The long-rumored move up to welterweight is now official. Junior welterweight and former lightweight world titlist, Terence Crawford, regarded as one of the top two or three pound-for-pound fighter in the world, is now in the dangerous waters of boxing’s deepest talent pool.
Despite the fact that Crawford would likely be the betting favorite at BetNow.eu against just about everyone in the division, Crawford’s move up to welterweight paves the way for some of the most lusted after dream fights fans and media have been proposing since it became clear that Crawford would eventually be headed up in weight.
In conjunction with the decision to move up one more division, the WBO has installed Crawford as their number one contender to champion Jeff Horn, who dethroned legendary champ Manny Pacquiao last July on a widely viewed title fight on ESPN, emanating from Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia.
The path is then clear for the talented and undefeated Crawford.
“First he has to beat Horn and win the title but once he does but then we’ll consider fights with Danny Garcia, (Keith) Thurman, all of those guys,” Crawford’s promoter Bob Arum told RingTV, referring to top welterweights currently tied to advisor Al Haymon, who operates the Premier Boxing Champions boxing company. “I don’t anticipate any difficulty in making them.
“We’re all in boxing,” Arum continue, “we’re all looking to build boxing and there will come a time when a promoter is putting on fights for Showtime and wants to use one of our fighters and we wouldn’t stand in the way. I think everybody now in boxing or most people in boxing are of the mindset to make the best possible fights.”
Along with fighters such as Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman, though, is the biggest and most anticipated welterweight rival for Crawford—Errol Spence Jr.
Spence Jr., who most recently captured the IBF belt from Kell Brook via impressive eleventh round stoppage in Brook’s UK home turf, is considered one of boxing’s brightest young stars and one who could easily be one of the sport’s elite over the next several years.
Crawford-Spence hype has been spreading all throughout the internet boxing world for the last year and the impression is that they are, indeed, on a collision course.
Aside from a Spence fight and bouts with Garcia and Thurman, Crawford at welterweight will find names like Shawn Porter, Kell Brook, and even Manny Pacquiao awaiting him.
Big things are brewing at welterweight and, finally, Crawford will be in the thick of the action.