Terence Crawford Ready To Welcome A Current Champion To Welterweight
While both are on different paths right now, there may be a chance we could see Terence Crawford face someone currently holding his old titles in Jose Ramirez.
Speaking with ESPN, Crawford (36-0), the WBO Welterweight Champion, discussed how a matchup between himself and Ramirez (25-0), the WBC and WBO Light-Welterweight Champion would go. Both have not fought one another before, but there have been rumors of a clash.
“Crush him, it’s that simple,” Crawford stated, via Boxing Scene. “Whenever he’s ready, I’m going to crush him.”
The 32-year-old Crawford made his professional debut in 2008. Originally winning the WBO Lightweight Title, “Bud” would win the WBO, WBA, IBF, The Ring, and WBC Light-Welterweight Titles. He then moved up to welterweight in 2018, beating Jeff Horn for the WBO Welterweight Title. Crawford has defended it three times, last beating Egidijus Kavaliauskas in December via TKO.
Ramirez, who made his debut in 2012, won the WBC Light-Welterweight Title against Amir Iman in 2018. He then won the WBO title against Maurice Hooker in July 2019, his last fight. The 27-year-old was supposed to fight Viktor Postol in China earlier in the year, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus heavily affecting the area. They were then booked for May in California, but it was once again postponed due to the pandemic growing in America. An August date is currently being looked into.
If he were to beat Postol, Ramirez is interested in facing IBF, WBA and The Ring Light-Welterweight Champion Josh Taylor in a unification bout. After that, he believes he is ready for the main welterweight division and Crawford.
“You are definitely going to see a much bigger and stronger Jose Ramirez,” Ramirez stated to Fight Hype regarding the new opportunity. “Don’t compare me and Crawford as the fighter I am right now. Just wait and compare me when I make that move to see how much stronger I get. From there then you can make more valid points. For now I am looking forward to making that move and facing a guy like Crawford.”