Talks Begin For Crawford-Madrimov WBA Clash At 154

Talks have reportedly begun regarding a WBA junior middleweight clash between Terence Crawford and Israil Madrimov, which could occur on August 3 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Crawford has not fought since stopping Errol Spence Jr. last July to become the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era. The rematch broke down, while Bud’s attempts at facing Canelo Alvarez failed. The WBO also ordered Sebastian Fundora to defend his WBO and WBC belts at 154 against Bud. But Fundora is likely to rematch Tim Tszyu first. 

Madrimov is undefeated and holds the WBA Junior Middleweight Belt. He secured a fifth-round TKO win against Magomed Kurbanov to win the title in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Reports indicate the Saudis are setting up this bout, while Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing will conduct the promotion.

This revelation followed shortly after Crawford was linked with fighting in Saudi Arabia. He is currently a free agent. A win makes Crawford a four-weight world champion. It also opens up a unification at 154 in his quest to become a three-weight undisputed champion. 

Despite this, Jermell Charlo has reportedly enacted his right as the WBA Champion In Recess, giving him priority over Crawford. Charlo’s last bout was a unanimous decision defeat to Canelo at 168 after having moved up two weight classes. Since then, he has lost all his belts at 154 either being stripped or vacating. Jermell had not defended his Undisputed Junior Middleweight Title since 2022. But he could now be in line for a title shot.

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