Terence Crawford could go up against Shawn Porter in his next fight – but only if the two welterweights agree to put their friendship on one side and face each other in the ring.
After successfully defending the WBO title against obligatory challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas in New York, the undefeated Crawford wondered unexpectedly in his post-match press conference for future opponents.
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A consolidation match with Errol Spence Jr. is not in progress, as the IBF and WBC champion is still recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in October.
Manny Pacquiao holds the WBA belt, but Porter – who lost to Spence this year – was mentioned as a possibility for 2020. Host Bob Arum talked about the fight before Saturday’s clash with Kavaliauskas, though Crawford insists that it is down to the fighters to decide whether to move on.
“This is not going to happen until Bob Arum, the PBC or Al Haymon,” the 32-year-old told reporters. “This will concern us if we are to agree to the fight.
“Right now, we haven’t had a debate (about) whether or not to fight. Right now, I’m not even thinking about the fight, I’m not worried about that fight, it’s not even in my mind right now.
“All these other guys … you know what they are.”
He added: “My goal is to get all these fighters who say I’m running in the ring with me.”
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Crawford appeared to be in a difficult position when he was caught in the third round by Cavaliusca, though he insisted he was not injured.
“Bud” went on to force a shutout in the seventh, extending his professional record to 36-0 and further enhancing his case to be considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
“I showed that I can fight without boxing, that I can get a punch, I walked through a lot of shots and I did a fight when he was trying to box,” he said.
“I need those legal battles, the struggles that everyone wants to see, which would greatly help my legacy.”