Although a showdown between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. remains at the top of nearly everyone’s must-see list, the Omaha, Nebraska, native has thrown around the possibility of moving up in weight to take on Jermell Charlo. With the truculent 154-pound undisputed champion standing firmly in Spence’s corner, Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) has stated on numerous occasions that he would be more than willing to strip Charlo of his championship status after doing the same to his good friend.
First things first, however, Crawford will look to become the first man in boxing history to reign supreme as a two-weight undisputed titlist. As first reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, the targeted date for a possible showdown between Spence and Crawford is November 19th. Also, per Coppinger, both sides will have the opportunity to enact an immediate rematch clause.
In any event, should Crawford emerge victoriously and put his rivalry with Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) to bed, the soon-to-be 35-year-old could opt to make the trek seven pounds north. Regardless of the path in which Crawford ultimately decides to go down, Brian “Bomac” McIntyre, Crawford’s longtime trainer, is prepared to lead his pound-for-pound pupil over the championship finish line.
When asked to reveal who poses a more significant threat to Crawford, McIntyre paused for a second before giving his analysis.
“I think they fight the same,” said McIntyre to BoxingScene.com. “It’s like probably fighting brothers but I would give it to Spence because of what he’s accomplished in the sport of boxing.”
Charlo, 32, is currently kicking his feet up in relaxation mode, after navigating through an arduous 154-pound gauntlet. After settling for a highly controversial draw against Brian Castano in July of 2021, Charlo (35-1-1, 21 KOs) swiftly redeemed himself in their immediate rematch 10 months later.
With the win, the loquacious star became the junior middleweight division’s first undisputed champion since Winky Wright nearly two decades ago. Nevertheless, Charlo’s rise to fame, fortune, and championship glory weren't without several speed bumps along the way.
In what appeared to be a routine title defense in December of 2018, Charlo was left dumbfounded as Tony Harrison handed him the lone defeat of his career. While he would go on to avenge that defeat, stopping Harrison in the 11th round one year later, McIntyre points to Charlo’s somewhat muddied record as an indication that Spence would be a more formidable foe.
“He been beat before. Spence ain’t been beat yet. Spence don’t have that mindset.”