Terence Crawford Becomes A Free Agent

Terence Crawford is a free agent after his one-fight deal with PBC expired after the Errol Spence Jr. rematch broke down. 

Bud beat Spence to become the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era, making him undisputed in a second weight class. Spence activated his rematch clause, with the aim of running things back at 154 pounds.

But the fight never got made as several hurdles emerged. Showtime’s departure from boxing at the end of 2023 delayed talks while Crawford was chasing a fight with Canelo Alvarez. Spence’s excuse for blaming vision problems for why he was hit so many times was the last straw, as Bud ruled out a rematch. That has left Crawford a free agent.

Crawford is unlikely to re-sign with PBC, given Canelo’s departure as the Mexican will reportedly fight Jaime Munguia on DAZN. Bud also left Top Rank on bad terms, suing the promotional outfit for $10 million, alleging ‘revolting racial bias.’ That leaves DAZN as an option, with a possible fight against Canelo.

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Another alternative is a move up to junior middleweight and start his journey of becoming undisputed in another weight class. Bud is the WBO Super Champion at 147, making him mandatory for the belt at 154, which Tim Tszyu currently holds, if he moves up. The Australian takes on Keith Thurman in a non-title fight on March 30. Provided Tszyu comes out with no injuries, Crawford could face him next. 

“The winner of that fight will have a tough cookie for his next mandatory. Let me tell you. Crawford will be here next week. We’re going to talk about that fight. I’m not authorized to tell. He loved to fight at 154, but I’m not authorized to make it public.

“I have been talking to Crawford for long now, but he’ll be in Puerto Rico this week on Friday. You are the first person I’ve talked to about the possibility of Crawford moving to 154,” WBO President Paco Valcarcel said 

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