Following two elite performances in the space of a week from Terence Crawford and Naoya Inoue, there has been plenty of back and forth amongst boxing fans as to who is the best fighter in the sport.
However, in the eyes of four weight world champion Adrien Broner, there isn’t much to argue about.
In a recent post on his official Instagram account, Broner stated unequivocally that Crawford was his number one, and that he motivated him to try and get back to his best.
“I can honestly say that Terence Crawford is my number one fighter right now. The s*** he’s doing motivates me to get back on my s***, because he’s fighting top elites and winning in great fashion.”
Crawford dominated proceedings throughout against Errol Spence last month, knocking ‘The Truth’ to the canvas on multiple occasions en route to becoming undisputed welterweight world champion in a historic win at the T-Mobile Arena.
It remains unclear whether or not Spence will activate a contractual rematch clause, or if Crawford will be free to potentially move up in weight to pursue further world titles.
It would be remiss not to mention Inoue, however, who was crowned unified bantamweight world champion against Stephen Fulton at the Ariake Arena – the fourth weight division he has picked up world honours in.
A match up with IBF and WBA world champion Marlon Tapales looks set to be next, which would give ‘The Monster’ the opportunity to match Crawford’s feat of becoming undisputed at two weight classes.
As for Broner, he recently made a ring return after a two-year absence – a unanimous decision victory over Bill Hutchinson.