Eddie Hearn often picks out his own fighters as the best in the business, but recently said one fighter not in his stable has become “the superstar he should have been years ago.”
The UK promoter was, of course, paying tribute to one Terence Crawford.
Crawford systematically dismantled Spence in Las Vegas with an impressive jab, impeccable shot selection and pinpoint accuracy.
He floored the tough Texan three times and the TKO came in the 9th round, leaving him to lift all four major world titles in a second weight division.
“It was so good for the sport,” said Hearn of the event, before going on to focus on Crawford.
“As for Terence Crawford, unbelievable. We’re talking about a generational great here. Not just in boxing, but in sport. I went for the ‘Bud’ stoppage but I didn’t expect it at all to be as one-sided as it was.
He won every round, he dropped him three times, it’s the calmness of Crawford. He is unbelievable. One of the great fighters not just of our generation, but of all time. But you have to get him these fights.”
He then went on to muse on Crawford’s future and picks him to step up a division and quickly clear it out.
“He’s what 34? He’s lived a great life, but I think he can move up and become a three-weight undisputed champion. He can beat Jermell Charlo at 154, 100%.”
Charlo first has to deal with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in September, of course. In the meantime, Spence is expected to activate his rematch for a shot at Crawford for a second time.