Dmitry Bivol, the light heavyweight champion, backs Terence Crawford's possible move up to 168 pounds in order to take on Canelo Alvarez, the unchallenged super middleweight king. Impressed by Crawford's perfect record (40-0, 31 KOs), Bivol thinks that this kind of manoeuvre isn't as crazy as it would sound.
In an interview with Boxingscene, Bivol acknowledged the traditional respect given to boxing weight classes, but he believes that Crawford's desire to advance is a reasonable goal. "If he's considering it, if he's discussing it, it implies it's feasible," Bivol said, emphasising Crawford's extraordinary skill in the ring.
There is curiosity and discussion about the possibility of Canelo (60-2-2, 39 KOs) against Crawford, a formidable power at welterweight. Although Crawford's spectacular July victory over an unfit Errol Spence Jr. raises doubts among some, like Bivol, about whether Crawford can defeat the fearsome Canelo, who weighs 168 pounds.
A major roadblock to this ideal matchup is Canelo's seeming disinterest in taking on Crawford. Crawford could have to demonstrate his mettle at 168 against elite opponents like David Morrell Jr., David Benavidez, and Caleb Plant in order to make a strong case. Currently, Chris Williams and other detractors contend that Crawford appears to be aiming for a straight shot at the belt without going up via the super middleweight division.
Whether Crawford should be given a direct opportunity at the championship, the boxing fraternity is divided on the matter. While some believe Canelo should initially defend his welterweight belt against up-and-coming fighters like Jaron "Boots" Ennis, others contend that Canelo should go up against David Benavidez, his obligatory opponent. The issue remains: Should Crawford first demonstrate his abilities in the super middleweight class, or is he looking to jumpstart a lucrative fight?
Notwithstanding the difficulties, Bivol's support for Crawford's possible transfer gives the story an interesting twist. It's evidence of Crawford's prowess and Bivol's faith in the adaptability of weight divisions in contemporary boxing.
How do you feel about Crawford's audacious plan to take on Canelo? Would his record support a straight shot at the championship, or should he first earn his spot in the super middleweight division? Join the conversation and provide your opinions!