Terence Crawford insists ‘Spence fight can happen after Khan fight’

WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford says a unification fight against Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr. is possible after his next fight against Amir ‘King’ Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) on April 20.


Crawford, 31, says the Spence match-up is the biggest one in the 147 lb weight division today, and he thinks his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing can sit down and make the fight happen in negotiating a deal with Spence’s management after his next fight.


Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) says he’s not even thinking about the Spence fight right now.


The Top Rank fighter Crawford needs to win this fight over the 2004 Olympic Silver medalist Khan before he can even dream about his promoters hammering out a deal for a mega-fight against Spence.


Spence and Crawford both fight on separate networks. Spence is with Premier Boxing Champions, and he fights on Showtime and Fox Sports.


Crawford is with Top Rank, and his fights are on ESPN. For the mega-fight to get made between the two welterweight champions, the networks will need to agree to share the PPV telecast in the same way HBO and Showtime shared the PPV broadcast mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in 2015.


“Of course it is makeable. I believe it would be the biggest fight in the welterweight division,” Crawford said in insisting that a fight between him and Spence is doable fight.


“But like you said, I have this fight against Amir Khan. After the fight, we can talk about Errol Spence and Al Haymon and Top Rank doing business together. But right now, I am not even thinking or worried about Errol Spence.”


Spence, coming off a 12 round shellacking of Mikey Garcia on March 16 in Arlington, Texas. Spence, 29, stood on the outside and boxed Mikey for most of the fight, and made it look easy.


Spence fought how Crawford normally does by boxing instead of slugging. The one round that was exciting was the ninth, when Spence suddenly started bulldozing Mikey, and he had him reeling and within a whisper of being stopped.


Had Spence come out for the tenth round fighting with the same intensity, the referee or Mikey’s trainer Robert Garcia, would have had to stop the fight.


The ninth round was sickeningly one-sided. Spence showed how versatile he is with his win over Mikey. With Spence’s Olympic talent, he can fight just like Crawford, but he chooses not to.


Spence likes to make it exciting by destroying his opponents. In looking at that performance by Spence against Mikey, it’s hard not to envision Spence doing the same thing to Crawford when that fight gets made in the future.

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