Home Boxing News Terence Crawford explains background behind beef with Jermell Charlo

Terence Crawford explains background behind beef with Jermell Charlo

Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Al Bello/Getty Images

Undisputed welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) has explained the reason behind the bad blood between himself an Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19).

Put simply, Crawford thinks the undisputed junior middleweight champion is a fraud.

“I don’t like Jermell for the simple fact that I feel like he’s a fake individual,” Crawford told The Porter Way Podcast on Tuesday. “I feel like Jermell is just one of those guys that do a lot for attention.”

It wasn’t always like this. For a time, Crawford and the Charlo family were close.

“I was cool with Jermell and Jermall and their older brother prior to me moving up in weight,” said Crawford, who held the WBO lightweight title before moving up to junior welterweight to unify all four major world championships before his current welterweight run.

“I got messages with [Jermell] hitting me up, [saying] he’s going to pull up in Omaha, we’re talking about cars, we’re talking about all different type of stuff.”

But thing changed as Crawford inched closer to Charlo’s weight class.

Crawford continued: “Once I moved up in the division — and I understand that they’re stablemates and he trains with Errol’s coach and they’ve been knowing each other for a long time — but for him to start bashing me and talking bad about me and saying I’m going to get knocked out, just going out of his way to say little slick shit about me, I was like, man, that’s some horseshit. We don’t do shit like that.”

The animosity between the pair was on full display when Crawford added the WBC, WBA and IBF belts to his WBO championship with a ninth-round knockout of Charlo’s stablemate Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

As the 35-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska put a beating on Desoto, Texas’ Spence, 33, he started jawing over the top rope at Charlo who was seated ringside.

“I gave him a little piece of mind,” Crawford said to Hot 97.

“We’ve been going back for some time and I was in the moment. I just thought to let him know that I’m coming for him, too.”

He added: “I really don’t care for dude. I wouldn’t say that I don’t like him because I have no reason not to like him. Personally, I just don’t care for him.”

As the king of the welterweights, boxers are lining up to challenge Crawford, chief amongst them the undefeated Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis 31-0 (28). He may have to wait his turn though as Spence is entitled to an immediate rematch, should he so desire.

If the final decision was left down to Crawford though, there is only one scalp he wants.

“Now that could happen [regarding a fight with Ennis] because we’re at the same weight class, but at this point in time, I’m looking for bigger and better opportunities like Charlo,” Crawford said.