July twentieth, 2021
Welterweight star Terence Crawford received greater than he bargained for when commenting on the Jermell Charlo efficiency over the weekend.
“Bud,” who has been slipping down the pound-for-pound listing for a while and now stands at WBN’s quantity seven spot, quipped about Charlo not being on the listing himself.
The response from followers was swift. Some selected to level out that Crawford has not fought anybody within the WBN P4P High 50 for 4 years.
With regards to P4P placings, WBN has defined this truth on many events. The American’s final win over a fellow P4P star was Julius Indongo in 2017.
Because it seems, Indongo’s place in all probability wasn’t warranted given what he’s achieved since then.
Due to this fact, there’s an argument that Crawford hasn’t confronted a P4P rated opponent for longer than that.
Concerning Charlo, Crawford stated: “I been gone for a min however Charlo final night time is the rationale you not on the P4P listing, sir. Gotta do higher.”
The replies got here thick and quick. Some received Crawford’s consideration.
“That’s what occurs while you combat one of the best in your division. You get into shut fights. One thing you haven’t accomplished at welterweight though you’ve been there 4 years,” stated one.
Crawford got here again: “Yeah, I do know, I do know, lol.”
One other added: “At the least he’s combating one of the best in his division, lol. Can’t knock him for that.”
The 2-weight champion stated: “Been accomplished and did it.”
A 3rd acknowledged: “Bud, you’re my man, however Castaño was an entire completely different sort of beast final night time. It exhibits why he beat Spence, somebody, all of us need to see you combat.
“Somebody Charlo spars with on the reg.”
“He was good [Castan], however earlier than the combat, you see how no person gave him an opportunity now they name him one of the best within the division,” identified Crawford.
A remaining insult to Crawford got here within the type of: “Proper even that you’re combating nothing however uber drivers.”
In concluding, Crawford added: “If that’s all I’m combating, I’m present making it look straightforward.”
Whether or not it’s one of the best welterweights avoiding him or not, Crawford is in peril of wiping out all his achievements at 140 with a nothing run at 147.
Wins over Amir Khan, Jeff Horn, and Kell Brook, who had been means beneath the highest normal when he beat them, received’t reduce it with the followers.
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Crawford wants the Errol Spence vs. Manny Pacquiao winner or whoever comes out on high of a possible Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter run again to ramp up his declare to be anyplace close to the primary fighter on the planet.
Regardless of what ESPN has tried to assert for years, Crawford has not been the pound-for-pound number one in any respect throughout his profession.
Rather more work to do, and time is operating out for Terence Crawford.
The views expressed on this article are opinions of Phil Jay.