Terence Crawford has been stuck playing the waiting game long before Covid-19 canceled the sport for three months.
The 32-year-old Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs), the WBO and WBA 147 pound champion, has been craving to face a name opponent to further his resume even since he entered the welterweight division two years ago this June with a TKO win over Jeff Horn.
Crawford promoter and Top Rank boss Bob Arum has outlined a quintet of foes for his pound-for-pound fighter to face in either September or October. They are: Manny Pacquiao, Shawn Porter, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Yordenis Ugas.
The Nebraska native Crawford said he’s ready to fight anyone and is remaining patient and upbeat throughout the proceedings as he waits to learn who his next dance partner in the ring will be.
“Everything will happen in good time. I believe that all those fights that I want and the fans want, we’ll get to see,” Crawford told TalkSport. “That’s what I’m in the sport of boxing for, to take on the biggest and baddest challenges … I wanna fight all the big names at the end of the day and that’s what I’ve been calling for since I came into the welterweight division.
“They can’t avoid me forever. But at the same time it’s a business, they wanna keep everything in-house and they have the right to do so. But at the end of the day, they’re gonna have to see Terence Crawford.”
Crawford, a unified and undisputed champion at 140 and a single-belt titleholder at 135, has scored seven consecutive stoppage wins dating back to 2016.
He's coming off a 2019 in which he made his pay per view debut and defeated Amir Khan in April, and Egidijus Kavaliauskas in December. Both fights took place at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
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