Since crushing Errol Spence Jr. to turn out to be the primary undisputed champion in two divisions, Terence Crawford has expressed his want to construct a legacy, a part of which entails dealing with and defeating the undisputed 168-pound champion, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, in a probably epic bout.
Nevertheless, business commitments and Alvarez’s private pursuits prevented this struggle from materializing in September, as he simply defeated a weak Jermall Charlo as an alternative. Canelo claimed it wasn’t the correct time to struggle Crawford, however in keeping with ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez, that second might come within the fall, after dealing with Jermall Charlo in Could.
In the meantime, that is nonetheless speculative, as there is no official affirmation, and Crawford is one in every of a number of fighters vying for a possibility. To extend stress for the struggle, ‘Bud’ posted a message on his X account confirming his willingness to struggle and asserting that he is the best choice.
“Terence Crawford vs Canelo Alvarez is the largest struggle in boxing proper now. Prefer it or not it is simply details,” Crawford wrote.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith responded skeptically to Crawford‘s assertion, cautioning in opposition to false hopes.
Not too long ago, this potential struggle sparked a heated dialogue on ESPN’s First Take, as an eagerly awaited, evenly matched bout between Canelo and WBC obligatory challenger David Benavidez, organized by PBC, has been anticipated since June.
Nevertheless, the Mexican champion refuses to face Mexican challengers, despite the fact that each Benavidez and Jaime Munguia have confirmed themselves worthy of a spectacular struggle, whereas Crawford would wish to maneuver up in weight.
Regardless, Canelo selected neither, opting as an alternative for an easy match in opposition to Charlo. Regarding Crawford, though he is a spectacular fighter, consultants consider the burden distinction could be an excessive amount of for him.
Oscar De La Hoya calls for a possibility for Munguia
Amidst these speculations, promoter Oscar De La Hoya seized the chance to problem Canelo on a struggle in opposition to his consumer, Munguia, who not too long ago demolished Englishman John Ryder.
Throughout a press convention final Saturday, De La Hoya acknowledged that Canelo should defend his belts in opposition to the fighter from Tijuana, Mexico, or else he can’t declare to be the ‘King of the tremendous middleweights’.
He insisted the struggle ought to happen on the weekend of September 16, Mexico’s Nationwide Day. It must be famous that De La Hoya did not finish his relationship with Canelo amicably, probably complicating negotiations.
By agreeing to face Charlo and Crawford, Canelo Alvarez would have averted two extra undefeated youthful Mexicans: Munguia (43-0, 34 KO) and Benavidez (28-0, 24 KO).