By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford took a shot at Errol Spence Jr. ahead of their December by coming clean about his past, saying that “bums” that he’d fought during his 15-year career put up a better fight than the Texas native in their fight last July.
It was good for Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) to finally admit that he’d been fighting “bum” throughout his career, as that was refreshing for him to be honest about his most important wins over these fighters being victories lesser position:
- Julius Indongo
- Jeff Horn
- Shawn Porter – *A fighter Spence already beat
- Yuriorkis Gamboa
- Thomas Dulorme
- Ricky Burns
- David Avanesyan
- Amir Khan
Whether some of those fights put up a better fight than Spence (28-1, 22 KOs), there’s no way of ignoring the fact the Texas native was weight-drained, been involved with two severe car accidents, and he’d been out of the ring for 16 months.
If the shoe was on the foot and Crawford had been involved in a 100mph car crash, inactive for 1 1/2 years, and weight drained from dropping down from 190 lbs during training camp, he’d have been in terrible condition for the Spence fight last July.
The guys that Crawford had fought before facing Spence were a rag-tag group of fighters, and all his world title wins were lesser opposition.
Crawford’s world title wins:
- Ricky Burns – WBO 135
- Julius Indongo – IBF & WBA 140
- Thomas Dulorme – WBO 140
- Victor Postol – WBC 140
- Jeff Horn – WBO 147
- Errol Spence – IBF, WBA & WBO 147
“If you look at my fight with Errol Spence and how easily I defeated Errol Spence compared to all these guys [I fought in the past] that they were calling bums, that should tell them something right there. The guys you were calling bums put up a better fight than your favorite fighter,” said Terence Crawford on the Real Trav Hartman social platform. “The fight was much easier than I thought it would have been.
So, Crawford is saying that Shawn Porter, a fighter that Spence fought, was a better fighter than him, and so were Indongo, Horn, Postol & Burns. Crawford takes the whole cake, showing that he’s a textbook example of a sour winner.
Terence targeting Canelo vs. Charlo winner
“Another fight for the undisputed, and then I walk away,” said Crawford when asked what was the perfect scenario for him to end his career. “Three times undisputed.”
Crawford needs to put his silly dream vision out of his head about moving up to 168 and being given a title shot without earning it against the winner of the September 30 fight between undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez & Jermell Charlo.
Canelo has already rejected that idea, saying he won’t be entertaining the Crawford fight. Now, if Crawford wants to get in the back of the line at 168 to earn the fight with Canelo by beating these fighters, then we can start talking about him challenging the world title:
- David Benavidez
- David Morrell Jr.
- Diego Pacheco
- Demetrius Andrade