Former coach turned pundit Teddy Atlas has been talking about a potential fight between two pound-for-pound stars in Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez versus Terence Crawford.
Crawford is one of the best fighters of his generation and has been undisputed champion in two separate weight divisions – light welterweight and welterweight, the latter of which he picked up last July with a career-best performance against Errol Spence Jr.
‘Canelo’ meanwhile has won belts in multiple weight divisions and is currently fighting at super middleweight where he holds all four of the belts and is the first man to do so in that division.
With both men always on the lookout for the biggest challenges, rumours abound that Crawford might make an unlikely jump up three weight classes to make the fight happen and the man himself has not ruled it out.
Speaking to Fight Hub TV, Atlas was asked about that.
“Crawford has already come up three weight classes, so now you’re talking six. Six is a lot. Three, he had the skeleton for it, does he have the skeleton to go up six? I don’t know but I know he’s got this – the character, the mind, and special gifts very few fighters have.
“The only fighters that have it now is him and Inoue, although Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are close – they know how to win, they find special ways to win. They have something beyond physical ability, beyond boxing IQ.”
He then outlined another of Crawford’s unique skills.
“Crawford has the ability to slow things down in the ring and to see things nobody else can see and that’s what makes his timing so special. Because of that, I cannot count him out of anything.”