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Canelo Alvarez vs. Terence Crawford Is In the Works

Two of the Best in a Super-Fight

After much speculation and boxing rumors, Terence Crawford could finally be getting his super-fight dream made true. Canelo’s next fight is being discussed for December 2024 or the beginning of 2025, and “Bud” is the front-runner.


Canelo Alvarez vs. Terence Crawford Is In the Works
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All Hail Turki Alalshikh

Fury vs. Ngannou, Joshua vs. Ngannou, and Fury vs. Usyk are just a few of the remarkable fights orchestrated by the esteemed Turki Alashikh. In a recent conversation with ESPN, he unveiled his next ambitious project: the potential showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Terence Crawford.

I’m working to deliver [Canelo], but it will be a big fight [for Crawford]. I’ll discuss the names with him,” His Excellency told ESPN.

It’s worth noting His Excellency mentioned nothing about Crawford needing to earn his position by challenging one of the 168-pound contenders; so long as “Bud” doesn’t suffer defeat this August, he’ll be pushed straight into the biggest fight of his professional career.



Canelo vs. Crawford: For the Sport?

It’s an intriguing proposal from His Excellency, but he’ll need to put forth a lot of money and require his best negotiating skills to see Crawford jump from 154 to 168 pounds after competing in August. Furthermore, should Crawford fail to get past Israil Madrimov, the bout will unquestionably go up in smoke.

Complicated and unlikely variables aside, Canelo competing versus Crawford would be a huge draw. However, it wouldn’t cement “Bud” as the king at 168lbs, especially following Canelo’s mediocre performance against Jaime Munguia this past weekend.

In addition, a win for Crawford or Canelo wouldn’t do much regarding legacy. The former would be met with claims of beating a washed-up fighter beyond his prime, and the latter would be slated as a man fighting smaller opponents while ducking the true competition.


David Benavidez: For the Culture

Boxing news critics and fans will have mixed feelings about Crawford skipping the queue despite his success as a professional in lower-weight divisions. Canelo, or Crawford, for that matter, would have the biggest fight against David Benavidez. Even contests versus David Morrell or Christian Mbilli would hold more significance in this division.

Unfortunately, Benavidez got tired of waiting for a Canelo fight and has already shifted his focus to the higher divisions. As for Crawford, this challenge would present too much of a step up in size and power, so it’s unlikely.

Canelo and Crawford feel more like a consolation fight, and while the masses will undoubtedly be tuning in to watch, there are certainly more interesting bouts to be made.

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