Terence Crawford made a strong case for himself as the next opponent for boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez following an impressive 2023. The undefeated American extended his perfect professional record to 40-0 last July by scoring a dramatic ninth-round technical knockout victory over rival champion Errol Spence Jr.
Crawford cements his credentials
The triumph over Spence saw Crawford become the first ever two-weight undisputed champion in boxing history. Riding high after etching his name into the record books, Crawford took to social media to assert his credentials as boxing’s premier fighter.
“I am the only fighter to beat one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters this year and the way I beat him was unparalleled,” Crawford posted online. “The fighter of the year 2023 is me. Some might say, but I only fought once, but that fight was bigger than any of the others.”
Crawford calls out Canelo
Buoyed by his career-defining win over Spence, Crawford set his sights on an even bigger prize – a showdown with Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.
“Terence Crawford vs. Canelo Alvarez is the most important fight in boxing right now,” Crawford tweeted. “Whether we like it or not, these are just facts.”
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Canelo’s 2024 plans emerge
Canelo will return to action in May when he is scheduled to fight Jermall Charlo. The Mexican then looks set to face Crawford in September if a recent ESPN report is accurate.
The two undisputed champions colliding would be a monumental event to close out Canelo’s current contract. Crawford is adamant the all-Mexico showdown must happen next.
Benavidez still waiting on Canelo
While Crawford and Canelo seem destined to meet in the ring, David Benavidez is another fighter struggling to lure the Mexican into battle.
The interim super middleweight titleholder has repeatedly called out Canelo over the years to no avail. As the champion, Canelo can decide who he fights next. A Benavidez clash does not appear to be on his agenda for 2024, at least.