By Eric Thomas: While many fans have been interested in seeing WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) face fellow Top Rank fighter WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol in a unification fight in 2016, Crawford doesn’t see the fight as doing much for his career. He feels that the 5’11” Postol isn’t a big enough name to do much to increase his popularity in the sport.
A fight that would help Crawford’s career is a clash against former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao. That’s a fight that would really do something for his career.
This Saturday night, Crawford has a stay busy title defense against #10 WBO Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) at Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York. This is not a fight that will do anything for Crawford’s career, as Lundy is little more than a fringe contender who is mainly known by the hardcore boxing fans of the sport.
“The only fight that I was looking like, ‘Man, this fight could take my career to a whole ‘nother level; the only fight out there is Pacquiao,’” Crawford said to RingTV.com. “A lot of people said (WBC titlist Viktor) Postol but Postol is not even from the United States, so who knows him? Only real boxing fans know who Viktor Postol is. Pacquiao is the only fighter that is currently in our stable that will take my career to the next level because he’s already a superstar and, to be a superstar, you have to beat a superstar.”
I don’t think Crawford needs to worry about him fighting Postol anytime soon because I think their mutual promoter Bob Arum is interested in letting that fight marinate for a while. But once Arum does start leaning on Crawford to take that fight, it’s going to be interesting to see if he does. I wouldn’t be surprised if he chooses not to take the fight because it involves a lot of risk for him. Postol is 5’11”, and very hard to hit without getting nailed while coming forward. It’s a fight where Crawford might look bad even if he wins.
Pacquiao is wrapping up his career on April 9 against Tim Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada. The only way a Pacquiao-Crawford fight can take place is if Pacquiao chooses not to retire.
“Yeah, hopefully (Pacquiao continues to fight) but, if not, I will still build my superstardom with victory after victory after victory,” Crawford said. “And once I get on pay-per-view and keep putting on great performances like I have been, it will all fall into place.”
I don’t think Crawford is getting near the point where he’ll become a pay-per-view attraction. One of the problems that Crawford has is the poor match-making that’s being done for him by his promoter Bob Arum. Crawford won’t become a superstar if he’s being matched against Dierry Jean, Lundy and Thomas Dulorme. Crawford needs big names for him to become a star, and unfortunately for him, Arum does a lot of in house fights among his own Top Rank fighters. He doesn’t have the names in his Top Rank stable to turn Crawford into a star unfortunately. Arum would need to work with other promoters for him to turn Crawford into a star. Will he do that? I doubt it.
“I’ll probably get him out of there – I’ll probably make him suffer a little bit,” Crawford said. “It just depends on my mood. I’m going to be in a bad mood. You can be assured of that. It just depends on the situation.”