Usyk: Crawford Beats Canelo

Oleksandr Usyk believes Terence Crawford would beat Canelo Alvarez.

Crawford will box Israil Madrimov at 154 pounds for his opponent’s WBA belt. It is his first fight since knocking out Errol Spence Jr. to become the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era. Madrimov is a hard-hitting 154-pounder. His record is 10-0-1, with seven KOs. A win over Madrimov will play into the narrative that Crawford can challenge Canelo for his Undisputed Super Middleweight Title.

Jermell Charlo failed to trouble Canelo after moving up from 154, losing a unanimous decision. However, Usyk showed size does not matter when he beat Tyson Fury. Fury was 40 pounds heavier and had a seven-inch reach advantage. Usyk neutralized those traits to become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion, almost stopping Fury in round nine.

Crawford showed he may be able to do the same due to the Spence win. The Truth was the bigger welterweight, but Crawford showed otherwise. He was the stronger fighter in the clinch, dropping Spence three times before the stoppage. Usyk picked Crawford to beat Canelo.

“Terence is my friend, but he’s a crazy man. I say Terence wins. Listen, Terence is a different man. Terence works in two stances; he’s a very, very, very smart man,” Usyk said

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