Undisputed super middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez assures that a fight against Terence Crawford at 168 pounds “makes sense” and he is willing to do it, but he does not understand the criticism for fighting Jermell Charlo, while there are people who want him to fight against an even smaller fighter like Crawford.
The statement from Canelo comes just days after Crawford, who is undisputed at welterweight, stated that he is willing to make a jump up three weight classes in order to face the Mexican.
“No, 168. Yeah [I want to move up to super middleweight]. Yeah, if [Alvarez beats Jermell Charlo on Sept. 30]. Yeah. Or Charlo. The winner. I want to be a three-time undisputed [champion],” Crawford told Joe Rogan.“I know I want to fight Jermell. But if he loses to Canelo, I always say, man. That’s a big step. That’s a big step but for a person to go up three weight classes from 147 to 168, and to win, and to become undisputed, wow.”
Everybody is talking about if I’m going to face Crawford… who is smaller than Charlo: Canelo Alvarez
Although Canelo says he is willing to fight “Bud” if the opportunity arises, he finds it ironic that those who criticize him because he is going to fight Jermell Charlo, a 154-pound fighter who will go up to 168, but ask him to fight Crawford, who is a 147-pound fighter.
“Look, I respect Crawford. He’s a great fighter. I always say that. No disrespect to him,” Canelo said in an interview with BoxingScene.com, “but you know, sometimes it’s a little crazy, the people talking about how I’m going to face too small of a fighter like [the 154-pound] Charlo, which he’s big [at 5 feet 11 inches tall]. Everybody is talking about if I’m going to face Crawford, a fighter at 147 [pounds] who is smaller than Charlo.
“So it does not make sense when you guys say right now. I don’t understand … At the end of the day I don’t want to have credit to face Crawford, no matter what. But, you never know. You never know in boxing. I will go up and down and fight everybody out there. So, it’s possible. Why not? It’s possible. If it makes sense, I am down to do it. I don’t care who is there. I am always able to fight everybody.”