Crawford Could Face Eubank Jr. At 160

Terence Crawford could take on Chris Eubank Jr. in a clash at 160 pounds.

Crawford has struggled to find an opponent since becoming the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era. He stopped Errol Spence Jr. in the ninth round to become undisputed in two weight classes. The Spence rematch failed as Bud moved his focus elsewhere after becoming frustrated with his excuse for the defeat. The Truth claimed his vision was compromised as he underwent cataract surgery on his right eye. 

Crawford’s next target was Canelo Alvarez at 168 in an attempt to become a three-weight undisputed champion. The Mexican dismissed the fight, saying he would not get credit for beating a welterweight who would have to move up three weight classes. Since Alvarez is facing Jaime Munguia on May 4, Eubank Jr. could be an alternative. 

Eubank’s last bout was a tenth-round stoppage win over Liam Smith. He avenged his first defeat when Smith stopped him in round four. A possible fight with Conor Benn broke down following his two failed VADA tests, leaving Eubank Jr. without a big fight. 

A Crawford fight would only sell in the UK since Eubank Jr. is not a big name in the US. Eubank and Crawford both train with Brian McIntyre. A fight at 160 could allow Crawford to prepare for a possible fight with Canelo at 168 later. However, moving up in weight is not always easy.

Legends of the sport, such as Manny Pacquiao, have shown it can be done. Pacman started his career as a junior flyweight, fighting up to junior middleweight. The Filipino won world titles in eight divisions but suffered losses along the way. A shock defeat to Jeff Horn followed in 2017 as Pacman lost his WBO Welterweight Title.

Even some of Pacquiao’s greatest wins were done at a catchweight. The victory over Miguel Cotto took place at a 145-pound catchweight instead of 147 to accommodate the Filipino’s smaller frame. Meanwhile, the win over Oscar De La Hoya was questionable. While Pacquiao moved up from 135 pounds to face De La Hoya at a 145-pound catchweight, the Mexican came down from over 150 pounds, clearly being weight drained.

Roy Jones Jr. never looked the same when he moved from light heavyweight to face John Ruiz at heavyweight. Despite winning the WBA Heavyweight Title, he lost three out of his next four fights. Recent boxers have shown similar struggles. Mikey Garcia was dominated by Errol Spence Jr. when he moved up from 135 to take him on at 147. While he lasted the distance, Garcia suffered a one-sided boxing masterclass. Two fights later, still aged 34, Garcia retired.

Kell Brook also suffered after moving up from 147 to 160 to face GGG. The Brit was stopped in the fifth round, breaking his right eye socket. Brook would return to 147 in his next fight to face Errol Spence in a defense of his IBF Welterweight Title. Brook was knocked out in the 11th round. This time, Brook suffered a broken socket in the other eye.

Crawford risks something similar by facing Alvarez. Bud started at 135 pounds, but a fight with Eubank Jr. at 160 may be more pragmatic. By jumping two weight classes against his stablemate, Crawford can test the waters before deciding whether he wants Alvarez at 168. Eubank has teased that a fight could happen, sharing a poster of the two on his social media. Boxing reporter Rick Glaser has also said talks are underway. 

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