Is Terence Crawford an elite fighter?

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The current pandemic is continuing to keep boxing events on hold. This has inevitably led to a review of boxing at all weight classes. Fans are weighing up super-fights while promoters have time to rethink or negotiate mandatory defences or unification bouts for their fighters. Over the past few weeks I have seen numerous articles regarding Terence Crawford and many questioning his status as an elite fighter, apparently due to a lack of standout names on his résumé. The current WBO welterweight champion is promoted by Top Rank - holding their mandatory WBO world title - if you know what I mean. Despite the world title belt around his waist, the majority of top level fighters at 147 are under the PBC banner. This has led to difficulty in making the fights that Crawford genuinely needs to silence his doubters. Crawford is 32 years old so now should be the time he looks for these mega fights. He is currently ranked number two at welterweight according to Boxrec, behind Errol Spence Jr, the IBF and WBC champion. 

Crawford with his WBO world title belt.

Terence 'Bud' Crawford has stopped his last seven opponents. Four of these fights were at welterweight with victories over better than average opponents in Jeff Horn, Jose Benavidez Jr, Amir Khan and Egidijus Kavaliauskas. The Nebraska native was in complete control of all these fights leaving him with a perfect record of 36-0 (27KO). I think the level of control which Crawford had over these fighters despite moving up in weight is underrated. He is never fazed and this was following on from a third round stoppage over Julius Indongo which briefly left Crawford as Undisputed Champion at 140. British boxing fans will remember when he announced his name to the boxing world, after a unanimous decision win over Ricky Burns at 135. A winning run against good fighters has continued ever since and if Top Rank can do a deal with one of the top fighters in the division then it will be the end of the argument regarding Crawford's elite status. I think his record thus far is impressive considering his move up in weights. He is only four fights in at 147 and is a world champion. It is the next two or three fights that will define his career. 

Crawford announced himself to the world by ripping away Ricky Burns' WBO lightweight title

I have read and listened to quite a bit from Crawford over the last couple of weeks and I think his attitude is starting to become a problem. He must not let arrogance get in the way when moving into some of the most important fights of his career. Manny Pacquiao is one name being floated around and we seen what arrogance and over confidence achieved for Keith Thurman against the iconic Pacman. Thurman himself is an interesting fight that would make fans sit up and take notice while Shawn Porter's all action style would be a real battle in the centre of the ring. The one fight all of us boxing enthusiasts want to see is Spence v Crawford. Much like Canelo and GGG these two are without a doubt the best at their current weight and not a single boxing fan could argue otherwise. The fight would likely propel the winner into the Boxing Hall of Fame when they hang up their gloves.

Make it happen. Spence Jr. v Crawford.

Answering the overall question, Terence Crawford is an elite fighter. His record will more than justify this. The recent reports and questions should be worded differently. The main point people are trying to make is if Crawford is elite at 147 and his next couple of fights will showcase this. 

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