Terence Crawford Open to Facing Canelo Alvarez at a Catchweight
Reigning undisputed welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) is on the top of the boxing world. The 35-year-old is open to any big-money fights available. Could one of those opportunities for a mega-fight be a match with reigning undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 KOs)?
Crawford is on a celebration tour following his July 29 ninth-round stoppage victory over Errol Spence to become the undisputed 147-pound champion. After the win over Spence, boxing observers have had an ongoing discussion about what’s next for the welterweight champion.
A name that has been thrown around as a possible opponent is Alvarez. As a guest on The Breakfast Club Morning Show, Bud was asked if he was interested in a potential fight with the super middleweight champion. Crawford said he’s willing to fight Alvarez, but only under certain conditions.
“We can do something at a catchweight . . . 158, 160, that would be cool.”
COULD IT HAPPEN?
Alvarez has an upcoming defense of his undisputed crown against reigning undisputed 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo on September 30. After that match, Alvarez’s dance card would be open to fight anyone.
Many observers believe that Alvarez would be too big and strong for Crawford. After all, there’s a 21-pound size difference between the two fighters. But in this sport, skills pay the bills. Based on pure boxing ability, Crawford has the kind of extraordinary skillset and boxing brain to overcome a naturally larger man, including Alvarez.
The ultimate question is, would Canelo be willing to go down to 160 to make it happen? A contest between Alvarez and Crawford is a potential $100 million pay-per-view event. Alvarez is arguably the sport’s cash cow. Would he turn down the kind of potential money he could earn in a super fight with Bud?
Some will scoff at the notion of a fight ever happening between Crawford and Alvarez and argue that Alvarez would not make that kind of sacrifice. But under the right circumstances, anything is possible, especially when a lot of money could be at stake. This is something worth keeping an eye on.