Terence Crawford’s friend, Steven Nelson, has confirmed that the boxer informed Errol Spence Jr. that they must fight at welterweight if the latter wants to run things back as the undisputed welterweight champion sets himself as the A-side.
Bud stopped Spence in the first fight with ease, as the ninth-round stoppage made him the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era. And in the process of doing so, Crawford became undisputed in a second-weight class. The victory meant that Crawford would decide the weight class for the rematch, even if Spence desired to fight at 154. With that being said, this is what Nelson had to say.
“Bud is offering Errol a fight at 147. If he doesn’t take it, which we’re hoping he doesn’t because it’s a waste of time, Bud wants to do something that’s never been done and move up three weight classes to beat Canelo. Then he’ll fight Charlo at 168 for undisputed. Everything has strategy behind it,” Nelson said
That will likely make Spence reconsider the rematch since making 147 was difficult, as per his own admission. As for Crawford, it provides him a chance to secure a bigger purse. A fight at 154 could happen provided that Spence gives away a bigger share of the purse, putting Bud in the driving seat as the A-side. At the same time, the new leverage could play a part moving forward as Crawford’s pulling power will increase. And at the age of 35, Crawford does not have long left to secure the most lucrative fights. A bout with Canelo Alvarez would do that, while a Spence rematch may hold the ‘Truth’ hostage to Crawford’s demands. Either way, Crawford is in pole position to dictate his career.
Social Media Response
Don’t say you can offer him a rematch at 154 and then go back on your word
— Bando (@RUNITUPPDX) September 17, 2023
I am not surprised at all. Crawford is a business man first. He waited 5 years to fight Spence. Now he doesn’t want him at his best at 154. So he dresses his duck with a challenge to a guy who already has 2 fights lined up.
— Hugo Adame (@hugoadame01) September 17, 2023
Don’t care , rematch is a waste of time
— Marcus Johnson (@slimCurt) September 17, 2023