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Canelo Alvarez vs Bud Crawford might sound crazy, but it’s not out of the question

Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Al Bello/Getty Images

Undisputed welterweight champion of the world Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) has admitted he would consider jumping up three weight classes to face undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39).

Omaha, Nebraska’s Crawford unified all four major world title belts with a one-sided nine round beatdown of previously undefeated Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

Spence Jr is a stablemate of undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19), who Crawford argued with during the bout while Charlo was seated ringside.

Charlo is moving up in weight to face Mexican superstar Alvarez in Las Vegas on September 30. He will enter the ring against Alvarez as the undisputed champion at 154-pounds, but as soon as the bell rings the WBO will strip him for failing to make his mandatory title defence against undeaten Australian Tim Tszyu 23-0 (17).

Charlo was seen as a natural adversary for Crawford, who could be contractually obliged to face Spence in a rematch should the Texas southpaw invoke his immediate rematch clause.

Whether or not the second Spence fight proceeds remains to be seen, but three-weight world champion Crawford knows that at 35 years of age the clock is ticking on finding career defining fights.

Speaking on the Joe Rogan podcast, Crawford hinted that a fight against Alvarez was not out of the question.

“You know Canelo and Jermell fighting. I wanted to fight Jermell next since he was the 154 undisputed champion, but they gonna strip him for his belt when the bell rings,” Crawford said.

“So now I need to shift gears, because I know I wanted to fight Jermell, but if he lose to Canelo… I always said man that’s a big step, but for a person to go up three weight classes from 147 to 168, and to win and become undisputed, wow. What can they say? They can’t say nothing right now, but what can they say?

“Three-time undisputed champion and the smaller fighter that went up three weight divisions to conquer one of the baddest men that’s being doing it for probably longer than me.”

Alvarez was cautious about the idea of a fight against Crawford, insisting it would not happen at a catchweight and adding that defeating a naturally smaller man doesn’t always fly with fans and certain sections of the media.

“He’s a great fighter, he deserves to be in the top two [pound-for-pound]… [but] it’s hard for me to make other weights,” Canelo explained to The Daily Mail.

“Like he said, if he beat Gervonta Davis, nobody is going to appreciate that. They’re going to say: ‘too small, too small.’ And I think it’s the same position for me.”

Few people predicted Charlo would face Alvarez, so is an Alvarez-Crawford bout really out of the question?

On Friday, Crawford posted to social media: “Skills always paid the bills, not size, remember that.”