After Terence Crawford delivered an exciting ninth-round stoppage victory over Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, the ESPN commentating crew featuring Joe Tessitore, Andre Ward and Timothy Bradley offered their parting words–recapping a fun night of boxing action.
Bradley wasted no time and took the opportunity to unleash a verbal thrashing on the entire Premier Boxing Champions‘ Welterweight stable.
“The only real man over at PBC is Deontay Wilder,” said an overly-animated Bradley. “This man [Terence Crawford] is begging to fight you… All you Welterweights, you guys need to put your big boy pants on and come over here and make this fight with Terence Crawford because he’s the best Welterweight in the world.”
Why everyone at PBC has to “come over” to Top Rank and ESPN is a long-standing debate, but Bradley (who also has stated that Crawford would beat a prime Floyd Mayweather) is obviously saying that Crawford should be calling the shots.
Crawford, who during his post-fight interview stated that he wants to fight the best, was less aggressive in his approach and didn’t feel the need to mention anyone in particular.
Max Kellerman also provided his two cents regarding a future top-notch opponent for Crawford. But unlike many others who have been beating the drum for Errol Spence Jr. (both pre-and-post accident) to step up and make a fight with Crawford, Kellerman dropped Shawn Porter’s name in the mix and stated that he feels Porter is the only one who will be willing to step up.
“There is one man who I believe will be the name that gets in the ring with Terence Crawford,” said Kellerman. “Much like when people were ducking GGG, you knew Canelo was the kind of guy who would take him on. “Showtime” Shawn Porter is the kind of guy, he’s been shouting him out, who will fight everyone. My prediction would be, that’s the guy who is gonna wind up making a fight with Bud Crawford, the best Welterweight in the world.”
Porter is indeed a hell of a fighter and has never backed down from a challenge. Porter, already having taken on Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia and Errol Spence, easily has the best resume in the Welterweight division. If we don’t get to see Crawford vs. Spence, Crawford vs. Porter would seem to be a great consolation prize.
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