight with Terence Crawford,” said Spence Jr. during an interview with Barbershop Conversations. “But if it don’t happen, I’ll probably just move up.”
Crawford, 33, was last seen in the ring in November of 2020 against fringe contender and former champion Kell Brook. It took the Omaha native only four rounds to get rid of his man in The Bubble at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Before a showdown between Spence Jr. and Pacquiao was announced, team Crawford was quietly working behind the scenes to lock down a deal of his own to face the future first-ballot Hall of Famer.
According to promoter Bob Arum, a Crawford vs. Pacquiao contest was as good as done. However, due to financial reasons, their deal fell apart. While it’s unclear what Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) will do now, Spence Jr. has already placed a target on his back, provided of course, he defeats Pacquiao.
With that said, considering that Crawford has stated on multiple occasions that he is no longer interested in facing Spence Jr., a deal could become complicated. If discussions do in fact become a hassle, Spence Jr. wouldn’t hesitate to walk away from the negotiating table completely.
“I’m not gonna waste my time trying to fight somebody who said he don’t have any interest anymore.”
Errol Spence Jr. Opens Up On Landing Manny Pacquiao Fight Over Terence Crawford
By: Hans Themistode
With nine years as a professional under his belt, Errol Spence Jr. can see right through the bullshit.
Just a few weeks ago, former eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao, made serious headlines when he announced that he would be taking on Spence Jr. on August 21st, in Las Vegas, Nevada. While half of the boxing world was marking their calendar, the other half wondered what Terence Crawford would do next.
According to promoter Bob Arum, a deal between Crawford and Pacquiao was on the verge of becoming a reality. However, due to a lack of funding, Arum revealed that their deal fell apart. For a number of years now, Arum has regurgitated the same thing over and over again regarding a matchup between the pair. In the mind of Spence Jr., he believes Arum is simply full of it.
“Terence Crawford has been trying to get that fight for how many years now?” Questioned Spence Jr. during an interview with Barbershop Conversations. “It’s excuses after excuses that Bob comes up with. Bob talks a lot of shit saying all of these things but Al (Haymon) gets the job done. I told (Haymon) I wanted the fight and it worked out in my favor.”
Spence Jr., 31, is fresh off a one-sided beating against former two-division champion Danny Garcia in December of 2020. For the Dallas native, it was his first fight since getting into a horrific car wreck in October of 2019. Any thoughts that Spence Jr. wouldn’t be the same were quickly put to bed with his performance.
As for Pacquiao, even at the age of 40, he proved that he could still compete with the best that the division has to offer. In July of 2019, he floored former unified champion Keith Thurman in the first round of their contest before ultimately taking home a close split decision victory.
Since then, Pacquiao has remained on the sidelines. But, even at the age of 42, he stated on numerous occasions that he was willing to face the likes of Crawford and Spence Jr. Despite his words, Arum has always believed that Pacquiao wasn’t too keen on facing Crawford. That thought, however, is anything but true in the mind of Spence Jr. The current unified champion solely believes that Arum has to get his affairs in order before anything else.
“Pacquiao doesn’t care who he fights. Pacquiao is a warrior. Pacquiao is a guy who will fight anybody. If the money is right and everything is lined up correctly, Pacquiao would have fought [Crawford]. But it didn’t line up that way for whatever reason. I just say ‘blame Bob’ because he’s the guy that’s orchestrating it all, and it didn’t happen in their favor.”
Bob Arum On Errol Spence Jr. Getting The Manny Pacquiao Fight As Opposed To Terence Crawford: “We Tried”
By: Hans Themistode
The boxing world was seemingly minding its own business before Manny Pacquiao dropped his seismic size news upon it.
The former eight-division world champion announced this past Friday that he will be taking on unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 21st.
All along, promoter Bob Arum continually stated that he was attempting to lock in a deal of his own with Pacquiao to face WBO welterweight star, Terence Crawford. That, of course, failed to materialize. Now, with Spence Jr. and Pacquiao a reality, Arum isn’t upset with the way things shaked out. All in all, he believes he did all he could.
