Though he dominated as an amateur and as a world-class professional, Terence Crawford has always been aware that his time in the boxing world was very much transient.
While the WBO welterweight belt holder has gone on to become one of the modern-day greats, he was once under the assumption that he would clock out for the final time at the age of 33. Of course, having turned 35 roughly two months ago, Crawford admits, while shocked that he hasn't hung up his gloves, an insatiable desire to be great still burns inside him.
“I always said I wanted to retire at 33,” said Crawford on The Good Fight with Kate Abdo. “I did, I wanted to retire at 33 but here I am at 35 still going. I just love the sport.”
Crawford’s devotion to the barbaric actions that take place inside the ring, is only part of the reason why he’s decided to prolong his time underneath the bright lights. Playing a major role in his decision to carry on, is a mouthwatering showdown against fellow welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr.
Following years of back-and-forth empty threats, the pair appeared to be on the verge of settling their longstanding feud. However, fans of both sides threw their hands up in frustration as Crawford left his man at the undisputed altar. Now, in his place, Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) will take on fringe contender David Avanesyan on December 10th, in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Should the pound-for-pound star take care of business, he openly acknowledges that his goal remains the same...fight and defeat Spence to reign supreme as the division’s lone champion.
In addition to stripping Spence of his IBF, WBC, and WBA 147-pound titles, Crawford reveals that he’s had plenty of candid conversations with himself. With nine consecutive knockouts wins under his belt, including most recently against Shawn Porter, Crawford believes that walking away from the game without any signs of slippage would be foolish on his part.
“I just feel like I'm still at the top of my game and I really want that Errol Spence fight. I feel like that’s the fight that I really wanted, just to prove a point.”