Crawford Sidesteps Ennis, Eyes Canelo: A Gamble That Could Backfire

By Chris Williams - 02/06/2024 - Comments

Trainer Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre says his fighter, unified three-belt welterweight champion Terence Crawford, has no interest in fighting the IBF champ Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, saying he brings “Nothing to the table.”

BoMac says the fight Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) wants is a title shot against undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez next, and he believes he can get the match and win it.

Ignoring Ennis: A Risky Strategy

The 36-year-old Crawford’s problem is that Canelo is expected to face Jermall Charlo next on May 4th, leaving Terence empty-handed with no opponent and no options.

It’s risky for BoMac and Crawford to dismiss the fight against Boots Ennis because that’s his only option for the foreseeable future.

This writer believes Crawford has become spoiled rotten from his first mega-fight last July against Errol Spence and now only wants additional mega-money bouts.

Crawford doesn’t want to return to the normal paydays he was getting before the Spence clash. He only wants the big cash; if he doesn’t get it, he’ll just sit. It’s a good way of wrecking a career, and we’ve seen it done with countless fighters after they get a big payday.

Chasing Canelo: The Dream and the Dilemma

Crawford can sit inactive, waiting and hoping Canelo will bless him for a fight in September, but they may not happen. Staying inactive would hurt Crawford’s popularity, such as it is because he’s never been a big PPV attraction during his career.

The only time Crawford was involved in a successful PPV was when he fought Errol Spence last July, and the success of that fight was arguably due to Errol’s popularity.

“No, he doesn’t bring nothing to the table. He got our leftovers,” said trainer Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre to the media, throwing cold water on the idea of WBA, WBC & WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford fighting IBF champ Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis in an undisputed championship next.

“Why would Bud want to go backwards? Bud is looking for bigger and better fights so he can etch his name in the concrete forever.

“I don’t know. I don’t really look at none of the welterweight since we cleared the division out. I’m done,” said BoMac, quickly exiting the interview after he was asked if the talented 26-year-old Ennis is just behind Crawford as the #2 fighter in the welterweight division.

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