Alexis Rocha: “I Want Crawford Next; I’m Ranked Number One”

WBO Could Order Crawford to Face Rocha Next

Alexis Rocha wants WBO champion Terence Crawford next
Alexis Rocha (L), Terence Crawford (credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

WBO Number One Contender Alexis Rocha Could Get Terence Crawford Soon

Top welterweight contender Alexis “Lex” Rocha (22-1, 14KO) is not backing down from wanting to fight WBO champion Terence “Bud” Crawford next. Furthermore, his number one WBO ranking could see the organization order the fight soon.

Lex has climbed up the ranks since losing to Rashidi Ellis in 2020. In his last outing, he made a statement by scoring a seventh-round stoppage over George Ashie on January 29. In the post-fight interview, Rocha made it crystal clear that he wanted Bud next. Now, here is where things get interesting. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya hinted at Crawford – Rocha being a distinct possibility.


During an interview at the Luis Nery versus Azat Hovhannisyan WBC title eliminator, Rocha did not back down on wanting Crawford.

“Look, I’m here in boxing to be the best I possibly can be. I want a world champion. I want Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford next. I’m ranked number one with the WBO, or number two.”

That last statement is the point to take note of. Considering he is the number one ranked contender for Crawford’s title, the WBO could order the fight, especially considering Bud has not fought a mandatory fight since defeating Shawn Porter in 2021.

Boxing fans await the official announcement of unified champion Errol Spence Jr’s battle with former unified champion Keith Thurman, which could happen in May or June. So, there is a very good chance boxing fans will see Crawford versus Rocha hit the news cycle within the next couple of months.

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."