Four-weight world champion, Mikey Garcia, has predicted the proposed super-welterweight title clash between undisputed champion, Jermell Charlo and undisputed welterweight champion, Terence Crawford.
Crawford knocked out Errol Spence Jr in sensational style last month to claim all the titles at 147lbs, but during the fight he confidently called out Charlo to be his next victim, with the aim of becoming the first three-weight undisputed champion of the four-belt era.
However, the fight would have to wait, with Charlo scheduled to step up two weight-classes to challenge another undisputed champion in Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, the super-middleweight king, on September 30th.
In an interview with ES News, Garcia confidently predicted that ‘Bud’ Crawford would come out on top, but suggested that the outcome could be different if the bout took place at a different weight.
“Crawford [at 154lbs], I think Crawford wins. It’s a good fight though, but I think Crawford wins.
Crawford is a bad dude, man, he’s a really good fighter and he can fight coming forwards, he can fight going back, he can fight whilst he’s running around and boxing, switches from left to right. He’s tricky with that, he’s quick, he has a lot in his game, so I think Crawford.
If he moves up even higher, then there is a bigger disadvantage in size so that changes things, but he doesn’t have to do all of that.”
Despite Crawford’s call-out, the 35-year-old has shown that his interest in a contest with Charlo is beginning to diminish, in light of the news that ‘Iron Man’ will be stripped of his WBO title once he enters the ring against Canelo.
Instead, ‘Bud’ seems prepared to step up three weight-classes to fight the winner of Canelo-Charlo, in an attempt to claim all four belts at super-middleweight.