Could The Crawford Vs. Spence Rematch Be In Doubt?

Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr.’s rematch may be off after Showtime’s decision to pull out of boxing by the end of the year, according to WBN.

The network was expected to air the rematch, having generated a successful first fight with a live gate which exceeded $20 million. The expectation of a rematch emerged after Spence exercised the clause after being stopped in the ninth round by Crawford, who became the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era. After coming out victorious, Crawford reserved the right to choose the weight class. Spence’s preference was clearly at 154, while Bud indicated that the contract outlined a rematch at 147 unless either fighter expressed otherwise over not being able to make the weight. And with some finer details still needing to be ironed out, Stephen Espinoza was hopeful of a rematch early next year.

“When someone takes a tough fight like that, you want to make sure you’re not rushing them back. Maybe early next year. It’s either late next year or early next year if it happens,” Espinoza stated

But with Showtime’s departure, the two fighters may have to look elsewhere. Crawford’s other possible opponents could be Jermell Charlo or Canelo Alvarez. The former is keen on having a bout following his own loss to Alvarez, even if Bud has distanced himself from the fight. Meanwhile, a fight with Alvarez appears unlikely, given the Mexican’s desire to pursue other fights. As for Spence, other than a rematch with Crawford at 147, the boxer is without a title fight. And after having unified the welterweight division, Spence’s next move appears unclear. So, moving forward, both boxers may have tough decisions to make.

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