Terence Crawford has made it clear that he wanted to face the winner of Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez and Jermell Charlo.
Canelo won the bout convincingly, dropping a reluctant Charlo in the seventh round on the way to sweeping the cards with a unanimous points decision.
‘Bud’ Crawford – who would have to jump up three divisions for the pleasure – was in attendance and quick to say he wanted the legacy-defining bout against the Mexican.
Whilst Canelo didn’t rule Crawford as an opponent out when asked at the post-fight press conference, he did mention a plan of which the undisputed welterweight champion is not a part of.
“I always say if a fight makes sense, why not? But he is not in the plan.”
It’s assumed that the plan Álvarez refers to has David Benavidez front and centre. Pending a fight later this year with Demetrius Andrade – yet to be announced officially – the WBC has made it clear that the fellow Mexican’s mandatory position will be enforced in March of 2024.
Canelo said that he would be next out on Cinco De Mayo weekend in May next year, and if the sanctioning body gets its way then no other man should be filling the opposite corner than Benavidez.
‘The Mexican Monster’ took to social media to call out Canelo after his Charlo win, reaffirming his wish for a crack at all the belts.
As for Crawford, he’s currently in negotiations to honour a rematch clause with Errol Spence Jr, whom he beat convincingly back in April to unify all 147 titles.