TwitterFacebook

Terence Crawford says title unification bouts can happen if other beltholders man up

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 35-0 (26) has hit back at claims he will never fight a unification bout due to his promotional alignment.

The undefeated 32-year-old American is promoted by Top Rank, while WBA champion Manny Pacquiao 62-7-2 (39) and WBC and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr 26-0 (21) are both promoted by PBC. All three beltholders are southpaw.

Fights between boxers from the rival organisations do happen, but they are a rarity.

See Also

“Deontay Wilder is about to fight Tyson Fury and you never hear about any ‘sides of the street’,” Crawford said ahead of his third 14-pound title defence against mandatory contender Egidijus Kavaliauskas 21-0-1 (17) at New York’s Madison Square Garden this Saturday night.

“It’s just something people say when it comes to Terence Crawford.

“You don’t hear ‘wrong side of the street’ with any other fighter but Terence Crawford. Why do all these other fights get made, but when it’s Terence Crawford, it’s about the ‘wrong side of the street’?”

The Omaha, Nebraska native says he enjoys the notoriety that comes with being recognised as one of the best boxers pound-for-pound in the world and insists it’s a position he wants to maintain.

“It’s a blessing because it motivates me and adds fuel to the fire. I like proving people wrong. That’s more joy for me,” he said.

“[New York] is one of the big stages. Vegas is a big stage. I do my thing in the ring, and every time I fight, I send a message to all the welterweights out there.

“Everyone poses a threat. [Kavaliauskas] is a good fighter. He is a two-time Olympian for a reason. He’s undefeated, strong and hungry.”

Kavaliauskas, 31, is aiming to become the first world champion from Lithuania.

“This is a great opportunity for me against the world’s best fighter. When I win, I will be considered one of the world’s best fighters,” Kavaliauskas said.

“Terence Crawford is a great fighter, which is why I wanted this fight. I am ranked number one for a reason. I am here for a reason, and I can’t wait for Saturday night.

“The way to win a title is to fight the best, and Terence is the best welterweight in the world. I want that title, and I will be the first Lithuanian-born boxer ever to win a world title.”

red-speech-300×267

Click Here, If you wish to add a COMMENT to the above article or any of the Ringnews24 boxing articles.

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Amir Khan predicts easy win for Tyson Fury against Anthony…

Amir Khan predicts easy win for Tyson Fury against Anthony Joshua

Amir Khan believes Tyson Fury would have an easy night against Anthony Joshua. Fury claimed the WBC heavyweight title with a dominant seventh-round stoppage of previously undefeated American power-puncher Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas last month. …

Anthony Yarde's father dies from coronavirus

Anthony Yarde's father dies from coronavirus

Light heavyweight contender Anthony Yarde 19-1 (18) has revealed his father has passed away from coronavirus. The 28-year-old Brit made the news public on his Instagram feed early on Sunday morning, adding his dad was fit and healthy. Yarde use…

Anthony Crolla shattered at loss of gym in fire

Anthony Crolla shattered at loss of gym in fire

Former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla is gutted after his Greater Manchester gym was destroyed by a fire. The blaze started on Sunday morning at Morton Mill in Failsworth, destroying a number of other buildings. The 33-year-old Bit ret…

Floyd Mayweather reflects on the passing of Roger Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather reflects on the passing of Roger Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather has reflected on the recent passing of his uncle and former trainer Roger Mayweather at 58 earlier this month. Roger Mayweather was reportedly suffering from ill-health in recent years including diabetes. The former WBA super f…

Dillian Whyte claims Anthony Joshua never wanted a rematch

Dillian Whyte claims Anthony Joshua never wanted a rematch

Dillian Whyte believes Anthony Joshua was never serious about facing him in a rematch. The Brixton ‘Body Snatcher’ was in negotiations to face the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion last April, but said the short lead-up time compromised the fi…

Mike Tyson says Deontay Wilder has a chance to exact…

Mike Tyson says Deontay Wilder has a chance to exact revenge on Tyson Fury in third fight

Mike Tyson has refused to rule out Deontay Wilder getting his revenge on Tyson Fury when they clash for a third time in October. Fury claimed the WBC heavyweight championship with a dominant seventh-round stoppage of Wilder in Las Vegas last month…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US