Former two weight world champion, Bernard Hopkins, has voiced his opinion on a potential fight between Terence Crawford and Canelo Alvarez.
Crawford is coming off a career best performance, dominating and stopping Errol Spence Jr to become the undisputed welterweight champion and the first male two division undisputed champion of the four belt era.
‘Bud’ has since made it clear he’s now only interesting in the biggest, history making fights and has called out Canelo to challenge for his undisputed super-middleweight titles.
Canelo went into his last fight under pressure from pundits who believe the Mexican’s best days are behind him, but he would have silenced some of the doubters with a one sided beatdown over Jermell Charlo.
Hopkins, who is part of Canelo’s ex-promotional team, Golden Boy, says Crawford moving up three weight classes to take on Canelo would be “life risking” and believes the fight has no chance of being made.
“Who? [Terence Crawford]. Crawford cares about his life. What does that fight do for Canelo? I just think there are so many other fights to make that are realistic and make sense and less life risking on top of the risk that we take stepping in there with guys our won weight.
Canelo isn’t coming down to 160lbs. IF you can’t hurt a guy like Canelo, and you don’t have height and depth to at least have something to work with, then we’re going to see another boring fight, or as I say, smart fight.
I understand the money grab, but Crawford isn’t 26. It’s gossip, I guarantee you it’s not going to happen.”
Canelo has two fights left on his current PBC deal and has been linked to fights against David Benavidez as well as Jermall Charlo. Crawford looks like he’ll have to face Spence again after the 33-year-old officially triggered his contractual rematch clause.