After his coaching companion Maurice Hooker got here up brief in opposition to rising star Vergil Ortiz this previous Saturday on DAZN, WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), who was in attendance, as soon as once more mentioned the unlikeliness of a bout between him and Errol Spence Jr. (27-0, 21 KOs) going down.
“Nah, by no means,” Crawford informed Battle Hub TV (through Dangerous Left Hook) when requested concerning the potential matchup. “That combat by no means gonna occur. It’s over with.”
Crawford and Spence, who holds the IBF and WBC 147-pound titles and was additionally in attendance on Saturday, have lengthy gone back-and-forth on social media and in-person a couple of potential conflict. Provided that each males are thought of to be amongst the very best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, it’s a combat that makes a ton of sense, though negotiations have by no means appeared to achieve steam.
The 33-year-old Crawford, a Nebraska native, is unbeaten at 37-0 and have become an undisputed champion at 140-pounds with a knockout victory over Julius Indongo in 2017. He then moved as much as Welterweight and has gained five-straight fights, however some have criticized him for the shortage of elite opposition he’s confronted at 147 kilos.
Spence, in the meantime, gained the IBF title with a victory over Kell Brook in 2017. The 31-year-old then added the WBC title to his assortment with a split-decision victory over Shawn Porter in a back-and-forth warfare in 2019. Most lately, “The Fact” returned from a horrific automobile accident to defend his titles with a dominant choice victory over former champion Danny Garcia late final yr.
There’s no denying that Spence, who’s additionally unbeaten at 27-0, would symbolize the hardest check of “Bud’s” profession, however for now, it appears as if Crawford has put the nail within the coffin relating to that combat.
“I already informed everyone that combat is historical past for me,” Crawford informed Chris Mannix on Saturday (through DAZN). “I’m not pondering nor frightened about Errol Spence anymore. That combat is behind me.”
By way of what could possibly be subsequent for Crawford, it’s at the moment unclear. It’s anticipated that he’ll return in Could, and Porter, who stands because the No. 1-contender to Crawford’s WBO title, could possibly be a attainable opponent. Moreover, Ortiz (17-0, 17 KOs) referred to as out Crawford after beating Hooker as effectively.
“I’d love that chance,” Ortiz informed Mannix following his win (through DAZN). “Crawford is probably the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer on the planet — undoubtedly Prime 2 — so if they provide me that chance, I’m taking a look at you, Bud, I’m taking a look at 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.”
Nevertheless, Bud wasn’t overly enthusiastic concerning the thought of a combat in opposition to the 22-year-old both.
“He actually don’t need me,” Crawford informed Battle Hub TV (through Dangerous Left Hook). That’s simply the factor to do — name for the fighters that’s on the high. However he’s doing his factor, doing what he’s speculated to do, and I want him nothing however the very best.”
If Crawford is certainly going to return in Could, an opponent will definitely be named quickly. However at this level, it’s unclear what lies forward for one in all boxing’s finest.