“We tried to do Pacquiao and Crawford over in Abu Dhabi because the money is huge for that fight,” said Arum during an interview with ESNews.
While Arum claims that he wanted to stage Crawford vs. Pacquiao overseas due to financial reasons, Pacquiao vs. Spence Jr. is happening stateside. Considering the risk that came along with attempting to do the same, Arum reveals that he simply wasn’t willing to pull the trigger.
“As a business person, I just thought that it was too risky,” explained Arum. “Hopefully, they come out okay with Pacquiao and Spence but it’s risking a lot of money to do.”
Pacquiao, 42, was last seen in the ring in 2019 against Keith Thurman. After scoring a first-round knockdown, Pacquiao took home a split decision win on the night. As for Spence Jr., the powerful southpaw made it look easy against Danny Garcia in December of 2020, beating him mercilessly over the course of 12 rounds.
The moment Pacquiao decides to hang up his boxing gloves, the next stop for him will be the boxing Hall of Fame. As his former promoter, Arum nestled into his ringside seat for numerous years to watch Pacquiao destroy his opponents. Despite that, he has a hard time giving him the edge this time around.
“I would never count out Manny Pacquiao but you would have to make Spence the big favorite.”
Carl Froch: “The Only Fighter That I Can See Give Canelo Any Sort Of Trouble Is Unfortunately In A Different Weight Division, Terence Crawford”
By: Hans Themistode
Carl Froch has had the privilege of sitting ringside to watch unified super middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez, up close and personal on several occasions. That trend continued as Froch observed closely as the Mexican star pummeled British native Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas last weekend.
Though their contest was fairly competitive, Saunders was ultimately left a broken man as Alvarez shattered his right orbital bone which forced Saunders to remain on his stool for the start of the ninth round. While the scorecards were somewhat close as two judges had it 6-2 in favor of Alvarez with the remaining judge having it 5-3 in the Mexican star’s favor, Froch didn’t view their contest as remotely close.
“He was having some success landing shots but Canelo was in control of the fight really,” said Froch following the win for Alvarez. “He was backing up Billy Joe and landing big blows and ultimately, he busted his eye socket.”
What’s next for the pound-for-pound star is an open-ended question. Currently, a showdown against IBF super middleweight titlist, Caleb Plant, is number one on the agenda of Alvarez as he attempts to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time. If for some reason, that contest doesn’t become a reality, Alvarez still has plenty of options. Showdowns against super middleweight contender David Benavidez and WBC middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo, is a possibility. So is a third matchup against long-time rival Gennadiy Golovkin.
To take things further, Alvarez could opt to move up to the light heavyweight division in an attempt to challenge himself against bigger men.
Regardless of what he decides to do next, Froch doesn’t believe anyone will be able to compete with the pound-for-pound star. If however, in some twilight zone like dimension, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford were to miraculously gain 20 pounds in weight, he would be the only person that could compete and possibly defeat Alvarez.
“The only fighter that I can see give Canelo any sort of trouble at all is unfortunately in a different weight division, Terence Crawford. He’s the only guy with the kind of class and ability to do anything with someone like Canelo just because of how good he is and his variety of work. Terence Crawford is too small, so who would you put him in with? There’s no one.”
Danny Garcia “Spence Three Times Stronger Than Thurman But Thurman Was The Better Skilled fighter”
By: Hans Themistode
When Danny Garcia tasted defeat for the first in his career against Keith Thurman in March of 2017, the Philadelphia native was adamant that he was the recipient of a bad decision. The former two-division champion dropped his WBC welterweight title via split decision after his second-half rally fell just short.
In his most recent ring outing, Garcia was thoroughly out-boxed as he suffered the most lopsided loss of his career against unified champion, Errol Spence Jr.
The consensus surrounding both Spence Jr. and Thurman is that the unified titlist is far and away a much better fighter. However, after sharing the ring with both, Garcia actually gives Thurman the nod in several categories.
“I feel like Thurman was the better skilled fighter,” said Garcia during a recent interview with FightHype.com. “Thurman had better defense, he’s faster and he’s stronger. Spence is not as fast or not as much power punching as Thurman but he’s a lot physically stronger. He’s three times stronger than Thurman.”
