Fighting legend Evander Holyfield has named who he thinks is the face of boxing
Holyfield of course was one of the most celebrated names in the sport for many years. The famously granite-chinned American was first the undisputed champion at cruiserweight in the late 1980s and then went on to become a world title holder at heavyweight in the early 1990s. He remains the only boxer to have ever had the undisputed championship in those two weight classes, a feat which Oleksandr Usyk is looking to recreate, but with all four belts, when he faces Tyson Fury next year.
Speaking to ESNews, ‘The Real Deal’ was asked about who he thinks is the current face of boxing.
“Crawford. He got boxing ability. He got more than one way to win. He has power. When people can make adjustments that shows you that amateur boxing comes good. It shows you how to make adjustments. Same thing with Fury, he good case he can make adjustments, he knows how to hold, how not to.”
Last week, Crawford was stripped of his IBF title meaning he is no longer the undisputed welterweight champion, though he has recently spoken of his desire to move up and become undisputed in a third weight division having also achieved that status down at 140lbs in 2017.
To do so he would have to move up an unlikely three weights to compete at super-middleweight and secure a fight with current division ruler Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Though a tantalising prospect on paper, it seems more likely that Crawford will give Errol Spence Jr a shot to win back the belt he took from him in July with a contracted rematch, while Canelo is next expected out in May when he will defend his undisputed belts against someone in his own weight class.