We have become accustomed to fighters avoiding each other, biding their time until they see weakness in an opponent or see him age just a little more. Fight fans will be feeling somewhat refreshed by American sensation Terence Crawford who seems more than happy to call out the best fighters.
During the aftermath of his comprehensive beating of former Olympic gold medal winner, Felix Diaz, Crawford put on record his desire to step into the ring with both Keith Thurman and Manny Pacquiao.
The man from Omaha, Nebraska made a clear statement of intent in calling out the current undefeated welterweight king ‘One time’ Keith Thurman. Crawford looks sensational at the moment with many putting him right up there with the best pound for pound in the sport.
For me both fights would be intriguing but the Thurman fight is the fight that stands out. Of course Pacquiao can not yet be ruled out. He is still operating as an elite fighter. However, Keith Thurman is unbeaten, and is in the prime of his career. He would represent a significant step up for Crawford who has been operating a weight division lower at 140lbs. He would without doubt be the hardest hitter that Crawford has faced as a professional.
Looking at Crawford’s natural physique you would expect him to have the capability of making the transition to the 147lbs welterweight division. Standing at 5ft 8 inches with a 70 inch reach he would certainly not have to blow himself up to the weight.
Thurman may well be otherwise engaged though. He is likely to face the winner of Kell Brook versus Errol Spence Jr in a mega welterweight unification match. There is of course no guarantee that Thurman will beat either England’s Kell Brook or Dallas’ Errol Spence Jr.
If that is the case, in the mean time, it would be good to see a unification match with fellow super lightweight champion Julius Indongo. The formidable Namibian burst on to the world scene with a highlight reel knockout of Russian fighter Eduard Troyanovsky to win the IBF belt and backed it up by comprehensively by beating the well established Ricky Burns on his home turf in Scotland.
Whether or not a Crawford fight with Thurman could take precedence over Thurman’s mandatory in Showtime Shawn Porter remains to be seen but it seems likely a deal could be struck if the will is there from both sides.
The welterweight division is red hot at the moment without Crawford so to see him added into the mix at 147lbs would be sensational for the fight fans. The first chapter in the welterweight story starts on May 27th at Bramall Lane as Kell Brook clashes with Errol Spence Jr. Check out that fight here.