Crawford’s Cryptic Words: Is the Spence Rematch Off the Table?

By Charles Crimes - 01/12/2024 - Comments

Terence Crawford, the WBA, WBC & WBO welterweight champion, posted a message on social media today, appearing to be moving on from the rematch with Errol Spence Jr.

Crawford’s message on X to Spence was brief: “I’m glad it’s over and done with. I wish you well, my brother.

Crawford’s Ambiguous Farewell

From the message by Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs), he seems to be giving up, which is a reasonable thing to do because there have been zero announcements from PBC about the Crawrford-Spence rematch or any of the fights that were supposed to happen after PBC’s move to Amazon Prime.

If Crawford is saying there will be no rematch with Spence, why isn’t he mentioning his own career and talking about who he wants to fight next? You can interpret the 36-year-old Terence’s message as being a thinly veiled retirement admission because he’s not getting the Canelo Alvarez, and he’s shown no desire to face Jermell Charlo, Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, or Tim Tszyu.

Once you remove those names from potential opponents for Crawford, there’s no one left for him to fight to get big paydays. He won’t move up to 168 and get bludgeoned by David Benavidez or David Morrell Jr.

Fans interpreted the silence from Spence about taking the second fight with Crawford to him not wanting to face him again. Of course, with PBC not saying a thing about their next fights on Amazon, which were expected to take place in the first quarter of 2024, is there a problem behind the scenes that has stalled the move? Has Amazon changed its mind about the deal with PBC? Are there money issues?

Silence From Spence

Spence hasn’t reacted to Crawford’s farewell message to him today, and that’s pretty telling. Surely, Spence would have said something to assure the fans that there will be a rematch with Crawford, but he hasn’t done that.

Spence posted a flurry of messages on social this week, revealing that he’d had eye surgery to repair a cataract that he’d fought with for his fight with Crawford and talking about a lot of other stuff without speaking about the rematch.

One could tell from reading the messages from Spence that he’s not interested in fighting his rival again, and who can blame him? He thoroughly dominated in a ninth-round knockout loss last July in Las Vegas, taking a lot of awful punishment yet raking in millions. Spence is rich, rich, and rich. He doesn’t need Crawford to keep bringing in the big money in fights that are just as good.

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