Crawford Moving On Up

By Marc Livitz on October 29, 2017
Crawford Moving On Up
Crawford will essentially do the right thing in the eyes of many. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

If you’re Crawford, why make the best in the division come to you when you’re more than willing to walk right up to them?

The move seemed natural as well as logical. Terence “Bud” Crawford, the undisputed and unbeaten monarch of the light welterweight division has indicated that he’ll make the move seven pounds northward in order to test his mettle as a welterweight. Over the last number of years, many of boxing’s highest profile nights have fallen under the 147-pound category. Hopefully, through time and precise matchmaking, Crawford can make a name for himself amongst some of the sport’s finest names. As matters stand at the present time, Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s) will essentially free up the WBO, IBF, WBC and WBA light welterweight world titles he began amassing over three years ago in order to do the right thing in the eyes of many. Why make the best in the division come to you when you’re more than willing to walk right up to them?

Currently, he’s been installed as the WBO’s top challenger to face the winner of a December bout between a certain Australian who indeed caught a falling star last July, Jeff Horn (17-0, 11 KO’s) and English boxer Gary Corcoran (17-1, 7 KO’s). Although BoxRec is considered anywhere between an indispensable tool of reference and a gumball machine, the website currently has Corcoran ranked at 73 among current welterweight fighters.

In any case, Nebraska native Crawford’s move to 147 can easily have many of us waiting with welcome anticipation at the thought of a showdown with such names as Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Errol Spence, Jr. and perhaps even Manny Pacquiao. A bout with the ‘Pac Man’ would be easy to make because both men fight under the same promotional banner, Top Rank. Plus, as Pacquiao enters the final year of his 30’s, Crawford could send him into the sunset with style as Canastota waits with open arms.

All that’s left, if possible, is for Terence Crawford to become a true marquee name who can sell out a Las Vegas arena and send hotel rates through the roof. That remains to be seen, just as is the case should Deontay Wilder clash with Anthony Joshua outside of the United Kingdom. Image seems to carry much weight, even when it outweighs actual talent. Crawford seems to have the talent, yet does he have the best options?

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