Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr. Rematch: A Showdown at 154
The boxing community may have just received confirmation that the highly anticipated rematch between unified welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. will take place at junior middleweight.
Social media is abuzz with the IBF’s updated ranking system revealing they have stripped Bud of his title and elevated interim champion Jaron Ennis to full champion. This move was expected, given the IBF’s instruction for the unified champion to negotiate with Team Ennis.
With a rematch against Spence on the horizon, Crawford couldn’t comply with the sanctioning body’s request. It was only a matter of time before the IBF took action.
THE REMATCH IS CHANGING DIVISIONS
Shortly after Spence activated the rematch clause, Crawford was insistent that the fight would be at welterweight. The terms of the contract agreement allowed the winner to select the weight unless the loser could not comply.
Many boxing enthusiasts criticized Crawford for what seemed like a change of stance, especially after he had expressed willingness to fight at junior middleweight during the post-fight press conference.
With this recent development, it appears increasingly likely that the fight will indeed take place at the higher suggested weight. No official statement has been issued as of the time of this writing. However, fans shouldn’t be surprised if the two fighters meet at 154 pounds in 2024. The rematch’s weight class will surely be a topic of great interest and debate in the lead-up to this epic showdown.