Sugar Ray Leonard Gives Crucial Advice to Terence Crawford on How to Beat Canelo Alvarez in Potential Fight

Published 01/20/2024, 11:40 PM EST

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After attaining the undisputed title in two weight divisions in July last year, all Terence Crawford wants is a shot at Canelo Alvarez! While ‘Cinnamon’ has a stable of fighters to choose from, ‘Bud’ Crawford is the fan-favorite opponent after David Benavidez. However, the question that keeps everyone up at night is, can ‘Bud’ defeat the legendary Canelo? Sugar Ray Leonard says yes but with one condition!

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The Omaha resident was in the talks to face his last opponent, Errol Spence Jr., a second time, as Spence had activated the rematch clause. However, due to Spence’s cataract surgery, the fight got pushed back for now. Meanwhile, during an interview with Fight Hub TV today, Leonard shed light on what Crawford needs to win the fight against the Mexican superstar.

Sugar Ray Leonard claims Terence Crawford needs to “fight his fight”

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While discussing ‘everything Crawford’ during the interview, the reporter probed Leonard about the crucial factor Crawford needs to consider while fighting the likes of Canelo Alvarez. Having moved up weight classes during his time in the ring, Leonard was the perfect person to solve the riddle for Crawford. The retired legend calmly came up with a calculated answer, showing how he became the world champion.

“Well, as long as [it] doesn’t prevent him from moving or slipping punches and just stay on the outside – just fight his fight,” said Leonard. It’s worth mentioning that ‘Bud’ Crawford isn’t the first boxer to climb weight classes to fight Canelo. Previously, Amir Khan, a legend of the sport in his own regard, moved up to take on the Mexican superstar and succumbed to a brutal KO at Canelo’s hand. Despite that, a legendary boxing coach thinks Crawford is prepared for the challenge.

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The first time Canelo was asked about potentially facing ‘Bud,’ he swatted at the idea, highlighting the weight difference. However, with Crawford’s plans to climb weight divisions, things have started to look interesting. Even Teddy Atlas said, “He’s the most composed guy, you don’t think he’d be prepared [for the power]? You think it will be a shock to him?…That ain’t happening with Crawford.”

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He also added that Crawford knows exactly what he is doing, stating, “He’s the one looking for it. He doesn’t have anybody with a gun behind him saying, ‘You’ve gotta go do this.’” Atlas thinks it will be a tremendous fight as both opponents are tremendous fighters. However, it’s worth mentioning that despite all the excitement, there hasn’t been any word on whether the fight would actually happen.

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With all the hype surrounding a potential fight between Canelo and Crawford, Teddy Atlas has added his two cents on how ‘Bud’ can defeat Canelo. However, the million-dollar question is – do you think Crawford has the ability to do so?

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