“I Could Be … Undisputed at 154” | Terence Crawford Wants Spence-Ugas Winner But Will Move Up If Not

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Terence Crawford still wants to fight Errol Spence Jr., but he is ready to move on if it doesn’t happen. In fact, he is ready to leave the division in search of being undisputed at 154 pounds.

“I want that fight (against Spence). If it happens it happens; I’ve been calling for it for years now. If it don’t it don’t. The fight fans gotta be the ones that push for it, that demand it. I did my part.”

“I’ve done my part since being professional by beating everyone that they put in front of me,” Crawford continued. “I can’t see what I could do different or any more. If I can’t get the Spence-Ugas winner, I would love to get the Jermell (Charlo)-(Brian) Castano winner. I could have a fight and then be undisputed at 154.”

Spence-Ugas

Errol Spence and Yordenis Ugas will unify welterweight titles on April 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Spence is putting his WBC and IBF titles on the line and is making his second comeback from a severe injury from a car accident.

Ugas will defend his WBA title in the three-belt unification. In his last fight, he won his belt, where he retired Manny Pacquiao.

Crawford was on hand for the Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook press conference in Manchester, England, where he spoke on Errol Spence vs. Yordenis Ugas.

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“I think it’s going to be a great fight,” Crawford said to Behind The Gloves. “I think a lot of people aren’t giving Ugas the credit that he rightfully deserves and they’re going to be surprised. I still edge Spence in that fight, but at the same time I wouldn’t be surprised if Ugas pulls the upset.”

Crawford himself is ready to get back in the ring. When asked when fans can expect him back, Crawford said, “hopefully sometime in May.”

Crawford’s head coach, Brian “Bo Mac” McIntyre, who is coaching Amir Khan’s next fight, mirrors Crawford’s sentiments precisely.

Coaches Corner

“I’d like to see Terence get one of the winner of the 147-pound title they got over there. If not, move up to 154 and maybe get one of those guys up there and get that title. Either or, I want to see Terence succeed.”

Crawford is the current WBO welterweight champion ,who recently went independent after parting with his longtime promoter and chairman of Top Rank, Bob Arum. Crawford is currently taking Top Rank to court for racial bias.

The lawsuit alleges that Arum “continues to make racist and bigoted statements and purposefully damage the reputations of Black boxers.”

Other Possibilities

Arum made it known that he would attempt to orchestrate a fight between Josh Taylor and Terence Crawford.

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Taylor is a Scottish star and the reigning undisputed super lightweight champion and would have to move up in weight to face Crawford.

“I think it’s a good thing for America,” said Bo Mac, “It’s a good thing for the U.K. to see one of their guys come up and challenge the pound-for-pound best.”

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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.