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Terence Crawford tempted to stay at welterweight to face Tank Davis

Terence 'Bud' Crawford and his trainer Brian 'Bomac' McIntyre

Undisputed welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) says he would not get the recognition that he deserves if he sticks around the 147-pound division and defeats Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 29-0 (27) while admitting the money might be too good to refuse.

Lightweight Davis, 28, is coming off his blockbuster win over Ryan Garcia 23-1 (19) is a 136-pound catchweight bout in April. The Baltimore, Maryland southpaw had his opponent on the deck in the second round and finished him off in the seventh.

The fight was a roaring success on pay-per-view, due in no small part to Garcia’s massive following on social media.

Moving up to welterweight might seem like a big jump for Davis, but it wouldn’t be the first time he has looked north for challenges. Two years ago he tackled Mario Barrios 27-2 (18) at junior welterweight and didn’t look out of place as he battered the bigger man en route to an 11th round stoppage.

Omaha, Nebraska’s Crawford, 35, is coming off the biggest win of his career when he annexed the WBC, WBA and IBF titles from Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22), added the belts to his WBO strap with a ninth-round knockout in Las Vegas on the last Saturday of July.

In the wake of his victory Crawford, who has won world titles at 135, 140 and 147 pounds, indicated he wants to move up to 154-pounds to challenge undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19), who is scheduled to make his super middleweight debut against undisputed 168-pound champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) on September 30.

Crawford isn’t convinced that Davis is serious about challenging him and says he wouldn’t get the recognition he deserves even if he beats him.

“He just talkin’,” the southpaw said on The Breakfast Club hosted by Charlamagne The God and DJ Envy.

“He got the confidence in himself that he believe that he can do that, because he been knocking all these fighters out that he’s been in the ring with, so no knock to Tank, but there’s definitely levels and if he come up to 147 and he’s thinking he’s just gonna knock Terence Crawford out, he got another thing coming.

“I’ll stay at 147 for him because that’s a big money fight. It’s a big money fight you know, but then what? Everybody gonna say he was too small. Nobody gonna give me credit.

“They’re gonna say, ‘Oh man, you beat up a little guy that fight at 135, Tank [is] like 5-5, he’s a little guy’.

“He can punch, but in his weight class. Not saying that he can’t punch in any weight class because he punch and we see that.

“But what type a recognition I’mma get for beating up on Tank? A lotta people don’t know 135 and 147 is a big jump, that’s almost 20 pounds. Well 12 pounds, so that’s a big jump.”