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Terence Crawford names the three boxers he wants to face before retirement

Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Al Bello/Getty Images

Undisputed welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) has revealed a shortlist of names he wants to face before he winds up his career.

The 35-year-old southpaw from Omaha, Nebraska is still in his physical prime but knows you can only go to the well so many times.

Last month Crawford delivered a vintage performance when he dropped and stopped previously undefeated Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) in nine rounds at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to add the WBC, WBA and IBF 147-pound titltes to his WBO strap.

Despite previously unfiying all four major world titles at junior welterweight, Crawford’s career had seemingly stalled at welterweight due to promotional rivalries preventing the big fights from being made.

Against Spence, Crawford was able to put his abundant talent on full display.

With his star now shining bright, he is plotting his next few moves that will likely bring a close to his storied career.

The three names in the frame are Spence, who had an immediate rematch clause built into his contract with Crawford should he wish to execute it, undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) and undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39).

Texan Charlo will step up two weight classes to challenge Mexican superstar Alvarez in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

Crawford is willing to face the winner or the loser of that bout, even if it means moving up three weight classes himself.

“Why is it ridiculous? I meant what I said,” Crawford said on The 3 Knockdown Rule podcast. “Listen, listen, that would be my opportunity to show everybody how great Terence Crawford really is.

“If Canelo wins that fight and accepts that fight and I come up to 168 and challenge him from undisputed at his weight, and that fight happens, then you know I’mma just show everybody that skills pays the bills and I’ve got the skills to do it all in that ring.”

Crawford, who will turn 36 next month, knows the clock is ticking on his career despite showing no signs of slowing down.

“Not much longer (fighting) at all,” Crawford continued. “I don’t know right now, I’m still wishy-washy. I don’t know where my career is going.

“I for sure want the Canelo fight. I for sure want the Charlo fight but I got obligations with the Spence fight as well. That’s another fight that is intriguing. But outside of those three opponents, you know, there’s nothing for me to do in the sport of boxing anymore.”

Regardless of when Crawford decides to hang up the gloves, history will reflect kindly on the surefire future Hall of Famer, who won his first world title at lightweight almost a decade ago and has gone 18-0 with 15 knockouts in championship fights.