“It’s Kind of Biased”: Terence Crawford’s Trainer Shows His Disappointment over ‘Bud’ Getting His IBF Title Stripped
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Terence Crawford never saw this coming. Following his triumph over Errol Spence Jr. in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) match, a twist unfolded as Spence exercised a rematch clause in August, as reported by ESPN on Friday. This clause mandated Crawford’s next bout to be against Spence to retain the coveted Welterweight title. However, the IBF threw a curveball by directing Crawford to defend his title against the interim champion, Jaron “Boots” Ennis.
Informed of this in September, Crawford’s title now rests in Ennis’ hands as the interim titleholder. With this turn of events, his coach, Brian Bomac McIntyre has called out the bias as other boxers continue to hold their titles.
Bomac speaks up for Terence Crawford
Bomac, the coach and trainer of Crawford has since long been with the pugilist. He finds this decision gravely unfair and biased. In an interview with FightHype.com, he expressed his frustration over the situation. “It’s kind of biased how they treat Terrence, kind of fu*ked up but you know, we accomplish what we need to accomplish. We got that undisputed title, 47. They can’t take that away from him. They take everything else, but they can’t take that. That’s his history being made.”
At 36, with an unblemished record of 40-0 and 31 KOs, Crawford sees his undisputed status relinquished but retains the WBO, WBA, and WBC belts. According to Bomac, even though ‘Bud’ does not hold the official title, he has proved himself by achieving undisputed status. As he proceeds further, the career he builds will make a mark in history. However, other fighters have held on to their belts without much of a consequence of being stripped off of them.
How have the Charlo twins and Canelo Alvarez held titles?
Jermell Charlo, hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, stands as the undisputed champion in the junior middleweight division, a title he has held since 2016, barring a brief setback with a decision loss to Tony Harrison in 2018—a defeat he avenged in a rematch in 2019. In a contrasting scenario, the 168 lbs. division sees Canelo Alvarez reigning as the undisputed champion since 2021 post a TKO victory against Caleb Plant.
Moreover, a shadow looms over the sport’s integrity as the WBC permits Jermell’s twin, Jermall, to retain his middleweight title without a defence for 2 1/2 years, a decision that raises eyebrows and draws attention to the complexities within the world of boxing.
While these fighters continue to hold their belts without any questioning or repercussions, it is natural that Crawford and Bomac are calling foul. Fans are disappointed with this news as well. Do you smell bias in the entire narrative? Let us know in the comments below.