Cody Crowley’s next fight on Showtime could be a headliner against a big name and possibly in Toronto.
The 29-year-old Douro native is coming off a dominating 10-round victory over three-time world title challenger Josesito Lopez on April 16 in front of nearly 40,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Crowley’s fight was the first of four in a Showtime Boxing pay-per-view show featuring Errol Spence Jr.’s 10th.
Round stop by Yordenis Ugas to unify two of three world welterweight titles.
It was Crowley’s second appearance on a Showtime undercard and his manager Steve Nelson said that could change in his next fight. Crowley improved to 21-0 with nine knockouts and is expected to enter the top 10 in the welterweight rankings.
“Showtime made sure we were the main event for the next big name fight,” Nelson said. “We’re talking late summer or early fall and there’s been some talk about possibly bringing the fight to Canada.”
While in Texas, Nelson met the manager of a former champion several times as Crowley’s next opponent. Nelson said he was not ready to identify the potential opponent at this time.
If the fight were to come to Canada, it’s unlikely to be in Peterborough where Crowley has self-promoted on five shows.
“We will be near Peterborough. The city of Toronto is the most likely location to have the fight. As much as Cody would love to be in Peterborough, the type of fight we’re talking about, there’s no place in Peterborough that would work. We need more seats,” Nelson said.
Nelson said Showtime should investigate the feasibility of doing a show in Canada where COVID protocols are different than in the United States.
“How open Canada is in the next 60 days will determine whether or not that’s possible, but it’s something Cody wants and Showtime has absolutely said they would like to do,” Nelson said.
Crowley’s Showtime victories over Lopez and former International Boxing Federation No. 1 contender Kudratillo Abdukakhorov have improved his marketability, he said.
“I have no doubt he will rise in the rankings. He has proven to both the Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime that he is a true world class fighter. Although they were thrilled with his performance against Kudratillo, the question was whether it was a one-off performance or if Cody could do it again against a world-class fighter Lopez was seen as another legit test and he passed it with flying colors.
“At the same time, we always know he can do better.”