Presently, Spence Jr. is heading towards a unification showdown with WBA titlist, Yordenis Ugas. As for Thurman, his return to the ring is still an open-ended question as he’s remained on the sidelines since his close split decision defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in July of 2019.
Putting his one and only loss to the side though, Garcia is steadfast in his belief that not only is Thurman and Spence Jr. operating on the same level but so is Shawn Porter and WBO belt holder, Terence Crawford.
“I been in there with all of them and they’re all at the same level,” continued Garcia. “I fought him (Crawford) as an amateur at the highest level so I would say that they’re all on the same level, all of them.”
In Garcia’s contest against Porter which take place in September of 2018, the Philadelphia product came up just short in his bid to become a two-time welterweight champion. In terms of Crawford, while both he and Garcia have yet to share a ring in the pros, they’ve swapped fists on two separate occasions in the amateurs with Garcia winning their first contest before losing the second.
While many of the top names in the division are all targeting showdowns against one another, Garcia will no longer be amongst them. The 33-year-old officially stated a few months ago that his days at 147 pounds are over as he will instead opt to move up to 154.
Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford Talks Reportedly Dead in The Water
By: Hans Themistode
The wait continues for Terence Crawford.
For years now, the former three-division world champion and current WBO welterweight belt holder has waited patiently for an opportunity to face a big-time opponent. Up until recently, it appeared as though he was just a few contract details away from getting exactly what he hoped for.
Sources close to the situation revealed that Manny Pacquiao, 42, was on board with facing Crawford on June 5th, later on this year. For Crawford, things couldn’t have worked out any better as he long expressed a desire to face the future first-ballot Hall of Famer. In fact, as first reported by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, Pacquiao signed his agreement and was fully prepared to face the pound-for-pound star. However, the funding for their showdown, which was set to take place in Abu Dhabi, has apparently fallen through.
For Pacquiao, he was last seen in the ring roughly two years ago dethroning previously unbeaten Keith Thurman in July of 2019. Despite his inactivity, boxing’s only eight-division champion has found himself in the midst of several fight rumors. In addition to a showdown with Crawford, Pacquiao originally stated that he was “leaning” towards a contest with former four-division titlist, Mikey Garcia.
Those thoughts, at least for now, have fallen by the wayside.
With the most significant contest of his career officially off the table at the moment, Crawford is expected to take on former two-time world champion Shawn Porter. Long before negotiations began between both Crawford and Pacquiao, Porter threw his name into the mix.
At the moment, the Cleveland Ohio native is currently ranked number one in both the WBC and WBO sanctioning bodies. While he could use his high ranking to pursue a rematch with unified champion, Errol Spence Jr., a contest Porter would lose by split decision in September of 2019, Porter has instead chosen to go down the path of Crawford.
Bob Arum, current promoter of Crawford, acknowledged that the two likely matchups for Crawford would in fact be Porter and Pacquiao with the latter serving as the preferred opponent.
Crawford was last seen in November of 2020, bullying former champion Kell Brook to the tune of a fourth-round stoppage win.
Tim Bradley: “I Been Over A Hundred Rounds With Terence Crawford, Manny Pacquiao Is A Dangerous Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Tim Bradley’s eyes grow wide whenever he hears about the possibility of Terence Crawford taking on Manny Pacquiao. The two have been rumored to be locked in negotiations for a possible June 5th showdown that would take place in Dubai.
In the mind of most boxing pundits, Crawford has the clear edge. The current WBO 147 pound belt holder is the consensus number one boxer in the world and is presumably smack dab in the middle of his prime. Pacquiao, on the other hand, is 42-years-old and hasn’t stepped into the ring since July of 2019 against Keith Thurman. In front of a mostly pro-Pacquiao crowd, the former eight-division world champion floored Thurman in the first round before squeaking a close but clear win.
Despite his success even at his advanced age, names such as promoter Bob Arum believe Crawford would not only win their contest decisively but also that he would ultimately knock Pacquiao out.
Having spent time in the ring with both men, Bradley isn’t ready to go that far.
