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Crawford Noncommittal on Facing Lipinets, Unsure of Garcia

By Keith Idec

Top Rank executives and matchmakers have repeatedly stated that Terence Crawford has never turned down an opponent.

Whether we’ll see him eventually make a title defense against Sergey Lipinets remains unclear, though. First, obviously, Crawford must defeat unbeaten Julius Indongo in their 140-pound title unification fight Saturday night in Lincoln, Nebraska.

If Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) leaves the ring at Pinnacle Bank Arena with his WBC and WBO 140-pound titles and Indongo’s IBF and WBA championships, a mandatory defense of the IBF title will be due against the hard-hitting Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs). The IBF granted Indongo an exception, against Lipinets’ wishes, to challenge Crawford in a rare full championship unification fight (ESPN; 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

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Crawford was noncommittal regarding facing Kazakhstan’s Lipinets during a recent reddit.com question-and-answer session with fans.

“Well, that’s my manager and my promoters’ and my coach’s job,” Crawford replied when asked whether he would remain at 140 pounds to make a title defense against Lipinets. “As a fighter, I’m willing to fight anyone, so that’s gonna be up to them if I go up in weight or stay at 140 or move up.”

Crawford would have to give up the IBF title if he doesn’t fight Lipinets next.

The 29-year-old Crawford added, however, that he could continue to comfortably make the super lightweight limit of 140 pounds.

“I make weight fairly decent,” Crawford said. “I don’t have any problems making weight, so making 140 will not be an issue.”

The Omaha, Nebraska, native is widely viewed as one of the top five fighters, pound-for-pound, in boxing. If he decides to move up to the welterweight division, big challenges, literally and figuratively, would await him in the form of undefeated 147-pound champions Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) and Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs).

The biggest fight available for Crawford at 140 pounds probably is a showdown with unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs). Crawford admitted during the aforementioned reddit.com session that their fight could be difficult to make due to Garcia’s contentious relationship with Top Rank, Garcia’s former promoter.

“Mikey Garcia is a good fighter,” Crawford said. “I’ve actually fought him in the amateurs. I beat him. The possibility of us fighting, I don’t know. We have different promoters and he just left Top Rank (in May 2016), and I’m not sure if there’s bad blood, so I don’t know.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chrisJS on 08-16-2017

[QUOTE=TheUptownKid;17952219]Lipinets is way too easy to hit for Crawford. That bout would be one sided to say the least and boring for the boxing public.[/QUOTE] I agree. Lipinets is still a good fighter just as Felix Diaz is. Crawford is…

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 08-16-2017

Bud needs to call out Rob Arum after Indongo! Make the Mikey fight for Loma or Crawford, ball is in your court BobFather!.. If not then let's see eventually Crawford vs Porter Crawford vs Thurman Crawford vs Spence

Comment by r1onnie2 on 08-16-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17952201]Stop all that moving up talk. He should stay and rule 140...[/QUOTE] Stay at 140 and fight who, after Indongo and no Mikey who else is there for him to fight at 140?

Comment by OmarRueben on 08-16-2017

Crawford has to move up to 147lbs to realize the big money fights against Thurman and Spence and Brook and Porter and Khan and even broner and Danny Garcia. Even a Fight with the clean Cut jeff Horn is appealing…

Comment by megas30 on 08-16-2017

[QUOTE=Teetotaler;17951829]Its pretty much the same thing. A smaller talented guy fighting a more bigger talented fighter. Except this scenario their both in the same weight class[/QUOTE] Not really the same weight class, as Mikey is really the smaller guy moving…

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