Errol Spence interested in Canelo Alvarez fight after Terence Crawford
By Sean Jones: Errol Spence Jr says he’ll “definitely” agree to a fight against Canelo Alvarez if it’s offered to him if he successfully defeats Terence Crawford on July 29th in Las Vegas.
A mega-fight between Spence and Canelo could be the biggest in boxing, provided that both guys win their fights this year.
Errol has two against Crawford that he needs to get out of the way first, whereas Canelo will be fighting a still-to-be-named opponent in September.
Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) says his potential two contests this year with Crawford will be his last at 147 before he moves up to 154, so he’s willing to face the Mexican superstar Canelo if that opportunity “comes across the table.”
It would make sense for Canelo to make the fight with Spence because it’s pretty clear he’s not eager to face the Lions at 168 in David Benavidez & David Morrell Jr.
Further, the way Canelo is talking about the Dmitry Bivol rematch needing to be under the same terms as their previous contest last year; it would seem he’s not seriously interested in that fight, either.
With a size and power advantage in his favor, Canelo (59-2-2, 39 KOs) might be more willing to take the risk of fighting Spence than he is against the young lions, Benavidez & Morrell, at 168 and his master Bivol at 175.
“If the fight [against Canelo Alvarez] comes across the table, I’d definitely take that fight,” said Errol Spence to the Dallas Cowboys Youtube channel when asked if he’d be interested in fighting Canelo Alvarez.
“165 – 168, that’s more my natural weight and a lot easier for me to make, so I’d definitely take that fight.”
Spence needs to get past Crawford in what is expected to be two fights this year. If Spence wins the first one against Crawford in July, he thinks the Omaha, Nebraska native will exercise the rematch clause in the contract to force a second fight, which would take place in November or December.
Canelo is under a lot of pressure from boxing fans to face Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs), but it’s unclear if he will take this risky match-up because the red-haired star has been seemingly avoiding him for years.
If Canelo doesn’t face Benavidez or Bivol in September, he’ll need a solid opponent because he can’t trot out another John Ryder or 41-year-old Gennadiy Golovkin again. The fans are catching on that Canelo is avoiding fighting the best to keep his career afloat artificially.
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