“That’s a mean name,” said Bradley during a recent group interview on ESPN. “I been in the ring over 36 rounds with that guy (Pacquiao) and I been over a hundred rounds with Terence Crawford. This was earlier in Terence’s career and I understand he’s gotten a lot better from when I sparred him but those tendencies are still the same.”
Long before Crawford became the pound-for-pound star he is today, Bradley raved about the skills of the Nebraska native after several sparring sessions. In fact, Bradley has gone on record stating that Crawford would even defeat a prime Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Still, even with Bradley constantly singing his praises, he can spot several flaws in the game of Crawford and he knows good and well that Pacquiao would exploit them in the blink of an eye.
“Manny Pacquiao loves when guys pull back and that’s a problem. We also know that Terence Crawford gets hit early and he gets hit often early. Manny Pacquiao is a quick starter as well and he still has that blazing left hand that possesses a massive amount of punching power. Manny Pacquiao is a dangerous fight. I would slightly favor Terence Crawford but its a dangerous fight.”
Trainer Robert Garcia Believes Manny Pacquiao Is “The Best Ever” If He Defeats Terence Crawford
By: Hans Themistode
The best fighter in boxing history is a subjective topic. No matter what a particular fighter accomplishes, there is no data or evidence that will indicate to the rest of the world that said fighter is the best in the history of boxing.
Even with Floyd Mayweather sporting a TBE (The Best Ever) fitted cap as he struts around with a perfect record of 50-0, the notion that he is in fact the greatest fighter of all-time, will constantly receive pushback no matter how glamours his accomplishments have been.
Yet, in the mind of trainer Robert Garcia, the question of who is the best fighter in the history of the sport could receive a definitive answer.
Over the past few days, former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is rumored to be deep in negotiations to take on WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs). If those rumors prove to be true and Pacquiao not only steps into the ring but also pulls off the victory, Garcia believes Pacquiao has stamped his name in permanent marker as the best to ever do it.
“I think that just tells you that Pacquiao is going to be probably the best in boxing history by doing sh*t like that,” said Garcia during an interview with ESNews. “He doesn’t need to but that’s why he’s going to be the best f*cking fighter ever. Even if he loses, he challenged himself at 43 to go fight against the best welterweight in the world? Nobody else does sh*t like that. There are people in their prime that don’t want that fight. Imagine if Pacquiao wins? He’s the best ever. He’s a bad mother f*cker.”
Recently, a target date of June 5th in Dubai has floated around as a real possibility for their showdown to take place. Crawford, 33, was last seen in the ring in November of 2020 dismantling former titlist Kell Brook via fourth-round knockout. As for Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), he’s sat idly on the sidelines since his split decision win over Keith Thurman in July of 2019.
While Thurman may have been a decade younger, that didn’t stop Pacquiao from dropping his man before squeaking out the win.
With all signs pointing to the pair actually facing off in the ring, Garcia appeared dumbstruck by the entire ordeal. With so many other viable, and innocuous options on the table, the long time trainer is simply amazed that Pacquiao appears to be headed towards a showdown with the consensus best fighter in the world at this stage in his career.
“There are so many other fights. They were talking about him fighting McGregor, even Mikey but what does he do? He fights the best f*cking welterweight in the world at 43.”
Errol Spence Jr. vs Terence Crawford: We Don’t Even Care Anymore
By: Hans Themistode
It was fun at first. Adamant fans of Errol Spence Jr. would argue daily with supporters of Terence Crawford. They would scream, shout and more times than not, use every curse word in the book against one another. The main topic of discussion was always the same, their inevitable showdown.
“Spence is too big and too strong for him.”
Crawford backers would of course counter with “Spence is bigger, but Crawford is way more skilled.” Their fulmination would carry on for minutes, then hours, then days, then months and now – years. Yet, nothing has been proven.
From the moment Errol Spence Jr. laced up his boxing gloves and entered the ring for his first professional fight in 2012, his skills were obvious. While Floyd Mayweather Jr. was still dominating the sport, it was clear his time was coming to an end. Names such as Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter were constantly being pushed as the next big thing.
