Crawford Calls for Canelo Clash: Deserved Shot or Payday Grab?

By Chris Williams - 02/04/2024 - Comments

Unified welterweight champion Terence Crawford has started his campaign to get a fight against undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez in 2024.

Fans wouldn’t have an issue with Crawford fighting Canelo this year if he first moved to 168 and defeated one of the two sharks, David Benavidez and David Morrell Jr.

Crawford Queue-Jumping

The unbeaten Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) took to X to tell the fans that a clash between him and Canelo was the “Biggest fight in boxing,” which some fans disagreed with.

If the 36-year-old Crawford gets his wish, he’ll jump the queue in front of the super middleweight killers David Benavidez and David Morrell Jr. to get the payday against Canelo (60-2-2, 39 KOs) this year.

That obviously won’t sit right with those fighters and particularly their fans, who want to see one of them dethroning Canelo rather than an undeserving Crawford, who has never fought at 168

“Terence Crawford vs Canelo Alvarez is the biggest fight in boxing right now. Like it or not, itโ€™s just facts,” said Terence Crawford on X, beginning his campaign to get a fight against Canelo Alvarez in 2024.

“Never that. Iโ€™m not [Jermell] Charlo,” said Crawford, reacting to a poster telling him, “Don’t sell out.”

“Iโ€™m not scared, and I most definitely believe in myself even if no one else does. I’m going to go Super Saiyan Blue ultra instinct.๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ,” said Crawford.

Canelo-Crawford is a big fight, but not on the level of a Benavidez match for the Mexican star. That’s a mega-money clash that the fans have been demanding for a while now.

It’s rumored that Canelo has already selected his opponent for May 4th, Jermall Charlo, and will defend against the 33-year-old. Jermall has fought once in the last three years, and what he has left at this stage of his career is questionable.

Canelo = Golden Parachute for Crawford

With the dough Crawford can get from a fight against Canelo, he can move to Beverly Park, the gated community in Beverly Hills, to rub shoulders with movie stars like Sylvester Stallone and Mark Wahlberg.

Obviously, Crawford values financial security because he’s nearing the end of his career, but it’s off-putting to see him get the chance to jump the line ahead of more deserving fighters at 168.