Errol Spence Jr. Focused On Terence Crawford, Not Canelo Alvarez
The WBC, IBF and WBA welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has only one thing on his mind right now — a unification clash with the WBO titlist Terence Crawford.
Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) put on a clinic against the now-former WBA champion Yordenis Ugas last month at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, to walk away with three of the four major sanctioning titles at 147.
This victory has set the stage for the unification bout between Spence and Crawford with the winner taking all the accolades.
Spence has also been linked with a fight with the current four-division champion, Canelo Alvarez.
The ‘Truth’ hasn’t fully denied the possibility of a fight with the Mexican but the 32-year-old wants to end the ‘Best fighter’ debate at 147 once and for all first before looking at the other opportunities.
“I’m not worried about that either. I’m not chasing or asking about it,” said Spence when asked if a fight against Canelo Alvarez is one that he wants.
“It don’t matter.”
Canelo is coming fresh off a loss against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. And the way he got beaten has surely raised serious reservations regarding him being appraised the “king of modern boxing.”
Canelo does have a rematch clause in the contract with Bivol. The Mexican has already made his intentions clear that he wants to settle the score with Bivol before moving on to the next assignment.
So, from the current scenario, we can argue that Canelo vs Spence isn’t happening very soon.
The unbeaten welterweight contender Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs) is another promising fighter knocking at the doors of the 147 champion.
Ennis destroyed Custio Clayton (19-1-1, 12 KOs) by a second-round knockout in an IBF 147-lb title eliminator to become mandatory for Spence’s IBF belt.
Spence not only showered praise on Ennis’ emphatic win but also criticized Clayton’s silly approach, as the latter showed little resistance during the two rounds.
“It was good. His opponent looked like he came to get a check or something,” said Spence. “He didn’t do s—. He just looked like he didn’t want to fight.”