Home Boxing News Undefeated boxer says Terence Crawford could defeat Canelo Alvarez at any weight

Undefeated boxer says Terence Crawford could defeat Canelo Alvarez at any weight

Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Sky Sports

Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) has all the tools to jump up three weight classes and defeat Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39).

That is the firm opinion of the undisputed welterweight champion’s friend Shakur Stevenson.

Omaha, Nebraska’s Crawford, 35, proved himself to be the best 147-pounder in the world when he dominated and stopped previously undefeated unified champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

The 33-year-old Spence of Desoto, Texas was on the deck as early as the second round and again met the canvas twice in the seventh befoe being saved from further punishment be referee Harvey Dock in the ninth.

Spence has a rematch clause built into his contract and in the immediate aftermath of his one-sided loss he said he wants a chance at redemption, possibly at junior middleweight.

It remains to be seen how much appetite there is from the public to see a sequel.

With the boxing world buzzing about what Crawford may do next, lightweight contender and former featherweight and super featherweight champion Stevenson 20-0 (10) has flagged the possibility of a move up to the 168-pound weight class to face undisputed champion Alvarez, who is scheduled to defend his WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF super middleweight titles against undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

“Bud can do anything. There’s nothing he can’t do. I feel like there’s nothing he can’t do,” Stevenson said to FightHype.

“People don’t like when I say what I truly believe, but people be wrong and I be right.

“I think Bud would beat Canelo at whatever weight. This is why I think he beats Canelo. If he boxes and uses his footwork, Canelo won’t be able to find him. I think he’ll be too sharp, too fast.

“Canelo is strong, but you got to be able to land those punches on Bud, and I just don’t see him landing loading up hooks. He is bigger and people will say I’m tripping, but honestly, I feel like at this stage right now, they don’t even got to do 168.

“They can do a catchweight of 165 or something. I feel like Bud would beat Canelo. I’ve been in the gym with him and this man been put down heavyweights. I’ve seen some amazing shit from this dude.”

Crawford won his first world title nine years ago when he defeated Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight strap. He moved up to junior welterweight in 2015 and cut a swathe through the division, unifying all four major world titles. The welterweight boss may seem to be reaching his weight ceiling, but Stevenson isn’t so sure.

“I been trying to tell people and people don’t listen to me; I’m telling you,” Stevenson insisted. “This kid is strong. I just think that’s in his genes.”