Crawford dropped Spence three times to become the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era. The rematch had been in the offing for months after Spence activated his rematch clause. The delays were initially over the weight class, fight date and the departure of Showtime, leaving PBC without a network. Since then, the rematch has never looked likely. Spence blamed his loss on vision problems he had entering into the fight as he underwent cataract surgery on his right eye.
Crawford responded by distancing himself from the rematch over what he saw as an attempt to downplay his win. That no longer made the rematch appealing, as Crawford is now searching for another opponent. Reports indicate that Canelo Alavrez’s next two fights will be Jermall Charlo and then Crawford. That would allow Crawford to become a three-weight undisputed champion by taking on Alvarez for all the belts at 168. That possibility has now ruled out a Spence rematch.
“It seems as though the rematch with Spence is not going to take place. [This is] for a variety of reasons, including the fact Spence is on the sidelines after having recent cataract surgery. So Crawford’s in need of an opponent,” Dan Rafael said
— Wayne Ball (@WayneBa63372096) February 1, 2024
Spence needs to retire he’s broken
Just hasn’t lived the life! IMO.
— RichieRich (@richard81242885) February 1, 2024
Wasn't super-excited to see the rematch. Would much prefer Crawford to head up to 154 and get himself some more belts. Had hoped he might fight Tszyu
— James (@Jaybuloo) February 1, 2024