Crawford Scrambles For An Opponent: Tszyu A Contender After Alvarez, Spence Bouts Stall

Terence Crawford needs an opponent after the Canelo Alvarez and Errol Spence Jr. fights broke down.

Crawford has not fought since last year when he knocked out Spence in the ninth round. The victory secured Crawford’s legacy as the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era, and the first person to become a two-weight undisputed champion in the four-belt era.

But the Spence rematch is off the table as Crawford felt aggrieved over his accomplishments being played down. Spence blamed vision problems for his defeat as he underwent cataract surgery. A Canelo fight was also dismissed as the Mexican ruled out fighting Bud, stating he would get no credit for beating a smaller man. Since Crawford can’t fight Alvarez for undisputed, he is short of options, but Tim Tszyu is a possibility.

Tszyu is fighting Keith Thurman on March 30 in a non-title fight. He will headline PBC’s first card on Amazon Prime PPV, exposing him to a huge market. The WBO Junior Middleweight Champion could face Crawford in a title fight if he beats Thurman, allowing Bud to target undisputed at 154.

Jermell Charlo holds the WBA and WBC belts after he vacated the IBF. Since there is no certainty about whether Charlo will stay at 154, the belts may become vacant. Charlo’s last fight was at 168 against Canelo, suggesting he may move to 160 since he has won all the belts at 154. Crawford could become a beneficiary of that in the 154-pound division.


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