After Crawford was stripped for failing to defend his title against his mandatory, Boots became the full champion. Bud had just become the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era with a win over Errol Spence Jr. But under the IBF, he had to defend against his mandatory.
This failed because of the Crawford-Spence rematch clause. Now that Ennis is the full champion, he has been looking to get Crawford in the ring. This is unlikely since the Crawford-Spence rematch will likely be at 154 pounds, meaning Bud would vacate. But that has led to suggestions Crawford was avoiding Ennis.
“Bud had opportunities to fight me ( & still do ! ) but you rather them strip you & give me the title instead of me taking it from you cause you don’t wanna fight me that bad. That stunt you pulled see through lol,” Ennis stated
In response, Crawford had this to say:
“Like I said before @JaronEnnis had two opportunities to fight me. We talking about a kid that’s still fighting in the theater. Make it make sense,” Crawford said
Crawford aims to become a three-weight undisputed champion after calling out Canelo Alvarez. Boots must, therefore, focus on the other names in the division. Mario Barrios has been mentioned. The WBC interim welterweight champion beat Yordenis Ugas in his last fight. A win against Barrios would make Ennis the full champion if Crawford relinquished the belts. So, for now, Ennis vs. Crawford is unlikely.
Boots had the chance to fight Crawford by taking the WBO route, instead he took the IBF route. That should tell you all you need to know.
— bombs boxing™ (@bombsboxing) January 10, 2024
hes doing what he blamed spence did to him
— The Ghost Knows (@TheGhostBoxingg) January 10, 2024
Fair. Boots doesn't have that standout win atm.
Let him fight Barrios or Stanionis or Crowley and then we can talk.
— Boxing Bet Guru (@Richboxingbets) January 10, 2024