Terrence Crawford thinks he’s now the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world after Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez lost to Dmitry Bivol.
Canelo failed in his quest to start conquering another division on Saturday night as he lost a unanimous decision to Bivol in Las Vegas.
Crawford, the WBO welterweight champion, is currently ranked third on The Ring’s pound-for-pound list with IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA (super) heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk ranked number two behind Canelo.
The American tweeted a few times during Saturday’s fight and towards the latter stages, saying: “It’s over with I don’t see it [knocking out] Bivol.
Once Bivol took the 115-113, 115-113, 115-113 win, Crawford, who has 29 knockouts in his 38-fight undefeated career, tweeted: “We know who’s #1 now. “
His biggest wins to date have come against former world champions like Amir Khan, Kell Brook and Shawn Porter.
Crawford also won world titles at lightweight and light welterweight, making him a three-weight world champion.
THE BOOK-FOR-BOOK CLASSIFICATION OF THE RING
The Ring Magazine keeps a top 10 list of all the best boxers, pound for pound, in the world today.
- Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion)
- Oleksandr Usyk (IBF, IBO, WBO, WBA (super) heavyweight champion)
- Terence Crawford (WBO welterweight champion)
- Naoya Inoue (WBA (super), IBF bantamweight champion)
- Errol Spence Jr (IBF, IBO, WBC welterweight champion)
- Juan Francisco Estrada (WBA super flyweight champion)
- Vasyl Lomachenko
- Josh Taylor (undisputed light welterweight champion)
- Ramon Gonzalez
- Kazuto Ioka (WBO super flyweight champion)
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The 34-year-old is desperately trying to fight IBF, WBC and WBA welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr – fifth on the pound-for-pound list – to unify the welterweight division.
Still, Canelo is the undisputed super middleweight champion and is a four-weight world champion. The Mexican is 57-2-2 and in his last 14 fights he has faced a staggering 12 world champions in various weight classes.
Alvarez has previously said he will activate the rematch clause to give Bivol another chance as he remains undeterred in his quest to unify another weight class.
Crawford needs the fight with Spence Jr to happen. They are two great champions in their prime who would do a lot for both of their legacies. Crawford’s case would become much stronger if he won this fight.
Does Canelo’s loss weaken his claim to be the best pound-for-pound fighter? An unbeaten record is good, but that’s not all.
The overall quality of opponents and accomplishments in different weight classes – such as being undisputed – are certainly factors as well. You could argue that no one can compete with Canelo in these departments.
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