Following his ninth-round stoppage over Spence to become the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era, Crawford turned his attention towards moving up. However, Spence exercised the rematch clause with the intention of fighting at 154 pounds. Under the terms of the rematch, though, Crawford has the final say over the weight class.
In addition, the rematch was also complicated by Crawford’s desire to face Jermell Charlo and Canelo Alvarez. And yet, Bud has ruled out facing Charlo after the latter’s poor performance against Canelo. Meanwhile, Alvarez has distanced himself from a fight with Bud. But given that Showtime has announced that they would be leaving boxing at the end of the year, the Crawford-Spence rematch was left in limbo. Nevertheless, Crawford has reassured fans that he will not pull out.
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“He’s got the right to enforce whatever he’s going to do,” Crawford
Nevertheless, if the fight does happen, then the following issues need addressing. The weight class will be key, given that at 147, Spence will have another crack at the belts. But at the same time, it appeared that the boxer struggled to make the welterweight limit the first time around following the post-fight diagnosis. As for a fight at 154, it does nothing by way of Crawford’s legacy, given that there are no belts on the line. However, it may serve as a good fight for Crawford to enter the 154-pound division. So, moving forward, there are still a few issues that need addressing.