Crawford Only 3 Potential Fights Away From Undisputed At 154

Terence Crawford Creeping Close To Greatness Once Again

Terence Crawford hovers over the champions at 154
Terence Crawford could be 3 fights away from undisputed at 154 (credit: Steve Marcus, Getty Images, Facebook)

Is Crawford Drawing Up Plans to Claim Undisputed at 154?

If all goes well, two-time undisputed champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (40-0, 31 KO’s) will be back in action this summer. Provided that industry rumblings pan out, Crawford will be heading to the squared circle this August to test his might versus WBA super welterweight champion Israil “The Dream” Madrimov (10-0-1, 7 KO’s).

Their dogfight would be the latest boxing event sponsored by Saudi Arabian boxing benefactor Turki Alalshikh. At the present moment though, this match is still in the process of being hammered out by all the principal characters involved. Supposing that the duel is made a reality, this will mark the fourth weight division that Bud is seeking to become a champion in.

The question becomes: If the grinning butcher does prevail over Madrimov, what would be next on the menu?


In a scenario that sees Bud lace up, box and beat Madrimov, he would emerge as the WBA 154-pound champion. And he would do so enjoying the financial backing of his excellency Turki Alalshikh. Also worth mentioning, Alalshikh is planning on using this upcoming Crawford versus Madrimov as his premier boxing foray staged in the states.

Another match that is up in the air, but thought to be next by many, is WBC and WBO super welterweight champion Sebastian Fundora versus Errol Spence Jr.. Of course, for the sake of the story line, it’d be best if Spence toppled Fundora to become a two-division, two-time unified champion.

Then with both, Spence and Crawford, acclimated to the 154-pound division, and both champions once again, their rematch would enjoy far more luster than an immediate do-over at 147 would have. Especially if Spence proves his physical durability in a war with Fundora.


Crawford versus Spence 2 would be a grand spectacle indeed. Yet, assuming that Bud would come out on top like in their premier affair, that would leave him just one title shy of being undisputed. The last remaining trophy belongs to IBF 154-pound champion Bakhram Murtazaliev.

With such close proximity to the coveted distinction, it’s hard to envision the top switch-hitter in Nebraska not trying to capture it again. After all, it would be a historical feat to be undisputed in three different divisions. Even better, it’s only three hypothetical fights away.

So first, let’s see if Turki Alalshikh will complete his first fledgling step into the American market. Then, if successful, Bud can continue trying to etch another achievement in the halls of boxing history.

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