Following a career-best victory over Errol Spence Jr, Terence Crawford is being rightly celebrated as one of the best fighters in the world. It’s a legacy he wants to cement against undisputed super-welterweight champion, Jermell Charlo.
Crawford now holds all four belts at 147lbs – the third division he’s been champion in – following his domination of Spence. He’s been open that a move to 154 is likely next, and says he would be happy to challenge Charlo and then hang up the gloves for good.
Super lightweight champion, Regis Prograis, doesn’t think that would play out well for ‘Bud.’ He told FightHype he was backing Charlo to win with added motivation from seeing his friend Spence lose.
“I still got Jermell. I still do have Jermell.
One thing I think nobody can measure when looking at a fighter, you can’t measure how much fight they have inside them.
You can measure their skill, you can measure their quickness and speed, what you can’t measure is their hunger and how much fight they have in them, nobody can measure that – and Jermell is an angry a** f**king dude. Jermell is really angry, he has a lot of fight in, he’s had a chip on his shoulder from the start.
Jermell is naturally bigger and he hits really hard. If they were the same weight, I’d give the skill advantage to Crawford, but Mell saw what he did to his friend (Spence) so it’ll be added fire for him, he’s going to want to beat this dude. So I would still have Jermell.”
Unfortunately for Crawford – and fans – the timelines aren’t syncing up.
Charlo is set to move up two weight classes to face Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez on September 30 in Las Vegas. When the first bell rings, he will be stripped of at least one of his belts.
As for ‘Bud’, Spence has a contractual rematch clause that he’s expected to activate for a second fight towards the end of this year.