Is it enough? Terence Crawford is often asked this question by the boxing community.
Throughout the entirety of the newly turned 35-year-old’s career, he’s made it look incredibly easy in the squared circle. Despite capturing three different weight divisions’ world titles, including an undisputed run at 140lbs, the current WBO belt holder at welterweight is constantly under intense scrutiny.
Crawford (38-0; 29 KOs), believes his skills are beyond compare in a vacuum. Nevertheless, regardless of his ability to render his foes unconscious, and in spite of being equally adept at fighting out of both the southpaw and orthodox stance, Crawford’s level of opposition has left much to be desired.
However, this scathing criticism was almost over as Crawford was on the verge to face Errol Sence Jr., the current unified champion. Although it appeared that their showdown was signed, sealed and delivered, Crawford, admittedly frustrated at the prospect, abruptly left negotiations.
Crawford’s naysayers came out in force. Crawford has been unforgiving of those harsh words. Crawford feels that even some of the best fighters in the world aren’t eager to face him.
“A lot of people, they can say whatever they want,” said Crawford on the DAZN Boxing Show. “They can tweet out that I haven’t fought nobody. But all my career, I haven’t seen anybody jumping for joy to fight Terence Crawford.”
David Avanesyan, a fringe fighter, was the one who accepted the chance to face Crawford. With the two officially penciled in to face off on December 10th, in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, the Russian native has exuded confidence.
Crawford, a huge favorite, will undoubtedly saunter into the ring on fight day as a gargantuan favourite. Crawford believes that Avanesyan will be a steppingstone to his in-ring talents, and while many expect him to win with ease,
“Everybody don’t believe that I’m the best fighter in the world until I show them.”