The Big Question: Who is the number one welterweight in the world?

Within the wake of Terence Crawford’s stoppage of Shawn Porter, members of the Boxing Social crew ponder who needs to be thought to be the world’s premier welterweight…

On Saturday night time, WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) grew to become the primary man to cease Shawn Porter within the skilled ranks. With unified WBC and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr at present sidelined with damage, some argue that Crawford is now ‘the person’ at welter, whereas others argue that Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) continues to be worthy of the quantity rating in one in all boxing’s most expertise wealthy divisions.

So, the place do members of the Boxing Social crew stand on the massive speaking level at 147lbs?

Crawford needs to be rated primary at welterweight now. Spence has solely fought as soon as since 2019 and Crawford beat mutual opponent Porter extra convincingly than the Texan did. Having stated that, Crawford can’t be thought-about the true champion at 147lbs till he beats Spence. With ‘Bud’ asserting he received’t be renewing his cope with Prime Rank right here’s hoping he takes the Canelo type method of not tying himself to any promoter or community long run with a purpose to make as many legacy fights as potential. He’s 34 and doubtless solely going to slowly decline from right here on, so the earlier he lands the most important fights potential the higher. As for Spence, let’s hope we see him again within the ring ASAP so we are able to assess how his troubles of the final couple of years might or might not have affected him. – Luke G. Williams

The very best welterweight on the earth is a choose between Crawford and Spence. Vergil Ortiz Jr and Jaron Ennis might have a say sooner or later whereas Yordenis Ugas isn’t on the identical stage as the highest two. Spence holds extra of one of the best wins – due to beating Danny Garcia and Porter – whereas Crawford’s finest win got here on Saturday towards Porter. However, for me, the higher fighter is Crawford. He has extra strings to his bow, possesses a ruthless streak and stopped Porter whereas not at full tilt. Spence had a query mark after his automotive accident which he answered together with his routine win over Mikey Garcia who had no place combating at 147lbs. Now the unified champion has one other query to reply following the surgical procedure to his eye. For me Spence is superb however Crawford is nice. ‘Bud’ (E)lite. – Shaun Brown

Spence has one of the best file at 147lbs. ‘The Reality’ has confronted, and crushed, nearly each high fighter at welterweight – aside from Crawford. ‘Bud’ has confronted just one really world-class fighter on the weight, in Porter, and had his struggles early within the bout, earlier than adapting and bringing proceedings to a detailed. On achievements at welterweight, you’d must say Spence is the No.1. Nevertheless, on the attention take a look at, Crawford appears to be like a stage above. Certainly, Crawford is arguably probably the most full lively fighter on the earth. Statistics be damned, I’d choose Crawford over Spence. It will be attention-grabbing to see if opinions would have been completely different had Spence confronted Pacquiao in August. When Manny misplaced to Ugas, the idea was that Father Time had defeated the Filipino, slightly than his opponent. I think Spence would have been given extra credit score. – John Angus MacDonald

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