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.