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Oscar De La Hoya has Terence Crawford winning “biggest fight in boxing”

Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Sky Sports

The biggest fight in boxing would be won by the likely underdog, according to promoter Oscar De La Hoya.

It was only a few short months ago that even mentioning the idea of a fight between Terrence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) would get you laughed out of the pub.

But talk of Crawford, 35, jumping up three full weight classes to challenge the 33-year-old Mexican superstar for his WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF super middleweight titles has taken on a life of its own ever since the Omaha, Nebraska native unified all four major world titles at welterweight against Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) on the last Saturday of July.

Alvarez is slated to defend his titles against undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30 while Crawford is expected to go straight into a rematch with Spence.

Golden Boy Promotions boss De La Hoya, who had an acrimonious split with Alvarez some years back, believes Crawford’s sublime skills will be enough to overcome the weight disparity against Alvarez.

“I give Crawford all the credit in the world for even thinking of possibly fighting Canelo, but if that fight ever takes place, I have Crawford 1000%,” De La Hoya said to FightHype.

“People will say, ‘oh, you’re contradicting yourself’. I kind of am, but Crawford is also a big guy who can handle Canelo because they’re the same size.

“Crawford is a guy that punches hard, but he doesn’t rely on his power. He relies on his footwork, his speed, his changeups, his combinations, he relies on his mind and I believe Crawford is a way better boxer than Canelo.”

De La Hoya doubled down on his claims in an interview with ESNews.

“At 168, people might think, ‘How can Crawford beat Canelo, that’s not possible’,” De La Hoya said.

“But in boxing a big talented fighter will beat the small talented fighter, right? That’s a given. But then people might say, you’re contradicting yourself, [Manny] Pacquiao beat you. Well, I was a dead man walking already even before I got into the ring.

“In Crawford’s case, he’s a big guy but Crawford doesn’t rely on his power. He relies on his IQ. Crawford, what he did to Spence was magic. It was incredible. It was amazing.

“One thing about Canelo is that we all know he walks into the ring as if there’s wet cement [on his feet]. His footwork is a little too heavy. Crawford is such a smart fighter where he can just — he’s like Bruce Lee, literally. And he’s at his peak, he’s in his prime.

“So, I think if that fight ever happens — which I don’t think it will — if that fight ever happens, I have to go with Crawford.”