Crawford Sets Sights On Canelo Payday, Only Interested In Spence At 147

Terence Crawford has given Errol Spence Jr. an ultimatum for their rematch, which must take place at welterweight. 

Spence made the decision to exercise his rematch clause following his loss in which he was stopped in the ninth round. Although it was Spence’s preference to have the fight at junior middleweight, Crawford had the right to decide the weight by virtue of being the winner. As such, a fight at welterweight has become the preference, according to Bud’s friend Steven Nelson.

This is understandable due to Spence’s own admission that he wanted to move up, while for Crawford, the prospect of another victory will be a lot easier. While the move could be seen as an attempt by Crawford to get a bigger purse, if Spence still insisted on having the fight at 154, in reality, Crawford’s position has been made clear. A fight at 154 does nothing for his legacy.

“He doesn’t owe Errol Spence nothing. People are like, ‘Man, he should give Errol a better chance at 154.’ Hey, it’s business. It’s a waste of time [Spence rematch]. So it’s 147 or nothing,” Steven Nelson stated 

In the event that the rematch does not happen, Crawford will likely target the winner of Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo, which is set to go ahead on September 30th, 2023. That fight provides Crawford the chance to go down as one of the greatest ever, as it would require him to jump up three divisions and try to become undisputed at 168. That would cap off an extraordinary career and silence any doubters over his ability. 

“A lot of people say, ‘Why does Bud want to go to 168 and not 154.’ If he goes to 154, then he’ll only go up two weight classes to try and do something that has already been done before, but nobody has gone up three weight classes to try and win. So, it’s history & legacy, and it’s more money than will be to fight a rematch with Errol Spence. It’ll be hard to sell that. It’s going to be hard to sell a rematch, whether it’s at 147 or 154,” Nelson

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