According to WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, he is ready and willing to fight any of the boxers in his division - who are currently competing under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.
Crawford is back in the ring on December 14th, when he faces undefeated mandatory challenger Egis Kavaliauskas at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The unbeaten champ is a tremendous favorite to win the contest.
Crawford would like to face some of the names who compete under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.
Most of the top names at 147-pounds are under PBC - including WBA champion Manny Pacquiao, WBC, IBF champion Errol Spence, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, Yordenis Ugas, Sergiy Lipinets, and several more.
Crawford is promoted by Bob Arum of Top Rank, who have a content deal with ESPN. And PBC has exclusive content deals with Fox Sports and Showtime.
The respective promotional and network affiliations have forced Crawford to fight whoever is available on the table.
But he's ready to face any top welterweight competing under the PBC banner.
“I’m willing to fight all those guys, but it’s not up to me to decide if I’m going to fight them or if I’m not going to fight them. I’m open to fighting all those guys. I’ve been saying that from Day 1. Nothing has changed. I’m the best fighter in the division and I’m always willing to prove it,” Crawford told The Los Angeles Times.
“Bob is willing to make any fight happen. At the end of the day, it’s not up to Bob. It’s up to me. The fighters are the ones that fight, and without us, there’s no promotion. So if a fighter really wants a fight to happen, he can make it happen. You can tell them, ‘Listen, this is the fight I want and I’m not fighting until I get that fight.’ It’s simple. At the end of the day, they work for us. If we don’t fight, nobody is going to get paid, so they have to make the fights that the fighters want.”
Crawford, who won a world title at lightweight and unified the entire division at 140, wants to unite all four of the major titles at welterweight.
“I still want to be the undisputed welterweight champion of the world,” Crawford said, “and I believe I’ll be the first to be undisputed in two divisions, back-to-back. I just want to leave a mark on the sport of boxing so people talk about me like they talk about the other great champions before me. That’s my goal before I retire.”