By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford shall be returning to the ring on October twenty third to headline towards an opponent nonetheless to be decided on ESPN.
High Rank is engaged on the opponent, but it surely’s more likely to be Jose Zepeda that will get the decision to face Crawford on the Oct.23 date.
True, it’s not a terrific struggle for Crawford, however when has he ever fought anybody that you could name a giant identify?
This could possibly be the final struggle for Crawford with High Rank Boxing, as his contract is reportedly expiring this yr.
Earlier in the present day, undisputed gentle welterweight champion Josh Taylor acknowledged that he’ll take the struggle with Crawford subsequent if it’s supplied to him by High Rank. However in Taylor’s subsequent breath, he stated he desires to defend towards his WBO obligatory Jack Catterall.
Crawford desires Errol Spence Jr or Manny Pacquiao, however that’s not going to occur for his October twenty third struggle. These two are combating on August twenty first, and the winner gained’t have the ability to return to motion shortly to face Crawford in October.
High Rank promoter Bob Arum reported two weeks in the past that Crawford’s subsequent opponent may be towards a 140-pounder shifting up in weight to problem him for his WBO 147-lb belt.
The choices that have been just lately talked about as potential opponents are as follows:
- Jose Zepeda
- Jose Ramirez
- Regis Prograis.
Zepeda (34-2, 26 KOs) is more likely to be the choice for Crawford as a result of Prograis is claimed to be probably going through Mikey Garcia. For his half, former WBC/WBO 140-lb champion Ramirez is coming off a loss to Josh Taylor on Might twenty second.
Provided that defeat, it’s unlikely that Ramirez will wish to go as much as 147 to tackle Crawford.
Dan Rafael reporting the information of Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) getting again in motion after having been out of the ring since final November when he stopped Kell Brook within the fourth spherical.
Zepeda appeared horrible in his final struggle, having numerous bother beating 37-year-old journeyman Henry Lundy final month on Might twenty second on the undercard of the Josh Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez card.
In that struggle, Zepeda appeared sluggish and worn out from his earlier conflict with Ivan Baranchyk final October.
It’s disappointing that Crawford shall be coming off of an 11-month layoff to take this struggle, however perhaps it’ll be okay if his subsequent match comes towards the winner of the Errol Spence Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao.
“Promoter Bob Arum tells me that Terence Crawford’s subsequent struggle shall be Oct. 23 on ESPN. No opponent set simply but however stated the High Rank Boxing
workforce is engaged on it. #boxing,” stated @DanRafael1.
For Crawford’s sake, he must put in exhibiting as a result of if he does look to signal with one other promoter, he could scare them away if he seems to be dangerous.