Eddie Hearn Feels Sorry for Terence Crawford, Predicts Errol Spence Jr’s Future in 147 Lbs

Published 12/15/2021, 7:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 09: Terence Crawford celebrates his victory after a TKO in the 9th round in the WBO welterweight title between Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)


WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford is no longer with Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Now, as a free agent, he can finally look forward to bagging the fights he had desired. It means a unification fight with WBC-IBF titlist Errol Spence Jr. can also happen at any point. However, Matchroom Chief Eddie Hearn isn’t ready to agree.

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Crawford, a three-division champion, seems eager to bag a multi-million blockbuster. That said, he has run across the welterweight division and doesn’t have a legitimate contender to defend his belt against. As Errol Spence Jr. is the only credible opponent, a mega-fight between ‘Bud’ and ‘The Truth’ is what the boxing fraternity needs right now.

Nevertheless, Hearn doesn’t see Errol Spence Jr. staying in the welterweight division for too long. In a chat with iFL TV, the promoter addressed several scenarios. He also talked about the potential Spence Jr vs Crawford fight and didn’t seem confident about seeing it happen.

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Eddie Hearn said, “Terence Crawford, always great to see him, great fighter, you know. I just think it’s hard with Terence [Crawford] because I think he is the best welterweight in the world. But at the same time, where are the fights that can generate the kind of money that he wants? And really that’s Errol Spence.”

“I think you are gonna see Errol Spence move up to  154 to avoid Terence Crawford. Avoid may be a harsh word but strategically avoid. I feel a bit sorry for Terence Crawford.”

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The current welterweight division is pretty stacked with Conor Benn and several more youngsters rising. Unfortunately, none of these fights will be as massive for ‘Bud’ as a bout against Errol Spence Jr.

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Terence Crawford can turn to Yordenis Ugas to become a unified champion at 147 lbs

Despite several banters and call-outs, Errol Spence Jr. hasn’t confirmed his return and doesn’t look viable to face Crawford anytime soon. In that case, WBA champion Yordenis Ugas can allow Crawford to slide into another unification fight. After defeating Manny Pacquiao in August, Ugas can offer Crawford a shot at becoming unified.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 14: Terence Crawford stands in a neutral corner after knocking down Egidijus Kavaliauskas during their bout for Crawford’s WBO welterweight title at Madison Square Garden on December 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Errol Spence Jr. is not completely out of the tale. He holds two major world titles in the division and that brings him into the mix. While he is also aware of the financial benefits that Crawford can bring, we may see the mega-fight between ‘Bud’ and ‘The Truth’ happen. But the chances appear extremely bleak as of now.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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