One of the most intriguing fights to be made in American boxing has yet to become a reality, but that hasn’t stopped Canelo Alvarez from offering his two cents.
The Mexican superstar recently weighed in on the hypothetical match-up du jour that has been on the lips of boxing fans for the past several months, an undisputed welterweight bout between Omaha, Nebraska’s Terence Crawford (WBO) and Desoto, Texas’ Errol Spence Jr. The two fighters have been in negotiations, with several reports suggesting they will face each other at the end of the year, but the match has yet to be officially confirmed.
If it materializes, Alvarez thinks “Bud” will pull off the win, citing the fighter's versatility and intellect.
“It’s a really good fight,” Alvarez said of Spence-Crawford in an interview with FightHubTV during a public workout. “Two great fighters. I think it’s going to be a really good fight. I think no disrespect, but I think Crawford [wins].”
“He (Crawford) have a lot of skill and power,” Alvarez continued. “He’s a real smart fighter.”
In a separate interview with a different outlet, Alvarez pointed out that Crawford’s ability to switch stances is another crucial reason why he thinks the Nebraskan will defeat Spence.
“I think Crawford (wins), because he goes southpaw,” Alvarez told FightHype.com. “I think he’s very difficult fighter.”
Alverez also offered a word of advice to Spence, that digging to the body against an elusive fighter like Crawford will be key for the Texan.
“Just be patient,” Alvarez said. “Prepare [yourself] like always and be patient, working the body. Being patient is the key. Everybody is looking at the head and it is very difficult to hit the head [of] that kind of fighter.”
Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) is scheduled to defend his WBO, WBA, WBC, and IBF 168-pound titles in an undisputed super middleweight trilogy bout against Gennadiy Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) Sept. 17 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on DAZN Pay-Per-View.