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Tim Tszyu praises Terence Crawford, invites him to test the waters at junior middleweight

Tim Tszyu. Photo credit: Gregg Porteous/No Limit Boxing

Soon-to-be-crowned WBO junior middleweight champion Tim Tszyu 23-0 (17) has praised Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) for his performance against Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) that saw him annointed undisputed welterweight champion of the world at the T-Mobile Areba in Las Vegas, Nevada last Saturday night.

Omaha, Nebraska’s Crawford, 35, put on a clinic against the well-crednentialled Spence, dropping the 33-year-old from Desoto, Texan in the second round and twice in the seventh before stopping him in the ninth.

“It was a master class. It was like a magician at a magic show. I thought Spence was off. It didn’t look the same Spence as always, but I think after the car crash, it sort of went downhill for him,” Tszyu said to Jai McAllister.

“Crawford got him at a great time and but that’s not taking Crawford’s win away from him. He looked exceptional in there. I think everyone was in shock.

“He’s got that pound-for-pound crown now for a reason. Number one pound-for-pound just because of the way he fought. Chess, IQ level. He knows when to put the gas. Just his patience and his balance.

“I really enjoyed watching his balance and just simple adjustments like a power jab. That was it. That’s what caused everything.”

This week the WBO announced that interim champion Tszyu would be elevated to full champion status when undisputed 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) steps into the ring to face undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) in Las Vegas on September 30.

Crawford has shown great interest in moving up in weight to face Spence’s stablemate Charlo, but the viability of that fight may change depending on the result of the Alvarez fight.

Tszyu will be waiting for the call up if Crawford is serious about jumping up a division.

“Anyone can get it. I’m the man now at 154. Charlo’s gone up. We get to fight for the belts and show who the true boogeyman of the division really is,” Tszyu said.

But the 28-year-old Australian isn’t holding his breath for that fight to happen.

“If he fights me and loses, it’s finished,” Tszyu said. “For example, if Charlo fights me and he loses, he’s finished. That’s why he took the Canelo fight. It’s quite simple. High risk, low reward you.

“So I think Spence will fight Crawford again. I think they will move up to 154 and then hopefully we can have a cracking fight sometime mid-next year.

Tszyu says he has always wanted Charlo’s name on his ledger but doubts the 33-year-old Texan will move back down in weight — especially if he springs the upset on Mexican superstar Alvarez.

“If you’re a 168 undisputed champion, you’re not going to go back to 154,” Tszyu said. “That’s facts. So the fact that he’s saying, ‘I’m not done with 154′, he knows that he’s going to get his ass whooped. So he’s going to come back down. Simple.

“I don’t have that mentality. I don’t think about losing, ever.”