Two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter has looked ahead to a potential bout between unified welterweight title-holder Terence Crawford and WBO super-lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez, as Crawford seeks to move on from the Errol Spence rematch.
Crawford dominated Spence in a generational performance in July, but appeared to be locked in to a second clash after Spence activated his rematch clause, in what would ultimately be a tough sell to boxing fans after the one-sided nature of their first meeting.
However, it seems that their rematch will not take place, and with ‘Bud’ appearing to seek alternate opponents, Lopez got the wheels in motion for a fight with the arguable pound-for-pound king by initiating a heated exchange on social media.
Speaking to Pro Box TV, Porter gave his thoughts on how much he would enjoy seeing a fight between the two mn.
“I am past the beef or whatever, what I am looking at right now is how good of a fight this is. I think that it is a really good fight and whilst Terence Crawford has fought himself into superstardom, he has fought himself out of fights against the likes of [Jaron] ‘Boots’ Ennis, just because Ennis doesn’t command that kind of money at this point in time. I feel like Teofimo does.”
While Porter is a fan of the fight, he declared his belief that Lopez is ‘not ready’ for a showdown against a fighter of such skill.
“I feel like it could be a good fight if this were to be something that really gets going, I think this fight sells and I think that this is a really good stylistic fight.
“I don’t think that Teofimo is ready for Crawford just yet, but this is what boxing needs, it needs guys who have a light over them talking to one another, getting it going, getting people excited and then on top of that, making it happen.”
Before Lopez can truly press the accelerator on a Crawford fight, he must first defeat Jamaine Ortiz, who he faces on February 8th.