WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford’s fourth-round TKO of Kell Brook on Saturday night time was spectacular. The issue is that individuals who did not have him because the world’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter previous to the bout probably will not put him there after it.
And there is actually nothing he can do about it as a result of it is out of his arms.
The 33-year-old champion improved to 37-Zero with 28 knockouts as an expert in stopping Brook. Though he disposed of Brook sooner than Gennadiy Golovkin (fifth spherical) and welterweight rival Errol Spence Jr. (11th spherical) did, the skeptics will say he defeated an opponent who was little greater than broken items.
That is unlucky as a result of Brook stays an extremely expert fighter who was stopped by an opponent who’s superior in nearly each approach. However within the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of boxing, Crawford merely is not in a position to do something to enhance his standing at current. The one factor he can hope for is that Canelo Alvarez — who many consider is the highest pound-for-pound fighter within the sport — has a misstep as soon as he decides to return to the ring.
It actually should not be this manner for Crawford. The 147-pound division is effervescent over with competitors. If it is not unified champion Spence, then it is former champions Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. In fact, there’s additionally Manny Pacquiao, however he is probably extra in line for a big-money struggle than one he might doubtlessly lose towards Crawford. However the truth stays that the 5 names talked about are higher than Brook, Jose Benavidez Jr., Jeff Horn, Egidijus Kavaliauskas and Amir Khan.
There’s actually nothing left for Crawford to do beneath the Prime Rank promotional umbrella. It’s now as much as Bob Arum to get the fights that Crawford needs or else let him go. The latter is extremely unlikely as a result of Arum merely can’t watch among the best fighters on this planet depart his steady. Contemplating that he has carried out enterprise earlier than with Premier Boxing Champions, the promotional outfit that homes Spence, Porter, Thurman and Garcia, it actually should not be that tough to set Crawford up for the key pay-per-view occasion that he deserves.
And he undoubtedly deserves the chance, as a result of that’s the solely factor stopping him from sitting on high of the mountain as the most effective fighter on this planet.
It is not as if Crawford has a weight class drawback that stops him from preventing the most important names within the sport. Porter, Spence, Garcia and Thurman have all had a spot within the fictional pound-for-pound rankings sooner or later and all of them reside in the identical division that Crawford does. It actually should not be that tough to make fights. Conditions akin to this one can smash boxing.
Boxing followers, informal and hardcore, don’t care to listen to about boxing politics. When Crawford was requested throughout his postfight interview who he needed to struggle subsequent, he checked out Arum to reply the questions. It wasn’t as a result of he did not need to reply; it is as a result of he is comparatively powerless in these negotiations. All he can do is say who he needs to struggle, after which it is as much as Arum and the rival promoter to barter phrases. And if PBC has been making an attempt to maintain all the cash in the identical home, then it’s going to run out of choices as soon as Spence faces Garcia on Dec. 5. Except for Spence vs. Thurman, these 4 all could have fought each other.
In the end, the most effective fighter on this planet needs to be decided. And, to be clear, Crawford is presently acknowledged as higher than all of PBC’s welterweights. Why would not the game need to lastly kind this out and have an undisputed champion?
Boxing is foolish in that approach. Politics usually come earlier than pugilism; debates over who the A-side ought to be can forestall a struggle from taking place. However Arum and Al Haymon’s PBC have carried out good enterprise earlier than. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder engaged in a pair of profitable fights and everybody gave the impression to be glad as soon as all was stated and carried out.
The primary speaking level on ESPN on Saturday was that “time was operating out” on Crawford’s profession. Certain, he is solely 33, however most fighters on his degree struggle not more than twice a yr, which does not enable them a lot room to sit down round and wait. Greater than sufficient time has been misplaced due to COVID-19 and boxing is in want of marquee fights.
Canelo has the most effective portfolio of names pursuing him in all of boxing; Crawford desperately wants his personal marquee identify to push him over the sting. He is already set for the Boxing Corridor of Fame and he already believes he is the most effective on this planet. The one factor that is left is to show it.
There is not any cause for this to not occur. Until these promoters simply need boxing to dig its personal grave and bury itself after a self-inflicted wound.
Crawford towards any high welterweight is what’s finest for boxing and it must occur.
Not now, however proper now.