Canelo Alvarez Says Terence Crawford has a Shallow Resume
Among most boxing enthusiasts, undisputed welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) is considered a great fighter with an unquestionable resume. But one fighter who is questioning the career credentials of Crawford is reigning super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 KOs).
Crawford is coming off a ninth-round stoppage victory over Errol Spence on July 29 to become undisputed champion. Following that victory, Bud went on record to say he’s willing to go up 168 to face Alvarez.
Alvarez is less than a month away from his September 30 battle against reigning undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo. But during the lead-up for Charlo, Alvarez has been constantly questioned about Crawford. While speaking to TMZSports, the world super middleweight champion said the following after being questioned if he was tired of being asked about Crawford:
“Like I always said, I respect Terence Crawford. He’s a very talented fighter. But he just won one big fight. If you see his record, he just beat one good fighter, Errol Spence. But other than that, I don’t think he’s beaten other great fighters like Spence.”
Upon hearing about the comments from Alvarez, Crawford posted the following response on social media:
There are those in the boxing community who will agree with Alvarez. They will analyze Crawford’s record and argue he is lacking when it comes to elite competition. Others would argue Bud is such an elite fighter that he makes his opponents look vastly inferior, and when he faced someone on his level in Spence, Crawford destroyed him with ease.
Whatever side of the fence you stand on, the debate can be settled if Alvarez and Crawford were to fight one another. Crawford surely wants to fight. After saying he was not uninterested in a battle with Crawford, Alvarez is seemingly warming up to the idea. This is what Canelo is now saying about the likelihood of it happening:
“You never know in boxing, we’ll see in the future . . . Why not? If it makes sense, why not?”
First and foremost, Alvarez has to take care of business against Charlo. But if he does, the drumbeats will continue to beat louder and louder for what would be a true super-fight between Canelo and Crawford.