But while those aforementioned names have gone on to have distinguished championship-level careers, they haven’t been Errol Spence Jr. The Dallas native has it all: power, speed, footwork, skills, ring IQ and punch resistance. You name it and Spence Jr. more than likely has it.
His coronation was stamped long before he traveled overseas to rip away the IBF welterweight title from the cold hands of Kell Brook.
“I truly believe this kid right here is the future of boxing,” said Floyd Mayweather during an interview in 2015.
From there, Spence Jr. would win, win, win and win some more. With that said, so too was Terence Crawford.
He didn’t receive the same level of fanfare as Spence Jr., but the Nebraska native went about his business in the same destructive manner at both 135 and 140 pounds. As the wins continued to pile up on both sides and with Crawford’s move to 147 pounds inevitable, the taste buds of fight fans began to water.
Spence Jr.? Crawford? In the same ring? Where do we sign?
Fans began discussing it quietly amongst themselves then, as Crawford officially made the move up in weight in 2018, it was all anyone could talk about. There was still work that needed to be done for Crawford however but it made sense.
With Spence Jr. holding onto the IBF title, he assured everyone that all Crawford needed to do was lace his waist with gold.
“Hopefully he beats Jeff Horn and gets that belt,” said Spence Jr. when interviewed on ESPN’s First Take show in 2018. “When he does get that belt, we can make that happen.”
Seemingly all that was standing in the way of a mega-fight between the pair was Australia’s, Jeff Horn. Needless to say, fans were already saving their hard-earned money to purchase a Crawford vs Spence Jr. Pay-Per-View before Crawford even stepped foot into the ring with Horn.
While he was tough and resilient, no one, even those who resided in his hometown, believed he would pull off the win.
Everyone was proven to be Nostradamus as Crawford annihilated him via ninth-round stoppage and pried away his WBO title. But while many of us believed the fight was coming next, we were forced to wait. Crawford rounded out his year by knocking out Jose Benavidez and began the following year by destroying Amir Khan.
Spence Jr., on the other hand, walked through Lamont Peterson and handed a beating to Carlos Ocampo. Still, both sides assured us that the fight would happen. But here’s the thing about the sport of boxing. It has a tendency to “marinate,” big fights. Rarely do you see two fighters at the peak of their powers, who are pound-for-pound stars in the same weight class actually face one another.
Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is a good example of this. Sure they were both still great fighters when they fought in 2015 but by the time boxing fans were served the fight, it tasted a bit stale.
Crawford vs Spence Jr. still feels and looks like a mega fight. One that has over marinated, but one that still tastes like a full course meal. The appetite for their contest, however, is decreasing.
Four years after claiming that a fight with Crawford will in fact happen, Spence Jr. is singing a different tune.
“The fights gonna happen I guess,” said Spence Jr. during an interview with FightHype earlier this year. “We’ll see.”
His unenthusiastic response to their showdown has been echoed by Crawford recently as well.
“I’m not worried about Errol Spence anymore,” said Crawford during an interview with Chris Mannix earlier this year. “I’m past that.”
Fans of both parties have seemingly done the same.
Occasionally you’ll still find a supporter of Spence Jr. sporting his “strap season,” T-shirt while arguing with advocates of Crawford. But what was once a long line of individuals who followed suit, many of them have gone about their business.
Even now, with the frustration at its highest, both sides continue to move in separate directions.
Spence Jr. is angling towards a showdown with WBA champion Yordenis Ugas in an attempt to add a third belt to his growing collection. As for Crawford, he appears to be in the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes but is more than likely headed towards a showdown against perennial contender Shawn Porter.
The once loud and boisterous arguments that permeated throughout barbershops and meeting rooms have been replaced with empty hallways and disinterested followers. Even super fan Snoop Dogg has grown tired of their shtick and simply wants them to throw down.
“You got two great champions that’s not fighting each other,” said Snoop Dogg during an interview with FightHype. “It’s always like that in boxing. Then they get old, then you don’t want to see it.”
The fight is still likely to happen eventually but at this point in time, both Crawford and Spence Jr. could care less. Now, after hoping and praying for it for roughly five years, we don’t care if it happens anymore either.
