Is Terence Crawford Beatable? Bernard Hopkins Predicts Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis’ Fate Against ‘Bud’

Published 01/27/2024, 8:29 AM EST

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Who will Terence Crawford fight next? Not Errol Spence Jr., as he took to the sidelines because of cataract surgery! The chatter among pundits suggests Jaron Ennis is worthy! But can he put an end to ‘Bud’ Crawford’s reign in the welterweight division? Bernard Hopkins thinks he has the answer to that question, something he revealed in an interview today!

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Crawford currently holds three major titles in the division, except for the IBF title, which was taken from him by the sanctioning body. It’s also the title ‘Boots’ Ennis currently holds, so Ennis is eager to allow Crawford to get it back. However, Crawford wants legacy-defining fights, something Ennis cannot provide. Nevertheless, when Fight Hub TV probed Hopkins about his prediction, here’s what he said.

Bernard Hopkins claims everyone is a threat to Terence Crawford

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Answering the question from the reporter, Hopkins stated, “I think all of them [are] a threat to each other if they don’t come right. [Everybody] has a chance in that division. That’s what makes it so exciting to talk about that division.” He went on to praise every fighter in the division, claiming they were all talented. 

“Because [there is] so much talent – everybody is beatable in that division. I don’t favor anybody in certain divisions, especially that one,” said Hopkins. As far as his prediction was concerned, he claimed, “Anything can happen because [the division is] so talented,” said Hopkins. Meanwhile, an Olympic medalist thinks Jaron Ennis can prove to be a challenge for Crawford!

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Ennis needs to take “a real punch”

Roy Jones Jr. doesn’t just back anybody out of the blue, but he thinks ‘Boots’ Ennis might have what it takes. In a 16 January interview with YSM Sports Media, the former champion expressed his thoughts of wanting to check Ennis’ chin. “We haven’t seen Boots Ennis against a guy who’s tested his chin. That’s the only thing we don’t know about him yet. We don’t know if he can take a real punch yet,” said Jones.

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However, Jones is confident that Ennis has the skills he needs to get the job done. “As far as the skills go, he got everything,” said Jones. He further added that Ennis would be a difficult fight for Crawford because he has everything. “When a guy is as talented and has the skill level that Boots has, anything can happen,” said Jones Jr. 

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While there’s no clarity on whether the Crawford vs. Ennis fight would happen, Hopkins and Jones Jr. think it will be 50-50 if it does. Who do you think will win if Crawford somehow agrees to it? 

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Sudeep Sinha

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