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Roy Jones Jr weighs in on what Terence Crawford should do next

Terence Crawford
Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Top Rank

Roy Jones Jr has called on undisputed welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) to allow Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) time to rest up and heal before entering into a rematch at 154-pounds.

Omaha, Nebraska’s Crawford, 35, delivered a virtuoso performance when he stopped 33-year-old Spence in the ninth round to add the Desoto, Texas native’s WBC, WBA and IBF belts to his WBO strap at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

It was a comprehensive beatdown by Crawford, who had Spence down in the second frame, beat him up through the middle rounds of the fight, sent him to the deck twice in the seventh and forced the referee’s intervention in the ninth.

Jones Jr, who won world titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions during his illustrious career, has a clear view on what Crawford should do next.

“Bud Crawford has been looking for a name to solidify himself on top of the pound-for-pound list for at least five years now. Errol Spence was that name,” Jones Jr said to Fight Hub TV.

“Bud has two options. He can continue going up in weight and see how far he can go. I think he said already 154 is his max. So, he can campaign at 154 and maybe do a rematch or let Errol get himself back together first, which makes more sense, and then do a rematch.

“So, for me, let Errol get himself together first and then do a rematch is much better. To fight him right now is not good because like I said, the weight gain wasn’t the only problem.”

Jones Jr went on to suggest that Spence’s development as a pro had stalled as he had been allowed to get by on natural talent for so long.

“With the way their careers have been built, I don’t think Errol’s career, from a technical standpoint, from a coaches view, had advanced the way that Bud’s career had advanced. I say that because a lot of people were trying to compare opposition to me,” Jones Jr said.

“You can’t compare opposition when one guy [Spence] has won every fight he’s had as the A-side or the guy that we expected to win, including when he fought Kell Brook over in the UK.

“When you look at it from a coaches’ standpoint, one guy [Spence] only needed a screwdriver for the job and he got a lot of jobs done because he only needed a screwdriver. The other guy [Crawford] had to use his entire toolbox from day one.

“So he’s got more practice using his entire toolbox than the guy that has only used a screwdriver. Does it mean the guy with a screwdriver did it wrong? No, he got the job completed that he could fix with that screwdriver, but when it comes to the guy that is using all his tools, he’s not going to be able to match up.

“Crawford has been forced to use his toolbox and Crawford has also been looking for an opponent that catapults him to the top of the pound-for-pound list for five years. He’s always been there, but nobody knew it because he didn’t have the opposition to get him there.

“Floyd [Mayweather Jr] had [Oscar] De La Hoya first, then he had [Manny] Pacquiao, then he had Ricky Hatton. He had a lot of names that people knew and if you beat those guys, they catapult you.”