Ennis had been an IBF mandatory for Crawford’s undisputed title after the latter stopped Errol Spence Jr. to become the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era. Under the rules of the IBF, Crawford was obligated to make his first defense against his mandatory Ennis. That could not happen since Crawford was contractually bound to face Spence in a rematch after the latter enacted his rematch clause. That resulted in the IBF stripping Bud as he trolled Ennis over the fact that he did not beat the best to gain the belt.
“I know it’s not ideal. I know he’s disappointed that he couldn’t win it off a champion and whatnot. I know it’s disappointing. If I was him, I’d rather fight for it. I’d rather fight the number three guy if I couldn’t get the other guy. Don’t send me a belt in the mail. It just seems like everybody’s cool with being an e-mail champion now. I know it’s frustrating that he can’t get those big fights but it’s part of the game,” Crawford said
Nevertheless, Ennis has called on Crawford to face him to settle the debate. However, Bud’s aim appears to be on becoming undisputed in a third weight class by targeting a fight with Canelo Alvarez. As of now, there is nothing new in that regard, as Crawford has stated that the Spence rematch is next. And yet, Ennis is waiting in the background to seize his shot if the Spence rematch breaks down by willing to fight Crawford at 147 or 154.
“It’s up to them. If they decide to fight each other and I got to wait, I’ll wait. If he don’t fight Spence, I’ll take that right now in a heartbeat…Everybody already knows I’m a big welterweight. So, 154, that’s lovely for me,” Ennis said
Been a email champ or fighting for vacant belts are the same @terencecrawford u can always fight him
— Lottierosew (@lottierosew1981) November 21, 2023
It’s not like Ennis didn’t try to fight the champ
— David Jones (@TheSlick001) November 21, 2023
— RENE_BOX_YOUNG (@reneboxyoung) November 21, 2023