There’s been a lot of talk about the budding career of super lightweight boss Terence Crawford. Most have been clamoring for him to move up 7lbs to the welterweight limit and test the waters there. This seems to be an obsession with the average fan as somehow moving up in weight, in their eyes proves that you’re a better fighter. The criticism on Triple G for instance when compared to Canelo is that because he hasn’t left his natural weight his accomplishments are somehow diminished. I don’t buy it.
Terence Crawford still has a healthy pool of contenders whom he can square up against and just because he’s the favored fighter doesn’t make his defenses any less impressive. Take note of his upcoming bout with Felix Diaz- a natural welterweight. Diaz is a guy who could easily have a size advantage come fight night but will most likely lose in what still could be a very entertaining and competitive fight and that’s impressive. Ok, so you’re not saying it’s not impressive maybe, but then look at Julius Indongo, the other unified super lightweight champion. A unification with him and all of a sudden Crawford is in the same class as Bernard Hopkins (and Jermain Taylor who beat Hopkins) who for the time being is the only boxer to have ever unified all four titles in a division. Hopkins made 20 consecutive defenses and I don’t see his historical standing diminished because he waited to move up the ranks.
Crawford will move up and he’ll win but there’s just no need for him to do it now. For what? Against who? Pacquiao? Bob Arum, the head of Top Rank doesn’t want to let that happen as of yet and when it does, will Crawford get that much credit defeating a past-his-prime Pac Man? Don’t even think about Timothy Bradley; they’re like brothers and have vowed never to fight. How about unified champ Keith Thurman? Or Shawn Porter? Danny Garcia? Amir Khan? Lamont Peterson? They’re all with Al Haymom and fight on PBC and Showtime, not HBO, the home of Crawford. The only other top ten ranked boxers not in the Haymom stable are Kell Brook and Jessie Vargas. Brook’s in a tough fight later this month against Errol Spence while the other, Jessie Vargas, isn’t exactly the opponent that makes you salviatate for fight night but it’s a makable matchup that could be more of an entrance exam to the division for Crawford. After him? Nada. Nothing doing. Zilch.
There’s still another 3 or 4 good fights that could be made for “Crawdaddy” at 140. By that time you might even see Mikey Garcia at super lightweight. Look, we’ve seen guys make the mistake of moving up too quickly before. We can use Adrien Broner as the prime example. So stop your obsession and demands for every fighter to put on weight. Especially this fighter.