Saudis Want Crawford vs. Ennis

The Saudis can make Terence Crawford vs. Jaron Ennis

That is according to Eddie Hearn. Crawford and Ennis are working closer with the Saudis, laying the foundation for a possible future fight. The Saudis help set up Crawford’s next fight with Israil Madrimov on August 3, which will be Rhiyad Season’s first boxing event overseas.

Ennis has an entry point with the Saudis, having signed with Matchroom, who work closely with the Kingdom. Ennis will defend his IBF Welterweight Title against Cody Crowley on July 13. Wins for Ennis and Crawford could increase the momentum to make that fight. 

“The only person that can deliver that fight is…[the Saudis]. Crawford is going to want a huge amount of money for that fight because of the risk. I’ll make sure Boots gets the right price as well. …So, I’m hoping after [Cody] Crowley, we can get a unification against one of those two, and then move on to a Terence Crawford fight.

“I don’t want to undersell my guy [Boots Ennis], but we have to prove; we have to make that fight [against Crawford] massive. We got to go out there and fill Wells Fargo, and destroy Crowley, and then you got to get the people saying, ‘Oh my God, Crawford against Ennis is the biggest fight in boxing,” Hearn stated

Crawford’s ambitions may not align with an Ennis fight. Ennis was his mandatory at 147. However, Bud was stripped for trying to take the Spence rematch instead. Crawford has indicated his desire to become undisputed in a third weight class. Beating Madrimov sets up a fight with Sebastian Fundora, who has the WBO and WBC titles, leaving Crawford with only the IBF to collect. The Saudis also want Crawford to box Canelo Alvarez, giving Bud a shot at undisputed at 168. Outside of money, fighting Ennis does nothing for Crawford’s legacy. 


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