There has been incessant talk of a potential mega fight between Terence Crawford and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez over the past twelve months, despite the three weight classes that currently separate the pair.
Crawford and Alvarez are both regarded as amongst the best fighters in all of boxing and are a staple in any credible pound for pound list.
It seemed unlikely that they would meet any time soon, with welterweight king Crawford contractually tied into a rematch with Errol Spence, who he bested to claim 147lb supremacy in Las Vegas last July.
However, it has become clear over recent weeks that a second showdown with old foe Spence will not be next for ‘Bud’, kickstarting fresh speculation that he could indeed lock horns with Alvarez at some point in 2024.
And the Nebraska man himself seems keen on the idea, describing the clash on his official X account as “the biggest fight in boxing.”
Terence Crawford vs Canelo Alvarez is the biggest fight in boxing right now. Like it or not it’s just facts.
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) February 4, 2024
Crawford has not boxed since his one sided beatdown of Spence, whereas Alvarez’ last outing was a comfortable unanimous decision victory over Jermell Charlo in September.
The Mexican is earmarked to take on Charlo’s twin brother Jermall on Cinco de Mayo weekend, though it must be noted that the idea of that fight has not been particularly well received by boxing fans.
Despite the fact he would significantly outweighed by ‘Canelo’, many observers believe Crawford would have a real chance should the fight get made later this year.
He no longer holds undisputed status at welterweight after being stripped of the IBF belt shortly after his victory over Spence.
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That strap is now held by Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, the man many feel is Crawford’s heir to the throne at 147lbs and could be a future pound for pound star in his own right.
As enticing as a potential changing of the guard fight between Crawford and Ennis would be, it does not compare to an historic clash with Alvarez, regardless of any disparity in weight.