Terence Crawford says he has to ‘be the puppet master’ at 147 Boxing News 24


Through Chris Williams: Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford claims he will be the “puppet master “ of the welterweight division. Crawford, 34, is considered the No.1 fighter in the weight class by many fans, but he is still widely isolated and unable to get the meaningful fights he needs to prove he’s the best.

Being the 147 Pound Division puppeteer will require Crawford to step out of his comfort zone and fight these KILLERS:

  • Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis
  • Vergil Ortiz Jr.
  • Errol Spence Jr
  • Yordenis Ugas
  • Keith thurman

Although Crawford wants to fight Spence and Ugas in the worst possible way, he is unable to take the winner. In reality. Crawford’s chances of fighting undefeated IBF / WBC welterweight champion Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) are pretty slim.

Crawford is NOT in a position to fight Spence

It is possible that Crawford will share the ring with Spence, provided he accepts an unbalanced 80/20 purse split that will be offered to him for the fight. Once Spence defeats 35-year-old WBA champion Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) in the first quarter of 2022, he will become three-belt champion at 147.

That being the case, whatever chance Crawford has to negotiate a 50/50 split with Spence will be lost. Spence will have ALL the cards in the negotiations with Crawford, and he’ll basically say, ‘It’s gonna be my way or the highway, Bud. ‘

Spence will not only hold more titles than Crawford, but he will also be the biggest PPV draw. I mean, let’s not kid ourselves. Crawford IS NOT an a la carte attraction. He never did, and he probably never will.

For these reasons, unless Crawford is willing to accept an 80/20 split for a fight with Spence, he will be ignored by the Texas native for the rest of his career.

Spence has already shown he’s ready to write off a fighter if he doesn’t do what he wants him to do. Look at Thurman as an example of this.

Because he chose not to fight Spence earlier in his career when Errol wanted to fight him, he will never have the chance to fight it. Spence has said on several occasions that he will NEVER fight Thurman now because he failed to face him years ago when he was interested in sharing the ring with him.

Terence faces the challenge in 2022

Crawford recently parted ways with longtime Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, and he decided to go it alone as a promotional free agent. However, so far the grass hasn’t been greener for Crawford, a native of Nebraska, as it hasn’t been pulled up by any of the promoters.

Indeed, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has made it known that he has NOTHING for Crawford and will not attempt to sign him. Crawford wants fights against Errol Spence Jr., Yordenis Ugas, and Keith Thurman, and Hearn can’t help him get the fights he needs.

It’s unclear if 147-pound WBO champion Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) means that in the truest sense or a puppet master in an imaginary sense, as he was harshly foiled by the IBF / WBC champion. Errol Spence Jr.

Crawford’s only real option for lucrative fights is to face these fighters:

  • Keith thurman
  • Vergil Ortiz Jr.
  • Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis

The problem is, Crawford may be too old to beat Ennis at this point in his 13-year-long professional career, and if he takes on the 23-year-old young Ortiz (18-0, 18 KOs), this fight will go on. something fierce age.

If Crawford has any hope of beating the young lions Ennis and Ortiz, he must fight them both right away in 2022. Crawford will wait until 2023 or 2024 before fighting Boots Ennis and Vergil Ortiz will work against him as he will be. too old and worn to have much luck beating any of them.

Crawford will have to run the glove in 2022 if he wants to be the puppet master, and he might not get away without getting repeatedly beaten by the young lions. Even Thurman, 33, will be a threat to Crawford.