Kyrone Davis (17 – 3 – 1, 6 KO) believes that in order for Terence Crawford to defeat Canelo Alvarez in a hypothetical matchup, Crawford would need the perfect performance to overcome his size, power and experience advantage.
Crawford recently backtracked on his willingness to move up to 168 pounds to face Canelo when he shared, “What’s y’all thoughts on Canelo saying he can make a fight with Spence at 160 but for me he say I can’t make the weight.” It has also been reported that the upcoming rematch between Crawford and Spence Jr. is being targeted for February 2024.
Despite the change in rhetoric from Crawford, and the pending rematch which will keep him occupied in early 2024, that hasn’t stopped Crawford and others in the boxing community pondering the potential for a Canelo vs Crawford fight. Kyrone Davis has sparred with both men, so his opinion carries weight in this regard.
“It would be a lot to get that victory based on size alone,” said Kyrone about Crawford having a tough task, given Canelo’s size. “Not that size wins fights, but you have a guy that has size and skills. It would be hard. Nothing is impossible, but if I had my money on someone winning the fight, it would be Canelo Alvarez,” said Kyrone.
In the same interview, Kyrone shared the sentiment that seeing Jermell Charlo ‘wilt’ under the power shots from Canelo is evidence that a smaller Crawford would have a similar difficulty. And when asked whether Crawford would need to fight the perfect fight to overcome the 21-pound weight increase, he responded with a simple, “Absolutely.”
“Canelo’s punches will be a lot more effective than Crawford’s punches if they fight at 168. So, I think it’ll be an issue. It’s not impossible for him, but it’ll be hard,” said Kyrone.
With Crawford vs Spence Jr. II in the process of being planned for a potential February date, and Canelo likely to return Cinco de Mayo weekend in 2024, it may be a while, if ever, before we see if Kyrone’s take is correct.