Shakur Stevenson believes that Terence Crawford would prove too skillful for Canelo Alvarez.
Crawford joined Canelo as just the fourth active male fighter to hold all four world titles when he stopped Errol Spence Jr in the ninth round to become the undisputed welterweight champion in Las Vegas last week.
Three weight classes currently separate the duo, who are both considered as two of the top pound-for-pound stars in the sport.
Yet, two-weight world champion Stevenson believes Canelo’s superior size would not make a difference and believes that ‘Bud’ would ultimately prevail.
“I don’t think size wins fights, I think skills do,” the 26-year-old told IFLTV.
“Being a southpaw, with good movement, sharp boxing.
“It’d be hard for Canelo to walk him down and load up on big hooks.
“I think Bud would beat Canelo.”
Crawford is expected to face Spence Jr again later this year, after the Texas native indicated in the post-fight press conference that he would exercise his contractual right to a rematch.
As for Canelo, the four-weight world champion is set to defend his super middleweight titles against reigning undisputed super welterweight titlist, Jermell Charlo in September, who has also been linked with a bout against Crawford in the future.
However, Crawford, 35, has dismissed a meeting with Alvarez, who defended his belts with a unanimous decision win over John Ryder in May, insisting the Mexican great has too big of a size advantage on him.
“No not at all,” he told TMZ Sports on a potential clash with Canelo.
“Like I said before, I’ve had that question many times before. I stated it then and I’ll state it now.
“Canelo is two, three, even four weight classes above me, depending on which fight you’re talking about.
“So, to be honest, Canelo doesn’t really interest me because of the size factor.”