Another great performance was provided by Terence Crawford last weekend. The undefeated American boxer (38-0-0) defeated Shawn Porter by a stoppage in the tenth round of the fight. It is nominally the biggest victory in Crawford's career, and thus he also defended the WBO welterweight belt.
The 34-year-old "Buddha" is seen by many as one of the best boxers in the world. According to the most relevant "P4P" scales, Crawford is at the very top. Still, Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez is the most common name at the top of those charts, and Crawford is usually in fourth place.
Still, Terence thinks Canelo or he is definitely the two best but leaves it to others to decide who is the best. '' Canelo is a great talent. You have to rank him at the very top. Like I said, my performance last Saturday decides whether I’m number one or number two."
"It is not up to me to decide. It’s about opinions and tastes. So make your rankings, express your opinions and assumptions, and then let me know who is number one and who is number two, '' Crawford said at a news conference after the win against Porter.
38 wins in as many appearances, impressive finishes against boxers like Shawn Porter, Jose Benavidez Jr., Amir Khan, etc., definitely make Crawford one of the best fighters.
However, the competition is big. "The Ring" magazine see Crawford as the fourth-best "P4P" boxer, ahead of Canelo Alvarez, Oleksandr Usyk, and Naoya Inoue.
The situation is similar according to the BoxingScene.com portal. Canelo is also first, Naoya Inoue occupies second place, third is Errol Spence Jr., and fourth is Crawford. It is Errol Spence who acts as the most likely and in fact the most meaningful opponent for Crawford.
These are two undefeated welters, Spence is the IBF and WBC champion, and the match between him and Crawford is one of the best that today's boxing has to offer. ESPN sees Crawford as the second-ranked "pound-for-pound" boxer in the world, while according to the Boxrec rankings, he is also in fourth place.
Canelo is first in all of the above rankings, but Crawford is recognized as the very top of world boxing and we hope that the long-awaited fight against Errol Spence will give him the opportunity to further confirm his greatness.
Of course, something is also being asked of Spence, but at the moment, managers, promoters and everyone else who sees an opportunity to make money in this whole story are being asked the most.