Terence Crawford is a straight shooter outside of the ring as well as inside, and recently had some choice words for a rival welterweight.
Former world champion Keith Thurman has been calling for a fight with Crawford, although has just fought once in the past four years.
When asked by The Last Stand about Thurman’s supposed desire for a fight, ‘Bud’ shut them down and described ‘One Time’ as “not relevant.”
“Listen, everybody knows Keith Thurman is just talking.
“You’ve got to understand, Keith Thurman is the same guy who said I’m not a real welterweight. Keith Thurman is the same guy who said I haven’t proven myself at welterweight. Keith Thurman is the same guy who has expressed that he’s not interested in fighting Terence Crawford.”
“Now all of a sudden, out of the blue he’s fiending to fight Terence Crawford? Okay.”
“When you’re not relevant, you’ve got to take shots at the guys who are relevant. We don’t believe you, Keith.”
Crawford has bigger things to worry about than comments from the likes of Thurman, as his legacy defining undisputed clash with Errol Spence Jr draws ever nearer.
Spence and Crawford will face off for the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF welterweight titles on July 29 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in one of the most significant fights boxing has witnessed for years.
The pair have been widely regarded as the top two welterweights on the planet for some time, and the winner in around two weeks’ time will have a strong claim to being the best pound for pound fighter in the sport.