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Crawford: Thurman's Right; I Must Prove Myself at Welterweight

By Keith Idec

Terence Crawford agrees with Keith Thurman.

In fact, Crawford would’ve said something similar to the statements Thurman made in October if he were in Thurman’s position. Thurman’s comments generated great debate when he claimed Crawford must become “relevant” within the welterweight division before the unbeaten WBA/WBC 147-pound champion would consider fighting Crawford (https://www.boxingscene.com/thurman-crawford-relevant-welterweight-we-fight--121474).

Crawford – commonly considered one of the top three boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport – will make his debut at 147 pounds when he challenges WBO welterweight champ Jeff Horn on June 9 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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“He’s right,” Crawford told BoxingScene.com regarding Thurman’s remarks. “I would say the same thing. You’ve got a guy coming up from 140, into his division, that he’s the No. 1 guy in, and never fought a welterweight fight before. How can he just jump in front of everybody and just get a shot at me [meaning Thurman], when he hasn’t even proven himself, hasn’t even done anything to earn his spot at the welterweight division or earn his shot at the unified world champion?

“So it’s a smart move by him. It’s a business, at the end of the day. Once you get to that type of level, you want all big fights. But at the same time, you want big fights that make sense.”

The 30-year-old Crawford wasn’t the least bit offended by Thurman’s criticism. The former WBO lightweight and undisputed super lightweight champion also said he considers Thurman the best welterweight in boxing, based on Thurman’s resume.

“If I was still at 140,” Crawford explained, “and a guy was coming up from 135 and I’m the undisputed champion, and he don’t have nothing to bring to the table but a name – but he don’t have a big enough name to take it to a pay-per-view level or put enough money on it at this particular time, what’s the need for us fighting right now? When we can fight in two fights and make it even bigger?”

That said, Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) would welcome fights against the often-injured Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs), former WBC welterweight champ Danny Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) and ex-IBF champ Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs). Crawford intends to fight once more in 2018, assuming everything goes as he expects against Horn.

“Spence is one of the top welterweights in the division,” Crawford said. “And Keith Thurman is the No. 1 welterweight in the division. Danny Garcia is a top welterweight in the division, and so is Shawn Porter. So those are the top welterweights in the division, on the PBC side. Any one of those fights would be great, exciting fights for me.

“And so is Jeff Horn. He’s a top welterweight. So it’s great for me to start off with a top welterweight, for a world title, in my first welterweight fight. And it’s gonna answer a lot of questions about Terence Crawford, come fight night.”

Crawford returned to training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado, over the weekend to continue preparing for his shot at Australia’s Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs). It was postponed last month from April 14 to June 9 due to a deep bone bruise on Crawford’s right hand, suffered during a sparring session.

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 TravisPythagora on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=Tha Kid;18680853]Crawford knows what's up that's why he ran to 140 in the first place.[/QUOTE] You obviously don't know what's up. Thats literally what the article was about: Prograis aint bringing as much to the table as Horn so he…

Comment by TravisPythagora on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=JakeTheBoxer;18679428]Crawford should fight Prograis at 140 before moving to 147.[/QUOTE] You a fool. Bud getting way more money fighting Horn for a belt than Prograis who didn't have one and only has an interim now. Plus Bob Arum got Bud…

Comment by chrisJS on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Tha Kid;18680855]I meant ran to 147.[/QUOTE] You mean ran up to a division with bigger names, bigger money, harder challenges after winning all four titles at 140? Hardly "running", more seeking bigger and better challenges. He was being criticized for…

Comment by lion33lit on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Tha Kid;18680858]The misconception is that Spence cant box yet he beat two very good boxers in Brook and Peterson. It's just that even when boxes all his punches are power shots. Cmon now you have to notice how ALL the…

Comment by Chaba on 04-18-2018

Totally agree with Bud, in my eyes Thurman and Spence the top boys and that we will only find out more after the Horn fight!

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