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Terence Crawford fighting Canelo Alvarez is a bad idea, says former opponent

Terence Crawford and Canelo Alvarez. Photo credit: talkSPORT

Undisputed welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) has been warned against moving up three weight classes to challenge undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39).

The 35-year-old southpaw is coming off a career best win last month when he knocked out Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) in nine one-sided rounds.

With his star shining bright, talked has turned to his chances against the Mexican superstar, who is slated to face Spence’s stablemate and undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) in Las Vegas on September 30.

What seemed like a crazy idea just a month ago could yet grow legs and take place next year.

But Amir Khan thinks it would be a bad move, and he should know: seven years ago he moved up from welterweight to face Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title in a 155-pound catchweight bout.

It ended badly. Khan was savagely knocked out in the sixth round.

“There were rumours that I was hearing that Crawford may go up to fight Canelo as well,” Khan said to SecondsOut. “I like both guys and I think Crawford should not really give that much weight away. It’s too much.

“I’ve tried it myself, I’ve done it myself at the peak of my career. I had a great win against [Chris Algieri] and then went and fought Canelo.”

Alvarez, 33, has hedged his bets when it come to the idea of facing Crawford. On the one hand the fight would feature two of the biggest names in boxing and generate revenue commensurate with that; on the other hand, Alvarez would come under criticism for faxing two naturally smaller boxers in a row.

“No, look, like I always said, I respect Terence Crawford,” Alvarez told TMZ Sports. “He’s a very talented fighter but he just won one big fight.

“If you see his record, he just beat one good fighter in Errol Spence. Other than that, I don’t think he’s beaten other great fighters like Spence.”

Spence Jr has reportedly activated the rematch clause in his contract for a second fight against Crawford that will likely take place at 154-pounds, where Charlo currently holds WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF championship belts.

Crawford has previously said that if Charlo loses, it would take the shine off a potential bout between the two.

And Khan says that is exactly what he expects to happen.

“No [I don’t think Charlo wins], Canelo is something else,” Khan said. “Canelo is a beast. He’s got the power, he’s got the speed. Canelo, in my opinion, is a lot quicker when he throws his combinations. Canelo is a very good fighter. I don’t think anyone is beating Canelo [at 168].”

Whichever way you mix and match them, there are some very big name matchups to be made from 147 to 168 pounds.