The Big Question: Who should Terence Crawford fight next?

Boxing Monthly
03/09/2017 2:49pm

Having conquered the super lightweight division, we asked our online team who they wanted to see Terence 'Bud' Crawford fight next...

I'd like to see Crawford stay at 140lbs: I don't see why he should move up to welterweight - I think he is more than capable of calling the shots and making everyone else come to HIM. If he decides he cannot (or doesn't want to) make 140 anymore then I'd advise taking a 147 fight against someone like Jessie Vargas or Lamont Peterson, with a view to landing a big money fight against the winner of the Pacquiao vs Horn rematch (if it ever happens), followed by a unification against Keith Thurman. However, as I'd ideally like to see him stick at 140lbs, I would like to see him in tussles with Antonio Orozco and Jose Carlos Ramirez, and then a mega-fight with Mikey Garcia (who I would like to see unify at 135lbs before facing Crawford). - Colin Harris

If we're putting all the boxing politics and divisions aside then I'd be happy to see Crawford in against Shawn Porter or Danny Garcia for his welterweight debut. The obvious dream fight is between Crawford and Errol Spence but I'd like to see the former beat a solid contender at 147lbs and the latter develop a bit more and get a couple of defences under his belt first. - Marcus Bellinger

I would have liked to see Terence Crawford face his IBF mandatory Sergey Lipinets on the Horn vs Pacquiao 2 card. This would have been the perfect way to get Crawford mainstream exposure and, had Horn won again, it would have set up a title match in Crawford's first welterweight bout next year. It seemed to make too much sense not to happen ... until Crawford vacated the IBF crown and Pacquiao delayed the Horn rematch!  - Michael Montero

Crawford is a great fighter, and all paths seem to now lead to welterweight. I agree with Michael that the winner of Horn vs Pacquiao would have been a decent test at the weight before moving on to some of the trickier tasks. - James Oddy

With Pacquiao delaying a rematch with Horn until next year, if at all, how about Crawford taking up the mantle and travelling to Australia to face everyone's favourite schoolteacher turned pugilist? It would be a huge event and the perfect way for him to begin his assault on the welterweight division. To borrow a phrase from Michael Montero - 'it makes too much sense not to happen...' which is probably why it won't! - Luke G. Williams