Two-division world champion and current lightweight title contender, Shakur Stevenson, has claimed that Canelo Alvarez only has a “puncher’s chance” in a proposed clash against undisputed welterweight king, Terence Crawford.
Crawford sensationally knocked out Errol Spence Jr last month and has since taken over as the face of the sport and dominated the pound-for-pound lists of almost every fan.
During the bout, ‘Bud’ called out Jermell Charlo, who is the current undisputed super-welterweight champion, but a recent WBO ruling means that he will be stripped of one title when he enters the ring against Canelo next month.
Instead, Crawford now seems focussed on the super-middleweight title, rather than the super-welterweight throne, showing ambition and desire to move up an unprecedented three weight-classes to take on the winner of Canelo-Charlo.
Speaking to Champside, Stevenson explained that Crawford is the better fighter and that Canelo would likely be outboxed by the new pound-for-pound king, in what would undoubtedly be one of the biggest clashes in recent memory.
“Canelo is a bad mother****er, he is the second-best fighter in boxing to me.
Bud is the best fighter in boxing. If Canelo is at his weight, I’m telling y’all now, Bud would beat Canelo. Canelo is real nice, he’s a real good fighter, I just feel like, stylistically, if he was in the ring with Bud, I think Bud would outbox him.
The best chance that he [Canelo] has is a puncher’s chance to try and knock Bud out, but other than that, I feel like Bud is the better fighter.”
Before Canelo can think about proving Stevenson wrong, he must first defend his undisputed 168lb titles against Jermell Charlo, whom he fights on September 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.