Terence Crawford: “When You Look At Canelo’s Career, It’s Like He’s Shied Away From The Black Fighters”
By: Hans Themistode
Terence Crawford has always been a supporter of Canelo Alvarez.
Just last month the WBO welterweight belt holder was sitting front row and center as he watched the Mexican star dismantle mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim via third-round stoppage at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida. Alvarez is currently scheduled to take on Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th, in an attempt to unify the British native’s WBO super middleweight championship with his WBC, WBA and Ring magazine titles.
While they have fought at different weight classes, Crawford has kept close tabs on the career of Alvarez. Although most have praised him for the numerous world titles he’s poached from several fighters, Crawford has noticed a trend when it comes to the type of opponents Alvarez has fought.
To be as blunt as possible, Crawford believes Alvarez is avoiding fighters of a certain racial group.
“When you look at Canelo’s career, it’s like he’s shied away from the black fighters,” said Crawford during a recent interview on SiriusXM Boxing. “I think the black fighters give him the most problems.”
In terms of African American fighters, Alvarez has fought a long list of them including Floyd Mayweather, Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout and most recently – Daniel Jacobs in May of 2019. Still, Crawford is under the impression that the dominant performances that Alvarez has put on display during the course of his career will come few and far between if he continued to lace up his gloves against African American boxers.
More than anything, Crawford seemingly has an issue with Alvarez ignoring two fighters in particular.
“He’s shied away from Jermall Charlo and (Demetrius) Andrade for a long time.”
Both Charlo and Andrade have long called for a showdown against Alvarez. On numerous occasions, they have both been in an ideal position to take on the Mexican star. In September of 2016, Alvarez stopped Liam Smith to capture his WBO Jr middleweight title. Before that occurred, however, Andrade held the WBO crown but was subsequently stripped due to inactivity.
Andrade hoped that Alvarez would fight him soon after but instead, the Mexican star opted to drop the title and face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catchweight of 164 pounds before officially making the move to the middleweight division.
In the case of Charlo, the surly knockout artist captured the WBC interim middleweight crown in 2018 with a second-round knockout victory over Hugo Centeno Jr. Several months later, Alvarez would win the full title against Gennadiy Golovkin. With Charlo holding the interim belt, he held the number one position to challenge Alvarez.
While the Houston native pushed for the fight to become a reality, Alvarez was instead stripped of his title and awarded the “Franchise” belt. That in turn freed him from making any mandated title challenges.
All along, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has claimed that Alvarez reached out to him to become “Franchise champion,” not the other way around.
Although Crawford believes he is shying away from both fighters, trainer of Alvarez in Eddy Reynoso, stated last year that a showdown between both Alvarez and Charlo has to happen.
Eddy Reynoso: “For Me, Terence Crawford Is Better Than Spence”
By: Hans Themistode
Like most of the boxing world, Eddy Reynoso, trainer of pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez, finds a matchup between WBO welterweight belt holder Terence Crawford and unified champion Errol Spence Jr. very intriguing.
The two have long been considered the best at 147 pounds but have yet to sit down at the negotiating table to work on a deal. Regardless of the pent up demand for their showdown, both sides are far and away from making their dream bout a reality.
Although Reynoso views them both as extremely skilled and accomplished fighters, Crawford ranks slightly higher in his mind.
“For me, Terence Crawford is the better fighter than Spence,” said Reynoso during an interview with Little Giant Boxing. “He has more abilities and is more talented.”
Recently, both Spence Jr. and Crawford were spotted in Dallas Texas as they attended the clash between Maurice Hooker and Vergil Ortiz Jr. Although Crawford rooted Hooker on, he watched as his fellow stablemate fell at the hands of Ortiz Jr. via seventh-round stoppage.
Immediately following the bout, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) was asked by reporter Chris Mannix on the possibility of a matchup between himself and Spence Jr. finally coming to fruition. Not amused by the question, Crawford turned to Mannix and told him that he is moving past their showdown.
“I’m not worried about Errol Spence anymore,” said Crawford. “I already told everybody that fight is history for me.”
Along those same lines, when Spence Jr. (27-0, 21 KOs) was asked, he appeared unenthusiastic about their contest as well.
