Blow-by-blow: Crawford's next opponent, Mares-Cuellar, and more
December 11, 2016
By CJ Russell
There was so much boxing going on yesterday that it was hard to cover everything with individual posts, so I had the idea to try a bullet-style format. I may try to make this a daily-ish thing because it’s a good way to get a lot of information out.
-After his dominant fight with John Molina was over, Terrence Crawford expressed again that he feels that he should be the fighter of the year. He has a case, with it being such a weak year, though he hasn’t faced the best opposition. Other candidates that come to mind are Carl Frampton, Roman Gonzalez, and Vasyl Lomachenko.
-Crawford was pressed by Max Kellerman as to who his next opponent would be in the post fight interview. When asked if Manny Pacquiao would be a possibility, Crawford said he’d be happy to face him but was wary of the politics involved in making that happen. “I’m just a fighter. I don’t make the fights. I just fight them,” Crawford said. If he isn’t able to get Pacquiao, he’d want to anyone with a belt, specifically naming Ricky Burns. Kellerman asked if Crawford would be interested in facing Errol Spence, who Kellerman feels is a special fighter. Crawford said it would be a great fight but that weight could be an issue. Here’s the audio of the interview:
-Abner Mares is officially back in the mix in the crowded featherweight division. He defeated Jesus Cuellar by split decision for the WBA “world” title. This could set up a match between him and the winner of Frampton-Santa Cruz II, as the winner of that will hold the WBA “super world” title. Mares lost to Santa Cruz by decision last year.
-Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora’s fight lived up to what all of the pre-fight table throwing drama promised. It was a 12 round war, with both heavyweights giving everything they had. Whyte won by split decision, 15-114, 115-113, and 114-115. This was a definite fight of the year candidate, and I highly recommend watching it.
-As expected, Luis Ortiz KO’d David Allen, though it took him 7 rounds to do it. Allen can take a punch. Hopefully Ortiz will take on some good competition in 2017 so we can see if the big Cuban still has some gas in his 37 year old tank
-On Friday, 23 year old boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr was found executed in a truck in Guadalajara. Gonzalez was a former opponent of Carl Frampton, who was knocked down twice by the late featherweight. Very sad news.
-In case you missed it, Anthony Joshua KO’d Eric Molina in a terrible fight, Joseph Parker decisioned Andy Ruiz for the WBO title, and Jermall Charlo KO’d Julian Williams in a great fight with a dramatic ending.