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Former world champ says Terence Crawford has real chance of upsetting Canelo Alvarez

Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter. Photo credit: Getty Images

Undisputed welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) would not be out of his depth against undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39).

That’s the opinion of the now retired boxer who gave Crawford one of the toughest fights of his career.

Just a few short weeks ago the premise of Crawford jumping up three full weight classes to take on Alvarez would have seemed preposterous.

Now it seems well within the realm of possibilities.

Former WBC and IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter, who was down by just a single point on two of the judges’ scorecards when he was stopped in the 10th round by Crawford two years ago, says the gap between the king of the 147-pounders and the boss at 168-pounds continues to narrow.

“You have to get your mind out of the space of who’s stronger,” Porter told Fight Hub TV.

“Boxing ain’t just about strength. Who’s smarter? Who’s more athletic? Who’s faster? Who’s got more stamina? Who’s got more experience? The list goes on. You add all that up and you think wow, a lot is actually on Terence’s side.

“I actually think that fight would be really interesting. I think that Canelo is not who he was three, four years ago.

“I wouldn’t say he’s declining fast, but his career is definitely not doing this [going up] and it hasn’t done this [stayed level] in two or three years. It ain’t a fast decline, but Canelo’s certainly not who he used to be.

“A fight between them would be interesting and definitely competitive.”

On the last Saturday in July, Crawford soundly defeated Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) by ninth-round knockout in a bout that was widely expected to be competitive.

Since seeing the mastery of Crawford against a quality opponent like Spence, speculation has been rife as to who could provide him with a stiff challenge in or around his weight class.

Mexican superstar Alvarez, 33, has won world titles from junior middleweight right through to light heavyweight, seems to fit the bill.

Alvarez is set to defend his WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF super middleweight titles against undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

Providing he succeeds, the drums may well start beating for a Crawford matchup.

And it may not be as ludicrous as it initially sounds.

The fight has been on Crawford’s mind for at least two years, dating back to the lead up to the Porter bout.

“I’ve just always been determined to show the world that I’m better than the next person standing next to me,” said Crawford to ESPN at the time.

He added: “Look at Floyd Mayweather; nobody gave Floyd any credit. They wanted Floyd to fight [Gennadiy Golovkin] at 160 [pounds]. I got to fight Canelo next.”