“It’ll happen I guess,” said Spence Jr. during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “We’ll see.”
While Reynoso would love to see them square off in the ring, he’s currently occupied as he works with both Alvarez and former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.
In the case of Alvarez, he’ll look to add the belt of WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders to his collection on May 8th. As for Ruiz Jr., Reynoso is working him back into shape as he takes on Chris Arreola next month in his first fight since losing his heavyweight titles to Anthony Joshua roughly a year and a half ago.
Terence Crawford On Vergil Ortiz Jr. Calling Him Out: “He Really Don’t Want Me”
By: Hans Themistode
Terence Crawford was a bit stunned as he watched his stablemate Maurice Hooker succumb to a seventh-round stoppage defeat at the hands of Vergil Ortiz Jr. last night.
The WBO welterweight belt holder was even more surprised by what took place soon after.
Immediately following Ortiz Jr.’s win, he grabbed the microphone and proceeded to call out Crawford for a showdown later on this year.
While most of the boxing world began wondering how a contest between those two would play out, Crawford simply brushed off Ortiz Jr.’s comments. According to the pound-for-pound star, Ortiz Jr. was merely following the same script that many fighters do.
“He really don’t want me,” said Crawford following Ortiz Jr.’s win. “That’s just the thing to do, call for the fighters that’s at the top.”
Despite Crawford believing that Ortiz Jr. won’t knock on his door for a possible showdown, the 22-year-old has reiterated on numerous occasions that he will in fact pursue the Nebraska native. Currently, Ortiz Jr. ranks number two in the WBO sanctioning body.
Although most are under the impression that he is a bit too inexperienced to make the leap, the Dallas native is firmly under the belief that the fashion in which he handled Hooker should prove to the world that in actuality, he is ready.
Coming into his showdown against Hooker, many pegged the young contender to stop his man at some point during their match. Hooker, on the other hand, would hear none of it.
Early on, the former 140-pound champion used his height and movement to somewhat befuddle his younger opponent. Though he found moments of success, they were few and far between as Ortiz Jr. began breaking him down.
A sixth-round knockdown was the beginning of the end and the following round sealed it.
In what appeared to be a bit of a whacky play, Hooker landed a shot on the top of the head of Ortiz Jr. and immediately grabbed his hand in pain and took a knee. Referee Laurence Cole waved off their contest soon after.
Officially, Hooker was down considerably on all three judge’s scorecards. Yet in the mind of Crawford, their matchup was a close call.
“It was a good fight, Mo (Maurice Hooker) broke his hand but both of them did good. Vergil was slowing down but Mo got caught with a couple of good body shots that slowed him down too.”
Unlike some of his counterparts who choose to insult their possible future opponents in an effort to drum up interest for a feasible showdown, Crawford refused to bash the young star. The former three-division world champion simply tipped his cap and praised his efforts.
“He’s doing his thing and he’s doing what he’s supposed to do. I got nothing negative to say about the dude.”
Shawn Porter Confident In Possible Terence Crawford Showdown: “I Know That He Is The Kind Of Guy That I Can Knock Out”
By: Hans Themistode
Shawn Porter has always been confident. Whether he’s taking on an opponent in the ring or sauntering around in one of his more eye-catching wardrobes, the former two-time welterweight champion just exudes a certain confidence.
Yet, when it comes to a possible showdown against WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford, Porter’s self-belief goes through the roof. While most would consider him an underdog in their contest, Porter simply shrugs off those thoughts.
The former 147-pound belt holder not only believes that he can pick up the victory, but he’s also under the impression that he can leave Crawford comatose in the process.
“I know that he is the kind of guy that I can knock out,” said Porter during a recent interview with Fight Hype.
Despite Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) not officially scoring a knockout win since 2017 against Andre Berto, the Akron Ohio native is standing firmly behind his prediction claim. In his most recent ring appearance, Porter went the 12 round distance with fringe contender Sebastian Formella.
Currently, Porter is the leading man to land a matchup with Crawford next. According to promoter Bob Arum, his undefeated star has two options in front of him. His first and preferred choice is future first-ballot Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao. Second, would be Porter. But with Pacquiao recently stating that he is “leaning” towards a showdown with Mikey Garcia instead, Porter should in theory be Crawford’s number one target.
