There’s a single championship fight this weekend and it takes place in Panama, which is why we thought it might be a good idea to write an update on what’s happening in the sport. Now that the Paul brothers have finally quieted down, we can get back to the business of boxing, professionals stepping into the ring to take on each other. Check out what’s happening with the top name pros in the pugilist profession so you can continue betting against the Boxing Lines.
Top Boxing News | September 17th Edition
Bud Crawford ready to ditch Top Rank
In 2011, Terence Crawford signed a contract with Top Rank. Since then, he’s fought for Bob Arum and the big time promotional company. But Crawford has gotten knocked for not taking on the best of the best.
After Bud fights Shawn Porter, an upcoming bout on Nov. 20, Crawford can decide to fight whomever he wants. The Porter bout is his last with Top Rank.
If Crawford does bounce for bigger paydays, expect him to negotiate for two fights. First, Crawford must take on Errol Spence Jr., whom some believe is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Spence Jr. ranks first in the welterweight division. Second, Crawford should fight 18-0 Vergel Ortiz Jr. Bouts with Danny Garcia and Mikey Garcia are other possibilities.
It’s time for the 37-0 Crawford to make his name. Boxing fans know who he is. Anybody who doesn’t follow boxing doesn’t. Taking on the best in the division is one way for Bud to build his brand.
Teofimo and Errol are likely moving up a weight class
Errol Spence Jr. said he might move up after his next fight. If Crawford does fight Spence, he also may have to move up to junior middleweight at 154 pounds.
Spence Jr. has nothing on the table, which means there’s a good likelihood his next bout could be at 154. Possible opponents for Spence at junior middlweight include Jermell Charlo, Erikson Lubin, and Brian Castano.
Lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez says he won’t give Vasiliy Lomachenko a rematch unless Loma wants to fight him at 147. Lopez has struggled to stay at lightweight, 135 pounds.
Teofimo wants to fight Josh Taylor, the 18-0 and undisputed junior welterweight champ. Lopez is moving up no matter what. His frame isn’t a lightweight frame, which is why he looked so much bigger than Lomachenko in their 2020 bout.
Lomachenko can’t move up to 140. Vasiliy looks small at 135. He should probably be fighting at around 122, the junior featherweight division.
Canelo has more options than any boxer in the sport
Canelo can do whatever he wants. He’s won fights from welterweight all the way to light heavyweight.
He has no trouble shedding pounds and because of his body frame and attention to detail, he keeps his speed and heavy hands while moving up in class. Alvarez has become one of the greatest of all time.
When you’re as good as Canelo, you call the shots. After dominating Caleb Plant on Nov. 6, Alvarez will move up to light heavyweight. He’ll fight one of the three top boxers in the division, Joseph Campbell, Dmitry Bivol, or Artur Beterbiev.
Wilder releases his strategy against Tyson
On Oct. 9, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury dance for the third time.
Wilder and Fury know each other well. They know each other so well that Deontay had no trouble talking about the new strategy against Tyson.
Most of the time boxers won’t talk strategy until the fight. In this case, Wilder wants everyone, especially Tyson, to know he will be targeting Fury’s midsection.
Why would Deontay want Fury to know that? The challenger wants the champ to think. Tyson uses excellent footwork and head movement to keep his opponents off balance.
Deontay is likely thinking that if Fury must worry about his midsection, Wilder is known as a headhunter, Tyson have trouble moving his head as much. If Fury doesn’t expose his head or makes it hard for Deontay to target his head, Wilder will dip and pound Tyson’s body.
We mustn’t wait too long for Fury vs. Wilder III. No matter how much we’ve enjoyed watching exhibition bouts with the Paul brothers, it will be nice to finally see two of the best in the world go at it in the ring.
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