Not as resounding as his other knockouts, Terence Crawford (35-0) still registered the 26th finish of his career with a six-round TKO over Amir Khan. Crawford has surely punched in more captivating knockouts—and over against more captivating opponents—but didn’t lose a moment of the fight. He looked just like the pound-for-pound great he is. Picking a challenger for somebody so accomplished can be a challenge.
So what’s next for Crawford? Here are three potential opponents for the legend called “Bud.”
While Crawford was putting a beating on Amir Khan in New York City. Danny Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs) was busy in California dishing out a beating of his own against Adrian Granados.
Garcia didn’t just defeat Granados, he pummeled him. Granados isn’t a former world champion or an elite fighter but he’s a tough one. He has shared the ring with many fighters and never had he been so thoroughly dominated. Garcia didn’t look good or even great, he looked like a true contender once again.
The former two division champion has been clamoring for his chance at redemption against both Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman. As compelling as a rematch would be against either of those men, a match with Crawford would be even better. These two do have a bit of a history together. Most notably, Garcia defeating Crawford in amateurs. They also have gone back and forth in the media quite a number of times as well.
Let’s get these two in the ring to settle the debate.
Kell Brook (38-2, 28 KOs) made the trip to New York City and witnessed his British rival, Khan take a pounding. Surely, Brook enjoyed every bit of it.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen the former IBF Welterweight champion against a live body, last fighting five months ago against the middling Muchael Zerafa.
Crawford took down one Englishman but he would find this one much more challenging. Brook’s combination of size, speed, power and accuracy make him a threat to anyone.
Errol Spence Jr
Do we really need to explain why this fight needs to happen? Terence Crawford and Errol Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) are the two very best Welterweights in the world, both ranked pound-for-pound Top 10 by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
Placing either of these fighters against anyone else would result in a great fight but they would also be expected to win.
Put them in the ring with each other and it becomes increasingly difficult to choose a winner.