If by some chance, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) attempts to go in another direction, Porter could force him into the fight or be stripped of his title as Porter sits in the mandatory position.
Although making a fight between friends has always proved to be difficult, Porter has stated on numerous occasions that he has no issue shoving their friendship to the side. Having shared the ring with Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and a long list of other great fighters, Porter believes he knows a great fight when he sees one.
“Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter is a great fight. People want to be entertained and in the midst of greatness. Me vs Terence Crawford is something that I feel everybody needs.”
With Porter persistently calling him out, Crawford appears to be growing acrimonious. Whenever Porter’s name was brought to his attention, Crawford pointed to their friendship and appeared more reluctant in signing on the dotted line.
But recently, with Porter saying on his Twitter account that he would be ready in May, Crawford wrote an agitated response.
“Just stay on standby,” said Crawford. “Now you trying me.”
Not wanting to engage in a war of words, Porter simply expounded on his constant callouts. In no way, shape or form is he attempting to get into the mind of Crawford. He simply wants to stand across the ring from another great fighter.
“I’m not attacking Terence Crawford or trying to get under his skin. I’m just simply stating what’s great.”
Crawford was last seen in the ring in November of 2020, dismantling former champion Kell Brook to the tune of a fourth-round stoppage win.
Errol Spence Jr. On Terence Crawford Purse Split: “Y’all Gonna Make Me Do 80/20”
By: Hans Themistode
Errol Spence Jr. has seemingly had a change of heart.
Over the past several years, fans of the unified welterweight champion have urged him to push all his chips to the middle of the table and take on WBO belt holder Terence Crawford. Despite the ongoing call for their showdown however, both sides have haggled over who will receive the bigger slice of the pie.
Recently, Spence Jr. (27-0, 21 KOs) explained that a contest between himself and Crawford could in fact happen, as long as he was willing to take 40 percent at the negotiating table. With most fans believing that revenue should be either split down the middle or, depending on who you’re talking to, one side should take a slightly larger percentage than the other, Spence Jr. has decided that the 60/40 split that he previously agreed to is no longer acceptable.
Instead, the Dallas native has thrown a bigger plate on the table as he demands more.
“70/30 now f*ck it,” said Spence Jr. during a self-recorded video. “Y’all gonna make me do 80/20. One thing I’m a tell y’all is my kids do not eat off no God damn belts.”
Spence Jr.’s demand to take an even bigger chunk of the overall revenue pie won’t sit right with Crawford. As it stands, the former three-division world champion was incredulous to a 60/40 split, even going as far as to say “Y’all won’t hear me talk about the Spence fight again.”
Now, with Spence Jr.’s even higher demands, it appears their contest is improbable at this point.
For Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), while he would love to prove that he is unquestionably the best fighter in the division, the pound-for-pound star has turned his attention to more realistic matchups.
Currently, the Nebraska native is working behind the scenes in an attempt to finalize a deal that would see him take on future first-ballot Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao. Although that would be his first choice, it doesn’t appear as though Crawford will get his wish as Pacquiao has recently stated that he is “leaning” towards a fight with Mikey Garcia instead.
It may not be the news he wanted to hear, but Crawford still has another enticing offer on the table. WBO mandatory challenger and former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter has stood firmly in front of Crawford telling him that he wants to fight.
Crawford’s promoter in Bob Arum has admitted that a Porter matchup would be most likely if Pacquiao continues to go in another direction. But while Crawford is currently working on his own fight deals, Spence Jr. is doing the same.
The long-reigning champion proved that he was back to his old dominant self following his horrific car wreck in late 2019 with a one-sided win over Danny Garcia just a few months ago.
Nothing at the moment is set in stone in terms of his next contest but the talented southpaw recently set his sights on Yordenis Ugas and his WBA welterweight world title.
“All you needed was something I wanted,” said Spence Jr. shortly after Ugas was elevated to full champion a few months ago.
With both Crawford and Spence Jr. heading in opposite directions, it doesn’t appear that their showdown has gotten any closer to becoming a reality.