Terence Crawford reiterates: Struggle with Errol Spence Jr. not occurring

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Terence Crawford doubled down on shifting on from a possible unification bout with fellow welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr.

The WBO welterweight champ made it clear on the Vergil Ortiz-Maurice Hooker combat Saturday that the potential showdown between the undefeated pound-for-pound fighters isn’t going to occur.

“I’m not even apprehensive about Errol Spence anymore,” Crawford advised DAZN’s Chris Mannix earlier than the Ortiz-Hooker combat at the Dickies Enviornment in Fort Price, Texas. “I already advised everyone that combat is historical past for me. I’m not considering or apprehensive about Errol Spence anymore.

“That combat is behind me.”

Throughout the identical interview, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) additionally appeared to dismiss the potential for dealing with Ortiz (17-0, 17 KOs) subsequent.

“I simply chuckle at it,” Crawford mentioned. “Proper now, I’m on larger and higher issues. Who is aware of what the longer term could maintain? Perhaps me and Vergil could get it on … if he wins.”

Nicely, not solely did Ortiz win Saturday evening, he received emphatically within the stiffest take a look at of his younger professional profession. With rising confidence, Ortiz used the second to precise his need for a crack at Crawford’s crown.

“I might love that chance,” Ortiz mentioned after his victory. “Crawford is probably the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer on this planet, positively prime two,  so if they provide me that chance … I’m you, Bud, I’m you. If you wish to make this occur, I’m greater than prepared to do it.

“I don’t care if I’m prepared or not,” he added, “I would like that combat.”

Oscar De La Hoya backed his younger cost with the next tweet.

Along with Crawford, Spence was in attendance at the Dickies Enviornment.

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