Terence Crawford expects significant changes in the sport of boxing moving forward.
The first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era addressed the recent rift between Ryan Garcia and Golden Boy Promotions. Garcia hit out at Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins during his pre-fight presser with Oscar Duarte. The boxer responded to Hopkins’ comments that he might not box again if he came second best to Duarte.
Although De La Hoya reassured the fighter that Hopkins’ remarks had been taken out of context, the stand-off highlighted the division between camps. Garcia is in a legal battle with Golden Boy over an alleged breach of contract. However, Garcia’s outspoken nature indicated a shift in fighter power as the statements were backed up with a stoppage win over Duarte. Crawford saw that as a sign of things to come.
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“There’s a change that needs to be made in the sport of boxing, and I think that change is coming soon. There’s always that thing for us fighters to come together but it’s always when you turn around it’s ego, you know, when you got a lot of fighters that got big ego and pride, issues, it’s hard to talk to them about things of that nature. Especially if we’re talking about change. That’s a big thing in boxing,” Crawford said
Those comments were after Crawford’s own exchange with De La Hoya earlier this year. De La Hoya had urged boxers to keep on fighting while ensuring that promoters come together for the betterment of the sport. The statement was made after Showtime indicated their exit from combat sports at the end of the year. Crawford, however, demanded that fighters get a ‘seat at the table’ to address any changes as he hit back at De La Hoya.
This is EXACTLY the point. I say we need boxers at the table and @OscarDeLaHoya says sit down and shut up. U really think we better if yall keep running things. U dont get it. We need to do things different, like other sports. We have the power and yall cant keep us from using it https://t.co/nzONkDmk2W
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) October 18, 2023