The news comes after Crawford moved on from the Spence rematch. They were on course to face each other after Spence activated his rematch clause following his ninth-round knockout loss. Spence hoped to have the rematch at 154 after suggestions he was not 100 percent going into the 147 bout. The Truth later had cataract surgery on his right eye, as he blamed his vision for getting repeatedly hit by Crawford. That distanced Crawford from the rematch in another attempt to downplay his achievement of being the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era.
“Had successful cataract surgery today!That explains why I got hit with so many jabs and hooks lately and have been overdue since before the Crawford fight. Still a great performance by Bro. No more excuses after this fight, though. The champ is back,” Spence said
I done heard it all now @ErrolSpenceJr it’s ok tho because all in all I’m glad it’s over and done with. I wish you well ma brotha.
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) January 12, 2024
Tszyu is the current WBO junior middleweight champion, a belt he inherited after Jermell Charlo was stripped for not defending against him. If Crawford seriously intends to become a three-weight undisputed champion, Tsyzu would provide the perfect introduction to the 154-pound division. Canelo Alvarez was reluctant to fight Crawford at 168, but Tsyzu was open to taking the challenge.
“I’d welcome that fight with both hands. I’m not scared of no one. Crawford’s very hard to beat, very hard to beat. When I see Charlo I see a lot of gaps, a lot of holes. But Crawford? He’s number one pound-for-pound for a reason,” Tszyu stated