By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford went on an archaeology expedition and unsurfaced an ancient interview done by Canelo Alvarez, saying he’d move down from 168 to 160 to face Errol Spence Jr.
The interview that Crawford dug up from Canelo was in 2020 before his second fight at 168. Up until then, Canelo had only once fought at 168, and that was against Rocky Fielding, so he hadn’t fully grown into the weight class like he is now.
The fact that Crawford is stooping to the level of unburying timeworn interviews of Canelo shows his desperation and grasping for anything he can to get that lucrative fight.
This information won’t help Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) create the kind of pressure on Canelo from the public for the Nebraska native to get the final payday to move to Beverly Hills to rub shoulders with the movie stars. Who wouldn’t want to live on Rodeo Drive?
Canelo received zero credit from fans for his recent win over 154-pounder Jermell Charlo, and he’s not going to go one step further by selecting the 147-lb Crawford for his next fight.
Lol ????????♂️what’s y’all thoughts on @Canelo saying he can make a fight with Spence at 160 but for me he say I can’t make the weight. Wouldn’t make a difference just a thought.???? https://t.co/6ANMue9K73
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) October 8, 2023
Crawford must really think Canelo was born yesterday if he thinks he’d be willing to waste another one of his fights by fighting another smaller fighter like himself.
Even if Canelo evaporates the 36-year-old Crawford with one of his uppercuts, fans aren’t going to give him any credit due to Terence’s size and his age.
In the three-year-old interview by Canelo in 2020 with Fight Hub TV, before his fight with Callum Smith, the Mexican star said, “It’s an interesting fight. Errol Spence is a great fighter. If he wants to go up in weight, then that could be a good fight. That’s something we could still do. We could still go down to 160.”
In December 2020, Errol Spence Jr. had just finished fighting for the first time since his horrifying car crash in 2019, and he was still viewed as a top fighter.
By the time Crawford fought Spence in July, the effects of a previous car accident, inactivity, weight issues, and wear from previous fights were evident.
Obviously, the best way for Crawford to go about getting the Canelo fight would be to knock off the highest-ranked contender at 168 by facing David Benavidez or David Morrell Jr. to earn the shot.
That’s literally the quickest way for Crawford to get the fight with Canelo, but that would require courage and initiative to take that risk.