I am back with more sports tiddies, and I want to caught you up on boxing. Yes it is getting kind of hectic for the holiday.
ESPN just adjusted their pound for pound list taking in the information that Terrance “Bud” Crawford just defeated Shawn Porter on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. In a tough hard fought PAYPERVIEW bout on ESPN+.
With much respect to Terrance Crawford for being a long time tough and very ring intelligent competitor. I vehemently disagree with that assessment and believe that he has work to do before he can claim being the pound for pound best fighter in boxing.
Crawford has been on the wrong side of the promotional street, as most of the best welterweight fighters are signed to Al Haymon as an advisor and fight on PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) platforms of Showtime and Fox.
At Welterweight currently there are 3 champions that hold major titles. Errol Spence has two belts with the WBC and IBF titles.
Yordenis Ugas has the WBA title that he won after beating the legend Manny Pacquiao over the summer, and of course there’s Crawford with his long held WBO title. One of the biggest fights to be made in boxing is Spence vs Crawford.
This would unify 3 titles and put two of the pound for pound best fighters in all of boxing against one another and would settle the argument of who is the best welterweight in boxing. Even if Ugas may still have something to say about that as he just collected a very big win in beating and retiring the legendary future hall of famer Manny Pacquiao.
Terrance Crawford has been fed second tier opponents since he’s been fighting on ESPN as a welterweight. He fought shopworn old champions Amir Khan, and Kell Brook, and a one-legged Jose Benavidez Jr.
Your resume has to be better than that to claim the top spot pound for pound. Terrance Crawford has the worst or least impressive resume of all of the champions at 147.
That’s the case on why the top pound for pound for king should not be Terrance Crawford.
Now here’s the case for why it should be Canelo Alvarez. Canelo just became the undisputed champion at 168 pounds collecting all 4 belts, leaving no doubt who the best 168-pound fighter in the world is.
Canelo also was a unified champion at 160 pounds including having two tough fights with Gennady Golovkin and winning the second and beating Danny Jacobs. Before Canelo took on the middleweight division, he was the man at 154 pounds beating Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout, James Kirkland, and Alfredo Angulo.
Canelo has also jumped to 175 pounds at light heavyweight and beaten a champion in Sergey Kovalev and won a title in that weight class. Now he wants to fight a cruiserweight belt holder for their title.
In my eyes Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is far and above the best pound for pound fighter in the world and it’s not even close. ESPN has chosen their man (Terrance Crawford), and decided to stick beside him, but in terms of the best pound for pound fighter in the world, the numbers and the resume say it’s Canelo Alvarez. The numbers don’t lie.