By Allan Fox: Trainer Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntrye has confirmed that Errol Spence Jr. has activated his rematch clause to fight Terence Crawford in a move that ties Omaha, Nebraska native’s hands for the remainder of the year.
BoMac says he’s not sure when the Crawford-Spence rematch will occur, but he’s hoping it’ll be before the end of the year. If it’s dragged into the first quarter of 2024, it will limit Crawford’s options for a big fight.
BoMac will need to get off his high horse and humble himself if Crawford loses the rematch with Spence.
Crawford had been talking about wanting to fight the Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo winner next, but that’s not happening now that the former unified welterweight champion Spence (28-1, 22 KOs) has exercised his rematch clause.
Crawford can forget about his hopes for batting for the undisputed at 168 because he will have his hands full with a motivated & likely in top-shape Spence at 154. Perhaps it’s for the best because Crawford is too small to fight at 168 and has no business fighting in that weight class.
It already looks bad that Canelo is skipping over Benaviez & Morrell to defend against the WBO-pounder Jermell Charlo on September 30th, but if he faces Crawford next, that will take the cake.
Canelo would be using Crawford to duck Benavidez & Morrell, and that’s utterly pathetic. If Canelo lacks the courage to fight the sharks at 168, he must vacate his belts.
Also, Canelo will get dumped on by the boxing public if he defends his undisputed super middleweight championship against Crawford, a welterweight, instead of existing fighters in the weight class, David Benavidez, David Morrell Jr. and Demetrius Andrade.
BoMac seemed happy today while revealing the news of Spence forcing the rematch with Crawford. It’s pretty clear from BoMac’s reaction that he feels it’s going to be an easy job again for Bud Crawford.
“He just texted me yesterday Spence activated his rematch [clause]. It’s confirmed. We don’t have a date yet,” said Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre to Proboxing Fans about Errol Spence exercising his rematch clause for a second fight against Terence Crawford. “I’m hoping,” BoMac said when asked if he expects the Crawford vs. Spence rematch will take place before the end of the year.
BoMac didn’t say what the weight will be for the rematch, but it’s likely that Spence will be asking for it to take place at 154. Crawford is moving up there anyway, so he won’t make a big deal about it.
Now if Spence asked to have the rematch occur at 160 or 168, Crawford would probably reject that notation because he would be fighting Errol at his best instead of a slightly drained version.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. said recently that Spence should move up to 160 or 168 because he feels that’s where he’ll be at his best.