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Zab Judah insists Terence Crawford is pound-for-pound number one after Errol Spence Jr victory

Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Al Bello/Getty Images

Retired former undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah says there is no doubt that Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) deserves to be recognised and the number one pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Judah’s comments come after Crawford’s nine-round demolition job on Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) to claim the undisputed welterweight championship at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

Switch-hitter Crawford, 35, of Omaha, Nebraska entered the fight a slight favourite against southpaw Spence, 33, of Desoto, Texas, but performed like an unbackable winner.

Apart from a feeling out round to open the contest that could have been awarded to Spence, it was all Crawford, all night. He had Spence on the canvas in the second rounds, had him busted up and bleeding from the fourth, continued the beating until the seventh when he dropped him twice and finished him off in the ninth when referee Harvey Dock wisely halted the slaughter.

With the victory Crawford adds the WBC, WBA and IBF 147-pound titles to his WBO belt. He will also be awarded the prestigious Ring Magazine belt.

In addition, Crawford becomes the first male boxer to attain undisputed status in two separate weight divisions in the four belt era after previously holding all major world titles at junior welterweight six years ago.

Judah thinks it’s high time that Crawford was given his props.

“Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford, we got to take our hat off to him. He pulled off something terrific, because it was horrifically miraculous,” Judah said to Little Giant Boxing.

“If they don’t give him the number one spot, leave him alone. The man earned it, he deserves it, and he got it.”

Judah, who won the WBC, WBA, IBF and Ring Magazine world titles with a ninth-round knockout of Cory Spinks in their rematch in 2015, was surprised with just how dominant Crawford was.

“I thought that they matched up evenly on paper and everything like that. But there, Crawford was way faster,” Judah said.

“Spence didn’t look quick at all, he didn’t have any speed or anything. Bud made him look extremely, extremely slow and just capitalised on it.

“Shout out to Errol Spence. He’s one of the greats. He’s made it to a plateau that we can never turn our back on him. I wish him well and a speedy recovery.”

Judah played it cagey before the fight when asked for a prediction, saying: “That’s the fight! That’s our Leonard-Hagler, that’s our Tyson-Holyfield. That’s our big fight of today and everybody wants to see it.

“Them both my guys, they both left-handers, they both southpaws, you know ‘Bud’ goes back to right-handed too, but he’s dynamically a left-hander.

“I would say I am going with the left-hander!”