Undisputed welterweight champion, Terence Crawford, has silenced suggestions that he will step up to super-welterweight and face Jermell Charlo, believing that victory over the 154lbs titlist would do nothing for his legacy.
Crawford called Charlo’s name out during his dominant win in the long-awaited clash between he and Errol Spence, but since the victory ‘Bud’s’ interest in the bout has dwindled.
This is because of the WBO’s statement which explained that Charlo will be stripped of one of his world titles when he steps into the ring to face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on September 30.
As a result, Crawford would not be able to become the first three-weight undisputed champion of the four-belt era, which has caused him to pursue other routes, he told the Joe Rogan Experience.
“I really don’t have nothing to prove, I can walk away right now and I’ve contemplated that. I do that every day, I wake up and think ‘do I still want to box?’, because I don’t need to box. I’ve done great with my money, I invested great with my money, I’ve got a lot of great businesses, I’ve got a lot of great things that I’m doing that generate money, so I don’t need boxing, I’m doing this for legacy.”
“If [Jermell] Charlo moves up in weight [to fight Canelo] and they strip him of his belt, there is no need for me and Charlo to fight, because he is not undisputed.”
“I’ve been saying that [he is next] for years, that I’m going to whoop Spence, then I’m gonna whoop you, and I meant that. But yeah, if he is not undisputed then that fight is not interesting to me no more, because I’m trying to make all-time history.”
Instead, Crawford has sensationally offered to jump up three weight divisions and face the winner of Canelo-Charlo, to challenge for the undisputed super-middleweight crown and cement his place amongst the all-time greats of the sport.