In the social media age, Twitter has become an indispensible forum for promoting fights and potential fights. Boxers use the medium to communicate directly with fans, issue boasts and, most importantly, call each other out. Two-division world champion and pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford exploded on Twitter earlier this week, with his sights firmly set on WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia.
The blow up stemmed from a comment made by Garcia’s father and trainer, Angel, in which he slurred the legitimacy of Crawford’s status as the unified super lightweight champion. The 140-pound division was previously ruled by Garcia, prior to his move to welterweight this year.
Any criticism of Crawford by Angel Garcia is frankly laughable. Crawford significantly raised his status by soundly defeating Viktor Postol last month, to unify the WBO and WBC titles at 140 pounds. At the time, Postol and Crawford were rated as No. 1 and 2 in the division by any credible source. Moreover, when he did hold the WBC 140-pound belt, Garcia paid Postol step-aside money, to avoid fighting him, a historical fact Crawford was quick to point out.
After Garcia vacated the WBC belt at 140 pounds, Postol claimed that title with a clinical, Round-10 destruction of Lucas Matthysse. Garcia himself fought a very good fight against Matthysse, but his victory over the tough Argentine slugger was much closer than Postol’s. And Crawford’s win over Postol was a blow out.
Garcia fought a life-or-death battle with Lamont Peterson last year. I actually scored the fight for Peterson. Peterson fought a very close fight with Dierry Jean, a fighter who Crawford crushed.
None of this means Crawford would necessarily smash Garcia. Garcia is a smart, well-rounded fighter with a great left hook. He’s been criticized for facing non-entity Rod Salka and he received very questionable decisions over Mauricio Herrera and Peterson. But he also has great wins over top contenders like Amir Khan, Matthysse and Zab Judah. Garcia looked terrific winning his vacant WBC welterweight title from Robert Guerrero last January.
Still, I think Terence Crawford would eat him alive. Crawford has consistently beaten good and very good fighters with ease. Garcia has often struggled with good and very good fighters. Garcia would be a dangerous opponent for Crawford, potentially his best foe to date. But I do not think Garcia can do anything that Crawford would not be able to adjust to tactically.
In the end, it’s unlikely we will see this fight, though. Crawford is with Top Rank and Garcia fights for Al Haymon’s PBC series. Garcia should face WBA champion Keith Thurman in a unification bout, if not in 2016, then early next year.
In the meantime, he’s likely to stay busy with this fall against Andre Berto, who is very much a washed up product, despite knocking out an even more washed up Victor Ortiz last spring.