Legendary Trainer Teddy Atlas Details Terence Crawford’s “Special Gifts” While Contemplating Him Moving Up Weight Classes to Fight Canelo Alvarez

Published 01/20/2024, 3:07 PM EST

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It was a historic night when Terence Crawford shocked boxing fans all over the world with his decisive victory over Errol Spence Jr. Crawford proved his superior skills against one of the best boxers in the welterweight division. Since then, he has been at the top of his game and has enjoyed all the fame his success has brought him. However, the question arises- What’s next for Crawford?

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For Crawford, the answer is simple- fighting arguably one of the best boxers in the sport right now- Canelo Álvarez. Thus he has been looking for a chance to make the fight against the Mexican Icon even before Alvarez’s fight with Jermell Charlo in September, last year. But as many have pointed out, the move up in weight is concerning. But renowned trainer Teddy Atlas thinks otherwise, especially in the case of the two-division undisputed champion.

Teddy Altas thinks Terence Crawford has the special gift

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In a recent interview with Fight Hub TV, Mike Tyson‘s former coach, Teddy Atlas shed light on Terence Crawford’s extraordinary qualities, as he contemplated the possibility of him ascending weight classes to face Canelo Álvarez.

Atlas acknowledged Crawford’s impressive journey, stating, “He’s already moved up three weight classes.” Reflecting on the potential leap of six weight classes, he delved into the intricacies, questioning, “Does he have the skeleton to go up six? I don’t know.” Despite the physical considerations, Atlas emphasized Crawford’s mental prowess, character, and unique gifts that set him apart.

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He stated, “I know he’s got the character and I know he’s got the mind. I know he’s got the special gifts that very few fighters have.” Moreover, he even drew comparisons with other elite fighters, Atlas noted, “The only two I know that have it right now is him and Inoue.”

While recognizing the prowess of Tyson Fury and Usyk, and their ability to secure victories through their distinctive approach, Teddy Atlas still chose to place Crawford a level above the two. In a similar manner, this is what a former world champion had to say about the potential matchup.

Former world champion on the potential bout

In contemplating the potential clash between Canelo Álvarez and Terence Crawford, former world champion, Timothy Bradley shared his insights. Despite the weight-class disparity, Bradley emphasized the undeniable allure of a mega-fight between these two formidable stars.

Bradley, drawing from Alvarez’s recent victory over Jermell Charlo, doubts the super middleweight champion’s ability to knock out Crawford. He asserted, “If Canelo couldn’t knock out Charlo, do you really think he’s gonna knock out Crawford?”

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Highlighting Crawford’s chances, Bradley believes that maintaining composure is key. He noted, “If Crawford can get off, avoid those big shots, get off again because you see the big shots coming... Crawford is going to be able to see all of that. He’s too knowledgeable inside the ring, his IQ is too high. If he can not get knocked out, he can out-box Canelo.”

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Bradley’s analysis prompts the consideration of whether Crawford’s defensive prowess could be the key factor in a potential showdown against Canelo Álvarez. What do you think about Atlas’s view of the fight? Do you think that’s how it will go? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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