When is it enough? An open-ended question Terence Crawford often finds himself asking the boxing community.
Throughout the entirety of the newly turned 35-year-old’s career, he’s made it look incredibly easy in the squared circle. But despite nabbing world titles in three separate weight divisions, including an undisputed run at 140 pounds, the current welterweight WBO belt holder repeatedly finds himself under immense scrutiny.
In a vacuum, Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) believes that his skills are otherworldly. Nevertheless, regardless of his ability to render his foes unconscious, and in spite of being equally adept at fighting out of both the southpaw and orthodox stance, Crawford’s level of opposition has left much to be desired.
That scathing criticism, however, was nearly a thing of the past as Crawford was ostensibly on the verge of facing current unified champion, Errol Spence Jr. Although their showdown appeared to be signed, sealed, and delivered, in the end, Crawford, admittedly frustrated, abruptly left the negotiating table.
In doing so, Crawford's naysayers have come out in full force. Those unforgiving words, by and large, have rolled off Crawford's back. In his opinion, even some of the more elite fighters in the world aren't chomping at the bit to face him.
“A lot of people, they can say whatever they want,” said Crawford on the DAZN Boxing Show. “They can tweet out that I haven't fought nobody. But all my career, I haven't seen anybody jumping for joy to fight Terence Crawford.”
On the contrary, one fighter who quickly accepted the opportunity to face Crawford is fringe contender, David Avanesyan. With the two officially penciled in to face off on December 10th, in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, the Russian native has exuded confidence.
Unsurprisingly, Crawford will saunter to the ring on fight night as a gargantuan favorite. But while many are expecting him to pick up an effortless victory, Crawford believes that he can use Avanesyan as a stepping stone to display his in-ring artistry.
“Everybody don't believe that I’m the best fighter in the world until I show them.”