WBO Steps In Front Of Spence And Orders Fundora vs Crawford

Crawford Named Mandatory Challenger to Sebastian Fundora

WBO champion Sebastian Fundora ordered to face Terence Crawford next instead of Errol Spence Jr.
WBO orders Sebastian Fundora to face Terence Crawford instead of Errol Spence Jr. (credit: Esther Lin/Premier Boxing Champions)

WBO Officially Orders Sebastian Fundora vs Terence Crawford

The WBO has put a halt to any plans for unified junior middleweight champion Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora (21-1-1, 13KO) versus Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (28-1, 22KO). As predicted, the organization ordered The Towering Inferno to face mandatory challenger Terence “Bud” Crawford (40-0, 31KO).

After snatching the titles away from one-time WBO champion Tim Tszyu in a blood bath, boxing fans were led to believe that Spence was to be next. Bud quickly took to social media telling his former foe to get in line after seeing the two fighters in the ring.

The Truth responded claiming he doesn’t wait in lines.


The Texan will have to wait as the WBO officially ordered negotiations to begin between Fundora and Crawford. The organization released the following statement:

“March 25, 2024, this Committee granted sanction approval of the Tszyu/Fundora WBO Voluntary Championship Contest held on March 30, 2024, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sanction approval was granted subject to the winner facing next the Mandatory Challenger in the Jr. Middleweight Division, Terence “Bud” Crawford within 180 days.”

“Therefore, in light of the above and per WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests, the parties are hereby ordered to commence negotiation.”

WBO Championship Committee

Immediately, boxing fans are questioning if the newly crowned unified champion will face Crawford or drop the titles. In fairness, The Towering Inferno has stated that he wants to face the best fighter in the world in Bud. He should be commended on wanting to fight the best. Boxing fans still remember how Crawford annihilated The Truth for the undisputed welterweight crown in July 2023.

The junior middleweight division is on the verge of becoming one of the hottest divisions in 2024.

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."