Errol Spence Jr. is itching for a showdown with boxing’s top star Canelo Alvarez.
On December 19, Canelo challenged Callum Smith for the WBA (Super) Super-Middleweight and The Ring Championships. The vacant WBC gold was also up for grabs. Canelo was able to score the unanimous decision victory in a one-sided affair.
Just before the fight took place, Spence was interviewed by DAZN’s Chris Mannix. Spence, who holds the WBC and IBF Welterweight Titles, expressed his desire to take on Canelo in a super fight (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I think it’s a great fight, especially at 160. It would be an all-out war. Have it at AT&T Stadium [in Dallas] with 100,000 plus fans. I’m a guy that sucks down to get to 147. I want to be the undisputed champion at welterweight. But if there is a great fight at 160, I can definitely move up to 160 and fight there easily.”
After the fight, Canelo told reporters that he’s aware of Spence’s challenge. The 168-pound king said a bout with Spence isn’t in the cards.
“I saw him. I’m very grateful that he was here, but the reality is that we have other goals right now with the 168-pound titles.”
Canelo is hoping to unify all of the gold at 168 pounds. To do so, he needs to capture the IBF Title, held by Caleb Plant, and the WBO gold, which is held by Billy Joe Saunders.
It’s no secret that fight fans have been clamoring for Spence and Terence Crawford to fight. The problem is, Spence doesn’t appear eager to take the fight unless he gets the bigger purse. This doesn’t sit well with Crawford.